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Sundance By Numbers #1

Sundance By Numbers #1

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Over the last few days, I’ve had a lot of conversations with people preparing for Sundance. Since I cover the buying and selling of rights, I noted the players’ activities and have found the following numbers at play.
Of the Festival’s 118 feature-length films, representing 29 countries by 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition which were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 U.S. and 1,869 international: 26 are directed by women ♀ 22% (up from last year).
+ 11 are repped by UTA
+ 11 have appeared first at IFP
+ 9 filmmakers have retained attorneys Donaldson & Callif
+ 8 are repped by Submarine
+ 7 are repped by CAA
+ 7 by Cinetic
+ 7 by Kevin Iwashina‘s Preferred Content
+ 5 by WME
+ 3 are repped by Paradigm
+ 3 by attorney George Rush
+ 3 by attorney Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig
+ 2 by Traction Media
+ 2 by Cassian Elwes
+ Fox Searchlight and IFC each have 2 films
+ Gersh, Oscilliscope and ATO each have 1
+ Producers’ Reps Ronna Wallace, Jonathan Dana, Ellen Pittleman, and Karol Martesko-Fenster each have 1.
+ The producers who have no rep as yet and are representing their own films number 22. (Hopefully they have attorneys.)

19 different international sales agents have films in the festival.
– Of those, 9 films have agencies representing U.S. rights.
– Two films already have U.S. distribution.
– Sales agents E1, Magnet, The Film Sales Co. and TrustNordisk have 3 films in the festival.
Shoreline, Films Transit, The Match Factory, Protagonist and Passion have 2 films each.
– ISAs with one film each include Foresight, Metropolis, Elle Driver, Myriad, Arclight, Essential and they all have agencies repping U.S.
– E1, The Film Sales Co., Magnet, Hanway, Elephant Eye, and Fortissimo are negotiating U.S. on their own. Trust Nordisk shares one of its 3 films with WME.

The films the above are selling at Sundance will be detailed in my next blog entitled Sundance By Numbers #2. Stay tuned!!

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