Magazine article Screen International

BFI Extends US Distribution Pilot to Toronto

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Extends US Distribution Pilot to Toronto

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Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to Toronto.

The BFI has extended its P&A support for UK films seeking US distribution to a crop of titles bowing at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

The BFI will make awards of up to £25,000 ($42,000) to US distributors who pick up UK premieres, to help them strengthen the marketing campaigns for the US releases of the films.

Films must have budgets under £4m ($6.6m).

The Toronto titles to benefit from the scheme are Michael Winterbottom's The Face of an Angel, Gerard Johnson's Hyena, Liv Ullman's Miss Julie, Debbie Tucker Green's Second Coming and Morgan Matthews' X+Y.

The initiative was launched as a pilot at Sundance and extended to cover SXSW. Four films which had their world premieres and applied to the scheme have all secured US theatrical distribution deals: Hong Khaou's Lilting (Strand Releasing); Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl (GoDigital/Amplify Releasing); Florian Habicht's Pulp (Oscilloscope Pictures); and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's drama-documentary featuring artist and musician Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth (Drafthouse Films). …

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