Magazine article Variety

Summerside Launches Distribution Operation

Magazine article Variety

Summerside Launches Distribution Operation

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AFTER making its debut at the EFM three years ago, Italian sales company Summerside Intl. is branching out into niche theatrical distribution in Italy and expanding into animation by taking world sales on Slovenian stop-motion animation series "Koyaa" ("Flower").

The Rome-based company, which handles a wide range of specialty titles from around the world - such as U.S. indie romancer "April Flowers," directed by Christopher Tedrick; Iranian drama "Ferrari," by Alireza Davoodnejad; and "The Liberation of Skopje," Macedonia's first official submission to the Academy Awards' foreign-language category - will be in Berlin "seeking to buy content for the Italian theatrical market," Summerside chief Francesca Manno said. Manno is a veteran Italian sales and acquisitions exec.

The first title to go out theatrically in Italy later this year via the new Summerside Media distribution label will be "Skopje," a World War II drama that marks the directorial debut of actor Rade Serbedzija. …

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