Magazine article Variety

Anton Sparks to 'Fireheart' Funding, Sales

Magazine article Variety

Anton Sparks to 'Fireheart' Funding, Sales

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BRINGING ONE OF the biggest new independent animation projects onto the Cannes market, London-based Anton is lead-financing and handling world sales on "Fireheart," produced by Main Journey's Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou.

Budgeted at $40 million, "Fireheart" marks a step-up in scale for the Montreal-based Main Journey whose "Ballerina," released in the U.S. as "Leap!," earned $110 million worldwide. Zeitoun and Zenou's producer credits also include "The Intouchables," which grossed a global $427 million.

"Fireheart" is written by Zetoun and Jennica Harper . Set in New York in the Roaring '20s, it turns on Maria, just 16, who dreams of becoming a firefighter, but has to overcome the challenge of being a girl with a highly overprotective father.

"Fireheart" is about "becoming who you are" and also a tribute to New York and the U.S. of the '20s, its energy and movies, such as Buster Keaton's, said Zeitoun. …

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