Magazine article Screen International

XYZ Films Finds Benefit in Alternative Sales Platform at Los Cabos (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

XYZ Films Finds Benefit in Alternative Sales Platform at Los Cabos (Exclusive)

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AMP International handles international sales on post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls.

XYZ Films continues to explore Los Cabos International Film Festival as an alternative launch pad for sales and has reported a strong turnout for a private buyers screening of post-apocalyptic thriller Riot Girls.

One year after the LA-based company introduced a successful private screening of horror title Haunting On Fraternity Row, it returns with Riot Girls. Jovanka Vuckovic’s film is not part of the festival, yet XYZ Films partner Nate Bolotin believes the timing and profile of the Mexican event can better serve select filmmakers, away from the crowded circuit of more established global markets.

Buyers from NEON, Vertical Entertainment, and IFC Films were among those who attended Thursday’s (8) private screening. London-based AMP International handles international sales.

“We are constantly looking for new platforms to launch independent films for sales,” said Bolotin. “Cabo is an excellent new option that enables us to shine a spotlight away from the crowded AFM marketplace and before the Q1 festival run.”

Last year in Los Cabos, Bolotin and CAA screened Brant Sersen’s Party Crasher to US buyers. The fraternity house horror, produced by Benaroya Pictures, and with former New Line Cinema co-chairs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne on board as executive producers, sparked two offers immediately after the screening in November 2017. …

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