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PRESS RELEASE: LevelK Closes Deals on The Butterfly Tree starring Melissa George
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November 4th 2017

PRESS RELEASE: LevelK Closes Deals on The Butterfly Tree starring Melissa George

AFM: International sales outfit LevelK has closed its first raft of deals on Priscilla Cameron’s debut feature The Butterfly Tree ahead of AFM, securing distribution in more than 35 countries.

The film has been acquired for North America (Gravitas Ventures), United Kingdom (Eureka Entertainment), South East Asia (ASTRO), Russia/CIS (Kinologistika/NDPlay), Estonia (Estin Film). Encore Inflight Limited has bought Worldwide Airline rights. More deals are still in negotiation.

 

Toplining Golden Globe nominee Melissa George (The Slap) and Ewen Leslie (Top Of The Lake), the stunning and magical Australian drama centres on radiant burlesque queen turned florist, Evelyn, who bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son, Fin with her love for life. But when father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Fin’s mother.

 

The film took home awards for Best Feature Film and Best Actress (Melissa George) at the Chinese Australia Film Festival (CAIFF) this weekend. It celebrated its World premiere at MIFF this year and soon after its International premiere at Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Discovery program.

The Butterfly Tree was one of the final 10 feature projects to be selected for the 2014 Berlinale Project Talent Market out of 4167 entrants from 79 countries. It was developed through the prestigious Binger International Film Lab after Cameron was selected for the intensive six-month residential director’s program. Her previous short films have won awards, screened in numerous festivals and have been sold all over the world.
It is produced by Bridget Callow-Wright for Midwinter Films. Alongside Melissa George and Ewen Leslie, the film stars Ed Oxenbould (Wildlife, The Visit, Safe Neighbourhood, Paper Planes, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, 2009). It was financed by Screen Queensland, Cowlick Entertainment Group, MIFF Premiere Fund, Film Victoria, The Post Lounge and Vendetta Productions. Domestic release, November 23rd, 2017 by Vendetta Films.

 

Published in Variety on November 2nd, 2017. Read the exclusive here

PRESS RELEASE: LevelK clinches major deals on The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear
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November 3rd 2017

PRESS RELEASE: LevelK clinches major deals on The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

AFM: Danish animation and box office smash continues to impress buyers all over the world. International sales outfit LevelK has now closed a number of new deals on the film, securing distribution in more than 100 countries.

 

The film has recently been picked up for distribution in China and Hong Kong (Bravos Pictures Ltd), Vietnam (GREEN MEDIA), South East Asia (ASTRO), Spain and Andorra (Pack Magic), and Russia/CIS (NDPlay/Kinologistika).

 

The film was previously sold to France and Benelux (Ninety-Seven Film Production), Korea (Yejilim Entertainment), Hungary and Romania (ADS Service), Poland (Vivarto), Middle East (Empire Networks), Estonia (Estin Film), Bulgaria (Pro Films), Croatia and Slovenia (Radar), and Iran (Century 21).

 

Directed by Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick and Jørgen Lerdam, the exciting and spectacular family animation follows Mitcho and Sebastian, who sets out on a great adventure full of peculiar hazards, dangerous pirates, ghosts and a huge underwater dragon, to help save the missing Mayor of Sunnytown and bring him home.

 

The film celebrated a successful local release on October 12th, 2017 with almost 163.000 admissions in two weeks. LevelK has great expectations at the upcoming American Film Market and the future journey of the film.

 

“Not only does ‘The Incredible Story of The Giant Pear’ sell really well in Europe, it has also sold extremely well in Asia. Many distributors already came on board during pre-sales, and now that the animation is completed, more territories continue to board this incredible journey of the giant pear. The film is full of adventure, humour and visual beauty that transcends boundaries and can be relatable for family audiences across the globe. It has been a wonderful journey working on this title, and we look forward to seeing it in cinemas worldwide.” – Derek Lui, President of Sales at LevelK

 

Thomas Heinesen and Trine Heidegaard produce for Nordisk Film Productions A/S. The script is written by Bo Hr. Hansen based on the Danish children’s book by Jakob Martin Strid. It was financed by The Danish Film Institute, NFTVF, The Danish Broadcasting Corporation and MEDIA with a budget of 2.5 million EUR.

Published in Screen Daily on November 2nd, 2017. Read the exclusive here

Experienced International Sales Manager based in Copenhagen
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October 31st 2017

Experienced International Sales Manager based in Copenhagen

LevelK is expanding and seeking an experienced salesperson to join our ambitious sales team in selling film rights worldwide. We are looking for an outgoing person with multitasking skills, who likes travelling and who will run with us in an exciting industry at full speed.

 

You will have influence from the start with responsibility for specific territories including strategy and budgets. For your territories, you need to be pro-active with interest in and focus on optimizing each individual film’s potential.

 

LevelK handles both traditional distribution and aggregation. We are a hard-working team of mixed cultures and you will work closely together with our Sales-, Media/Digital-and Financial teams based in Copenhagen. You will refer to LevelK´s President of Sales, based in Hong Kong.

 

Areas of responsibility:

  • Territory sales
  • Project evaluation and estimation with the team
  • Servicing of clients (Distributors, TV Channels, VOD Platforms).
  • Festival participation, travels, meetings, coordination etc.
  • Digital coordination with the aggregation team
  • General sales work (CRM management e.g. system updates, legal coordination, avail lists, research etc.)

Qualifications:

  • Solid experience and network in the film industry
  • Ambitious, high drive and possesses good cooperative skills across cultures
  • Result-oriented
  • Self-starter able to work independently at the same time as being a team player
  • Passion for either Independent Films, Documentaries or Family Entertainment
  • Fluent in English (fluent Danish is not a requirement)
  • Skills that are appreciated: patience, outgoing, pro-active, solution-oriented, structured, responsible, sense of humour.
  • Aggregation expertise is not a requirement.

 

You will be offered a reasonable salary with sales bonus including retirement and health insurance, as well as highly motivated colleagues who solve their tasks in an informal environment and with great flexibility.

Expected start app. February 2018

Any questions about the job can be addressed to Tine Klint. If this sounds like something for you please email your application to Søren Jakobsen (Chairman of the Board) at [email protected]

levelFILM Nabs US rights to Never Steady, Never Still from LevelK
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October 18th 2017

levelFILM Nabs US rights to Never Steady, Never Still from LevelK

Toronto-based levelFILM has acquired US distribution rights to Kathleen Hepburn’s emotional and beautiful drama Never Steady, Never Still, and plans an early spring 2018 theatrical release.

Toplining Shirley Henderson (TrainspottingFilth) and Théodore Pellerin (EndorphineLes Demons), Never Steady, Never Still sees a recently widowed mother with Parkinson’s disease fight to regain her independence, while her son is battling his sexual and emotional identity. The film, which made its world premiere at this year’s TIFF, will be celebrating its International premiere at Busan International Film Festival next week, playing in the Flash Forward section.

The deal was negotiated between Derek Lui, President of Sales from LevelK and David Hudakoc, Managing Director of levelFILM.

 

“LevelK is really excited to work together with levelFILM on this delicately beautiful feature Never Steady, Never Still. I believe this collaboration and the U.S release by levelFILM will bring this compassionate film about love and loss to a new level of global awareness. Director Kathleen Hepburn together with producers Tyler Hagan and James Brown have created such a beautiful yet powerful film about the struggle and strength to stay afloat at one’s most difficult times. We sincerely hope to keep championing this film to reach audiences around the world,” says Derek Lui, LevelK.

 

“Never Steady, Never Still is one of those films that stays with you immediately and long after you see it. Kathleen Hepburn’s debut feature shows she has a bright future ahead of her, and we are excited to be a part of this powerful film. We are also fans of Shirley Henderson’s long list of remarkable work, but her performance here is incredible and we are thrilled to share it with audiences across the U.S. – David Hudakoc, levelFILM

 

Never Steady, Never Still is written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn, whose most recent short film of the same name was included in TIFF's Canada's Top Ten, and won Best Dramatic Short and Best Direction at the Yorkton Film Festival as well as Most Promising Canadian Director at VIFF 2015. This is Hepburn’s first feature film.

 

The script for Never Steady, Never Still won best screenplay at the 2014 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, and was developed in part through the Canadian Film Centre's Writer's Lab, and the production made possible through the support of Telefilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund and the Women in the Director's Chair Feature Film Award.

 

Tyler Hagan produces for Experimental Forest Films and James Brown for Christie Street Creative. Carol Whiteman and Lori Lozinski are executive producing. Domestic and UK release by Thunderbird Releasing, date is still to be confirmed.

 

Synopsis:

Having lived with Parkinson’s disease for almost two decades, Judy is faced with the heightened challenges of daily life when her husband and caregiver dies of a sudden heart attack on their isolated property on the shores of Stuart Lake. Meanwhile, her teenage son Jamie, pushed by his father to get a job on the oil fields, is terrified by the idea of filling his shoes at too young an age, and grappling with the daunting task of becoming a man in world that has no apparent room for weakness.

Additional cast includes: Mary Galloway (Fire Song, Ariel Unravelling), Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Naked Lunch) and Lorne Cardinal (Insomnia, Wolf Canyon)

 

Published in Variety on October 12th 201y. Read their exclusive here