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LevelK boards Amateurs ahead of EFM (EXCLUSIVE)
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January 15th 2018

LevelK boards Amateurs ahead of EFM (EXCLUSIVE)

International sales and distribution outfit LevelK has picked up sales rights for Gabriela Pichler’s humoristic and engaging Swedish drama Amateurs ahead of the European Film Market. The film is selected for Rotterdam International Film Festival and will open Gothenburg Film Festival.

 

In the spirit of democracy, local youths are asked to produce a film to promote their hometown Lafors as the council tries to attract the German discount supermarket Superbilly and put the town on the map. But the outcome isn’t quite the image of the society that the officials were looking for.

”If just one video clip would define your whole town, which clip would it be? I’m interested in letting this story unfold seemingly as a storm in a glass of water. A sneeze in microcosmos. With humor and subversive twist, a bit of satire with a heart – and a raised fist. Amateurs is a tribute to all of the rebels in our small towns, to the excluded and the unsellable. Your time is now”, Pichler expresses.

LevelK will bring the film to EFM next month where it will have a closed market screening.

Amateurs is the opening film of Gothenburg Film Festival and will celebrate its world premiere in the Nordic competition. The film will also screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in their live section.

The local premiere is set for March 2018 by TriArt Film.

Amateurs is Gabriela Pichler’s second feature film. Her debut feature film Eat Sleep Die premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2012 where it won the Audience Award at Film Critic’s Week. Anna-Maria Kantarius produces for Garagefilm. Scriptwriters are Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Gabriela Pichler. The film is financed by SFI, Film i Väst, SVT, Lindholmen Science Park Media Arena and Göteborgs Stad and C More Entertainment.

Published in Screen Daily on January 15th, 2018. Read the exclusive here

LevelK hires new sales manager
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December 19th 2017

LevelK hires new sales manager

As our relationships and collaborations are growing, so are we. Therefore, we start 2018 by welcoming Lauren Valmadre to the LevelK team as our new sales manager.

 

Lauren Valmadre is an avid film-fan, festival director and film curator from Melbourne, Australia. She has worked for some of Australia's leading film festivals and screening events including her recent roles as Program Director of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival and as the Film Programmer of the Shadow Electric Outdoor Cinema. In the past she has also been on the short film selection panel at the Melbourne International Film Festival, FACTory pitching panels for the Australian International Documentary Conference and created her own film event, Howler Spring Break Cinema. She has been involved with other various film festivals and screening events in Melbourne including Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Underground Cinema and Three One Six Oh! Short Film Festival.

 

"I have always had a passion and deep appreciation for independent film and wanted to ensure in my professional career that I would help these rare, beautiful and important films reach the audiences that they deserved. This is precisely what drew me to LevelK. Their exceptional catalog of international films, focus on individual distribution strategy, innovative approach to the changing film landscape and excellent core values makes them, in my mind, the global industry leader." – Lauren Valmadre.

 

We welcome Lauren from the 1st of February 2018 and look forward to adding another passionate and talented person to the team.

 

Top 3 Best Selling Titles in 2017
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December 18th 2017

Top 3 Best Selling Titles in 2017

Reaching the end of 2017, namely three films stand out. Sold to almost 300 countries all together, The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear, Sami Blood and Oddsockeaters have continuously impressed both buyers, festivals and audiences worldwide.

 

# 1: The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear: The local box office smash has been pre-sold to more than 100 countries across the world. Since 2016 the film has 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) amongst others. Directed by Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick and Jørgen Lerdam, the adventurous animation follows Mitcho and Sebastian, who sets out on a great journey full of peculiar hazards, dangerous pirates, ghosts and a huge underwater dragon, to help save the missing Mayor of Sunnytown and bring him home.

# 2. Sami Blood: After a continuous strong festival presence in 2017 screening at Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale amongst others, Sami Blood proceeded its sales success from 2016. The film has now been sold to 80 countries including The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg (ABC – CINEMIEN), US (Synergetic Distribution), Italy (Cineclub Internazionale Distribuzione), China (Lemon Tree) and Japan (UPLINK Co.). This important film tells the story of the 14th year old reindeer-herding Sami girl, Elle Marja. Exposed to the racism of the 1930's and race biology examinations at her boarding school she starts dreaming of another life, but to achieve it she must break all ties with her family and culture.

# 3. Oddsockeaters: Based on the best-selling books by Pavel Šrut, Galina Miklínová’s 3D family animation Oddsockeaters has been sold to more almost 80 countries including Korea (9ers Entertainment), China (Lemon Tree), Poland (Vivarto SP.ZO.O), and United Arab Emirates (Empire Networks LLP). Oddsockeaters is a warm-hearted story about the brave Hugo that must leave his safe haven and move in with his gangster uncle ‘Big Boss’ and two crazy cousins, who live in the house of their biggest adversary, a lonely professor.

2017’s Festival Darling: Cloudboy
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December 18th 2017

2017’s Festival Darling: Cloudboy

The Belgian-Swedish family film Cloudboy quickly became our #1 festival darling of 2017. Since it celebrated its international premiere at TIFF Kids, the film has screened at more than 40 festivals around the world travelling from Munich Filmfest to BFI – London and to Nordische Filmtage in Lübeck. Already spoken for by several festivals in 2018, Cloudboy is foreseen to continue a great festival run in 2018.

 

Set in Belgium and Sweden, the film revolves around the 12-year old Belgian city boy Niilas, who is sent to stay with his mother in Swedish Lapland, amongst the reindeer-hearding Sami folk. Niilas wants to return to Belgium, but when a reindeer goes missing, he joins the search of finding the reindeer together with his 11-year old sister. This takes him on a journey in the magical world of the woods, and against all odds he experiences the most adventurous summer of his life.

 

After having written and directed various shorts for children, Meikeminne Clinckspoor debuted with Cloudboy as her first feature film.

 

“Cloudboy was created out of the desire to make qualitative and layered cinema for children, to narrate a story for children that rooted in the film culture trend that has been set by Astrid Lindgren in the seventies, in which play, imagination and nature play a pivotal role. It has grown out of a desire to bring children more in contact with nature, a connection they seem to be losing more and more. My hope is to encourage children to believe in themself, to dare live their “wild” self – something every child should get the chance to discover.“ – director Meikeminne Clinckspoor.