Altitude Film Sales Reports Strong AFM Business

The sales company strikes deals across its slate at the division's second American Film Market since being set up 18 months ago.

LONDON -- Altitude Film Sales, the U.K. distribution division of the British company set up by Will Clarke, reported a successful American Film Market after taking its first big slate of product there since its incarnation in 2012.

The company landed at the AFM with five fresh projects, including the big-screen version of the BAFTA-winning TV hit Spooks.

Named Spooks: The Greater Good, the big-screen version produced by Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Pictures and Kudos set to shoot in 2014 inked deals with Constantin (German-speaking Europe), Swen (Latin America), Gulf Film (Middle East), Cinesky (for airlines) and Cinemania (former Yugoslavia).

Also on Altitude's slate, the found footage of sci-fi mystery Hangar 10 from the producers of Creep, Severance and Triangle directed by Daniel Simpson scared up business with Nikkatsu (Japan), Gulf Film (Middle East) and Cinemania (former Yugoslavia).

And The Call-Up, a sci-fi action film marking the feature debut for commercials director Charles Barker and produced by ex-Working Title exec Matt Wilkinson alongside John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) inked memos with Entertainment One (France, Benelux, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, South Korea), Mediaquest (Philippines), Impuls (Switzerland), Mono Film (Thailand), Gulf Film (Middle East) and Cinemania (former Yugoslavia).

Altitude sold 47 Meters Down, an underwater thriller to be directed by Johannes Roberts in 2014 to Entertainment One (U.K.), Square One (Germany), Wild Side (France), Vendetta (Australia/NZ), All Media (CIS), Dutch Filmworks (Benelux), Gulf Film (Middle East), Pictureworks (India), Suraya (Malaysia), Shaw (Singapore), CMC (Taiwan), Impuls (Switzerland) and Cinemania (former Yugoslavia).

Jalmari Helander's Big Game, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the U.S. president and Onni Tommila as his 13-year-old sidekick, flew off the shelves to Shochiku (Japan), Swen (Latin America), Pictureworks (India), Shoval (Israel), Gulf Film (Middle East), Multivision (Malaysia), Pioneer (Philippines), Thailand (IPA Asia Pacific) and Cinemania (former Yugoslavia).

Entertainment One (U.K.), Ascot Elite (German-speaking territories and Switzerland) and Nordisk (Scandinavia) sealed deals in Cannes for sales of 16 territories to date.

Clarke said to be achieving "this level of international business with distributors across our sales slate including our own productions 18 months out of the blocks is exactly what we wanted to achieve in finding and supporting new films and filmmakers."

Altitude Film Sales managing director Mike Runagall said: "Our second AFM has been outstanding. We have closed deals on 14 films. Buyers have become more discerning, so the level of interest from distributors in our slate underlines its strong commercial prospects in a highly competitive market."

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