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Shout! Studios has acquired North American distribution rights to animated feature Tito and the Birds, which premiered in competition earlier this year at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and won the best feature for children honor at Anima Mundi.
The film will have its North American festival premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival followed by a multiplatform release in North America, beginning with a theatrical launch later this year.
The Brazilian film — directed by Gustavo Steinberg (End of the Line), Gabriel Bitar (Cidade Cinza) and Andre Catoto (Say I Am Only Seventeen) — follows Tito, a shy 10-year-old boy who lives in a world on the brink of pandemic, where fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. The trailer may be viewed here.
“Tito and the Birds is an important film. The tale it tells — a marvelous dystopian adventure of heroic children battling a culture of fear that is infecting their world — could not be more timely,” said Jordan Fields, vp acquisitions at Shout! Factory.
Added Steinberg: “I am really happy to release Tito and the Birds in North America with Shout! Studios. Unfortunately, it seems that the ‘fear epidemic’ that the movie dwells on is not exclusive to Brazil — it has been affecting the whole world. So I hope that the movie inspires North American kids to face it — just like Tito and his friends do.”
Tito and the Birds was written by Eduardo Benaim and Steinberg and produced by Steinberg, Daniel Greco, Felipe Sabino and Brenda Wooding for Bits Productions and Split Studio. The film features an original score composed by Gustavo Kurlat and Ruben Feffer (2016 Oscar nominee for best animated feature Boy and the World).
The deal was negotiated by Fields and Shout’s vp business affairs, Vanessa Keiko Flanders, for Shout! Factory, and Nicolas Eschbach of Indie Sales on behalf of the filmmakers.
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