Hot Docs UFC Film Sells in Brisk Toronto Film Market

Showtime Networks picked up the U.S. rights to Fightville, about Ultimate Fighting Championship pugilists, amid a raft of documentary distribution deals in Toronto.

TORONTO – The Hot Docs film market kicked into gear Wednesday with Showtime Networks snagging the U.S. rights to Fightville, a documentary about Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors from U.S. filmmakers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.

  And New York-based New Video acquired the North American rights to Danfung DennisHell and Back, a portrait of soldiers in Afghanistan and returning home.

  The Toronto festival has also seen PBS International pick up the worldwide TV rights, excluding the U.S., to The Hollywood Complex, a film by Dan Sturman and Dylan Nelson about hopeful child actors in Hollywood for pilot season.

  And 7th Art Releasing grabbed the North American and world TV rights to In Heaven, Underground: The Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee, German director Britta Wauer’s portrait of a 130-year-old Jewish cemetery in Germany.

  Locally, boutique distributor Films We Like grabbed the Canadian rights to U.S. filmmaker Marie Losier’s The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, about two people who endured a series of cosmetic surgeries to resemble each other.

  Films We Like earlier in the festival acquired the Canadian rights to Rodman Flender’s Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, about the late night talk show host’s post-Tonight Show concert tour.

  Hot Docs continues until Sunday, May 8.