Regent, here! say 'Ciao'

Pick up North American rights to the drama feature

Regent Releasing and its sister company, here! Films, have picked up the North American distribution rights to Yen Tan's drama "Ciao," about two strangers living in different parts of the world who connect through the unexpected loss of a mutual friend.

"Ciao" marks the fifth film screened at the recent Outfest gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles that Regent and here! have acquired since the fest ended July 21.

"Ciao" recently won the jury prize for best feature at the Philadelphia international Gay and Lesbian Film Fest. Regent plans to release it in the fall. The deal was negotiated by here's Quinn Coleman and Jim McMahon of Unauthorized Films.