Toronto 2012: European Film Promotion Backs Sales of Toronto Titles

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“Great Expectations,” “Hannah Arendt,” “Paradise: Love” and “A Hijacking” are some of the European films benefiting from the EFP’s film sales support program.

BERLIN – 54 European films from 19 different countries screening at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival will receive support from the European Film Promotion’s Film Sales Support program, which provides cash to European companies and films to support their international distribution.

A total of 30 different sales and 11 production companies will benefit from the $275,000 (€200,000) in funds earmarked for promotional campaigns of European films. Some of the titles that will receive support include Margarette von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt, which The Match Factory is selling in Toronto; Hanway Films’ Great Expectations from director Mike Newell; Cannes Competition title Paradise: Love from Ulrich Seidl, which the Coproduction Office is selling internationally; Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, sold by Bankside Films; and A Hijacking from Danish director Tobias Lindholm, which TrustNordisk is selling worldwide.

In total nearly 140 European titles will screen at various sections at the Toronto festival this year. TIFF is the flagship partner of the Film Sales Support program, which is backed by the European Union’s Media Programme.