Toronto restoring indie film sales during downturn

U.S. sales made for 'Submarine, 'Potiche, 'Super' and more

TORONTO -- As the Toronto International Film Festival draws to a close this weekend, organizers on Friday said 20 films have sold into the U.S. and other foreign territories since the festival kicked off.
To date, U.S. sales were made pre-festival and during Toronto's current run to Sept. 19 for "Submarine," "Potiche," "Super," "Barney's Version," "Casino Jack," "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," "The Conspirator," "Dirty Girl, "Incendies," "I Saw The Devil," "Outside the Law" and "Sarah's Key."
Festival co-director Cameron Bailey pitched the sales as Toronto's contribution to restoring indie film sales during an industry downturn.
"As a result, audiences in North America and around the world will see some of the outstanding films that premiered here," Bailey said.
Other territories that TIFF titles sold into, organizers said, include Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
On Friday, a rare pick-up of a Canadian movie in Toronto was made as domestic distributor Mongrel Media acquired the Canadian rights to Ingrid Veninger's debut feature "Modra" from Punk Films.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but include a minimum advance and a theatrical release.
Veninger wrote, produced and directed the feature two 17 year-olds who come of age on a summer trip to Slovakia to visit with extended family.

Toronto wraps on Sunday with an awards luncheon.