The upcoming Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), one of the most important gateways to the North American market for films from Europe, has again generated strong interest by 29 different European sales companies for EFP’s Film Sales Support (FSS) which is financially supported by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union.

Steadily rising in demand, the promotion and marketing at TIFF of 42 films from 18 different European countries are being backed with a total of €171,500 including funds for the newly launched FSS Slate Funding, for which 16 sales companies are receiving close on €120.000 in total. The Slate Funding which successfully kicked off this autumn, was developed in close cooperation with Europa International (EI), the organization of 44 European sales companies. It allows for the coverage of concerted marketing campaigns for films available in Toronto and at subsequent markets, such as the Asian Film Market in Busan or the AFM. In collaboration with EI and the industry, Slate Funding will be continued and fine-tuned for the coming year.

A great number of films in the FSS line-up celebrate their World Premieres at TIFF, amongst them Little Wing (Selma Vilhunen) from Finland, Park (Sofia Exarchou) from Greece, Le Ciel Flamand (Peter Monsaert) from Belgium and The Giant (Johannes Nyholm) from Sweden. Two Gala Presentations are benefitting from FSS, Danish director Lone Scherfig’s romantic comedy, Their Finest and the French-Belgium Planetarium by Rebecca Slotowski. Austrian helmer Ulrich Seidl will spice up the Masters Programme with the North American Premiere of his new documentary, Safari.

Thanks to SWISS FILMS, the animated children’s film from Switzerland, My Life As A Courgette by Claude Barras will also get a boost from FSS.

Three of the sales companies receiving FSS are joining EFP’s newly launched European Umbrella at the Hyatt: the Coproduction Office and Stray Dogs from France as well as Heretic Outreach from Greece, the latter handling international rights for Godless, this year’s winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno.

FSS funding for national films was confirmed by the respective EFP member organisations:

Austrian Films, British Council, Bulgarian National Film Center, Czech Film Center, Danish Film Institute, EYE International, Finnish Film Foundation, Flanders Image, German Films, Greek Film Centre, Icelandic Film Centre, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales / ICAA (Spain), Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P. / ICA (Portugal), Istituto Luce Cinecittà (Italy), Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film Centre of Latvia, Norwegian Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films, Unifrance Films, Wallonie Bruxelles Images.

The Ankara Cinema Association confirmed the Turkish film.

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FSS is supported by

the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Polish Film Institute.

Additional FSS Partners

Special Swiss Support

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture / MEDIA Compensating Measures supports the promotion and marketing of national films through SWISS FILMS.

EFP Partners

The Hamburg-based office is financially supported by the German State Minister for Culture and the Media, the Ministry of Culture of the City of Hamburg and the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

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