Toronto: Festival Says Dealmaking Up 20%

I have my own thoughts about the acquisition activity that took place over the past week at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, and will provide it Monday. For now, festival organizers are banging the gong and claiming victory.

TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival is pleased to announce significant sales have been negotiated during the Festival. To date, more than 31 films have been sold to territories in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, South America, and Australia, with more sales expected to be announced in the coming days. Key acquisitions include: Shame, Trishna, Wuthering Heights, Killer Joe, The Lady, Goon, God Bless America, Elles, Your Sister’s Sister and Into the Abyss. Nearly 4,000 industry delegates attended the Festival this year – a 20% growth over 2010 – and worked closely with the Festival’s Sales & Industry Office, which facilitates information sharing and fosters relationships between accredited buyers, sales agents, producers and filmmakers.

“It’s good to see that the Festival has once again provided a solid foundation to facilitate film sales,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Our organization exists to bring films to audiences around the world and we could not be more delighted to report that these outstanding films will reach film lovers in all corners of the globe.”

Film sales confirmed to date include: Beauty, Beloved, Elles, Free Men, Generation P, God Bless America, Goon, Hysteria, The Hunter, Into the Abyss, Killer Joe, Last Days in Jerusalem, Life Without Principle, Your Sister’s Sister, Sarah Palin –You Betcha!, Shame, Terraferma, The Awakening, The Incident, The Lady, The Raid, This is not a Film, Wuthering Heights and You’re Next.

The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs until September 18 and wraps up with an Awards Reception at noon that day.

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