TIFF ’13: eOne acquires “Watermark”

Entertainment One Films International has acquired worldwide rights in all media for upcoming documentary Watermark (pictured), which world premieres at TIFF in Toronto next month.
August 29, 2013

Entertainment One Films International (eOne) has acquired worldwide rights in all media for upcoming documentary Watermark (pictured).

The doc has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, as previously reported, and sees Manufactured Landscapes directors Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal reuniting to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted water.

eOne will handle international sales of the film for all territories excluding Canada, where Mongrel Media will handle distribution. A Canadian theatrical release is planned for October.

“We’re delighted to secure international sales rights for Watermark and add it to our strong offering in advance of TIFF,” said Charlotte Mickie, exec VP at eOne Films International. “It’s exciting to work with insightful films that expose important and timely universal issues.”

Watermark is produced by Sixth Wave Productions, and directed by Baichwal and executive producer Burtynsky. Nicholas de Pencier serves as a producer on the film, while Daniel Iron also serves as an executive producer.

“eOne’s enthusiasm for Watermark, as well as their sensitivity to its unique blend of artistic and environmental themes, make them the perfect partner for us in a competitive and ever-changing distribution landscape,” said de Pencier.

The deal was negotiated by Mickie for eOne, and Iron and de Pencier for Sixth Wave.

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