MIPTV ’15: First Hand sells “Ida’s Diary,” “The Defector”

Swiss distributor First Hand Films has closed deals for several doc titles, including Ida's Diary (pictured), with broadcasters in Belgium, Spain, Estonia and Canada.
April 14, 2015

Broadcasters in Belgium, Spain, Estonia and Canada have picked up several documentary titles from Swiss distributor First Hand Films.

VRT in Beligum took Ida’s Diary (one x 56 minutes, pictured), a doc about the life of a young Norwegian woman shot in video-diary style; while TVC in Spain acquired The Defector: Escape from North Korea (one x 58 minutes), a doc about North Korean refugees hiding in China, and Sound of Torture (one x 58 minutes), about kidnapped Eritrean refugees in the Sinai.

Estonia’s TV ERR picked up Faith Love Desire (three x 52 minutes) and And Who Taught You To Drive? (one x 57 minutes); while Latvian TV bought Death: A Series About Life (five x 52 minutes), A Match Made In Heaven (three x 45 minutes) and Faith Love Desire.

In Venezuela, Telesur acquired Project Wild Thing (one x 54 minutes), about an effort to get children away from their mobile and TV screens and into nature; and Footprints of War (one x 52 minutes), which explores the impact of war on nature.

Lastly, Canadian pubcaster CBC-SRC acquired a package of non-fiction films that includes Project Wild ThingDeath: A Series About Life and Footprints of War.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.