Extra: TFI/ESPN name prize winners, Sales for “Hugh’s War”

In today's 'Extra,' the Tribeca Film Institute and ESPN Films name this year's Future Filmmaker award winners and distributor Hat Trick sends Hugh's War on Waste (pictured) to Europe and Australia.
March 1, 2016

TFI/ESPN name 2016 Future Filmmaker winners

Short documentaries about a cancer survivor-turned-triathlete and a running club in Jerusalem have won this year’s TFI/ESPN Future Filmmaker Prize. Started last year by the Tribeca Film Institute and ESPN Films, the award is part of a two-year partnership between the two organizations to recognize doc shorts that highlight how sports can inspire social change.

This year’s winners are director Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich and producer James Sweet’s McKayla and director Iesh Thapar and producer Sarah Seulki Oh’s Running Together Separately. McKayla is about a woman who grew up in the Flint, Michigan foster care system, lost a leg to a rare form of cancer and became a triathlete at age 27, while Running Together Separately tells the story of a group of Arab, Jewish and Armenian teenagers who are members of a running club in Jerusalem.

Each winner receives US$35,000, an invitation to a workshop and master class that covers pitching and story structure, and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals.

Hugh’s War on Waste sells to nets in Australia, Hong Kong and Iceland

The Keo Films-produced documentary series Hugh’s War on Waste (3 x 60 minutes, pictured) is headed to several international territories. London-based distributor Hat Trick International has sold the program to Australia’s Foxtel, Denmark’s DR Byen, Hong Kong’s TVB, Iceland’s 365 Media, New Zealand’s Choice TV, Poland’s Planete+ and Kuchnia+ and AMC Networks for air in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The series, which originally aired in the UK on BBC1, follows presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as he investigates what happens to recycling and garbage after it is thrown out, and challenges businesses to reduce waste. Hat Trick will debut the third series during April’s MIPTV market in Cannes, alongside another Keo Films title, Journey to the Centre of Your Plate (6 x 30 minutes).

Terranoa bolsters catalog with international docs, fashion miniseries

Terranoa has added 10 international doc titles to its catalog, covering science, wildlife, natural history, lifestyle and geopolitics.

The Paris-based factual distributor will represent Yami2′s Saudi Arabia: The Country You Love to Hate (2 x 52 minutes); Artline’s Indonesia: The Invisible Giant (2 x 52 minutes); Elephant Doc’s The Clintons & The Obamas: The Secret History of a Rivalry (1 x 52 minutes); Et la Suite Production’s The Day When Hitler Lost the War (1 x 52 minutes); Illiade Productions’ Amsterdam, London, New York: The Magnificent Three (4 x 52 minutes); Agat Films’ Gengis Khan: Looking for the Secret Tomb (1 x 52 minutes) and Titan (1 x 52 minutes); Un Film à la Patte’s Mesopotamia: Archaeology on the Frontline (90 and 52 minutes); Eleazar’s The Enigma of the Celtic Prince (90 and 52 minutes); and Peignoir Productions’ The New Lascaux: Saving Cave Art (1 x 52 minutes).

Additionally, Terranoa has picked up Ma Drogue à Moi’s miniseries Fashion of the Millenium (3 x 52 minutes) and four docs from MC4: Charcot: Secret Poles (90 and 52 minutes), 1916: The First Frontline Cameraman (70 minutes and 52 minutes),  Amas: The Pearl Mermaids (1 x 52 minutes) and Bushmen: The Legend of the Water Keepers (1 x 52 minutes).

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