Zurich-and-Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has sold several documentary titles to broadcasters and distributors in Europe, North America and Australia.
Australia’s SBS has acquired the rights to Shadows of Liberty: The Media Monopoly in American Journalism (pictured), Jean-Philippe Tremblay’s exploration of corporate control over the media; Belgium’s VRT picked up The Secret of Hema, a behind-the-scenes account of a Dutch department store’s attempt to go international; Canada’s Télé-Québec and Switzerland’s RTS acquired America in Primetime, a four-part series about the nature of primetime entertainment; and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises picked up Where My Heart Beats, about a Swedish journalist and former refugee that returns to Afghanistan.
The company also secured rights deals with distributors for select territories.
Bullfrog acquired U.S. educational rights to Shadows of Liberty, while Accent Films Theatrical took DVD/VOD rights for Australia and New Zealand and Salzgeber picked up theatrical and DVD/VOD for Germany.
Canada’s KinoSmith acquired all rights for Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, a documentary portrait of the veteran actor, while Adopt took all rights for the U.S.
Finally, Encore picked up inflight rights to realscreen MIPTV Pick And Who Taught You To Drive? and Icarus took all American rights for Man For A Day.
These deals are in addition to the licensing deals for these and other projects announced before the Cannes market.