First Hand Films sells “Magnum Photos,” “Trespassing Bergman”

Swiss distributor First Hand Films has sold a raft of factual titles, including Contact - Magnum Photos (pictured), to broadcasters in Europe, North America and Australia.
October 4, 2013

Swiss distributor First Hand Films has sold a raft of factual titles, including Contact – Magnum Photos (pictured), to broadcasters in Europe, North America and Australia.

Contact – Magnum Photos, a 10-part series looking at contact sheets from some of the world’s top photographers, has been picked up by SBS in Australia, while VPRO in the Netherlands acquired Trespassing Bergman, a 107-minute special on the life and films of Ingmar Bergman.

Elsewhere, Sound of Torture (also known as Journey Story), on Eritrean refugees in the Sinai, has sold to SVT in Sweden, SRC in Canada, and VRT in Belgium.

Project Wild Thing, which is about getting children into nature and away from technology, has been picked up by EBS in Korea, ERR in Estonia, NKS in Russia and VRT in Belgium.

ARTE France, RSI in Switzerland, YLE in Finland and Encore Inflight have all picked up Mona Lisa is Missing – The Man Who Stole the Masterpiece, while U7  in Russia and Films for the Humanities and Sciences in the U.S. have taken the series In 80 Trains Around the World. 

Films for the Humanities and Sciences has also acquired the educational rights to the 10-part series Thinking Existenze. 

VRT in Belgium and EBS in Korea went for Raw Herring, a 75-minute one-off on Dutch herring fishers, while EBS also picked up The Only Son. 

Finally, GA&A in Italy acquired White Black Boy for Doc 3 in Italy. The 57-minute film tells the story of a nine-year-old as he lives away from his family.

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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.