Hot on the heels of its acquisition of The Square, VoD platform Netflix has picked up Josh Greenbaum’s feature debut documentary The Short Game (pictured), which looks at the world of competitive child golfers.
The film is the second doc to be acquired under Netflix’s original documentary initiative, but will be the first to launch on the service, premiering on December 12 in all territories where Netflix is available: the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands.
The film, which won the audience award at SXSW earlier this year, follows eight of the most competitive golfers around the globe under the age of seven, as they train for and compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf.
It was produced by Rafael Marmor, Christopher Leggett, and Greenbaum, and exec produced by Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Timm Oberwelland, John Battsek and David Frankel.
“The Short Game provides a highly entertaining, family friendly and joyful vantage into a unique world that most people fantasize about: being the best in the world at something,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of original documentary and comedy, in a statement.
“The fact that this dream is pursued by children playing a grown-ups’ game is intriguing and inspiring. The Short Game is the rare example of a beautifully told and heart-warming tale which appeals to all generations.”
Director Greenbaum added: “As a filmmaker, you hope your work will reach as many people as possible and that’s what’s so exciting about partnering with Netflix, who are presenting some of the most original and cutting edge programming on the planet right now.
“The idea of people all across the world being able to watch the film is a dream come true.”
The news comes after Netflix yesterday (November 4) drew headlines by acquiring Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian revolution documentary The Square, which it will launch as a global exclusive in 2014.