The MIPTV ’21 Shopper’s Guide: Blue Ant Int’l, TVF Int’l

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at this year’s Digital MIPTV online spring market, running April 12-16. Ahead of the excitement, Realscreen presents the fourth in a ...
April 1, 2021

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at this year’s Digital MIPTV online spring market, running April 12-16. Ahead of the excitement, Realscreen presents the fourth in a series of roundups highlighting some of the titles being shopped.


Global distributor Blue Ant International has unveiled its slate of more than 165 hours of premium programming debuting at Digital MIPTV.

The slate includes titles across the company’s tentpole categories of factual, factual entertainment and documentaries, as well as scripted and kids and family.

Highlights in the specialist factual category include Dawn to Dusk (6 x 60 minutes; NHNZ), which examines the daily life cycles of creatures from sunset to sunrise; New Kids in the Wild (5 x 60 minutes; Off the Fence), a series that follows the first crucial months in the lives of five baby animals; and The Great Elephant Tale (1 x 60 minutes; Merx International), which follows three elephant herds in three very different African environments.

Among the factual entertainment titles are Searching for Secrets (6 x 60 minutes; Bigger Bang and Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media company), in which a cast of local guides, bloggers and historians takes audiences on a journey around some of the world’s most iconic cities; Deep Water Salvage (8 x 60 minutes; Renowned Films and Saloon Media), offering a look at the demanding world of marine construction firms; and the Bill Nighy-narrated World’s Most Scenic River Journeys (6 x 60 minutes; BrightSpark Films and Saloon Media), which tells the stories of six river journeys through the characters who live and work on them.

New documentaries include Search and Rescue: North Shore (pictured), which takes viewers on rescue missions to save people in distress among the rugged mountains of Northwest Coast of North America; Picture My Face: The Story of Teenage Head (1 x 90 minutes; 1 x 60 minutes; FeltFilm in association with TVO), an inside look at the legendary Canadian punk band; and UFO Town (1 x 60 minutes; Saloon Media), which re-examines a mysterious, small-town UFO sighting in the early ’90s and the conspiracies that surrounded it.


TVF International is launching four returning series and more than 150 new hours in its spring slate ahead of this year’s MIPTV market and the company’s own “spring festival”, which will be a fully interactive virtual event hosted on a TVF-designed platform.

Among the new specialist factual offerings are two Channel 4-commissioned films: 50 Years of Mr Men with Matt Lucas (1 x 47 minutes; Tern TV), which sees the Great British Bake Off host celebrate the story of the colorful little characters who changed global publishing; and Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause (1 x 47 minutes; Finestripe Productions), about the taboos impacting women’s jobs and relationships.

Other titles include Britain on Film with Tony Robinson (4 x 52 minutes; Available Light Productions), which uses archive to tell the story of 20th Century Britain by decade; Fact or Fiction: For Once and For All (6 x 60; Posvideo), following a team of museum experts using new research and technology to examine artefacts; and the National Geographic-commissioned series Surgery Ship (8 x 60; Mediastockade), about a team of international doctors who have just one year to provide transformational care to as many patients as possible.

The Bowraville Murders (1 x 80 minutes; 1 x 52 minutes; Mint Pictures) leads the distributor’s documentary slate, telling the story of one of Australia’s most infamous unsolved murder cases. It joins Lost & Found (1 x 86 minutes; 1 x 55 minutes; Falls Family Films), about ordinary beachcombers in the Pacific Northwest who have been finding items washed ashore from the 2011 Japanese tsunami and are determined to trace them back to their owners.

The independent distributor is also bringing more than 25 hours of new science programming to market, including Crime Science (3 x 48 minutes) from Storyteller Films, which explores how cutting-edge technology can help prevent, solve and ultimately reduce crime.

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