I've been talking to a lot of people about how good a job the buyers did last year. Most of the best films, no matter how commercial they appear on the surface, seemed to be snatched up in the various festivals and markets around the world in 2006. And it all seems to be coming to the surface at PFF where some of the biggest hits were provided by major independent distributors like Magnolia (Severance, Cashback), Tartan (Red Road, Page Turner, 12:08 East of Bucharest), IFC (After the Wedding), Picturehouse (La vie en rose, Rocket Science) and THINKFilm (In the Shadow of the Moon).
Even some of the small independents have been selling out show after show like Lifesize Entertainment (Khadak, Time) and Dark Sky Films (Them).
Here's hoping some of the bigger hits with no deal yet find something soon. Buyers should be on the lookout for fest faves like Dead Daughters, Judy Toll: The Funniest Woman You've Never Heard Of and, of course, Big Dreams Little Tokyo. More on that shortly . . .