How a Small Film Slate at Toronto Film Festival Translated Into Big Sales

“People are buying with the notion that things will get back to some level of normalcy and some level of physical engagement again,” IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco says

With a slimmed-down film slate, a delayed awards season schedule, a virtual market and uncertainty around releasing films theatrically, this year’s Toronto sales market was meant to be active, but not necessarily a moment for distributors to write big checks.

So how did that work out? Not only did we see Netflix go big on two splashy awards dramas in the form of “Pieces of a Woman” and Halle Berry’s “Bruised,” Solstice Studios made its first big play by nabbing the worldwide rights to the Mark Wahlberg drama “Good Joe Bell” for a whopping $20 million.

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Brian Welk

Brian Welk

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