Publicado por: pongpesca | 2013/04/30

Sandgrains Newsletter April 2013

Dear Friends!

This is the announcement we have all been waiting for!
Sandgrains is finally READY!!!

It has taken a lot of time to iron out the final details. Having to replace music tracks when the edit has been closed is not an easy task. But Davide Pistoni and Mirco have done a truly fantastic job, and at the end of March we were able to finalise the audio and export the film to be prepared for distribution.

While we were waiting for the music, we have updated the trailer according to the edit and made it accessible in 7 languages on our website, and we cut the 52 minutes version of the film. The first version of 70 minutes has been made mainly for festival applications as they often require 60 min + in length to accept a film. While the 52min version is the one we will be distributing to the public, to broadcasters and distribution companies. 52 minutes is the most used international time standard for documentaries on TV and having the film formatted in this way will make it easier to place on the market. Making the 52 min version meant a little restructuring of a couple of scenes, the taking out of 3 characters, slimming down interviews, re-adapting the music and redoing the audio edit. Both versions of the documentary have also been subtitled in 7 languages: English, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, German and French and we are very grateful to all the people that have been helping us out in doing them: Corinna, Fiorella, Laura, Marie, Ana, Adan, Manuela, Benoit, Giorgia, João, Luis, Alice and N’dala, thank you so much!

The two 89GB and 84GB files have been brought to Stanleys Productions that have compressed them to create the masters of the DVDs, the Bluray and the digital download files. Then, also using the graphics by Lorenzo Dzieduszycki, they have printed 130 DVD copies and some Bluray Discs. Now we have just started sending out the perks to those of you that have donated to our project.
Unfortunately we will not be able to put the DVD and digital download on sale on our webpage yet because we need to follow the course of standard film distribution; which involves first sending the film to international documentary film festivals (they usually request that the film is at least a national premiere and has not been released elsewhere). Being selected at a festival gives recognition to the project and might lead to distribution deals (single sale to broadcasters and/or distribution deals organised by territory). After what is called the ‘festival run’, and hopefully a few main sales to broadcasters, we will be free to release Sandgrains to the general public. This is just to give you a little explanation of how things work. We would love to release the film to everyone straight away but this might jeopardise the possibilities of selling what for us at the end has been 4 years of hard work and investments.
Since December 2012 we started applying to festivals for the 2013 Spring/Summer  Season. It has been 22 applications until now and for most of them we are still waiting for a reply. We got some refusals as we could expect, but  we also got an invitation to list our film in the Media Library of the Visions du Réel Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland. This event is one of the major documentary film markets in Europe and Jordie just came back from this festival. Commissioners and buyers were given a special pass to watch a list of 350 noteworthy documentaries at the Media Library of the Doc Outlook Market. Jordie had the possibility to meet with many people within the documentary industry and to propose Sandgrains to broadcasters, producers, sales agents and festival directors. Now we have a list of people we have to send the film for review and will wait for their replies.
Sandgrains has also been selected for the International Green Competition a the Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea. This festival, running from May 9th to 16th, is unfortunately too far for us to attend but we hope that Koreans will enjoy it and if anyone has a friend in Seoul please pass on the news!
From 26th of May until 2nd of June Sandgrains will be at Krakow Film Market and then from June 12th to 16th at the Videotheque of Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK. For both these festivals our documentary has been selected to be presented to the industry delegates with market, broadcast and festival acquisition in mind. Both events will be attended by us and will increase knowledge of our project and confirm its market value.
Finally, Sandgrains has been selected for the Open City Doc Fest in London, the program is not out yet, but we will updated you on screening dates so that if anyone will be in the UK for those days, you can come see our doc on the big screen!

From now on, on top of continuing to apply to festivals, we will also start sending the film to some broadcasters and distribution companies we have been in contact with.

With this newsletter we officially put an END to the Sandgrains Production updates and we’ll replace them with the Distribution Newsletters!

Be well and take care!

Your Sandgrains Team

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Fonte: Sandgrains@Matchbox Media


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