Annecy-Prizewinning ‘Calamity’ Lures Buyers For Indie Sales

Indie Sales has closed key international deals for “Calamity,” Rémi Chayé’s hand-drawn animated feature which won the Cristal Award at the Annecy Film Festival last year.

Chayé’s follow up to “Long Way North,” “Calamity” tells the story of the 12-year-old Martha Jane who must take charge of her siblings after her father is hurt in a serious accident while driving a large convoy to the West in search for a better life. Frustrated by the constraints of being a girl, Martha Jane decides to dress as a boy to better fulfil her duty to take care of her family and pursue her growing thirst for freedom and adventure outside of the constraints of the rigid convoy. One day, after being unfairly accused of theft, she runs away determined to prove her innocence.

Indie Sales, whose past director-driven animation credits include the Oscar-nominated “My Life as a Zucchini,” sold “Calamity” to Canada (Axia Films), Spain (La Aventura), Norway (Arthaus), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Agora), Poland (New Horizons), Japan (Riskit) and Lithuania (Blon Animation).

Indie Sales will be back in competition at this year’s Annecy with “The Crossing,” Florence Miailhe’s timely and hand-painted animated feature shedding light on children refugees.

“The Crossing” was written by Miailhe, along with the popular children’s book author Marie Desplechin, and explores the plight of hundreds of thousands of youths who live on the road or in precarious environments with or without their parents.

Miailhe previously directed the Cesar-winning “A Summer Night Rendez Vous” and “Urban Tale,” winner of the Special Jury Award in Cannes in 2006.

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