Maximum Films and Fortissimo Films join forces



    Maximum Films to distribute Fortissimo's titles in Canada
    Fortissimo to represent Maximum's titles in Asia

    TORONTO and HONG KONG, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Toronto-based Maximum Films
and Amsterdam- and Hong Kong-based Fortissimo Films have agreed upon a unique
and exciting collaboration in which Maximum will distribute Fortissimo's films
in Canada and Fortissimo will represent the sale of Maximum's films in Asia,
Maximum Chairman Robert Lantos and Fortissimo Co-Chairman Michael J. Werner
jointly announced today.
    Under the terms of the agreement, Maximum Film Distribution will acquire
the Canadian distribution rights to Fortissimo's available line-up for Canada
for the next two years. Fortissimo is known for handling a broad range of
top-drawer films from around the globe and the deal will give Maximum Films an
assured supply of festival and award-winning titles. The agreement covers a
number of Fortissimo titles being presented at the Toronto Film Festival,
including the Gala Presentation, BLOOD BROTHERS, Australia's UNFINISHED SKY,
Germany's LOVE COMES LATELY, and Israel's CHILDREN OF THE SUN, as well as
Julian Schnabel's rock opera concert film BERLIN. Fortissimo is currently
handling the international rights for Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones
documentary SHINE A LIGHT, and has handled the international rights for SUPER
SIZE ME, SHORTBUS, and SNOW CAKE.
    At the same time, Maximum Films International's films will be represented
and sold by Fortissimo in the Asian territories. Upcoming titles include the
2007 TIFF opener FUGITIVE PIECES, TIFF selections MY WINNIPEG and BEFORE THE
RAINS, and future productions such as Atom Egoyan's ADORATION, REAL TIME
starring Randy Quaid, and COLD SOULS starring Paul Giamatti.
    "Fortissimo has an extraordinary lineup of crossover independent
features," said Maximum Film Distribution Managing Director Tony Cianciotta.
"We're very proud to be representing their films in Canada."
    "Michael and Wouter have relationships of great depth in Asia," added
Maximum International Managing Director Charlotte Mickie. "Their contacts and
experience are going to be an enormous asset as Maximum establishes itself as
a premiere sales company. Plus they are great guys-we are going to have fun
being together."
    "Heretofore, Canada had been a difficult territory for us to fully
achieve the results we wanted," said Fortissimo Co-Chairman Wouter
Barendrecht. "This relationship means that we will get the best for our range
of films out of this significant market. Tony is a consummate distributor and
our films will be in good hands. On the Asian sales side, we have known
Charlotte for years and she has terrific taste. We are going to enjoy working
with her and the entire Maximum team to bring the films she acquires to Asia."

    About Maximum Film Distribution Inc.

    Maximum Film Distribution is a full service Canadian motion picture
distributor. Maximum acquires Canadian rights to quality motion pictures from
Canada, the United States and the rest of the world. Maximum has forged
strategic partnerships with both domestic and international producers,
distributors and film sales agents. Maximum distributes its films in both the
English and French language, across all media.

    About Fortissimo Films

    Fortissimo Films is an international film, television and video sales
organization specializing in the production, presentation, promotion and
distribution of unique, award winning and innovative feature films from
independent film makers from all over the world. For more information, please
see www.fortissimofilms.com.




For further information:

For further information: Maximum: Wendy Saffer, Serendipity Point Films,
(416) 967-7074, wsaffer@serendipitypoint.com; Fortissimo: Chris Paton, DDA
PR/TORONTO OFFICE, (416) 355-0003, chris.paton@ddapr.com; Kelly Mullens,
42West, (310) 477-4442, kelly.mullens@42west.net; Martin McNamara, DDA
PR/TORONTO OFFICE, (416) 355-0004, martin.mcnamara@ddapr.com

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