Cannes: Christopher Smith's Jim Broadbent Starrer 'Get Santa' Added to Marche du Film

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Cannes: Christopher Smith's Jim Broadbent Starrer 'Get Santa' Added to Marche du Film
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Cannes: Christopher Smith's Jim Broadbent Starrer 'Get Santa' Added to Marche du Film

LONDON – British director Christopher Smith's Get Santa, starring Jim Broadbent and produced by Liza Marshall of Scott Free London and executive produced by Ridley Scott, is among five fresh titles to be touted to international buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film by Altitude Film Sales, the U.K. based company launched just before Cannes last year.

Get Santa tells the story of a father and son who must team-up to save Christmas when they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.

The fresh additions to Altitude's sales roster also includes 47 Meters Down, billed as a tense, edge-of-your-seat underwater thrill ride from Storage 24 director Johannes Roberts and Tiger House from rising theater director and film-maker Thomas Daley, a thriller starring Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights), Tom Cullen (TV's Downton Abbey) and Dougray Scott (My Week With Marilyn).

Altitude Film Sales is a division of Altitude Film Entertainment, the British vertically integrated film company launched last year by Optimum Releasing founder Will Clarke who subsequently orchestrated his company's multi-million dollar sale to StudioCanal.

The banner has also added Beyond The Edge, a 3D doc drama directed by Leanne Pooley tracing the story of the 1953 conquest of Everest and football hooligan spoof The Hooligan Factory, directed by Nick Nevern (Terry) and co-written with Michael Lindley, produced by and starring Jason Maza.

Altitude will also be looking to ink international deal memos for Son of a Gun, the Julius Avery directed Australia-set action thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander and Catch Me Daddy, the directorial debut from music video and commercials director Daniel Wolfe with fresh footage to show prospective distributors.

The titles are among 13 movies to be presented to buyers strolling the Croisette and marks a sizeable player to the U.K. movie sales scene.

Altitude Film Entertainment chairman and CEO Clarke said: "Altitude’s first year has phenomenally exciting as we are working with filmmakers who have highly original and ambitious projects.  Our second film, Jabbar Raisani’s Outpost 37, is about to start filming and we look forward to showing distributors first-ever footage on five of our projects."

Altitude Film Sales managing director Mike Runagall added:  "We are thrilled to be adding five distinctive, commercial projects to our debut Cannes slate that show a breadth of genre and filmmaking and with the right elements and quality to achieve international reach, and working to build further on the strong buyer response we received at AFM and Berlin for projects we have already brought to market."

Altitude has creative partnerships with filmmakers James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) and Simon Duric for The Loch as well as with producer/actor Jason Maza (The Knot) and director/actor Nick Nevern (Terry) on The Hooligan Factory as well as director Raisani for Outpost 37.

It is also working with producer Gregor Cameron  (Goin’ Down to South Park) and Owen Harris (Holy Flying Circus) for Kill Your Friends as well as Ben Craig (Modern Times) writer and Matt Charman (A Night at the Dogs) to make Mythica.

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