GunHil has signed a contract with authors Vala Thorsdóttir and Kolbrún Anna Björnsdóttir for writing of a screenplay for a feature film based on their book ‘Hitchhiking with Dad” that was published in Iceland last year. Racing against time a resourceful eleven year old girl whisks her father and little brother off on an unexpected hitch hiking adventure from Sicily to the east of Iceland, to reach her mother before her carefree Dad misses the opportunity of a lifetime.
The Nordic Film & TV Fund has announced a production support of 2.4 M NOK to Ploey – You Never Fly Alone. NFTF is established in 1990 with primary purpose to promote film and TV productions of high quality in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), by providing support for top-up financing of feature films, TV-fiction / series and creative documentaries. We at GunHil appreciate greatly the Fund’s support!
The animated feature film Ploey – You Never Fly Alone hit a major production milestone with the signing of a co-production agreement between Icelandic production company GunHil and the Belgian based Cyborn animation studio. The film will be a joint production between the two companies and is scheduled for release in 2017.
Ploey – You Never Fly Alone tells the story of a plover chick that has not learned to fly when his family migrates south for the winter. He must survive the harsh winter to save his beloved one from becoming a pray next spring.
Ploey is being sold by ARRI Worldsales and has already been sold to over 20 countries worldwide, including Russia, the Baltics, Finland, Turkey, Poland, Middle East and S-Korea to name a few.
GunHil has developed the film, which will be directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson (Brim) and visually- and co-directed by Gunnar Karlsson. The Story and the Screenplay is written by Fridrik Erlingsson (Legends of Valhalla, Benjamin Dove). Hilmar Sigurdsson and Haukur Sigurjónsson of GunHil and Ives Agemans of Cyborn are the producers of the film.
Cyborn was established in 1998 by Ives Agemans and specializes in 3D Animation and CGI. The studio has a vast experience in film, TV series and commercial work. Cyborn is involved in all parts of the production of the film, from modelling through compositing.
GunHil was formed in 2012 by Gunnar Karlsson and Hilmar Sigurdsson, animation pioneers in Iceland. Their previous work includes ‘Legends of Valhalla – THOR’, produced by Hilmar and visually and co-directed by Gunnar.
“We are very pleased with becoming a partner in the project, which is based on a fabulous story, a great script and fascinating characters. It is very exciting to bring this first ever Belgium-Icelandic co-production to the world”.
-Ives Agemans of Cyborn
“This is a great milestone for our ambitious international co-production and we are very pleased with getting Cyborn on board the production, with all their expertise and experience in animation,”
– Hilmar Sigurdsson, CEO of GunHil.
Even though most of the migrating birds have returned to their nesting grounds, Ploey will be at Le Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival. ARRI Worldsales will continue to offer the hot property to selective distributors at the market in Cannes, so there is the change to join forward looking distributors from Russia CIS, the Baltics, Finland, S-Korea, China, Middle-East, Turkey and more.
GunHil will introduce its newest property at Cartoon Movies in Lyon coming March. Red Waters is based on an Opera by Lady & Bird (Barði Jóhannesson and Keren Ann Zeidel). The opera was staged in Orleans and Rouen.
The river of Red Waters roots in an ancient myth where young lovers that turned out to be twins separated at birth die in the river, transforming the river water into ruby red wine with healing powers. The only thing that the river demands is that each time twins of opposite sex are born in the village they should be sacrificed before the end of their 25th birthday.
Every day the whole village partakes in a drinking ritual where everyone accepts the elixir of the river and miracle pilgrims come for cures. But when all of a sudden the wine turns to vinegar it is evident that a twin birth has been kept secret, the divine order has been violated.
The Icelandic Film Centre has confirmed its production support for Ploey – You Never Fly Alone. The grant is awarded to the Icelandic Production Company GunHil with Hilmar Sigurdsson as Producer of the film. The film is to be directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson and Gunnar Karlsson will co-direct and lead visual development. ARRI Worldsales handles all sales and has already sold the film to well over 20 countries, including Russia CSI, Baltics, China, S-Korea, Poland and more. Local Icelandic on-line film-zine Klapptré reported first.
We have just relocated our offices in Sweden and started operating this morning at the new location. The full address is:
You can reach our Swedish office through our main phone +354 519 3550 or give Haukur Sigurjonsson who runs our Swedish operations a direct call on +354 519 3553.
All other numbers are unchanged. Please have a look at our contact page for full details!
GunHil has received a confirmation of a sizable development support from the EU Media Programme for our first animated feature film – Ploe: You Never Fly Alone. This news secure the funding of the 12 months development process of the film, which already has secured a number of pre-sales through Arri Worldsales. The news is celebrated in our new offices in Reykjavik and Malmö alike. The film is expected to release at year end 2015 and is expected to become a co-production between Iceland, Germany and Canada.
We are progressing on all fronts so as of August 15, GunHil’s new HQ will open at Thverholt 14, 105 Reykjavik. The new spacious offices are just off Hlemmur square in Reykjavik and steps away from Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavik leading to downtown. We will not be alone there as Atelier Atli Hilmarsson will reside with us with his team of creative graphic designers.
No changes will be on phone numbers or other contacts. The moving is a part of our strategy ‘Out of the Basement’ but we have been running our operations out of a really nice basement in heart of the city – a very appropriate way for starting a company that is on steady and sure track towards being a leading European animation production house.
We look forward to continue to grow in a new location!
ARRI Worldsales introduced PLOE – You Never Fly Alone for the very first time at the Marché du Film in Cannes, after having secured the world sales right to the little likable plover chick at Cartoon Movies back in March.
To cut a long story short, the market reacted very positively to the new property, despite limited marketing material and still over 30 months to delivery. Based on our little first-look teaser, ARRI has presold “Ploe” to CIS and Baltics (Big Movie), China (H.G.C.), Poland (Kinoswiat), Israel (FilmHouse), South Korea (Smile Ent.) and Middle East (Shooting Stars) to name the main deals.
Moritz Hemminger, Sales Director of ARRI Worldsales was quoted: “We had bidding wars from Russia and South Korea; it’s very rare to close so many deals so early on a project.”
The industry media didn’t let this progress go unnoticed, including Screen Daily and Variety. Here below are links to some of the press coverage these very early pre-sales generated.
Upon reporting these news to the team at GunHil one employee was overheard mumbling “… shit, now we actually have to complete the film on time”. The rest of the team was of course delighted with the encouragement coming from such great results in Cannes this year.