Ploey gets a composer

GunHil has signed a contract with composer Atli Örvarsson for composing and arranging the music for PLOEY – You Never Fly Alone, which is now in full production in Reykjavik and Antwerp in Belgium.

Atli is a very seasoned film composer with scores for films like Babylon A.D., Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters og The Mortal Instruments to name few.

The music recordings will take place in HOF, in Akureyri with participation of the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra. All information on Atli are available on his website.

PLOEY in full production

Production of Ploey is in full force at GunHil in Reykjavik and Cyborn in Antwerp in Belgium. The tale of the bird who was unable to fly when the flock migrated south will be coming to the silver screen at the end of 2017. Arni Olafur Asgeirsson directs, with Ives Ageman and Gunnar Karlsson co-directing and being the visual creator for the film. Music will be by Atli Örvarsson and Ives Agemans and Hilmar Sigurdsson produce. World sales is by ARRI Media which already have closed sales to a number of territories including Russia CIS, S-Korea, China, Poland, Baltics, Turkey and many more.

Arni_BrusselsArni Olafur the Director presents his vision for the film at a kick-off meeting in Antwerp recently.

 

‘Hitchhiking with Dad’ finds home in GunHil

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.

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Nordic Film & TV Fund supports Ploey

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!

 

Ploey shows appreciation for the support!

GunHil and Cyborn seal a co-production agreement for Ploey

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.

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PLOEY at Le Marché du Film in Cannes

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.

If you are interested, please contact Moritz Hemminger, Director of Sales & Acquisitions of ARRI Worldsales, MHemminger@arri.de, http://www.arriworldsales.de/ or come by at the ARRI Worldsales booth

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Red Waters at Cartoon Movies

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.

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Icelandic Film Centre supports Ploey

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.

New location in Sweden

We have just relocated our offices in Sweden and started operating this morning at the new location. The full address is:
GunHil Ltd.
Tornavägen 13,
22363 Lund,
Sweden

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!

Development support from EU Media Programme to PLOE

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.