Major Co-Production and World Sales Agreement for PLOEY

GunHil presented PLOEY – You Never Fly Alone at Cartoon Movies, the animated feature film forum in Lyon, France. At the presentation in Lyon, a Co-Production agreement with Trixter of Germany was announced along with a World Sales Agreement with ARRI Worldsales, marking a major milestone towards completion of financing of this great story of the little bird that hasn’t learned to fly when his family migrates in the fall.

Moritz Hemminger, Theatrical Sales Manager of ARRI Worldsales expressed his satisfaction of the contract and sited his thoughts on the script: “What a fantastic story! It has everything you’re looking for in a family feature animation. The outsider, who becomes a hero with the help of his friends, very touching and adventurous story!”

TRIXTER is a highly regarded animation and VFX studio with facilities in Munich, Berlin and Los Angeles, known for their work on films like Iron-Man 1, 2 & 3, Journey 2 and The Avengers, as well as having many years of co-production experience on major European animated films.

ARRI and Trixter have joined in a partnership placing ARRI and TRIXTER as a heavyweight in the animation sector, and are already receiving great interest from distributors and potential co-producers. PLOE is the very first project where the two Münich headquartered powerhouses join forces with GunHil.

PLOEY is a family feature film directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson (Undercurrent, Thicker than blood) and GunHil’s own Gunnar Karlsson who also is a visual director on the film, which script is written by Fridrik Erlingsson. The film is produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson and Haukur Sigurjonsson on behalf of GunHil and is expected to premiere at year end 2015. Gunnar, Fridrik and Hilmar where the main creators on Legends of Valhalla – Thor, Iceland’s biggest and commercially most successful film project to date.

GunHil & Ploe at Cartoon Movies

GunHil will present in development their new animated family feature film Ploe – You Never Fly Alone at Cartoon Movies in Lyon on Friday March 8, at 9:45 am in Studio Lyon. Fridrik Erlingsson writes the Script and it will be directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson and Gunnar Karlsson, who also designs characters and develops the look of the film. Producers are Hilmar Sigurdsson and Haukur Sigurjonsson who also will present the project in Lyon. This is the first public appearance of the lovable little Ploe who is born latest and when fall comes he has not yet learned to fly and is left to fight harsh winter, cruel enemies and vicious elements. Intended release is in year end 2015.

GunHil at EFM

The European Film Market in Berlin is approaching fast. Hilmar Sigurdsson, our CEO/Producer will be there from Friday February 8th until Monday February 11th. His schedule is filling up rapidly so please make sure you book your meetings in good advance. Distribution and sales are on the agenda and let’s count on him bringing home some good tidings for PLOE – You Never Fly Alone, our upcoming animated family feature film. Send us e-mail at gunhil@gunhil.com for bookings!

We will then officially stand on stage in Lyon at this year’s Cartoon Movie with PLOE – You Never Fly Alone and unveil a brand new pre-teaser where PLOE himself will appear animated for the very first time, if he manage to hatch from his egg in time! And General Falk might just throw in a little smile with his grim face, also a world’s first moving appearance by that vicious looking lead.

Music to the pre-trailer, courtesy of Sena, is by Bragi Valdimar Skúlason and Gudmundur Kristinn Jónsson, performed by Iceland’s Own Superstar Paul Oscar. The song is entitled “Gordjöss” which is a local slang meaning “gorgeous” – what else!

Cake and Gunhil join forces

Cake and Gunhil join forces for development and distribution of Space Stallions

Space Stallions, the instant 80s parody hit presented by GunHil at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse in September has landed an international development and distribution deal with the signing of an agreement between CAKE in London and GunHil Ltd. of Reykjavik, Iceland.

“As darkness is covering the multiverse, far away in the galaxy of the wild stallion, the divine Mother mustang calls upon Sun-Ray for help as the spark of life is in great danger. An elite force is formed by the Global Council. They are the Space Stallions, sent on a mission to save the galaxy from the über-evil demon of darkness, Destructo.”

The appearance of Space Stallions at Cartoon Forum is probably best described by the words of Sandra Freisinger-Heinl of Branded Entertainment Online: “In addition, the ‘boys’ of the Icelandic production company GunHil received outstanding applause. They won over the audience with Space Stallions, an adult parody of 80s science-fiction cartoons and thus almost placing the audience in turmoil.”
Space Stallions is targeted for 18-48 year-olds.

Space Stallions has been a phenomenal hit on YouTube since it was released earlier in the year already with close to 650,000 views. The concepts were originally created as a short film graduation project from the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark and have on top of its on-line success, enjoyed festival screenings and accolades at numerous animation festivals around the world, including Annecy.

CAKE and GunHil have now joined forces to expand the development of the property to better suit the needs of the international market and furthermore, CAKE will handle worldwide distribution of the upcoming TV series. The originating authors of the property, Thorvaldur Gunnarsson and Agust Freyr Kristinsson will join the process of bringing this exciting satire to the world.

Tom van Waveren, CEO & Creative Director, along with CCO & Managing Director Edward Galton and Grainne McNamara, VP Development and Sales, are heading the project on behalf of CAKE.

Ploe will be at Cartoon Movies in March

GunHil’s first animated family feature film ‘Ploe – You Never Fly Alone’ will be presented as project in development at Cartoon Movies which takes place in Lyon from March 6-8. GunHil is seeking pre-sales and co-producers at the forum for the heart-warming adventure film which tells of a young plover chick who hatches the very last of 4 brothers. When fall comes and his family migrates to warmer climate, Ploe is left behind to fight harsh winter, cruel enemies and vicious elements.

The story and script is written by Fridrik Erlingsson and Gunnar Karlsson will co-direct and is the visual creator of the film. The film is produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson and Haukur Sigurjónsson and is expected to be in cinemas at year end 2015.

PLOE - You Never Fly Alone

Ploe – You Never Fly Alone in development

GunHil is extremely proud to announce its first animated family feature film in development. The film is based on a story and script by Fridrik Erlingsson, a well-known novelist and script writer (Benjamin Dove, Legends of Vallhalla – Thor). The film is visually created and co-directed by GunHil’s Gunnar Karlsson and produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson and Haukur Sigurjonsson.

Ploe is born the latest of 4 plover chicks and is off on the wrong wing from the very start. When autumn comes and his family migrates to warmer climates, the young chick has not yet learned to fly. He faces the harsh winter, cruel enemies and vicious elements which he has to battle with his new friends.

The film has received script funding support from the Icelandic Film Centre and is expected to be out in 2015. You can read more on the film here on the site.

Space Stallions soar at Cartoon Forum.

It was a breath taking moment at the trailer show after lunch on Thursday at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. People cheered, whistled and applauded after the screening of the Space Stallions trailer and it was obvious that this entertainment was highly appreciated. One veteran of Cartoon Forum described the moment as “unprecedented”.

This was only the beginning of what turned out to be a great day for GunHil and the Space Stallions. Over 200 people showed up for the presentation and the room was jammed packed. There where continues cheers and laughter throughout the presentation and when the trailer appeared in full force at the end of the pitch, it was obvious that something extraordinary had taken place. Space Stallions was one of the most attended presentation of the 69 projects pitched there.

The future looks bright and ahead is serious talk with major internationals and others on how to bring the Space Stallions series from the multi-world into this world. Exciting times ahead in our 5 months old company – which happens to be “still under the same management” so we quote a good Danish friend of ours.

The photos are courtesy of Claudius Gebele of Studio Rakete, who was kind enough to send us few.

Panel at Cartoon Forum 2012 Pitch

Denmark and Norway premiere approaching

The film ‘Legends of Valhalla – Thor’ which was co-directed and visually created by Gunnar Karlsson, and produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson and Arnar Thorisson while back with Caoz, will have its premiere in Denmark on April 24 and Norway on May 11. The trailers in local languages are available here:

DK: http://www.kino.dk/film/t/th/thor-legenden-fra-valhalla

NO: http://www.oslokino.no/article437052.ece

 

Box-office hit in S-Korea

Our previous endeavour ‘Legends of Valhalla – Thor’, created while back with Caoz, has been a true box-office hit in S-Korea, a country that saw local film having around 70% market share in 2011. The film was 6 weeks straight on the top-10 box-office list, starting at 4 for the first two weeks and then hovering between eight and 10th place. The film generated close to 5 M $ in box office with over 755.000 admissions in S-Korea only. This is by all means a great success which is not least by clever marketing strategy by Smile Int. who distributed the film in S-Korea. Gunnar Karlsson co-directed and visually created the film, which is produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson & Arnar Thorisson.