The pre-teaser from Cartoon Movies

For all those who missed our pitch and presentation at Cartoon Movies in Lyon we have uploaded the pre-teaser we made for that occasion to our site.

The purpose of this pre-teaser is to investigate our two main characters a bit and try to lure distributors and investors who were in Lyon to attend our presentation. We belief that we were successful as we had 96 people attending, where off exactly half where distributors, investors and sales agents! Just the people we were looking for and there are already serious inquiries from over 20 countries!

The pre-teaser is available here on the PLOE part of our site. Those who want to follow our progress on IMDB can bookmark this link where we will add production information as we progress with the film.

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.

We will close for summer vacation!

Our offices will be closed for summer-vacation from July 24th and until August 5th. During that time it might be difficult to reach us and please do expect delays in correspondence. We are certain that by taking out good time to reload our systems with family and friends we will be double so powerful upon return!

In case you absolutely have to get a hold of us and we are not responding to messages within reasonable amount of time, please text us on +354 821 3555 with brief messages and a number to call back on and we will try to get back as soon as we can.

Wishing you all the very best of summer 2014!

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.

Season’s Greetings

We at GunHil wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season and a very prosperous year 2013! We are very excited to follow through our almost phenomenal success in our first 9 months of operations and look forward to a new year in making good business in the art of animation!

Season's Greetings

New Chairman of the Board of Directors

GunHil is very proud to announce a new Chairman of the Board of Directors. At a recent shareholders meeting, Árni Geir Pálsson was elected on the Board and has been appointed as our new Chairman of the Board.

Arni holds a Cand Oecon degree in Business Administration from the University of Iceland and a M.Sc. degree in International Marketing and Management from the Copenhagen Business School.
Arni has extensive experience in management and corporate governance both from the Icelandic as well as the international business community. In the past years he has worked as an independent management consultant. In 2006-2008 he was the CEO of Median Llc., a software and processing company in the international credit card industry. In 2005-2006 he was the CEO of the entertainment company LacyTown. In the years 2000-2005 Arni was VP of Corporate Development of the Icelandic Group Plc. Prior to that he was Head of Development of FF-Media group, CEO and owner of the advertising agency M&D, marketing manager of the shipping company Samskip and head of Custody and Wealth Management of Islandsbanki Securities.

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.