Vice secures deal for Canadian documentary "Eternal Spring"

Under the terms of the deal, Sideways Film will be responsible for the world sales of the Canadian production.

19 SEP 2022

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Vice has secured a worldwide license deal for "Eternal Spring: The Heist Of China's Airwaves," correlating with domestic deals with ARTE France / Germany, RTS Switzerland, VG Norway, Current Time (Russian Language, European Territories), and Al Jazeera Doc Channel (MENA). Additional sales announcements will be made at a later time. “This is an important movie that covers so many of the topics important to VICE - censorship, creativity, religious freedom and displacement - all done in some of the most exquisite animation I've ever seen. We're lucky to have this one on our slate,”  said Brendan Kennedy, VP Development VICE News. 

Sideways Film taking on the world sales for the Canadian production on behalf of Lofty Sky Entertainment and director/producer Jason Loftus. On 24 August, Telefilm Canada confirmed "Eternal Springs" to be Canada’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. It is the first documentary, first animated film, and first Mandarin-language film to be chosen by Canada. The film will open theatrically in Canada on September 23, at Film Forum in New York on 14 October, with global theatrical expansion to follow.

With more than a dozen festival awards since its March premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, including the two top audience prizes at Hot Docs, "Eternal Spring" is emerging as an Awards season contender. Through the artistic lens of celebrated comic book artist Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), "Eternal Springs" explores a plot created by Falun Gong adherents in China to hack state television and expose a repression.

"Over the nearly six years of making 'Eternal Springs,' it’s always been our goal to share this incredible story with the widest audience possible,” Director and producer Jason Loftus, said. “VICE’s ‘The Short List with Suroosh Alvi,’ presents an excellent slate of politically engaged docs and in depth conversations on an accessible platform. This, combined with our Fall theatrical release and international broadcasts, will provide the impact we are seeking for the film and its brave subjects.”