Wild Bunch Acquires International Rights to 3D Entertainment's Oceans 3D

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Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello have sold all media international rights to their first feature length film. Oceans 3D - Into the Deep presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau a working title has been acquired by Wild Bunch a Paris-and London-based sales distribution and production outfit. The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in digital 3D. We are delighted to have Wild Bunch as our partner on Oceans 3D a unique 3D experience that will leave audiences in awe of the beauty and biodiversity of the oceans says Francois Mantello chairman of 3D Entertainment. The work their sales team has already accomplished in conjunction with the Berlinale's European Film Market is absolutely remarkable with the film sold in 51 territories so far and many others in final discussions. Thanks to digital 3D technology viewers will literally dive into the virtually unknown deep blue says Vincent Maraval Wild Bunch's co-founder and head of sales. This flagship film is an excellent choice to kick off our new 3D label. Our goal is to quickly develop an independent film expertise in this field ultimately offering a 3D title at each major film market. The deal marks the first collaboration between the two companies. Under the terms of the agreement 3D Entertainment retains the rights (all-media) for the US and Canada. The 85-minute long docudrama is currently in post-production and completion is anticipated for this May in time for the Cannes Film Festival's Annual Market. The film is the result of six years of production 25 challenging expeditions and 200 hours of footage shot in 3D. A tribute to the ocean Oceans 3D takes viewers on a voyage through among others Californian kelp forests the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Roca Partida Island off the coast of Mexico which is home to thousands of sharks. Audiences will witness some of the most spectacular and unforgettable scenes of life beneath the waves ever captured in 3D: the manta ray's enchanting ballet; the noble procession of hammerhead sharks; the lionfish's relentless hunt; a group of young dolphins playing algae-football; the astonishing beauty of the Spanish dancer sea slug; and a unique encounter with the largest cetaceans on the planet. Oceans 3D is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program. Produced by 3D Entertainment and McKinney Underwater Productions it is directed by Jean-Jacques Mantello with underwater cinematography by Gavin McKinney and it features an original score by Christophe Jacquelin. 3D Entertainment www.3defilms.com