The Exchange has acquired international sales rights to John Chester’s red-hot documentary The Biggest Little Farm ahead of prestige festival slots in Sundance and Berlin and what is expected to be a robust awards run next season.
Separately UTA Independent Film Group, who negotiated the acquisition with The Exchange, has licensed rights to Prokino for Germany and Switzerland, Le Pacte for France, Madman for Australia and New Zealand, and Cinemien for Benelux.
The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea and his team will introduce The Biggest Little Farm to international buyers at the EFM next month, when it will also receive its European premiere in the Culinary Cinema strand. The film premiered in Telluride and went on to play Toronto. It screens in Sundance on January 25 in Spotlight.
The documentary follows Chester and his wife Molly as they attempt to develop a sustainable farm by reinvigorating the ecosystem of a 200-acre farm located an hour north of Los Angeles.
Over eight years they plant 10,000 orchard trees, more than 200 different crops, and bring in many kinds of animals as their journey takes a series of wild and enlightening turns. UTA Independent Film Group brokered a North American deal in Toronto with NEON, who plans an April 5 release.
“The Biggest Little Farm is a heartening, universal and highly-commercial documentary with exceptional reviews,” said O’Shea. “This title fits perfectly with our high-end documentary lineup. Audiences will flock to The Biggest Little Farm.”
Chester directed, produced and co-wrote the film with Mark Monroe. FarmLore Films and Sandra Keats also produced, while the executive producers are Laurie David and Erica Messer.