An Irish documentary about the K2 mountain tragedy in August 2008 which killed 11 climbers, ‘The Summit’, has been snapped up by a major US distributor at the Sundance International Film Festival 2013.
The distributor, Sundance Selects, is a new theatrical and video-on-demand film label that provides a national platform in the US for independent films and documentaries will be available in about 40 million homes.
A subsidiary of IFC which is owned by American media giant AMC, it secured the US distribution rights over the weekend.
AMC is the studio behind the TV show, ‘The Walking Dead’, which is shown on RTE2 in Ireland and IFC previously produced ‘Touching The Void’, the 2003 documentary also about mountain climbing.
‘The Summit’, produced and directed by Nick Ryan of Image Now Films, has also been nominated for the documentary award at the festival. The result will be announced on 26 January.
“Sundance Selects are the perfect partners and home for our film – I am genuinely happy to be a part of the IFC family,” said Ryan.
The Summit was produced by Image Now Films and Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Productions, in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films and is funded by Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI and BBC.