US-China animation studio Gold Valley Films (GVF) is to showcase upcoming feature Little Emma at the EFM.
The first 50 minutes of the animation will be screened to buyers at the market in Berlin this week ahead of a planned delivery in Q2 this year. Leo Lewis and Isabella Blanco directed the film from a script written by Sean Lamb.
Natalie Grace (T–Rex Ranch) will voice Emma, a tiny girl adopted by animal parents who long for the truth. Along the way, she meets characters such as a genius turtle or scientist wolf and discovers that there are tiny humans living on an island. Further cast includes Broadway singer Travis Cloer, Bar Topaz, Niko Gerentes and Amy Margolis.
Co-producers are LA-based Neko Productions and India’s Toonz Media Group. GVF head of international Allen Tsang is a producer on the project and Ariel Veneziano is a consultant on the project.
The film was recently awarded the MPA Asia-Pacific Cooperation Special Award for best work-in-progress at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF).
GVF, which is based in Los Angeles and has a production house in China, has an EFM slate that also includes upcoming animated features Nils: The New Adventure, based on 1906 novel The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils by Selma Lagerlof, and Wojtek The Bear.
Little Emma marks their eighth animated feature to date, which includes Ella And The Little Sorcerer, acquired by Vertical Entertainment for the US; Cinderella And The Secret Prince; Academy Of Magic; and Mulan: The Princess Warrior.
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