Film sales at Toronto festival set new record

Film sales at the Toronto International Film Festival hit a record $52 million.

Total film sales at this year's Toronto International Film Festival have been estimated at a record $52 million, says festival co-director Noah Cowan.

The estimate was based on a survey of buyers and sellers performed by the festival's sales office.

The sales included $29 million in domestic film sales and $23 million in international sales.

"Today's survey results confirm Toronto's status as a top-tier festival for international business and deal-making," Cowan says. "International buyers clearly recognize Toronto as one of the world's premiere festivals to discover and buy the best cinema from across the globe."

Titles from Brazil, China, Germany, and Spain were sold this year, alongside films from Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.

Among the Canadian films sold were C.R.A.Z.Y., Water, Lie With Me and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey .

Deals were made for U.S. films such as Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Thank You for Smoking and Heart of the Game, and also for South African film Tsotsi and Brazil's The House of Sand.