See For Me racks up AFM sales after surviving pandemic-hit production cycle

See For Me
The Randall Okita-directed feature from Wildling Pictures proved to be a hot commodity at the American Film Market, with sales company Elle Driver securing a raft of international deals.

Canadian indie feature See For Me, which completed production over the summer after being suspended in March due to the pandemic, has been pre-sold into multiple international territories following a strong showing at the virtual edition of the American Film Market (AFM).

The film’s Paris-based sales company Elle Driver inked deals for German-speaking Europe (Atlas Film), CIS (Central Partnership), Spain (Inopia Films), Latin America (BF Distribution), Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), Korea (Cree Pictures), Middle East (N Stars) and Portugal (Cinemundo).

As well, the Randall Okita-directed feature has been pre-sold to Indonesia (PT Prima Cinema Multimedia), Hong Kong and Macao (Intercontinental), Vietnam/Cambodia/Myanmar/Laos (Noori Pictures), Taiwan (Cai Chang), South Africa (Empire Entertainment) and Malaysia and Brunei (Square Box).

The film, produced by Toronto-based Wildling Pictures, stars visually impaired actor Skyler Davenport alongside Kim Coates, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laura Vandervoort, Joe Pingue, Pascal Langdale and George Tchortov.

Like many projects across North America, See For Me was forced to suspend production in mid-March as the pandemic closed sets across the country. By that stage only half the film had been shot, leaving question marks over when the project could be completed and how the increased COVID production costs would be covered.

“We did end up in a situation where – even with some of our financiers contributing additional amounts and insurance paying out its maximum – Wildling Pictures ended up covering much of the COVID-related overages, which makes the announcement about our pre-sale success all the more exciting, as it means the investment we made will be recovered,” Wildling Pictures president Matt Code told Playback Daily.

The remainder of the feature was filmed in Toronto during the first two weeks of August. Post-production is now underway.

See For Me is funded by DiBrina Films, which coproduced the film, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates and Wildling Pictures. LevelFILM is distributing the film in Canada, with Elle Driver handling international sales.

See For Me follows a blind teenager who is house-sitting at a secluded mansion when thieves try to break in to obtain a hidden safe. Her only means of defense is a phone app called See For Me which connects her to Kelly, a veteran and volunteer across the country who spends her days playing first-person shooter games online and who now must see on Sophie’s behalf. We can also reveal a first look image from the film.