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U.S.-Based Dark Star, Mexico’s Mantícora, Spain’s La Dalia Launch Genre Label Antídoto Horror Factory (EXCLUSIVE)

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Emiliano De Pablos U.S. distribution company Dark Star Pictures, Mexico’s Mantícora Distribution and Spain’s La Dalia Films announced at Cannes a strategic deal to launch genre label Antídoto Horror Factory.

The venture, unveiled at the Marché du Film’s new genre-focused Fantastic Pavilion, will develop, produce, distribute and sell a minimum of four genre feature films in the next four years, starting pre-production in 2023.

Dark Star will take North American rights; Mantícora, Latin American territory, and La Dalia, Spanish rights. “For the rest of the world, the partners will mutually agree to the most suitable sales representation,” said Antídoto Horror Factory partners in a statement.

For Mantícora, a distribution and sales company based in Mexico, fruit of a joint venture between VCS Capital and Mónica Lozano’s Alebrije Cine, the move will mark the entry into film production.  “In what is a more competitive market for small to medium distribution companies, in order to assure premium content for us the natural next step was to expand into the production side.

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