Germany’s Studio 100 Film, Australia’s POP Family Entertainment, and Ireland’s Telegael jointly announce their partnership for the whimsical and wacky animated comedy film Being Betty Flood. The announcement was made today by Thorsten Wegener, Director of Business Operations at Studio 100 Film, POP Family Entertainment’s Executive Producers Carmel Travers and Gerry Travers, and Cathy Ní Fhlaithearta, Head of Production at Telegael.

The 87-minute feature film, targeted at 8- to 14-year-olds and set for delivery in Autumn 2023, introduces Betty, a headstrong, smart 12-year-old girl torn between her over-protective mother and her desire to prove her magical and musical abilities. As she navigates the challenges of growing up and finding her place in the world, her relationships with her family and friends echo the experiences of young girls all over the world in this universal movie full of magic and mayhem.

The production is rich in both visual content and textures with 3D locations and characters, and will be the first to utilise Amazon Nimble Studio which empowers creative studios to produce visual effects, animation, and interactive content entirely in the cloud, from storyboard sketch to final deliverable. The truly global partnership and production will be distributed worldwide by Studio 100 Film. The film is an Official Treaty Co-Production between Australia and Ireland, which allows the film to be marketed with full European status.

Adapted and written by Harry Cripps and Cleon Prineas, Being Betty Flood is based on the 13-book series The Floods written and illustrated by award-winning Australian author Colin Thompson, which has been a stellar performer in the Australian and New Zealand kids’ book market for the last twelve years, with over one million copies sold across the series.

POP Family Entertainment CEO, Carmel Travers said “POP Family is thrilled to bring to the screen the fantastical world of 12-year-old Betty Flood and her very ‘different’ family of witches, wizards and ghouls! In a thrilling adaptation of Colin Thompson’s books, and working with great international partners, Studio 100 Film Germany and Telegael Ireland, Being Betty Flood, is truly a universal story of a young girl’s passage from child to teenager, determined to pursue her love of magic and music, despite her hilariously challenging family circumstances.

“Ultimately this is a funny, warm-hearted film about a young girl finding out who she really is,” she continued.

“Telegael is excited to work with our colleagues POP and Studio 100 on such a wonderful and important story that not only follows Betty on her quest to uncover the family’s secret past but understands a teenager’s journey of self-discovery,” said Telegael Producer, Cathy Ní Fhlaithearta.

Studio 100 Film’s Director Business Operations Thorsten Wegener adds: “It’s a privilege to be working with POP Family and Telegael to bring this wild animated comedy film to the big screen. Apart from producing a movie with a strong female character, Betty represents so many teenagers and young adults who are still trying to figure out where they belong. We are sure that not only girls but whole families will identify with the characters and love this film.”

Being Betty Flood

From a fantastic world where magic rules the land, a wild free-spirited, music-loving girl named Betty is about to celebrate her thirteenth birthday.

But Betty and The Flood family are fugitives – on the run from a malicious King who has been hunting them from before Betty was even born. Betty’s world is turned upside down when the King discovers her whereabouts and deliberately misrepresents her family’s secret past.

Betty’s actions put her family at great risk. To save them all, she and her friend Nat will embark on a journey to confront the King, to learn the truth about her family and along the way discover her one special gift will set them free.

About Studio 100 Film

Studio 100 Film is an international, independent sales agency for upmarket children’s and family movies. The Munich-based company is a subsidiary of Studio 100 Media and distributes Studio 100 Media’s animation feature films such as “Maya the Bee – First Flight”. In addition, it acts as a sales agency for selected third party films.  Studio 100 Film’s focus is to represent a well-chosen portfolio of films internationally with due attentiveness.

About POP Family Entertainment

POP Family Entertainment is a multi-genre development, financing and production house founded and run by Carmel Travers. Based in Sydney, POP Family Entertainment focuses on children’s and family series and features, while its newly launched scripted division, POP Fiction Entertainment, focuses on general scripted entertainment. POP has a diverse slate of projects in various stages of development and production including the feature film based on journalist Peter Greste’s harrowing memoir The First Casualty, with Peter Duncan penning the script, and an eight hour drama series inspired by the acclaimed Madison Knight female detective novels starring Helene Joy (Durham County, Murdoch Mysteries) written by Justin Monjo (Storm Boy, Jungle, Farscape) and Lynn Coady (Orphan Black, Diggstown) and to be directed by Daniel Nettheim. POP’s recent productions include a second season of the animated series Alien TV, in co-production with Entertainment One, for Netflix worldwide and Nine Media Australia.

About Telegael

Established in 1988, Multi-Emmy Award-winning Telegael is one of Ireland’s leading film and animation studios producing live action and animated content for the international television market and for worldwide cinema release. With studios in An Spidéal, and Baile na hAbhann, Galway, Telegael has coproduced animated and live action series and feature films with partners in the US, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, India, China, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Mexico and the Philippines. Telegael has won 5 IFTA Awards and was voted European Animation Investor of the Year by the delegates at the 2019 Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. Telegael has co-produced in excess of 1,200 hours of television programming, its projects have been distributed to over 160 countries and translated into more than 50 languages. Broadcaster partners and distributors include Disney, Lionsgate, Netflix, NBC Universal, KEW Media, BBC, Discovery, Amazon Prime, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, ZDF, ARD, BetaFilm, RAI, Channel 5, KiKa, Acorn, France Television, Hulu, SuperRTL, HBO, ABC Australia, CBC Canada, Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10 Australia, CCTV China, ITV, Channel 5 UK, RTÉ, TV3 and TG4. In 2007 Telegael acquired the Roger Corman film studios in Baile na hAbhann, Galway and later established Beochan which is Ireland’s only dedicated stop motion animation studio.

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