Frontieres: The Fantasia International Co-Production Market
In its inaugural 2012 edition, Frontières presented 14 projects, as well as 10 Off-Frontières projects, ailing from Quebec and Canada, the USA, Mexico, France, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
For its second edition, Frontières has curated a dozen standout genre film projects by filmmakers hailing from Canada, the United States and Europe. These projects will be featured in the co-production market, where the attached filmmakers and producers will be given a chance to meet with international producers, sales agents and distributors looking for projects to get involved with.
The Off-Frontières section will also make its return, to highlight a limited number of additional projects in a wider range of development stages. This selection should also allow for the inclusion of more Canadian and American projects, although international projects are also welcome.
To participate in Frontières, the selected projects had to be market premieres with a completed script and needed to be applicable to an international co-production environment where there is ideally be a Canadian production element (either in terms of production location, cast or crew, or post-production). They have a domestic producer attached, although some exceptions have bern made for exceptional talents looking to find a new producer. The Off-Frontières selection will allow for the inclusion of projects that did not fit all of these guidelines. The market is open to both seasoned directors and directors proposing their first feature film project. The directors are residents of either Canada, the United States or a European country.
The Frontière line-up of projects has now been selected. They feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, coupled with numerous established international producers. The selection of the second edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market will consist of the following 12 projects:CASTING THE RUNES (Canada / Germany / USA) Director: Joe Dante (The Hole, Gremlins) Writer: David Tully (Djinn) based on the Short Story by M.R. James Producers: Rob Heydon (Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy) Ecstasy Film, Daniela Tully (Djinn, Kaifeck Murder) Shivertownroad Films, Suzanne Berger (Rookie Blue) Rossetta Media Executive Producer: Tim Smythe (Djinn) FilmWorks Group Cast: Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness, Paul)
THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE (France) Director: Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware) Writers: Richard Stanley & Scarlett Amaris (L’Autre Monde) based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft
DARK MATTER (Poland) Director: Andrzej Zulawski (Possession, La Femme publique) Writers : Andrzej Zulawski, Laurent Bonzon & Denis Bretin Producer: Marcin Wierzchoslawski (The Mole) Metro Films
FROST ISLAND (UK) Director: Michael Kinirons (first feature) Writer: Mia Ylönen Producer: Katie Holly (Citadel, Jump) Blinder Films
HARRY’S BLONDE (UK) Director / Writer: Caradog James (The Machine) Producer: Julie Baines (Triangle, Creep) Dan Films
THE LIGHTHOUSE (Spain) Writers: David Matamoros & Richard Hobley Producer: David Matamoros (Chrysalis) Zentropa International Spain
LE QUARTIER DES OUBLIÉS (Québec) Director / Writer: Izabel Grondin (first feature) based on a novel by Madeleine Robitaille
OKTOBERFLESH (Germany / USA) Director / Writer: Buddy Giovinazzo (Life is Hot in Cracktown, Combat Shock) Producer: Matthias Georg Nerlich (Manolo) and Christoph Ito Herrmann, Little Kong Films
SCHOOLBOYS IN DISGRACE (USA) Director / Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America, World’s Greatest Dad) Producer: Andrew Tenenbaum, Creative Management and Productions Executive Producer: Raymond Douglas Davies Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, The Kinks
SOUVENIR (Québec) Director / Writer: Alex Epstein (writer Bon Cop Bad Cop) Producer: Anne-Marie Gélinas (Mars et Avril, War Witch) EMA Films
STEALING IS BAD (Canada) Director / Writer: Jason Lapeyre (I Declare War, Cold Blooded) Producer: Randall Okita (Fish In Barrel, Portrait As A Random Act Of Violence)
THE VOID (Canada) Directors / Writers: Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie (Manborg) Producers: Colin Geddes & Peter Kuplowsky (Manborg) Director of Photography: Karim Hussain (Antiviral, Hobo with a Shotgun)
THE FRONTIÈRES PARTICIPANTS Beside the Directors, Screenwriters and Producers of the selected projects, we invite Producers looking for distinctive new projects to become involved with, Sales Agents looking for promising projects to pre-sell, Distributors looking to attach themselves early-on to projects, and Agents looking for new talent to represent to actively participate in the market.
The accreditations are now open . You can apply by contacting Dara Jade Moats, Accreditations Coordinator, at email@example.com. The deadline to be included in the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous Market Guide is June 21st, 2013.
THE FUTURE OF FRONTIÈRES We are proud to announce the expansion of our Frontières International Co-Production Market to the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Frontières will effectively become a circuit making a bridge between Montreal, in July, and Brussels, in April, respectively starting with their July 2013 and April 2014 editions.
This expansion was made possible by a strategic partnership between Fantasia, BIFFF and Vision-in-Motion that secured funding from the MEDIA Mundus program of the European Commission. Frontières is the only new initiative to be funded by the program this year. MEDIA Mundus supports the cooperation between audiovisual professionals in Europe and the rest of the world. Other events supported by the program include industry initiatives by the Toronto, Berlin, Copenhagen and Buenos Aires film festivals.
The consideration of co-production projects for the Brussels edition of Frontières will begin in November 2013.