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FIRST EDITION OF FANTASIA INDUSTRY RENDEZ-VOUS WRAPS UP,
TWO PRODUCTION DEALS ALREADY ANNOUNCED
Montreal, Wednesday, August 1, 2012 – The inaugural edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival’s Industry Rendez-Vous wrapped-up this past Sunday in Montreal with great success. It attracted over 250 members of the international film industry, with the greatest number of guests hailing from the US, but there were also many attendees who came from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Denmark, ensuring that the market area was buzzing with business meetings over the four days of the event.
The Frontières International Co-Production market presented 14 projects in its Frontières line-up and 10 in its Off-Frontières line-up, hailing from Quebec and Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.
The market’s achievements can already be felt, as two deals have been announced, just two days after the merket’s end.
After screening their new thriller THE VICTIM on July 23 to rave responses, Blanc Biehn Productions (USA) announced they will be making the English language remake of Patricio Valladares’ EN LAS AFUERAS DE LA CIUDADA (HIDDEN IN THE WOODS) which will have its World Premiere at Fantasia on August 6 this year. Michel Biehn will star in the remake, which will be written by the original writers and creators of the Spanish version of the film, and will be shot in Chile by Patricio Valladares and Andrea Gavaletto. Jennifer Blanc Biehn and Michael Biehn will produce. Production is set to begin at the end of 2012 on location in Chile. HIDDEN IN THE WOODS was found and programmed for the festival by Fantasia co-director Mitch Davis.
Metaluna Production’s Fabrice Lambot (France) has made a deal with TCB Films’ Simon Trottier (Québec) for an international co-production of SÈVE by Fabrice Blin, one of the Frontières projects. Shooting is planned in Canada for 2013.
“I’m overjoyed that our first edition of the Rendez-Vous has already yielded results,” says Stéphanie Trépanier, Fantasia’s Market Director. “Over the course of the weekend, I received many testimonies on how such an event, with a focus on genre film production, was missing from the festival circuit and how Frontières helped tremendously to bring attention to film projects and talents that need a little push in the right direction. I’m convinced that many more projects will ink deals over the course of the next few weeks.”
The Fantasia International Film Festival still has 9 days and many premieres left to go, before it closes on August 9. Its 2012 programming, comprised of 160 feature films, included 20 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 45 Canadian Premieres.