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Fantastic Fest Announces Pitch Projects for Genre Film Market

Fantastic Fest Announces Pitch Projects for Genre Film Market

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Austin’s Fantastic Fest, which specializes in genre cinema, announced the 13 picks for its 3rd edition of Fantastic Market (Mercado Fantastico), where genre narrative projects are showcased from filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Latinos in the U.S. Fantastic Fest will run from September 24 – October 1, with Fantastic Market taking place from the 24-26.

“Since its inception in 2013, Fantastic Market has helped many filmmakers move their films from concept to reality,” said market director Rodney Perkins. “We are extremely confident in the quality of this year’s projects and we look forward to sharing them with the world.”
 
The pitch projects are as follows:
 
“Amateurs”
Mexico
Director: Santiago Cendejas
Producers: Gerardo Naranjo, Vanessa Perez
“Amateurs” is a point of view horror film, seen through the lens of a group of amateur pornographers working for a doomsday cult.
 
“Bandit Heroes” (“Heroes Bandidos”)
Chile
Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
Producer: Diego Moral
An angry and out of control young businessman, who wants to rob the ambitious man who killed his father, joins a peculiar band of bank robbers that steals from the rich to give to the poor.
 
“Becoming an Action Hero”
USA / Mexico
Director: Maru Buendia-Senties
Producer: Maru Buendia-Senties
An aging Hollywood B-lister and a prominent Mexican producer battle past failures and personal shortcomings to help a promising young actor become Mexico’s first action hero.
 
“Blood Tissue” (“Tejido Con Sangre”)
Mexico
Director: Fabián Archondo Arce
Producers: Cyntia Navarro, Nicole Maynard Pinto
A cowardly candy salesman must face a Mexican vampire cartel assassin for the love of his own wife.
 
“Demon Driven” (“Endemoniados”)
Argentina
Director: Ramiro García Bogliano 
Producer: Federico Ricaldoni
A group of friends unleash a demon while partying on a wild night, and even though they are totally high and wasted, they have to become improvised exorcists to save their lives.
 
“Desalmados” 
Brazil
Co-Directors: Armando Fonseca, Raphael Borghi
Producer: Kapel Furman 
In his fortress, Rex controls strictly the scarce resources of survival, particularly medicines that are left in the world after the global tragedy.
 
“El Gigante”
USA / Canada
Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero
Producers: Raynor Shima, Paulina Trujillo
A young woman’s troubled past, sets her out in search for the disappearance of illegal immigrants, until she stumbles upon “la familia”…
 
“Kiken”
Uruguay
Director: Carlos Ameglio
Producers: Mariana Secco
Can you save your relationship in a mutant-infested town?
 
“Paradise Hills” (“Colina Paraiso”)
Spain
Director/Co-Writer: Alice Waddington 
Producer: Yadira Avalos
Co-Writer: Sofía Cuenca
In an undefined future, Uma lives in a society obsessed with a social network that connects young women with rich men. Marriages are no longer about love, but about feeding monsters.
 
“The Dump” (“El Vertedero”)
Mexico
Co-Directors: Fernando Montes de Oca, Xavier Sánchez Mercado
Producers: Isaac Ezban, Miriam Mercado, Amapola Rosillo
A psychotic old man, living in a garbage dump, resorts to animal and human sacrifices, to control an “imaginary” demonic being living below the mountains of waste.
 
“The Trace” (“O Rastro”)
Brazil
Director: João Caetano Feyer 
Producers: Malu Miranda, André Pereira
One man struggling for answers. One man haunted by the truth. By following “The Trace,” what separates them in life will bring them together in death.
 
“The Wolf’s Breath” (“El Aliento del Lobo”)
Colombia / Chile
Director: Alfonso Acosta 
Producer: Carolina Mosquera
She doesn’t know why she came back; but they know what it means. It’s the call of the blood…. She is not welcome. The machetes are waiting.
 
“The Yellow Night” (“A Noite Amarela”)
Brazil
Director: Ramon Porto Mota 
Producer: Lara Lima
“The Yellow Night” is a spiritual slasher, a teen movie about fearing the future and disappearance, the unknown, the dark and death.
For info regarding attending Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Market, head here.

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