Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival -- one of the largest genre film festivals in the world -- is embarking on its 16th edition with a major new industry-driven venture: the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières will be the first international co-production market to connect North America with Europe and Australasia in an environment focused specifically on genre film production.
There are currently two markets that focus on genre films that exist right now: Tallinn Black Nights and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. However, the former focuses on Eastern Europe and Russia, and the latter focus on the Asian market. Fantasia will be the first to focus on co-productions between North America, Europe and Australasia.
"It really surprised me that there was no other festivals doing that so I figured it was an opportunity for us," Stephanie Trepanier, the director of the new market, told Indiewire. "I saw there were so many international co-production markets around the world, but they were mostly concentrating on more classic productions."
International co-productions are obviously on the rise everywhere, which makes what Fantasia's quest one full of potential.
"Money is tight everywhere," Trepanier said. "But I think people are also more open to seeing countries work together. Sometimes you think it's all filmed in Edinburgh, but the interiors were made in Sault Ste. Marie and the editing was done in Germany. That way you can manage to get the financing for films that for one country it would not have been possible. And I've been noticing this kind of arrangement happening with genre films a lot."
Fantasia has announced the 14 projects that will participate in the first event, culled from roughly 40 submissions.
"The first edition is always the hardest," Trepanier said. "But I'm really happy with the projects we have this year. It was a mix of very quick submissions. As soon as we announced the market there were a couple of people who said 'oh yes, we were waiting for that.' Stuart Gordon was one of those. The first submission we got was from Stuart Gordon. And that was so amazing. This legend of genre films believes in us and puts his project in our hands. It was really great."
Frontières International Co-Production Market will be part of the new Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, which also makes its official debut in 2012 to support the sales efforts of the features that will be part of the festival’s programming. International producers and sales agents, distributors, broadcasters, talent agents and festival programmers are invited to attend the Rendez-Vous from July 26-29, within the 3-week body of the Fantasia Festival itself. Over the course of these four days, various meeting sessions will be held and a series of conferences will be organized to assemble the participants around current industry topics. For the inaugural edition, accreditation will be free of charge and can be applied for until June 15th.
Check out the full list of projects in the market below.
BLOOD BORNE (Australia)
Director / Writer: Fin Edquist / Producer: David Rapsey (Rogue Production)
DARK HOLLOW (New Zealand)
Director: Paul Campion / Writers: Paul Campion & Paul Finch, based on a book by Brian Keene / Producer: Daniel Warwick (Chameleon Films)
KEEP QUIET (Mexico)
Director /Writer: Jorge Michel Grau / Producer: Mayra Espinosa Castro
Director: Jon Hewitt / Writers: Jon Hewitt & Belinda McClory / Producer: Lizzette Atkins (Unicorn Films), Executive Producer: Richard Stewart
Director: Abel Ferry / Writer: Eric Rondeaux / Producer: Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin (Paprika Films)
Directors / Writers: Catherine Linstrum & David-John Newman / Producer: Brian Coffey (Sigma Films)
PONTYPOOL CHANGES (Canada)
Director: Bruce McDonald / Writer: Tony Burgess / Producer: Ambrose Roche (Shadow Shows)
PORK CHOP (Canada)
Director: Sid Zanforlin / Writers: Chris Bavota & Sid Zanforlin / Producer: Philippe Chabot
Director / Producer: Stuart Gordon / Writer: Richard Mancuso
Directors / Writers: Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Léonard
Director: Fabrice Blin / Writers: Fabrice Blin & David Uystpruyst / Producer: Fabrice Lambot (Metaluna Productions)
Directors: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead / Writer: Justin Benson / Producer: Justin Benson & David Lawson
THE WITHERING (UK)
Directors / Writers: Robert Morgan & Sam Walker / Producer: Karen Smyth (La Belle Allée)
TURBO KID (Canada)
Directors / Writers: François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann–Karl Whissell / Producer: Ant Timpson, Executive Producer: Jason Eisener