Frontières is the only co-production market to "connect North America with Europe and Australasia, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production." The Rendez-Vous also includes the Fantasia Film Market, which made its official debut in 2012 to support the sales efforts of titles that were part of the festival’s programming.
The first edition of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous attracted over 250 subscriptions from members of the international film industry, bring it to full capacity. Its Frontières Co-Production Market included 14 projects in its Frontières line-up and 10 in its Off-Frontières line-up, hailing from Quebec and Canada, the United-States, Mexico, the United-Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand. Participating projects included new works from Stuart Gordon and Bruce McDonald. Thanks to the professional introductions made within Frontières, 5 projects found a co-producer, 2 projects found an international sales agent and 1 project is currently in pre-production.
The second edition aims to select a dozen projects for the Frontières line-up, from the same territories.
"Projects must be market premieres with a completed script and must be applicable to an international co-production environment where there would ideally be a Canadian production element," the festival explained. "The Off-Frontières selection will also return to allow for the inclusion of projects in a wider range of development stages and production environments. The market is open to both seasoned directors and directors proposing their first feature film project. Directors and producers may start submitting their projects now and the submission deadline is March 26th, 2013. The selected projects will be announced in May."
New facilities have been secured in one of the most modern buildings of Montreal's Concordia University campus, to allow for expanded meeting spaces and to increase the event’s accreditations capacity.
The Fantasia International Film Festival, one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, will have its 17th edition from July 18 to August 6, 2013.