Fantasia 2014: Impressions From The Frontières Pitch Sessions

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As great Canadian bards of the 20th century once wrote into one of their lyrics, "If I had a million dollars, I would buy you a monkey. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?"
Yesterday morning we "industry-types" gathered together for the Frontières International Co-Production Market pitch sessions. Buyers, sellers, financers and lesser hanger-ons like myself (festival programmer) shook the cobwebs from travelling the day before to see twelve projects chosen to participate in this year's market. Each project was given fifteen minutes to convince us that their project was worthy of our investments. 

In no particular order I have chosen my top five pitches. If I had a million dollars I would "buy their love". Based on the quality of their presentations and the ideas and concepts for their films It would come as no surprise to me if these projects got some sort of co-production help by the end of this weekend. 

Emergence It is kind of hard not to cheer for filmmakers Bruno Samper and Kristina Buozyte. Their previous film Vanishing Waves was a festival circuit darling and a damn good film. We should already be familiar with their next project as we were eager to see what the duo would come up with next. They wish to shoot the exteriors in North Africa - the film is set in Morocco- and hope the interiors will be shot in Lithuania or here in Canada. On the plus side as well they plan to shoot their sci-fi neo noir with an English speaking cast which should help with accessibility outside of the festival circuit.

The son of a brilliant bio-engineer returns to his father's home to deal with the legacy of his father, a conscious, synthetic Organism in the form of a marvelous garden, which is now dying. He is the only one who has the power to save the Organism and his actions may have repercussions for humankind's destiny.

If you want to know what to look forward to notes on the film include, "According to its mood, the film will be a mix between 1950s classy film noir, Arabian NIghts with some Lovecraftian mood and organic high tech sci fi". They also used M83's Outro, which might be cliche, but I am a sucker for that song so it bode well with me.

They are working again with producer Ieva Norviliene at Tremora.

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wagnerfilmJuly 27, 2014 11:57 PM

I thought Vanishing Waves was rubbish, easily the most overrated film during its year on the festival circuit. Hopefully these filmmakers will do better next time.