The countdown is on as the Fantasia International Film Festival approaches this July and the Frontieres Co-production Market is always a highlight for us at ScreenAnarchy. As the co-production market continues to grow in size and it’s influence can be seen around the World it is always nice to come back to the home turf.
Fantasia alumni are returning en masse this year. There will be new projects from the filmmakers behind Frankenstein’s Army, JeruZalem, He Never Died and Let Us Prey.
There will also be a number of debut and sophomore features presented at the Market, backed by plenty of experience in television and short film formats for some, And now it is time to go to the larger feature film format.
And for the first time in the market two television series will be pitched; House of Psychotic Women based on the book by Canadian author Kier-la Janisse (Satanic Panic) and Untold Horror from Dave Alexander, editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine.
You can read the full press release below. There are no descriptions for any of these first wave projects. We will be there bright and too early that first Thursday morning as the Market kicks off with the pitch sessions and will report back to you the ones that made the biggest impressions.
FRONTIÈRES@FANTASIA ANNOUNCES A FIRST WAVE OF PROJECTS
MONTREAL, Friday May 13 - After a highly successful third European edition at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in April, Frontières returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival for its sixth edition, which will take place July 21-24 in Montreal.
Frontières connects North America with Europe in an environment specifically focused on genre film production and financing. Frontières marks its return to Fantasia with an expanded Frontières line-up that will allow more projects to participate in live pitch sessions. The complete project line-up will be announced during the first week of June.
Frontières is thrilled to announce a first wave of projects selected to participate in its 5th North American edition. For the first time, Frontières will be presenting two television series as part of its line-up: HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN, from producer Andy Starke(SIGHTSEERS, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, THE GREASY STRANGLER) , based on the book by Canadian author Kier-la Janisse, and UNTOLD HORROR, an 8-part documentary series on the greatest horror movies never made, from Dave Alexander, editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine. The line-up also includes film projects in development from director Brian O'Malley (LET US PREY), directors Yoav & Doron Paz(JERUZALEM), director Alexandre Franchi (THE WILD HUNT), producer Barbara Shrier(MÉMOIRES AFFECTIVES) and the team behind HE NEVER DIED, producer Zach Hagen & writer-director Jason Krawczyk.
Frontières is also pleased to include in its line-up the winner of the Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest, THE PROFUNDIS, awarded to the top Dutch genre project. THE PROFUNDIS, from director Richard Raaphorst (FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY) is a co-presentation with the Imagine Film Festival, with support from the Netherlands Film Fund.
Frontières recently announced a new partnership with the Marché du Film-Festival de Cannes for 2017. To introduce the partnership, Frontières and the Marché are pleased to present Frontières Day, which will include a day of programming in Cannes on Sunday, May 15. Events will include a Canadian-Genre VR presentation in collaboration with the Canadian Film Centre; Frontières Goes to Cannes, a work-in-progress presentation of 3 films in post-production; and the Fantastic Fanatics Mixer, in collaboration with Blood Window at Ventana Sur, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Frontières@Fantasia 2016: First Wave Projects
Brain Freeze (Canada)
Director/Writer: Julien Knafo
Producer: Barbara Shrier (Palomar)
Director/Writer: Alexandre Franchi
Producers: Ménaic Raoul, Alexandre Franchi, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette (Voyelles Films / Les Films de la Mancha)
House of Psychotic Women (United Kingdom) *Series
Directors: Various TBA
Writers: Sean Hogan (pilot episode), Kier-La Janisse (book)
Producers: Andy Starke (Rook Films), Kier-La Janisse
Mars Camp (USA/Israel)
Directors: Yoav & Doron Paz (PAZ brothers)
Writers: Yoav & Doron Paz (PAZ brothers), Lauri Donahue
Producers: PAZ Films, Epic Pictures
The Profundis (Netherlands)
Director: Richard Raaphorst
Writers: Shane Berryhill & Richard Raaphorst
Producer: Richard Raaphorst
Winner: Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest
Room Service (USA)
Director: Yedidya Gorsetman
Writers: Mark Leidner Yedidya Gorsetman
Producers: Josh Itzkowitz, Matthew Smaglik and Mark Leidner
Director: Brian O'Malley
Writer: Tony Philpott
Producers: Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell (Fantastic Films)
The Squall (Canada)
Director/Writer: Jason Krawczyk
Producer: Zach Hagen (Alternate Ending Studios)
Director/Writer: Aldo Tardozzi
Producer: Barbara Jukopila, Damir Ibrahimovic (Ziva produkcija)
Untold Horror (Canada) *Series
Director: Bob Barrett
Writers: Mark Pollesel, Dave Alexander
Producers: Bob Barrett, Dave Alexander, Kevin Burke, Andrea Butler (Post No Joes Productions)
For industry insiders industry registration for Frontières is now open (Early bird deadline: June 10).