Frontières@Fantasia 2016: The Pitch Sessions. Who Would Get My Money, Had I Any to Give
The signs of growth for the Frontieres Co-production Market were evident this year as the market launch event, the pitch sessions, were moved from the smaller J.A. de Seve theater to the main hall. The large crowd of buyers, sellers, producers, financiers and outsiders like myself all gathered early on Thursday morning.
Below is a summary of the projects that made the biggest impression on me. Regardless of their budget, goals, and needs, these are the projects that I want to watch. Now. As stated in years past if I had any money I would put it down on these projects. And by no means is this judgement on any of the other projects. This is merely a very subjective list.
That being said, only when the family estate has been divvied out and the night of celebratory debauchery is over, whatever money is left afterwards would be given to these projects.
House of Psychotic Women and Untold Horror
There were two television series pitches worth highlighting, House of Psychotic Women and Untold Horror. One has a narrative structure, the other a horror film travelogue of sorts.
Kier-La Janisse’s House of Psychotic Women would use her memoir by the same name as the narrative foundation for the series. The central character Carly navigates the Winnipeg, Canada child welfare system some time the in 80s. Over the course of the series she will attend counselling sessions and her memories will be filtered through the horror cinema of the times.
Rue Morgue’s Dave Alexander is planning a series that would explore the anticipated horror films that were never made. These were films that, despite the names attached to them, have never been made. Del Torro’s At the Mountains of Madness. A new Creature from the Black Lagoon. There are many examples of horror films that we would like to see, but one reason or another they have never been made.