After announcing the creation of Fantasia’s Industry Rendez-Vous and the Frontières International Co-Production Market (including the addition of Off-Frontières projects), Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival has now confirmed a record number of attendees from the film industry at the festival.
A total of 250 film professionals are scheduled to attend Fantasia during its second weekend, July 26 to 29, to participate in its Industry Rendez-Vous and Frontières International Co-Production Market. Among those, 84 producers, 59 filmmakers, 27 distributors, 11 sales agents, 24 members of the international press, and 20 festival programmers will be coming to Montreal. Furthermore, over 100 filmmakers, producers and actors are slated to host their films's premieres at Fantasia.
Over the four days of the event, strategic meeting sessions will be held around the Frontières and Off-Frontières projects. A conference series has been organized to assemble participants around current industry topics, such as: International Co-Production - Practical Funding Aspects (Panel with 4 International Producers); Shooting possibilities in Quebec (Presentation by the Quebec Film and Television Council); Transmedia Promotion Before and During Production (Panel with 4 case studies); Direct-to-Fan Distribution and Digital Marketing of your Film (Master Class by Jon Reiss); and Finding an International Sales Agent and Making the Deal (Panel with 3 International Sales Agents).
Fantasia is also happy to announce a new partnership with Festival Scope. The online screening platform is known for presenting films from the most prestigious film festivals in the world and collaborating with some of the most influential co-production markets. This partnership will promote Fantasia in two ways: first, by highlighting project descriptions and previous works by the filmmakers whose initiatives have been selected to participate in Frontières; and second, by presenting a selection of films from this year’s Fantasia programming. Previous works will soon be available to give Rendez-Vous participants a chance to research the Frontières projects before attending Fantasia’s market. A selection of films from this year’s edition of Fantasia will be available to view by registered Festival Scope members once the festival is over.
Widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, the Fantasia International Film Festival will host its 16th edition from July 19 to August 9, 2012 (two extra days have been added to accomodate a record number of 150 films in the festival programming). The new website, with details of the festival's programming and schedule, will be online July 11.
For more information about the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, you can consult its schedule here, descriptions of its conferences and events here and a list of the Festival and Industry Rendez-Vous attendees here.
A reminder of the selected Frontières International Co-Production Market projects:
BLOOD BORNE (Australia) Director / Writer: Fin Edquist / Producer: David Rapsey
DARK HOLLOW (New Zealand) Director: Paul Campion / Writers: Paul Campion & Paul Finch, based on a book by Brian Keene / Producers: Leanne Saunders & Daniel Warwick
KEEP QUIET (Mexico) Director / Writer: Jorge Michel Grau / Producer: Mayra Espinosa Castro
M (Australia) Director: Jon Hewitt / Writers: Jon Hewitt & Belinda McClory / Producers: Lizzette Atkins & Richard Stewart
PANDEMONIUM (France) Director: Abel Ferry / Writer: Eric Rondeaux / Producer: Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin
PERISH (UK) Directors / Writers: Catherine Linstrum & David-John Newman / Producers: Brian Coffey & Gillian Berrie
PONTYPOOL CHANGES (Canada) Director: Bruce McDonald / Writer: Tony Burgess / Producer: Ambrose Roche
PORK CHOP (Canada) Director: Sid Zanforlin / Writers: Chris Bavota & Sid Zanforlin / Producer: Philippe Chabot
PURGATORY (USA) Director / Producer: Stuart Gordon / Writer: Richard Mancuso
RADIUS (Canada) Directors / Writers: Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Léonard
SÈVE (France) Director: Fabrice Blin/ Writers: Fabrice Blin & David Uystpruyst / Producer: Fabrice Lambot
STRATA (USA) 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
TURBO KID (Canada) Directors / Writers: François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann–Karl Whissell / Producer: Ant Timpson, Executive Producer: Jason Eisener
CUT THROATS NINE(Canada) Director / Writer: Rodrigo Gudiño / Producer: Marco Pecota
MEMENTO MORI (Canada) Director / Writer / Producer: Jovanka Vuckovic / Writer / Producer: Jason Lapeyre
MYTHOSE (Quebec) Director / Writer: Albéric Aurtenèche / Producer: Simon Trottier
N.O.I.R. (Quebec) Director / Writer: Yves Christian Fournier / Producer: Nicole Robert
NOON TOMORROW (USA) Director / Writer / Producer: Paul Hough
PEDDLER’S GRAVE (USA) Director: Steven C. Miller / Writer: Ben Powell / Producer: Travis Stevens
SUGAR CANDY BLUES (UK) Director: Simon Rumley / Writer / Producer: Rowan O’Neill
SWEET BLOOD (Quebec) Director / Writer: Elza Kephart / Writer / Producer: Patricia Gomez Zlatar / Producer: Christine Falco
THE BEAT, SURRENDER! (Quebec) Director / Writer: Philippe Spurrell
WAIT TILL HELEN COMES (Quebec) Writer / Producer: Victoria Sanchez (based on a novel by Mary Downing Hahn)