The Frontières Platform announces the selection for its third edition
by Vassilis Economou
- The Cannes Marché du Film’s genre-focused co-production platform is inviting along 14 projects at different stages of production, and is introducing a music and a VFX award
For the third year running, the Frontières Platform, the genre-focused section of the Cannes Marché du Film, will return to the Croisette, this time unspooling from 18-19 May. The platform will present 14 genre projects, divided into two different sections, to the industry professionals who will be in attendance at the event. The selection is fairly varied, with 15 different countries from all over the world represented, while Argentina is sending a project for the very first time. The Frontières Platform is a co-presentation between Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and the Cannes Marché du Film.
Starting off with the Frontières Buyers Showcase (Sunday 19 May at 4 pm in Palais K), six film projects that are in post-production or have recently been completed will have some of their footage screened to potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers. Cannes Marché du Film participants will thus get their first look at the latest efforts by Elbert van Strien and Christian Neuman as well as Steven Kostanski and Tamae Garateguy, among others.
Eight projects that are at an advanced stage of financing will be featured as part of the Frontières Proof of Concept Presentation (Saturday 18 May at 10 am in Palais K). The participants attended the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum workshop in Helsinki this past February, and have prepared their proof-of-concept videos along with their teaser trailers to get future partners on board. The participants include Jens Dahl (3 Things [+see also:
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interview: Lorcan Finnegan
film profile], as well as a project financed and co-produced by the International Sámi Film Institute (see the news).
Also, Frontières is introducing two prizes: the Frontières Warner Music Supervision Award, and the Frontières Post Control VFX Boost Award.
Lindsay Peters, Frontières executive director, stated: “In its first two years, the Frontières Platform has provided a first look at films such as Ravenous and Ghost Town Anthology. We can’t wait to introduce this year’s incredibly strong selection to the industry in Cannes and are thrilled that our partnership with the Marché du Film continues to produce such excellent results for our projects.”
Also, Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the Marché du Film, added: "Frontières is now established as a major event that supports the development and distribution of genre films. We’re very proud to be a part of this unique multi-stage market together with the Fantasia Film Festival, which has also proven its ability to follow projects through to completion.”
Here is the full line-up of the projects selected for the Frontières Platform:
The Furies – Tamae Garateguy (Argentina)
Producer: Sofía Toro Pollicino (Rio Films - Crudo Films)
A Nightmare Wakes – Nora Unkel (USA/Canada)
Producer: Robert Menzies (Zed.Film)
PG (Psycho Goreman) – Steven Kostanski (Canada)
Producers: Stuart F Andrews, Shannon Hanmer, Peter Kuplowsky, Jesse Kristensen, Susan Steffner (Crazy Ball Inc)
Slaxx – Elza Kephart (Canada)
Producer: Anne-Marie Gélinas (EMAfilms)
Proof of Concept Presentation
Arctic Chills – Ashley Savard, Jerri Thrasher, Sardana Savvina, Elin Marakatt, Sinituuli Kalttopää, Marc Fussing Rosbach (Canada/Norway/Greenland/Russia/Finland/Sweden)
Producers: Liisa Holmberg (International Sámi Film Institute), Jason Ryle (ImagineNative)
Cursed – Salomeya Sabko,Maria Dudko (Cyprus)
Producer: Maria Zatulovskaya (Bazelevs Entertainment)
Inside – Elise Salomon (USA/Canada/Ireland)
Producers: Elise Salomon (Against the Wind Productions), Heather Buckley (THE PRODUCTION COMPANY), Jay Thames (77 Films), Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell, Deirdre Levins (Fantastic Films), Dave Conlon, Rachelle Elbaz (Eggplant Picture & Sound)
Layers of Lies – Ramin Sohrab (Finland/Iran)
Producers: Ramin Sohrab, Mohsen Sarafi, Jonna Enroth (Sonram Productions)
Mersea – Lindsay MacKay (Canada)
Producers: Paula Devonshire (Devonshire Productions), Paul Scherzer
Monsters – Laura Smith (UK)
Producer: Jenny Walker (FRAMES OF REFERENCE FILMS - FoR FILMS)
Sales agent: Elle Driver
Slash/Back – Nyla Innuksuk (Canada)
Producers: Daniel Bekerman (Scythia Films), Nyla Innuksuk (Mixtape VR), Christopher Yurkovich, Alex Ordanis (Stellar Citizens)
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