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Frontières Announces Official Selection of Projects for 2020 Financing & Packaging Forum

Frontières announces today the official selection of projects for the 2020 Financing & Packaging Forum in Karlskrona, Sweden, co-organized with The Carl International Film Festival and Nordic Factory. With a selection composed of 11 genre projects seeking to complete their financing and advance to the production stage, the fourth edition showcases the most diverse and compelling program to date. The impressive upcoming event marks the first major partnerships between Frontieres and the Swedish Film Institute and the Norwegian Film Institute, and a returning major collaboration with the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

The slate features chosen films from Greece and Slovakia for the first time, and a majority of women directors as participants. Notable names from the showcase include prolific filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano, attached to a remake of the 1968 Mexican feature Vagabundo en la Lluvia, the directorial debut from Jen Handorf, producer of Alice Lowe’s acclaimed horror-comedy PREVENGE, new projects from the teams behind ZOO and LFO, and the feature adaption of the award-winning Sundance and TIFF selection short DOCKING. The full list of projects can be found below.

“This was our most competitive selection process yet,” says Frontières executive director Lindsay Peters. “The sheer amount of innovation and creativity found in this line-up confirms that genre film is only going to continue to flourish.”

The international showcase includes projects from Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, France and Canada.

The Frontières Forum will also feature an evening devoted to the current trend of Scandisaster films, presented by the Norwegian Film Institute, in addition to  an expanded delegation of producers without projects. The delegation will include representatives sponsored by the Swedish Film Institute (Fox in the Snow, Grand Slam Film, Stella Nova Film, B-Reel Films, BCD Film and Dansk Skalle), in addition to producers supported by the Danish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Norwegian Film Institute and Screen Ireland.

FULL PROJECT LISTING

BEYOND THE WALL
DIRECTOR/WRITER:: Antonio Steve Tublén
PRODUCER: Alexander Brøndsted (PingPong Film)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: Sweden/Denmark/Ireland

THE BRAID (FLÄTAN)
DIRECTOR: Sanna Lenken
WRITER: Joen Heed Windahl
PRODUCERS: Annika Hellström & Erika Malmgren, (Cinenic Film) and Signe Leick Jensen & Morten Kaufmann (Toolbox Film)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: Sweden/Denmark 

BRETHREN
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Terrance Odette
PRODUCERS: Jennifer Pun & Rosalie Chilelli (Edge Entertainment)
PRODUCTION COUNTRY: Canada

THE CHANGE 
DIRECTOR: Jen Handorf
WRITER: Carina Rodney
PRODUCERS: Jen Handorf & Alex Bentley (Dark Matter Films)
PRODUCTION COUNTRY: United Kingdom

DESERT WITCH 
DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Sam Marine and Michael Borowiec
PRODUCERS:  Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms, Joe Yanick (Yellow Veil Pictures), Mike Peterson (775 Media Corp)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: USA/Canada

DOCKING 
DIRECTOR: Trevor Anderson
WRITERS: Trevor Anderson, Fish Griwkowsky, Ron Pederson, Becky Johnson, Kayla Lorette
PRODUCER: Alyson Richards (Outside Line Studio)
PRODUCTION COUNTRY: Canada

DOGMAN (HOMBRE PERRO)
DIRECTOR: Tamae Garateguy 
WRITER: Nicolas Britos
PRODUCERS: Silvia Rodriguez (TEDIGOQUE Productions), Melissa Cordero (LUNATICA Films)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: Argentina/Peru

DRIFTER IN THE RAIN
DIRECTOR: Adrián García Bogliano
WRITERS: Carlos Enrique Taboada, Adrián García Bogliano
PRODUCERS:  Andrea Quiroz Hernández (Salto de Fe Films), Pablo Guisa Koestinger (Mórbido Films/Mantícora Distribución)
PRODUCTION COUNTRY: México

THE NIGHTSIREN (Svetlonoc)
DIRECTOR: Tereza Nvotova
WRITER: Barbora Namerova
PRODUCERS: Peter Badac (BFILM), Milos Lochman (moloko film)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: Slovakia/Czech Republic

A PRAYER FOR THE DYING
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Dara Van Dusen
PRODUCERS: Dyveke B. Graver (Oslo Pictures), Jamie Manning (Night Market Films Inc.)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: Norway/Canada

SHE LOVED BLOSSOMS MORE
DIRECTOR: Yannis VESLEMES
WRITERS: Yannis VESLEMES / Dimitris EMMANOUILIDIS
PRODUCERS: Fenia COSSOVITSA – BLONDE (Greece)
Christos V KONSTADAKOPOULOS – Faliro House (Greece)
lexis PERRIN – Rumble Fish (France)
Ant Timpson – Timpson Films (New Zealand)
PRODUCTION COUNTRIES: Greece/ France

The Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum 2020 is made possible thanks to the support of the Swedish Film Institute, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Norwegian Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, the Danish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund, Screen Ireland, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Regional Council of Blekinge, and the Embassy of Canada to Sweden. 

The call for projects for both the Frontieres Platform in Cannes & the Frontières International Co-Production Market at Fantasia are currently open. Genre projects in varying stages of development are invited to submit. 

Frontières is internationally established as the leading industry initiative for genre film professionals. It is organised by the Fantasia International Film Festival, with the participation of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. www.frontieresmarket.com

At Frontières, we connect emerging & established genre filmmakers with leading industry professionals and promote international co-production and collaboration with Canada & Europe. Since 2017 Frontières has produced 3 annual events: the Frontières International Co-Production Market (July, at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, for projects in development & early financing); the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum (February, travelling event, for projects at the midway point in their financing); and the Frontières Platform at the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes (May, for projects in advanced financing & post-production).

Frontières provides diverse and highly effective opportunities for filmmakers & producers to connect with partners and secure financing, sales representation and distribution. Current Frontières projects on the festival circuit & in release include COLOR OUT OF SPACE, SEA FEVER, CHAINED FOR LIFE, BLACK CONFLUX, JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY, THE LONG WALK, RIOT GIRLS and BLACK CIRCLE. Projects currently in post-production include SLASH/BACK (d. Nyla Innuksuk), CENSOR (d. Prano Bailey-Bond), THE PAPER TIGERS (d. Tran Quoc Bao), THE WINTER LAKE (d. Phil Sheerin), HATCHING (d. Hanna Bergholm) and LAMB (d. Valdimar Jóhannsson).

Major Frontières success stories include RAW, VIVARIUM, EXTRA ORDINARY and TURBO KID. Frontières was founded in 2012 as the industry arm of the Fantasia International Film Festival by Stephanie Trepanier. In 2014 Lindsay Peters took the helm and with Julie Bergeron of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, expanded Frontières into its current format. Frontières operates out of Montreal with major collaborative assistance from the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, Nordic Factory, and rotating Forum partners.

Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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