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From creepy cats to haunted palaces, Frontières shines the spotlight on trending international genre projects | Features


Genre projects about haunted palaces, demonic spirits and scary cats are just a few of those looking to raise funds at the Frontières Co-Production Market taking place this week in Montreal.

Organized by the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal with the participation of the Cannes Market, the Frontières 2022 Co-production Market includes 18 genre projects in the official selection. Six other projects are presented at the Forum Finance & Emballage de Frontières.

Projects in the Co-Production Market are a diverse and truly international group, from countries such as the UK, USA and Canada to Palestine, the Philippines and Nepal.

All hope to follow in the footsteps of genre projects such as Hatching, Lamb, The Long March, Sea Fever, Vivarium and Raw who enjoyed success in theaters or at festivals after pitching at Frontières.

This year’s Fantasia opening Polaris originally presented at Frontières, as was the Canadian feature by Cody Kennedy and Tim Rutherford The Latest Video Store and Finnish-Iranian action thriller Layers of lies. Wild Bunch, for example, boarded Kjersti’s Norwegian feature film Helen Rasmussen The nightmare at Frontiers.

The 18 projects in the Official Selection were selected from among 120 projects by the Frontières jury. To do the editing, the projects need an attached producer, a preliminary financial plan and a first draft of the screenplay.

The six Forum titles, meanwhile, were chosen from 26 submissions. Each needs at least 20% of their funding in place to be selected.

The teams will present all of their projects live and will have the chance to network with some 300 leaders from the international genre film industry, including from Amazon, Hulu, Disney+ and Universal, as well as filmmakers participating in Fantasia.

Growing demand


They do so at a time of growing demand for genre films. Major festivals are increasingly open to including genre films in their programming; for example, Cannes opened this year with Michel Hazanavicius’ zombie film Final cut. Content-hungry streamers have also provided a platform for genre filmmakers to find audiences.

Frontiers chief executive Annick Mahnert took over the running of Frontiers from Lindsay Peters in 2020, but this year marks the first time she has been able to oversee the event in person. Last year’s selection, she says, was heavily influenced by the pandemic, with a number of disease and transformation projects.

This year, Mahnert says there’s “a bit of everything.” Science fiction is strong: there is a Philippines-Japan-Canada project quantum suicide about a Filipino immigrant to Japan tasked with destroying the “Quantum Rifle,” a powerful device that can transport individuals to an alternate reality; Dutch project Space Beers, about a group of fellow Scottish drinkers and their new alien friends, embarking on an intergalactic adventure to save Earth from a divine alien with abandonment issues; and Spanish function The trail of the wolfwhich sees a daughter trying to save her father in a crowded world where life ends at 55.

Many projects are rooted in their own culture, says Mahnert. These include all of Africa The killing of a beasta realistic magic tale directed by Vusi Africa, and revenge thriller Palestine-Jordan-Sweden Weedestine, about an auto mechanic living in the lawless “Area-C” of Palestine seeking revenge for the death of his eldest son. The Nepalese set The palace, Meanwhile, is the story of a family caring for a remote Himalayan palace terrorized by ghosts that was inspired by the real-life massacre of the Nepalese royal family in 2001.

Other notable projects this year include Melanie Jones’ Canadian surreal thriller Backtrack, about a woman who comes to terms with herself after an accident hiking the West Coast Trail. Aram Garrig’s Spain-Italy project Jeanne- which took part in Sitges Pitchbox last year – is based on the true story of an actress joining the cult of British occultist Aleister Crowley in the 1920s. beasts of preymeanwhile, is an Italy-Denmark psychological horror about a lonely wealthy woman whose life is turned upside down after a feline predator kills her newborn daughter before her eyes.

Two UK projects are also seeking market backing this year: Supernatural Horror by Stéphanie Joalland Bougul Noz, about a 15-year-old English girl who is sent to a rural community in Brittany where she falls prey to a woodland creature; and Zam Salim Wander, about a seemingly ordinary albino cat taken in by a family, leading to dark and terrifying consequences.

Mix of filmmakers

Frontières is open to experienced directors and producers as well as beginners. “I personally really like to encourage these new directors more, because I think there are a lot of ‘golden bars’ out there. It’s up to us to discover these new talents,” says Mahnert.

Frontiers has built a solid reputation for helping to get genre projects off the ground, and Mahnert pays tribute to his predecessor Peters’ “tremendous amount of work” and the “incredible team” who worked on the editing of this year. “We only succeed because there are good projects going on. We’re lucky to have some reach now – people know Frontiers. They have seen the successes and they know how important it is.

The Frontières Coproduction Market will take place from July 21 to 24 and the Forum from July 22 to 23, both in Montreal.

Borders Official selection of the 2022 Coproduction Market

A void in the shape of a boy (WE)
Dir: Lucas Amann
Producers: Lee Stobby, Dane Eckerle, Daniel Brandt
Genre: Horror

beasts of prey (It-Den)
Dir: Andrea Corsini
Producers: Federico Grisi, Giorgia Priolo, Per Damgaard Hansen
Genre: Psychological horror drama

bloody bunny (Box)
Directors: Kat & Karissa Strain
Directed by: Laura Tremblay
Genre: Horror

Bougul Noz (UK)
Dir: Stephanie Joalland
Producers: Stephanie Joalland, Sean McConville
Genre: Supernatural Horror

bedrooms (WE)
Directors/prod: Nicole Daddona, Adam Wilder
Genre: Fantasy, comedy

Camp (Box)
Dir: Avalon Fast
Producers: Michael Peterson, Peter Kuplowsky, Taylor Nodrick
Genre: Horror

fox-blood (Canada QC)
Dir: Benjamin Steiger Levine
Producer: Pierre Even
Genre: Horror

I invoke you (Australia)
Dir: Michael Anthony Kratochvil
Producer: Kristian Moliere
Genre: Horror

Joan (Spit)
Dir: Aram Garriga
Producer: Carles Torras, Aram Garriga
Genre: Esoteric Drama

quantum suicide (Phil-Jap-Can)
Dir: Mikhail Red
Producers: Taro Imai, Micah Tadena, Michael Peterson
Genre: Science fiction

Space Beers (Net)
Director: Bouke van Veen, Maurice Schutte
Producers: Maurice Schutte, Nan Reunis
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, adventure

Wander (UK)
Dir: Zam Salim
Producers: Charlotte Wontner, David Brown, John Archer
Genre: Psychological Horror

Surgat (WE)
Directors: Michael Borowiec, Sam Marine
Producer: Josh Ruben
Genre: Horror, drama

Backtrack (Box)
Dir: Melanie Jones
Producers: Kristyn Stilling, Eli Morris, Melanie Jones
Genre: Surreal Drama, Thriller

The killing of a beast (All)
Dir: Vusi Africa
Productions: Naledi Bogacwi, Vusi Africa
Genre: Magical realism

The palace (USA, Nepal)
Dir: Anil Baral
Producers: Deepak Rauniyar, Anil Baral
Genre: Horror

The trail of the wolf (sp)
Dir: Angeles Hernandez
Producers: David Matamoros, Angeles Hernández
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Weedestine (Pal-Jor-Swe)
Dir: Said Zagha
Producer: But Salman
Genre: Revenge Thriller

Borders Forum 2022 selection

Firecrackers at midnight (US-Guat)
Dir: Christa Boarini
Producers: Christa Boarini, Dominic Medina
Genre: Thriller, magical realism

Outer edges (UK)
Dir: Kelsey Egan
Producer: Jade Alexander
Genre: Science fiction

Penny Lane is dead (Australia)
Dir: Mia’Kate Russell
Producers: Andre Lima, Matt Hearn
Genre: Horror

Seeds (Box)
Dir: Kaniehtiio Horn
Producers: Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger
Genre: Action, Thriller, Native Heist

The ice talker (Box)
Dir: Benjamin Ross Hayden
Producers: Benjamin Ross Hayden, Avi Federgreen
Genre: Science Fiction, Indigenous Futurism

Wound (Swiss)
Dir: Tillo Spreng
Producer: Noah Bohnert
Genre: Dark romance, fantasy