The Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous
The First Edition of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, debuted in 2012 a major new industry-driven venture: The Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous.
The Industry Rendez-Vous featured the new Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières was the very first international co-production market to connect North America with Europe and Australasia, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production.
It also included the Fantasia Film Market, which made its official debut to support the sales efforts of the films that were part of the festival’s programming.
The 2012 Rendez-Vous was a resounding success, with more than 250 international film professionals attending, reaching its capacity limits. Thanks to the professional introductions made within Frontières, 5 projects found a producer and 2 projects found an international sales agent. Following the Film Market and their Fantasia premieres, 12 films found a North American distributor and one film sold its remake rights.
Details of the Rendez-Vous events and participants, as well as descriptions of the 2012 Frontières projects can be found by consulting the Market Guide here. Fantasia also associated itself with Festival Scope industry-oriented streaming website, where a page was created to feature the Frontières projects and their director’s previous works, as well as another with a selection of some of Fantasia’s outstanding films from its 2012 programming (see here).
The Second Edition of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous
The Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous will make its return at Fantasia from July 25 to 28, 2013. Once again, these four days will be packed with the Frontières pitch session, a series of conferences on the topics of production and distribution for independent genre films, various meeting sessions and networking cocktails, coupled with the regular Fantasia schedule of public screenings and parties. New facilities have been secured in one of the most modern buildings of the Concordia University campus, to allow for more meeting space and increase the event’s accreditations capacity.
The Future of Frontières
We are proud to announce the expansion of our Frontières International Co-Production Market to the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Frontières will effectively become a circuit making a bridge between Montreal, in July, and Brussels, in April, respectively starting with their July 2013 and April 2014 editions.
This expansion was made possible by a strategic partnership between Fantasia, BIFFF and Vision-in-Motion that secured funding from the MEDIA Mundus program of the European Commission. Frontières is the only new initiative to be funded by the program this year. MEDIA Mundus supports the cooperation between audiovisual professionals in Europe and the rest of the world. Other events supported by the program include industry initiatives by the Toronto, Berlin, Copenhagen and Buenos Aires film festivals.
The consideration of co-production projects for the Brussels edition of Frontières will begin in November 2013.
The Fantasia Film Market
In addition to the co-production market, the festival will be hosting a film market within the same dates, to support the sales efforts for the features that will be part of the programming of the 2013 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival.
Sales agents and producers will be provided with a space to meet with prospective buyers. Once again, a video screening room will be offered for your convenience.
Sales agents and distributors looking to attend the festival to scout new films to acquire are welcome. The accreditations are now open . You can apply by contacting Dara Jade Moats, Accreditations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to be included in the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous Market Guide is June 14th, 2013.