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, is embarking on its 16th edition with a major new industry-driven venture: The Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous.

The Industry Rendez-Vous will feature the new Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North-American with Europe and Australasia, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production.

It will also include the Fantasia Film Market, making its official debut in 2012 to support the sales efforts of the features that will be part of the festival’s programming.

The Industry Rendez-Vous will be held from July 26th to the 29th 2012, within the 3-week body of the Fantasia Festival. Over the course of these four days, a Frontières pitch session, various meeting sessions and networking cocktails will be held, and a series of conferences will be organized to assemble the participants around current industry topics. These events will be coupled with the regular Fantasia schedule of public screenings and parties.

Frontières: The Fantasia International Co-Production Market

The projects to be presented in the market have now been chosen and feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, as well as numerous established international producers. The selection of the first edition of Frontières will consist of the following 14 projects:

BLOOD BORNE (Australia) Director / Writer: Fin Edquist / Producer: David Rapsey (Rogue Production)
DARK HOLLOW (New Zealand) Director: Paul Campion / Writers: Paul Campion & Paul Finch, based on a book by Brian Keene / Producers: Leanne Saunders & Daniel Warwick (Chameleon Pictures)
KEEP QUIET (Mexico) Director / Writer: Jorge Michel Grau / Producer: Mayra Espinosa Castro
M (Australia) Director: Jon Hewitt / Writers: Jon Hewitt & Belinda McClory / Producer: Lizzette Atkins (Unicorn Films), Executive Producer: Richard Stewart
PANDEMONIUM (France) Director: Abel Ferry / Writer: Eric Rondeaux / Producer: Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin (Paprika Films)
PERISH (UK) Directors / Writers: Catherine Linstrum & David-John Newman / Producers: Brian Coffey & Gillian Berrie (Sigma Films)
PONTYPOOL CHANGES (Canada) Director: Bruce McDonald / Writer: Tony Burgess / Producer: Ambrose Roche (Shadow Shows)
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 (Metaluna Productions)
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 (La Belle Allée)
TURBO KID (Canada) Directors / Writers: François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann–Karl Whissell / Producer: Ant Timpson, Executive Producer: Jason Eisener

Click here for synopses of each projects

Four of the 14 projects hail from Canada and Quebec: Adored maverick trail-blazer Bruce McDonald (HARD CORE LOGO 1 & 2, THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN, HIGHWAY 61) graces us with a hotly-anticipated sequel to his cult masterpiece PONTYPOOL.

Sid Zanforlin presents his first feature PORK CHOP and the filmmaking duo of Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard second their no-budget effort SANS DESSEIN with RADIUS.

After becoming the most popular submission to Drafthouse Films' THE ABCS OF DEATH’s short film contest with T IS FOR TURBO, the Roadkill Superstar collective (François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann–Karl Whissell) is now presenting its follow-up in feature form, TURBO KID, to be produced by New Zealand's Ant Timpson (THE DEVIL DARED ME TO, also founder of Incredibly Strange) and executive produced by none other than Jason Eisener (HOBO WTH A SHOTGUN, TREEVENGE).

From the USA, genre film legend Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, STUCK, EDMOND) brings us PURGATORY.

Fresh from their wildly acclaimed premiere of RESOLUTION at the Tribeca film festival just the other week, where the film made many critics' best-of-fest lists, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are presenting their new project STRATA.

On the European side, the UK and France are featured. After winning the Best Animation Short Film award at last year’s Fantasia with his world premiere screening of BOBBY YEAH (which went on to standout showings at Sundance, Rotterdam and Sitges, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA, and winning a special jury prize at Clermont-Ferrand) and getting a spotlight on his work in 2006, Robert Morgan returns to Fantasia with THE WITHERING, a live-action debut project to be co-directed with Sam Walker (TEA BREAK) and to be produced by Karen Smyth, co-producer of Nicolas Winding-Refn’s VALHALLA RISING.

After the Midnight Audience Award-winning premiere of CITADEL at SXSW, producer Brian Coffey brings us PERISH by BAFTA-winner Catherine Linstrum and David-John Newman.

Fabrice Blin makes his feature debut with SÈVE, and following up the critically lauded HIGH LANE (VERTIGE), Abel Ferry comes to present PANDEMONIUM.

After last year’s North American premiere of THE DEVIL’S ROCK, New Zealand director Paul Campion returns to Fantasia with DARK HOLLOW, based on a novel by best-selling author Brian Keene.

From Australia, producer David Rapsey (LAKE MUNGO) delivers the feature debut by Fin Edquist, BLOOD BORNE, and Jon Hewitt (X, ACOLYTES) comes to present M.

MEXICO: Finally, Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau follows-up the celebrated WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (SOMOS LO QUE HAY – Cannes Directors Fortnight 2010 and a hit at Fantasia, where the film had its North American premiere) with KEEP QUIET.

Off-Frontières: An Added Section of the Fantasia International Co-Production Market

The overwhelmingly positive response for Frontières inspired the Fantasia team to go even further and curate an Off-Frontières selection of film projects. This selection highlights a limited number of additional projects in a wider range of development stages, and proudly incorporates more projects from Quebec and Canada. The Off-Frontières selection will consist of the following 10 projects:

BLOOD BORNE (Canada) Director / Writer: Rodrigo Gudiño / Producer: Marco Pecota (Rue Morgue Cinema)
MEMENTO MORI (Canada) Director / Writer / Producer: Jovanka Vukovic / Writer / Producer: Jason Lapeyre (Osaka Sunset Pictures)
MYTHOSE (Quebec) Director / Writer: Albéric Aurtenèche / Producer: Simon Trottier (TCB Film)
N.O.I.R. (Quebec) Director / Writer: Yves Christian Fournier / Producer: Nicole Robert (Go Films)
NOON TOMORROW (USA) Director / Writer / Producer: Paul Hough (Paul Hough Entertainment)
PEDDLER’S GRAVE (USA) Director: Steven C. Miller / Writer: Ben Powell / Producer: Travis Stevens (Snowfort Pictures)
SUGAR CANDY BLUES (UK) Director: Simon Rumley / Writer / Producer: Rowan O’Neill (New Tension Films)
SWEET BLOOD (Quebec) Director / Writer: Elza Kephart / Writer / Producer: Patricia Gomez Zlatar / Producer: Christine Falco (Films Camera Oscura)
THE BEAT, SURRENDER! (Quebec) Director / Writer: Philippe Spurell
WAIT TILL HELEN COMES (Quebec) Writer / Producer: Victoria Sanchez (based on a novel by Mary Downing Hahn) (Just Believe Productions)

Seven of the ten projects come from Canada, with five of them hailing from Quebec.

Yves-Christian Fournier follows his internationally-acclaimed TOUT EST PARFAIT (EVERYTHING IS FINE) with N.O.I.R., with the support of the legendary Quebec producer Nicole Robert (LES 7 JOURS DU TALION, SUR LE SEUIL, and about 25 other films). Albéric Aurtenèche makes his feature debut with MYTHOSE, produced by Simon Trottier (FUNKYTOWN, MARTYRS).

Elzha Kephart (GRAVEYARD ALIVE) presents SWEET BLOOD with producer Christine Falco (LA VÉRITÉ), Philippe Spurell follows THE DESCENDANT with THE BEAT, SURRENDER!, and Actress Victoria Sanchez offers a first screenwriting and feature-producing effort with WAIT TILL HELEN COMES.

Following the recent premiere of her first short film THE CAPTURED BIRD (executive-produced by Guillermo Del Toro), Jovanka Vuckovic proposes the documentary project MEMENTO MORI, and Rue Morgue Founder Rodrigo Gudiño (THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH) brings a remake of the western cult classic CUT THROATS NINE.

Prolific independent producer Travis Stevens (JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE) supports Steven C. Miller and Ben Powell’s follow-up to THE AGGRESSION SCALE with PEDDLER’S GRAVE. Paul Hough, who will be at Fantasia to present THE HUMAN RACE, follows-up with NOON TOMORROW.

Finally, Fantasia-favorite Simon Rumley (RED, WHITE AND BLUE, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD) teams up with another writer for the first time with Rowan O’Neill’s SUGAR CANDY BLUES.

The Fantasia Film Market

In addition to Frontières, the Rendez-vous will be hosting a film market, to support the sales efforts for the features that will be part of the programming of the 2012 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 to watch films not having public screenings within the schedule of the week-end.

The Industry Rendez-Vous Participants

Beside the Directors, Screenwriters and Producers of the selected projects attending to support their Frontières projects, we invite Producers looking for distinctive new projects to become involved with, Sales Agents looking for promising projects to pre-sell, Distributors and Broadcasters looking to attach themselves early-on to projects, and Agents looking for new talent to represent to actively participate in the market.


For the inaugural edition, accreditation will be free of charge and can be applied for starting immediately. The accreditations deadline to be included in Fantasia's Industry Attendance Guide has been pushed to June 22nd. Please note that space is now limited.

To request your market accreditation, please get in touch with Dominique Loubier, Accreditations Coordinator, at

If you are a member of the press and would like to request a press badge to the festival, please contact Anna Phelan, Director of Communications, at, with Dominique Loubier in cc.

If you will be booking your own hotel and would like to get information about the Fantasia corporate rates available at various hotels, please contacte Jade Beauregard, Hospitality Assistant, at

To follow up-to-date news about the Industry Rendez-Vous and the Frontières International Co-Production Market, follow its Facebook Page.

For more information:
Stephanie Trepanier
Market Director
Fantasia International Film Festival

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