Magazine article Screen International

Canada's Fantasia Film Festival Launches International Co-Production Market

Magazine article Screen International

Canada's Fantasia Film Festival Launches International Co-Production Market

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Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival has announced details of a new international co-production and contents market that will launch at the 16th edition in July 2012.

Under the banner of Frontieres, the co-production market will run from July 26-29 during the three weeks of the festival. (July 19-August 7).

Twelve projects will be selected by filmmakers hailing from Canada, the United States, Australia, Scandinavia and other European nations with access to production subsidies. Projects may be submitted in either English or French.

Market director Stephanie Trepanier explained the thinking behind the target countries: "These countries have increased their co-productions with Canada in recent years, some through treaties. Aside from the US they all have country and/or region-specific production grants. It's fertile ground for new co-production initiatives."

With a early deadline of January 9, selected projects will be presented to international producers, sales agents and distributors. "The projects we'll support will connect with Fantasia's vision of genre films, meaning not just thrillers, crime, horror and fantasy/sci-fi, but also action, animation, comedies and even dramas with an edge," said Trepanier. …

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