Cannes Film Market Readies Third Frontières Genre Platform
Festival de Cannes – Frontières Proof of Concept
The Cannes’ Film Market – in co-operation with the Fantasia International Film Festival will, for the third year, present the Frontières Platform for genre film projects and works in progress, running May 18-19.
Over the two days, Cannes Film Market will host two platforms for the 14 selected productions: Proof of Concept presentations for those still in financing stages, and a Buyers Showcase for films in post-production or recently completed.
Six features will participate in this year’s Buyer’s Showcase, where representatives will screen footage to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers. Meanwhile, seven projects which participated in the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Helsinki this past February will offer up teasers at the Proof of Concept Presentations.
“We can’t wait to introduce this year’s incredibly strong selection to the industry in Cannes, and are thrilled that our partnership with the Marché du Film continues to produce such excellent results for our projects,” Lindsay Peters, Frontières executive director, said at the announcement of the 14 participating projects in April.
“Frontières is now established as a major event that supports the development and distribution of genre films,” added Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. “We’re very proud of being a part of this unique multi-stage market with the Fantasia Film Festival which has also proved its capacity to follow projects through.”
From the Buyers Showcase, Argentina’s undisputed scream queen Tamae Garateguy’s “The Furies” is a feast of color, light, music and blood which follows two opposite-side of the tracks lovers on a violent quest for revenge against those who’ve stood against them.
In “Layers of Lies” firefighter Sam Kashani gets involved in a hostage situation while evacuating a burning building in Tehran. Years later, the arsonist who set the fire and his business partner join forces to kidnap Sam’s wife and exact their revenge. Ramin Sohrab directs the feature produced by Helsinki-based Sonram Productions.
PROOF OF CONCEPT PRESENTATION
“Arctic Chills,” (Ashley Savard, Jerri Thrasher, Sardana Savvina, Elin Marakatt, Sinituuli Kalttopää, Marc Fussing Rosbach, Canada, Norway, Greenland, Russia, Finland, Sweden)
“Breeder,” (Jens Dahl, Denmark)
“Cursed,” (Salomeya Sabko, Maria Dudko, Cyprus)
“Inside,” (Elise Salomon, U.S.A., Canada, Ireland)
“Layers of Lies,” (Ramin Sohrab, Finland, Iran)
“Mersea,” (Lindsay MacKay, Canada)
“Slash/Back,” (Nyla Innuksuk, Canada)
8 projects will present their completed teaser trailers to prospective partners at the Frontières Proof of Concept Presentation (Saturday May 18 at 10am in Palais K).
Layers of Lies – Ramin Sohrab (Finland/Iran)
Producers: Ramin Sohrab, Mohsen Sarafi, Jonna Enroth (Sonram Productions)