International event unveils 14 genre projects

MONTREAL The 16th Montreal Fantasia Film Festival for genre pics will launch its first Frontieres Co-Production Market this July, which will include 14 projects pitched by producers looking for partners.

“There were already deals coming out of Fantasia and we thought there was a need for a genre film market,” said Stephanie Trepanier, Fantasia market director.

The mart will include two U.S. projects: “Purgatory,” from multi-hyphenate Stuart Gordon (“Re-Animator”), and “Strata,” from helmers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

Their “Resolution,” which played Tribeca, will screen at Fantasia.

From the U.K. comes “The Withering,” from co-directors Sam Walker (“Tea Break”) and Robert Morgan, who won best animation short at last year’s Fantasia for “Bobby Yeah.”

Brit producer Brian Coffey will pitch “Perish,” to be directed by Catherine Linstrum and David-John Newman. Coffey’s “Citadel,” which premiered at South by Southwest, will also screen at Fantasia.

New Zealand helmer Paul Campion — who was at Fantasia last year with the North American preem of “The Devil’s Rock” — will be back to pitch “Dark Hollow,” based on Brian Keene’s bestseller.

Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau, who directed “We Are What We Are,” will pitch “Keep Quiet.”

Aside from these pics, there are four from Canada, two from Europe and two from Australia.

Trepanier said industry reaction so far has been positive.

“People are really excited,” said Trepanier. “People said this was something missing from the festival circuit.”

Fantasia runs July 19 to Aug. 7 and the co-production mart takes place July 26-29.

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