×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

2nd Frontières Platform Readies for Cannes

Now in its sophomore year, the Frontières Platform has grown in scale and reach, featuring its first South American title as well as a new post-production award

The Cannes Festival’s Frontières Platform is heading into its second year, following a successful inauguration in 2017.

Organized by the Fantasia Intl. Film Festival, in partnership with the Cannes Film Market, the Frontières Platform is an international co-production market and networking platform for genre projects, aimed to foster relationships in co-production and financing between Europe and North America.

This year will see 16 projects participate in the event which runs May 12-13. Among the activities to be hosted are a Proof of Concept Presentation for projects in advanced financing stages, and a Buyers Showcase for films that are already in post-production or which have recently been completed.

This year’s participants represent a wide range of countries and cultures from across Europe and North America, and for the first time a South American project in Chile’s “The Monster Within.”

Those participating in the Proof of Concept Presentations have previously workshopped their projects at the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Amsterdam this past February. 10 such projects will present their teaser-trailers to potential partners on May 12 at Cannes, among them: “Free Fire,” “Crumbs,” “Baskin,” “Replace,” “The Lodgers,” and “Animas.”

Popular on Variety

“We’re thrilled to continue our very successful partnership with the Marché du Film,” Frontières executive director Lindsay Peters said via a statement. “Last year’s presentations were filled to capacity, and with successes like “Les Affamés,” “Radius,” and the upcoming “The Dark” and “Animas” coming out of last year’s Platform, we can’t wait to unveil this year’s excellent selections to the industry in Cannes.”

“I’m glad to have our new partner CinemaChile on board this year,” added Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the Cannes Festival’s Marché du Film. “We are very fortunate that they are bringing a project created by promising talents from a vibrant Chilean cinema.”

The Frontières Platform has also announced a new prize this year, the Avanpost Digital Cube Post-Production Award, which will give one of this year’s projects from the Finance & Packaging Forum w$150,000 of in-kind post-production services from Romania’s Digital Cube. Founded in 2010, Digital Cube has become one of Eastern Europe’s most comprehensive digital post-production facilities.

“We are thrilled to support films in elevated genres,” said Digital Cube CEO Cristian Nicolescu in a statement: “By facilitating access to cutting-edge post-production services for art house films. We are excited to work with up-and-coming young directors and producers and promote European and North American films at the Marché du Film in Cannes, a first for a Romanian film production company.”

In addition to the co-production and networking platform at Cannes, the program also includes a Financing & Packaging Forum which runs Feb 22-24 in Amsterdam and an annual co-production market at the Fantasia Festival July 19-22.

Frontières is co-funded by the E.U.’s Creative Europe, with support from Wallimage, CinemaChile and Telefilm Canada.

FRONTIERES PLATFORM SHOWCASE

BUYERS SHOWCASE

“G. Patrick Condon’s Incredible Violence,” (Patrick Condon, Canada)

“Ghost Town Anthology,” (Denis Côté, Canada)

“House of Sweat and Tears,” (Sonia Escolano, Spain)

“Ladyworld,” (Amanda Kramer, U.S.A.)

“Riot Girls,” (Jovanka Vuckovic, Canada)

“Zoo,” (Antonio Tublen, Denmark, Sweden)

PROOF OF CONCEPT PRESENTATION

“The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw,” (Thomas Robert Lee, Canada, Ireland)

“Censor,” (Prano Bailey-Bond, U.K.)

“Girl Without a Mouth,” (Can Evrenol, Turkey)

“Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway,” (Miguel Llansó, Spain, Estonia, Ethiopia)

“The Monster Within,” (Rodrigo Susarte, Chile, Denmark)

“The Paper Tigers,” (Tran Quoc Bao, U.S.A.)

“Reunion,” (Norbert Keil, U.S.A, Germany)

“Tin & Tina,” (Rubin Stein, Spain)

“Whitaker,” (Casey Walker, Canada, U.K.)

“The Winter Lake,” (Phil Sheerin, Ireland)

More Film

  • Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) is

    AACTA International Awards Nominations Favor 'The Irishman'

    Netflix’s “The Irishman” garnered the most nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts International Awards. It picked up six nods, ahead of five for “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” and the four each for “Joker,” “Bombshell,” and “Parasite.” AACTA’s international awards seek to “(honor) the best achievements in film excellence, regardless [...]

  • Prince Dead

    'Purple Rain,' 'Clerks, 'She's Gotta Have It' Added to National Film Registry

    “Purple Rain,” “Clerks,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Amadeus,” “Sleeping Beauty,””Boys Don’t Cry” and “The Last Waltz” are among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The list also includes 1944’s “Gaslight,” starring Ingrid Bergman in an Oscar-winning performance; the 1955 film noir “The Phenix City Story,” [...]

  • 6 Underground

    Michael Bay's '6 Underground': Film Review

    If “6 Underground” were opening in theaters, you’d want to be sure to get there on time. Within the first six minutes, Michael Bay destroys a plane, a motorcycle, three cars, countless pedestrians, and the dignity of three Italian nuns. I’m fairly certain that Ryan Reynolds — who heads up the film’s off-the-grid vigilante squad, [...]

  • Juliette Binoche (L) and Catherine Deneuve

    Macao Festival: Juliette Binoche Tells 'The Truth' About Acting

    It’s hard for Juliette Binoche to think about her recent career trajectory from a bird’s eye view as she hurtles along within it. She has put out five films in the past two years. Her latest is Hirokazu Kore-eda’s French-language drama “The Truth,” which is getting her Oscar buzz for her role opposite Catherine Deneuve. [...]

  • Kathy Bates Walk of Fame Honor

    Kathy Bates Erroneously Submitted for Lead Actress in SAG Awards Race (EXCLUSIVE)

    If dark horse awards contender Kathy Bates is absent in the best supporting actress category come tomorrow’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, don’t be too quick to put in on her performance in “Richard Jewell.” A clerical error was made by the Clint Eastwood film’s distributor Warner Bros., an insider with knowledge of the mixup [...]

  • Kasi LemmonsNew York Women in Film

    Kasi Lemmons, Jane Rosenthal, Ann Dowd Talk Golden Globes Female Director Snub

    The absence of women among director nominees for the Golden Globes is another example of how much work remains to be done to achieve gender parity in the entertainment industry, honorees said Tuesday night at the 40th annual Muse Awards presented by New York Women in Film and Television. “Harriet” director Kasi Lemmons, “The Irishman” [...]

  • Queen & Slim

    How 'Queen & Slim' Production Designer Karen Murphy Mapped Out the Duo's Route

    “Queen & Slim” is a social commentary packaged as a film, beginning with a bang. It kicks off when Queen (Jodi Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) shoot a police officer in self-defense and find themselves on the run. Slim somewhat innocently thinks his action will be justified in court, but Queen, a weathered prosecutor, knows [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content