Frontières and the Marché du Film de Cannes are pleased to announce the start of a partnership focused on the organization of a series of industry events geared towards the genre film community.

Frontières concluded a highly successful edition at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival last week, welcoming over 200 participants from 30 countries in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks on the city. The market has already seen one deal officially finalized, between Dutch project AMSTERDAM GOTHIC (from House of Netherhorror) and Belgian production company Potemkino; more announcements will come shortly

The first stage for this Frontières-Marché alliance will begin at the Marché du Film 2016 in Cannes through the programming of the following events, on Sunday May 15, creating a genre film day:

  • Frontières Goes to Cannes: Presentation of 4 Works-In-Progress of genre films in post-production seeking agents and festival selections.
  • The Future of Genre & Virtual Reality: A showcase examining Canadian Virtual Reality projects with a genre focus, co-presented with the Canadian Film Centre during the “VR Days” at NEXT organized by the Marché du Film.
  • The Fantastic Fanatics Mixer: The very popular Marché du Film networking cocktail at the Plage des Palmes tailored to the genre community. Sponsored by: Frontières, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Blood Window (Ventana Sur) and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

For the Marché du Film 2017, the slate of programming will expand to include pitch-sessions, one-on-one meetings and thematic panels on the state of the Industry and the future of genre film.

The duo is also in talks with other partners to organize a Packaging and Financing Forum in Europe for next year.

The annual North American edition of Frontières will take place as usual at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal in July.

With genre cinema only continuing to grow in terms of technological innovation, insightful marketing strategies, and international box office appeal, there has never been a better moment to expand the global networking opportunities for the genre film industry, and there is no better platform than the Marché du Film in Cannes.

Lindsay Peters, Frontières Executive Director

Since a few years, fantastic and horror films proved to be a very sustainable genre which reaches large audiences through all the channels of distribution including the new platforms. We made our first steps three years ago in Ventana Sur with Blood Window and in Cannes with the Fantastic Mixer. Joining our forces with Frontières is a very exciting new step which will support tremendously this Industry.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Marché du Film

Established in 2012 at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, the Frontières International Co-Production Market connects North America and Europe with a specific focus on genre film. With 8 editions in the past 5 years, welcoming an average of 400 industry professionals, Frontières has become an essential networking destination for industry professionals seeking to stimulate the co-production and financing of genre films.

In 2014 Frontières established its European presence at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, where it has held 3 annual European editions co-organized with Vision-in-Motion and BIFFF. The 8th edition of Frontières will take place July 21-24 in Montreal at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Project submissions for this Montreal edition will close on April 13; industry registration will open on May 9.

Frontières is organized by the Fantasia International Film Festival and co-funded by the European Union – Creative Europe – Media program and is made possible thanks to the generous support of Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the, the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Brussels Capital-Region and Wallimage.