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“HENRY,” “SERBIAN FILM” directors in first round of Fantasia Frontières projects

Montreal’s Fantasia festival is not just a place to see new movies, but for filmmakers to plant the seeds for future projects. This year will see its fourth Frontières co-production market, for which the first wave of titles has been revealed.

Frontières, taking place July 23-26 at Fantasia (which runs July-August), will have an expanded lineup this year, allowing more creatives to participate in live pitch sessions to the many producers and financiers who will attend. This year, the in-development features seeking backing include movies from HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and THE HARVEST director John McNaughton, A SERBIAN FILM creator Srdjan Spasojevic, DISCOPATH filmmaker Renaud Gauthier, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN producer Rob Cotterill and MANBORG producer Colin Geddes, along with KILL MODE, winner of the Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest, and ELORA, the latest from RKSS Films and EMAfilms, the folks behind TURBO KID, which spawned from the 2012 Frontières and has its Canadian premiere at this year’s Fantasia. “I attended Fantasia last year for the first time,” McNaughton says, “and had a fantastic time. I can’t wait to get back to Montreal to participate in the Frontières Co-Production Market and see some of the many friends I made last year.”

The first announced projects are:

3 1/2 (U.S./India)
Director: Sooni Taraporevala
Writer: Sooni Taraporevala
Producer: Michael Roiff (Night & Day Pictures)
Executive producer: Ritesh Batra

CARNY KILL (U.S.)
Director: John McNaughton
Writers: John McNaughton and Ted Mann, from Robert Edmond Alter’s novel
Producer: Steven A. Jones

ELORA (Québec)
Directors: Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell (RKSS Films)
Writers: Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell
Producer: Anne-Marie Gélinas (EMAfilms Inc.)

KILL MODE (Netherlands)
Director: Thijs Meuwese
Co-director: Colinda Bongers
Writer: Thijs Meuwese
Producers: Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese

’LUDE BEHAVIOR (Québec)
Director: Renaud Gauthier
Writers: Renaud Gauthier and Mary Elizabeth Hickey
Producer: Mathieu Gauthier (GoBROS Pictures)

SINGER (Canada)
Director: Seth Smith
Writers: Darcy Spidle and Seth Smith
Producer: Rob Cotterill (Yer Dead Productions)

SYNCRETIZE (U.S./Canada/Haiti)
Director: Matt Swinsky
Writer: Bryan Strickland
Producers: Katarina Gligorijevic, Tim Reis, Matt Swinsky (Ultra 8 Pictures & Vrille Film)
Executive producer: Colin Geddes (Ultra 8 Pictures)

WHEREOUT (Serbia)
Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
Writers: Aleksandar Radivojevic and Srdjan Spasojevic

The complete lineup will be announced at the end of this month. For more info on Frontières, click here; see the initial wave of films playing Fantasia here and the fest’s official site here.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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