FRONTIÈRES is an international co-production market and networking platform specifically focused on genre film financing and co-production between Europe and North America. It is organised by the Fantasia International Film Festival, in partnership with the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. Frontières began in 2012 at Fantasia and is now the leading industry event entirely focused on genre film.
In 2017 FRONTIÈRES presented the 9th edition of its annual 4-day co-production market at Fantasia in Montreal where selected genre film projects from across Europe and North America met with 400 members of the international film industry. 2017 also featured the inaugural edition of the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum, an invitational event for projects at the packaging stage to work with experts in financing, marketing & distribution. Finally, the most advanced Frontières projects was presented to the international industry at the Marché du Film – Festival du Cannes, alongside genre-focused industry programming & networking opportunities.
Major FRONTIÈRES success stories include TURBO KID (2015, dir. RKSS Films, Canada-New Zealand ; World Premiere Sundance 2015 & Winner of the SXSW Midnighters Audience Award, 2015) RAW (GRAVE) (2016, dir. Julia Ducournau, France-Belgium ; World Premiere Festival de Cannes, Critics’ Week, Winner of the FIPRESCI prize), ARE WE NOT CATS (2016 dir. Xander Robin, USA ; World Premiere Venice Film Festival).
The FRONTIÈRES market is one of the major ways that Fantasia Fest has been setting itself apart from the dozens of other genre-focused film festivals that keep popping up around the world. Begun in 2012, Frontières aims to be like the Sundance Institute, but for artists who prefer horror and action pictures to muted family dramas and quirky comedies. According to the market’s director Lindsay Peters, ‘We’re working to build a community—a circuit.’ – RogerEbert.com
FRONTIÈRES attracts a rapidly growing section of the international film industry that skews towards young independent filmmakers who are well versed in innovative filmmaking. In this rapidly changing industry, genre film remains a strongly communal experience, as horror, sci fi, fantasy and cult films continue to flourish under the banner of event cinema. Genre festivals continue to attract a passionate and devoted audience – as noted in Movie Maker Magazine’s 2014 list of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World, at Fantasia “the audiences are insane. They are huge and inquisitive and super-interactive.”
« FRONTIÈRES has become an unmissable event to attend. It would take you 3 years in major markets to meet all the amazing professionals we met in just 4 days. The cooperative and positive attitude, the support and knowledge gained are invaluable. Without a doubt, Fantasia rocks and you should be booking your flights right now for the next edition. »
– David Matamoros, Zentropa Espagne
« FRONTIÈRES is an incredibly unique and valuable event because it brings together North American and European filmmakers and financiers in a comfortable and inspiring setting. I forged new creative and business relationships in this environment and, as a result, it opened my eyes to a whole new way of getting movies made. »
- Patrick Ewald, Epic Pictures
« The Frontières International Co-Production Market was the best thing to happen to a Canadian film festival in years – it’s exactly what both Canadian and International filmmakers are in need of. »
- Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner Entertainment