“FRONTIÈRES is an industry juggernaut” - Moviemaker Magazine
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.
FRONTIÈRES consists of 3 events designed to offer diverse networking & development opportunities to genre filmmakers & producers. At the Frontières International Co-Production Market in Montreal, projects in the development stage meet with financiers and co-production partners. The Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum is a private invitational incubator in Amsterdam for projects at the packaging stage, featuring in depth strategy sessions with experts in finance, marketing & distribution. Finally, the most advanced Frontières projects are presented to the international industry as part of the Frontières Platform at the Marché du Film – Festival du Cannes, which features 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), LES AFFAMÉS (2017, dir. Robin Aubert, Quebec, Canada - Premiere at TIFF & winner of the Best Canadian Movie at TIFF, release in October 2017), 78/52 (2017, dir. Alexandre Philippe, France/USA - Premiere at Sundance, release October 2017).
The FRONTIÈRES market is one of the major ways that Fantasia International Fim Festival 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
“FRONTIÈRES 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
“FRONTIÈRES has quickly grown to be one of the most significant events driving high level talent forward in the genre world. It has created a genuine community amongst its participants and I've been proud to take part, finding every event not only informative and productive but also a breeding ground for new and future relationships.”
- Todd Brown, XYZ Films, Canada-USA