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13 genre projects selected for Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Amsterdam

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- The forum (22-24 February) invites projects at the late financing stage to work with a select group of industry experts in finance, sales and distribution

13 genre projects selected for Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Amsterdam

Frontières is returning to Amsterdam with a line-up of 13 projects for the 2nd edition of the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum. Initiated by the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, the genre-focused Forum invites to Amsterdam (22-24 February) 13 projects at the late financing stage to work with a select group of industry experts in finance, sales & distribution.

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After an extremely competitive selection process, this year's Forum has been expanded to include a 13th project featuring a South American team coming from Chile. Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director, Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, said : "We are delighted to open the selection for the Amsterdam Forum to Latin America, thanks to our new partner CinemaChile! The 13th project coming from Chile is very promising!" Moreover the line-up includes 12 European and North American projects. In addition to Chile, the represented countries are Canada, Iceland, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"This year's Forum selection has an abundance of gifted storytelling, from a sci fi martial arts mini-epic to some truly weird and wonderful fantastic tales - showing that the creative force of the current genre industry is only going to keep growing," said Lindsay Peters, executive director of Frontières. Julie Bergeron, Head of Industry Programmes, Marché du Film, added: "After 5 years of continual development, growth, and innovation, Frontières has become the generally acknowledged leader in the genre film industry as a market and networking facilitator, and effectively works to bridge the gap between the genre and arthouse communities."

The complete list of projects selected:

Background Noise (USA)
Director: Michael O'Shea
Producers:  Susan Leber (Susie Q Productions), Peter Phok (Phok Productions )

The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw (Canada/Ireland)
Director: Thomas Robert Lee
Producers: Gianna Isabella (Gate 67), Thomas Robert LeeJulianne Forde & Ruth Treacy (Tailored Films), Marie-Claude Poulin (Executive Producer, MCP Productions), Patrick Ewald (Executive Producer, Epic Pictures) 

Black Conflux (Canada)
Director: Nicole Dorsey
Producers: Michael Solomon (Band With Pictures), Kerry Gamberg (Butter Pictures)

Censor (UK)
Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Producer: Helen Jones (Silver Salt Films)

Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (Spain/Estonia/Ethiopia)
Director: Miguel Llansó
Producers: Sergio Uguet de Resayre (Lanzadera Films), Alasti Kino 

Lamb (working title) (Iceland/Sweden)
Director: Valdimar Jóhannson 
Producers: Hrönn Kristinsdóttir & Sara Nassim (Go to Sheep), Piodor Gustafsson (Spark)

The Monster Within (Chile/Denmark)
Director: Rodrigo Susarte
Producers: Florencia Larrea & Gregorio González (Forastero), Lene Borglum (Space Rocket Nation

The Paper Tigers (USA)
Director: Tran Quoc Bao
Producers: Michael Velasquez, Al'n Duong, Yuji Okumoto, Dan Gildark (Beimo Films LLC) 

Perihan (Turkey)
Director: Can Evrenol
Producer: Müge Büyüktalaş (MO Film)

Reunion (USA/Germany)
Director: Norbert Keil
Producers: Gudrun Giddings (G4C Innovation), Sam SarkarDaisy Hamilton, Norbert Keil (Wunderbar Film)

Sea Fever (Ireland/Belgium)
Director: Neasa Hardiman
Producers: Brendan McCarthy & John McDonnell (Fantastic Films), Jean-Yves Roubin (Frakas Productions)

Tin & Tina (Spain)
Director: Rubin Stein
Producer: Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo (La Claqueta PC)

Whitaker (Canada/UK)
Director: Casey Walker
Producers: Andy Starke, Pete Tombs, Ben Wheatley (Executive Producer) (Rook Films), Casey Walker (Cave Painting Pictures), Jonathan Bronfman (JoBro Productions)

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