Austin, TX—Monday, September 23, 2013— Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural international genre co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastic. Sixteen film projects were invited to formally present their work at the market, which took place from September 19-21, 2013. The jury, which consisted of Tim League, Robert Rodriguez, Harry Knowles, and Elijah Wood, choose the top three market 3 projects.
This year's Gold Prize goes to THE WRONG PLACE, which is the latest film project by Goya award-winning Cuban filmmaker Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD). Jury member Harry Knowles said "THE WRONG PLACE was not only the best script we had, but it also symbolized an evolutionary change for Alejandro Brugués. Thematically, it is hugely ambitious and thoroughly refreshing." THE WRONG PLACE will receive a production support package consisting of products and services provided by Panavision, Chemistry, Assimilate, and Sofia Films.
CLUB PANICO, a new project from Adrian Garcia Bogliano (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL), took the Silver Prize. Upcoming Mexican director Edgar Nito took the Bronze Prize for his first feature project TATEWARI. Isaac Ezban, who pitched his first feature project THE INCIDENT, received a Special Mention for Best Presentation.
Complete details about the winning projects are as follows:
THE WRONG PLACE (Cuba / U.S.)
Director: Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Producers: Claudia Calvino & Alejandro Tovar, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
CLUB PANICO (Mexico)
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL)
Producer: Andrea Quiroz, Salto de Fe Films (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL)
Director: Edgar Nito (first feature)
Producer: Rodrigo Frias, Pimienta Films
Special Mention for Best Presentation
THE INCIDENT (Mexico)
Director: Isaac Ezban (first feature)
Producer: Andrea Quiroz, Yellow Films (Cold Sweat, Penumbra, Here Comes The Devil)
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About Fantastic Fest:
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of FRANKENWEENIE, RED DAWN, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.
About Alamo Drafthouse:
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.
About EL REY NETWORK:
El Rey Network, the new general entertainment, English-language cable network geared towards young-adult audiences and created by renowned American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. The network will launch in January 2014 and have nation-wide distribution with initial carriage via Comcast and DirecTV.
El REY Network will cultivate a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, music and sports programming. El Rey Network will provide English-language programming and will include action content that boldly features -- or is created, produced or directed by – high-caliber talent, celebrities and public figures. El Rey Network is also committed to discovering, nurturing and empowering new talent in front of and behind the camera.
CANANA was founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most recently joined by partner and CEO Julian Levin. Over the past 7 years, CANANA has produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna’s first feature length film, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film Chavez, directed by Luna.
In 2012, CANANA expanded its operations in the U.S. with CANANA L.A., bridging the talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to direct.
In Mexico, CANANA boasts a television division which produced Soy Tu Fan, starring Ana Claudia Talancón, and Niño Santo, as well as a distribution outlet, CANANA Presenta, which has released more than 50 arthouse titles including No, Let the Right One In, The White Ribbon, and Pina, among others. In 2009, the company launched CANANA OnDemand, a digital distribution arm working with nine digital platforms in Latin America. Ambulante, CANANA’s traveling documentary film festival in Mexico has brought over 300 documentaries to communities across the country over the last seven years and received more than 100,000 admissions in its latest edition.