Austin, TX – Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Fantastic Fest is proud to announce work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of its international genre co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico. The market runs from September 18-20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest runs from September 18-25, 2014
“These work-in-progress selections represent a broad range of styles and subject matter,” says market director Rodney Perkins. “Although the films are very different, they share one thing in common: they are all the result of an intense original vision that is completely in sync with the mission of Fantastic Market.”
In addition to the work-in-progress screenings, Fantastic Market will also screen a special selection of previews, clips, and teasers of Latin American genre films in development and post-production. Finally, the market has added an additional pitch project from Argentina entitled REMORA.
The works-in-progress selections are as follows:
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano (LATE PHASES, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, COLD SWEAT)
Producers: Andrea Quiroz, Carlos Melendez. Joshua Sobel
A bored and frustrated accountant decides to kidnap a teenage girl that will become his worst nightmare.
TRES ESCAPULARIOS (THREE SCAPULARS)
Director: Felipe Aljure (EL COLOMBIAN DREAM)
Producers: Maria Clara Aristizabal, Enrique El Susi Arango
TRES ESCAPULARIOS is about a country at war that takes the battle field to a beautiful and quiet caribbean beach to perform a killing.
FRONDOSO EDÉN DEL CORAZÓN (SPLENDOROUS GARDEN OF THE HEART)
Director: Juan Manuel “Juma ”Fodde (First Feature)
Producer: Ignacio Garcia Cucucovich
FRONDOSO EDÉN DEL CORAZÓN is a trippy mix of live action, rotoscope animation and CGI that tells the story of Diego, a man whose idyllic life is shattered when he takes home a hideous, hungry creature that produces the key ingredient of a powerful hallucinogenic drug that he’s addicted to.
The film teasers and previews are as follows:
AVE DE CAZA (GAME BIRD)
Directors: Nayra Ilic and Gabriel Caceres
Producers: Gregorio Gonzalez (THE MAID, PEREZ), Josefina Undurraga (PEREZ) and Florencia Larrea (AURORA, CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CIRCUS)
Andres’ lonely routine suffers a turn when Frank appears in his life and makes his basest instincts come out at the shade of the foliage of the Santiago hills.
LOS PARECIDOS (THE SIMILARS)
Director: Isaac Ezban
Producers: Miriam Mercado (THE INCIDENT) and Elsa Reyes (THE EMPTY HOURS)
On the rainy night of October 2, 1968, eight characters waiting on a remote station for a bus heading to Mexico City start experiencing a strange phenomenon.
Director: José Manuel Cravioto
Producers: Daniel Posada, Rodolfo Marquez and Alex Garcia
A young girl, chained in the basement of a predator, escapes and turns the tables on her captor.
Director: Tamae Garateguy
Producer: Jimena Monteoliva
A senator’s daughter is brutally killed. When her corpse vanishes mysteriously, her brother starts an investigation that unveils the existence of vampires who are trying to take over the government.
FIST OF JESUS - SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Directors: David Muñoz and Adrián Cardona
The New Testament meets Mad Max. After wiping out an entire village whilst trying to raise Lazarus, Jesus decides to go to the Oracle of Delphos for advice. The witches reveal to him that he must go on a perilous journey. He recruits twelve ruthless mercenaries, and sets off, ready to burn his name into the pages of history.
Director Daniel de la Vega
Producers: Daniel de la Vega and Néstor Sánchez Sotelo
A mentally fragile man must conquer his fear of death in order to stave off a killer’s advances.
The newly added pitch project is as follows:
Producers: Fernando Sirianni (THE FISH CHILD, XXY) and Juan Pablo Pires (8 SHOTS, VINYL DAYS)
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Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico is an international co-production market for genre films. Fantastic Market highlights new genre narrative projects from across the world with a particular emphasis on filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Latino filmmakers in the United States. The goal of the market is to connect international film projects with potential production partners, sales agents, and distributors. Fantastic Fest lead programmer Rodney Perkins and festival director Kristen Bell are heading up the effort. CANANA, the Mexican production and distribution outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz is co-producing the market. Cristina Garza, Vice President of MUNDIAL, CANANA’s sales joint venture with IM Global, is sourcing projects from the region.
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, MACHETE KILLS, 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, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, 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.
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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. Over the past 9 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.