MONSTER was one of 10 European projects selected to pitch at the Frontières International Financing and Co-Production Market in Montreal, alongside 9 projects from North America.
Frontières is hosted by the Fantasia International Film Festival and supported by the Cannes Film Festival’s Marche du Film. It was created as a financing and co-production platform for genre filmmakers to showcase their projects to international industry players and has a host of success stories including: Julia Ducournau’s multi-award winning feature debut RAW; Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER, screening at London’s Frightfest 2018.
Writer/director Laura Smith, and producer Jenny Walker presented MONSTER to 650 international financiers, executives, sales agents and distributors. Their following 4 days were packed with over 50 one-to-one meetings with industry professionals and a host of networking events. They even managed to squeeze in some screenings at Fantasia including award winning CAM- from Writer Isa Mazzei and director Daniel Goldhaber- which uses the horror genre to explore the pressurised world of an erotic webcam performer.
Laura said “Frontières connected us to major international players in the genre film scene which we’d be unlikely to meet in the UK and introduced us to fellow genre filmmakers whose work I continue to be inspired by. It was great to see that almost half the projects were female-helmed and aimed at both female and male audiences, breaking the stereotype that genre is only of interest to men”
Read more about why Frontières is such an important market for genre filmmakers in Dread Central’s article: