The Marché du Film -Festival de Cannes & Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival announce Fantastic 7's 2022 Lineup and filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour will godmother the event
Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia – in partnership with the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes and INCAA International Affairs Manager Bernardo Bergeret – returns to Cannes this year with the 4th edition of Fantastic 7.
Launched in 2019, Fantastic 7 is designed to foster emerging filmmakers and connect them with potential business partners in Cannes for funding and co-production opportunities. Every year, seven top-notch festivals – dedicated to, or with strong traditions of, highlighting genre cinema and talents –select seven genre projects to be showcased at the Marché du Film.
These promising projects – which are in various stages of post-production or have recently been completed – are presented and pitched by the filmmakers in front of an audience of investors, distributors or sales agents who could help get their projects off the ground and in front of wider audiences.
By bringing together new genre works from all parts of the world, Fantastic 7 also sheds light on new trends and influences in genre cinema all while demonstrating the power of creativity and cultural expression.
American-Iranian filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour – whose mind-bending film “Mona Lisa & The Blood Moon” opened Sitges’ 2021 festival – has been officially named “godmother” of this year’s Fantastic 7 event. The 2022 edition will welcome the following seven festivals and their selections:
Sitges - International Fantastic Film Fest of Catalonia
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Logline: A supernatural horror story set in an urban survival environment with elements of modern witchery.
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
SEOUL HORROR STORY
Director: Kim Hyunjin
Logline: Various ghost stories dealing with different horrors in everyday life – all set in Seoul.
Cairo International Film Festival
Director: Chadi Abo
Logline: In a war zone, a little girl prays for salvation. A cosmic power comes to help her. From now on, Sara will resurrect dead children.
Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara
LA MALA MADRE
Director: Alicia Albares
Logline: Victoria, a journalist who has written a highly controversial book on motherhood, wakes up in a house with no memory. Ángel, a doctor, tells her that she has had a car accident, in which her daughter died. The presence of a pregnant woman will help her discover the truth.
SXSW South by Southwest Film Festival
Director: Nuhash Humayun
Logline: When blood thirsty creatures have taken over the world, the only survivors are in South Asia: two sisters are forced inside a mosquito net (moshari) just to survive – but first, they must survive each other.
Toronto International Film Festival
Director: Berkley Brady
Country: Métis, Canadá
Logline: A therapy group are forced to confront the?monsters?of their past?when an isolated weekend retreat in the Canadian Rockies tests not?only their emotional resilience, but their ability to survive.
New Zeland International Film Festival
Director: Paul Campion
Country: Nueva Zelanda
Logline: A customer and staff held captive in a home electronics store must escape from a fanatic who intends to use them as human sacrifices to summon an evil interstellar deity.
The Fantastic 7 pitching session will be held on Sunday, 22 May (12h00 – 14h00) in Cannes and open to all Marché du Film participants upon presentation of their accreditation. (The event will also be livestreamed on the Marché du Film Online platform.)
For more information on the Fantastic 7 lineup:
sitgesfanlab.com/fantastic-7/ - marchedufilm.com