Fantastic 7 is a common initiative of the Marché du Film- Festival de Cannes y SITGES Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico de Catalunya and international expert Bernardo Bergeret.
Fantastic 7 fosters emerging talents and connects them with potential business partners by creating a privileged space for dialogue and exchange supported by top-notch international film festivals.
The seventh Fantastic Festivals are:
- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
- Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
- Cairo International Film Festival
- Guadalajara International Film Festival
- International Film Festival & Awards - Macao
- South by Southwest
- Toronto International
The projects for this year 2020 were:
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TIFF
Original title: Violation
Title in English: Violation
Director: Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli
Cast: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Jesse LaVercombe, Anna Maguire, Obi Abili, Jasmin Geljo, Cynthia Ashperger
Genre: Horror, Psychological Thriller Nationality: Canada
Producer: Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli
Synopsis: A troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge.
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW)
Original title: I HAVE TO HAVE YOU
Title in English: I HAVE TO HAVE YOU
Director: Tim Kasher
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Producer: Travis Stevens
Synopsis: I HAVE TO HAVE YOU is the story of Krista, a young woman working in an office building who becomes the object of obsession of Caleb, a young man in love with heavy metal who has recently been transplanted from Fremont, Nebraska to Ventura after his mother passed away. He becomes transfixed with Krista, and so sets out to shoot a documentary about her as a means to spend more time with her and ultimately to collect her image on film. His obsession grows increasingly more dangerous throughout the film as Caleb takes steps deeper and deeper into her life, ratcheting up the tension to a truly surprising third act that will hopefully turn the viewer on their head.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARD - MACAO
Original Title: Foreign Cop
Title in english: Foreign Cop
Director: Maxim Bessmertny
Nationality: Macao SAR
Producers: Maxim Bessmertny & Jorge Cordeiro Dos Santos
Synopsis: 1980. Macau is a post-modern, east meets west wonderland under Portuguese administration. Gangsters, cabaret dancers, and slot machines coexist in an exciting atmosphere of neon lights, kitsch architecture and early consumer electronics. Hired by a casino tycoon, private investigator Mendonza is the new guy in town. His goal: to catch the enigmatic robbers that dared to perform the biggest casino heist the city has in memory, brutally killing a longtime loyal casino employee.
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE EN GUADALAJARA
Original title: HUESERA
Title in English: HUESERA
Director: Michelle Garza Cervera
Cast: Mayra Hermosillo – Valeria, Mayra Batalla – Octavia
Genre: Horror - Drama
Producer: Paulina Villavicencio and Edher Campos
Synopsis: Valeria has been trying to have a child for a long time, but the night her pregnancy is finally confirmed a sinister entity appears in her life: La Huesera. From that day on, La Huesera chases Valeria mercilessly, putting her marriage, her pregnancy, and after giving birth, her baby’s life at risk. To get rid of this threat, Valeria is forced to delve into her past of punk rebellion, those days when she had no interest in forming a traditional family. To survive, Valeria will have to face her deepest truth.
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST
Original title: ثلاثة للأبد
Title in English: Three For Eternity
Director: Rami Yasin
Cast: Nelly Karim, Dhafer L’Abdine, John Ramy, Pieter Ramy
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Nationality: UAE, Egypt, Romania
Producer: Mohammed Hefzy, Rami Yasin
Executive Producer: Majid Al Ansari , Gabi Antal
Synopsis: When one of their twin sons is left in a coma after an accident, their parents, Lamia and Nader, conceive an unorthodox plan to bring him back to life. The plan seemingly works, but the young boy starts adopting sinister and disturbing behaviors. Lamia and Nader scramble to adjust to the demands of their new reality, while trying to avoid their curious and suspicious neighbours.
BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FEST
Original title: ILLICIT / (국문) 일리싯
Title in English: ILLICIT
Director: Minji KANG
Cast: Arden CHO (attached)
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Nationality: USA & Korea
Producer: Luke SPEARS & HAN Sangbum
Synopsis: MONA KAY (14), a free-spirited blind teenage girl who lives with her controlling older siblings, dreams of a life beyond her limitations and the possibility to discover what's forbidden. With the arrival of a mysterious neighbor, JAKE LEO (33), a sliver of hope is given to Mona. Jake has come to a new neighborhood, following the death of his sister. Perhaps the new environment will help him overcome the trauma. Jake soon finds himself drawn to Mona, who lives across from him. As Jake's attachment and friendship with her grows, he learns about the dark secrets harbored by her family, including the incestuous relationship of her domineering older siblings ANTON (29), an LAPD officer, and SCARLET (23), and a murder he suspects occurred in their past. As Mona struggles to free herself from the psychological prison her brother and sister have created, Jake vows to be her savior and maps out a plan to rescue her. However, when Anton and Scarlet discover Jake and Mona’s friendship, they’ll stop at nothing to bring Mona back into the fold and eliminate Jake as a threat to their family. Ultimately, Mona and Jake’s great odyssey for freedom eventually leads to catastrophe. Mona’s innocence is destroyed, and she takes Scarlet’s life as she continues to hope against hope for ultimate liberation.
SITGES - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA FANTÀSTIC DE CATALUNYA
Original title: IRATI
Title in English: IRATI
Director: Paul Urkijo Alijo
Cast: In progress
Genre: Historical Dark Fantasy
Producer: Ikusgarri Films
Synopsis: 8th century AD. A group of Christian and Muslim warriors journey through the remote, pagan forests of the Pyrenees in an attempt to recover the magnificent treasure that Charlemagne lost at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Irati, an enigmatic young girl from the area, will guide them in an ancient and mythological world where everything that has a name, exists.