Fantastic 7

 

Discover the best of the upcoming fantastic genre!

Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, together with the partnership of the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes and INCAA International Affairs Manager Bernardo Bergeret, present the third edition of Fantastic 7, a program that previews upcoming productions in the global genre industry, promoting the connection of these films with international distribution and production representatives.

Fantastic 7 is designed to bring together projects in different stages of production -or that have been already completed- with investors from around the world, with the purpose of promoting their final commercialization. Seven top-notch festivals present one genre film project of their respective region at a pitching session that annually takes place during the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes. 

Fantastic 7 showcases the most promising genre projects worldwide, representing the new trends of each territory.

 

This year, the event's Godmother will be the filmmaker Mary Harron, director of the cult film American Psycho, and a leading figure in the fantastic genre.

▶ EVENT: Sunday 11 July - 12:00-13:00

On-Site & On-line event - The pitching session will be livestreamed on the marchedufilm.online platform.

The seven fantastic festivals are:

- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

- Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

- Cairo International Film Festival

- Guadalajara International Film Festival

- New Zealand International Film Festival

- South by Southwest

- Toronto International Film Festival

 

The selection of projects for this 2021 edition are:

SITGES - INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL, presents:

Original title: La pasajera

Title in English: The passenger

Director: Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez

Cast: Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez, Cristian Alcázar, Paula Gallego

Genre: Science Fiction I Horror

Nationality: Spain

Producer: José Luís Rancaño

Synopsis: A ride-sharing trip takes a terrifying turn when the driver accidentally hits a hiker in a backroad in the middle of the night.

 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, presents:

Original title: Polaris

Director: Kirsten Carthew

Genre: Fantasy I Action I Adventure

Nationality: Canada

Producer: Max Fraser, Kirsten Carthew, Paul Cadieux, Alyson Richards

Synopsis: A young girl raised by a polar bear, pursues her destiny after escaping capture by brutal warriors intent on killing her mother.

 

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW), presents:

Original title: Don't Peek!

Director: Julian Terry

Genre:  Horror

Nationality: USA

Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Majd Nassif, Pavel Bozhkov

Synopsis: Trapped in a town that bans most electronics, a nerdy teen finds a hidden video game, only to learn the nightmarish reason why some devices should never be turned on…

 

NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, presents:

Original Title: The Rule of Jenny Pen

Director: James Ashcroft

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Nationality: New Zealand

Producers: Orlando Stewart, James Ashcroft

Synopsis: Confined to a secluded rest home, an ailing Judge must stop an elderly tyrant who employs a child's puppet to abuse the home's residents with deadly consequences.

 

FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE EN GUADALAJARA, presents:

Original title: Fiebre

Title in English:  Fever

Director:  Elisa Eliash

Cast: Lautaro Cantillana, Macarena Teke, Nora Catalano, Nestor Cantillana

Genre:   Fantasy

Nationality:  Chile, Peru, Brazil

Producer:  Clara Taricco

Synopsis: A film for kids who aren’t afraid of fire.

 

CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST, presents:

Original title:  ونوح زينب أسطورة 

Title in English: The Legend of Zeinab and Noah

Director: Yousry Nasrallah

Cast: Bassem Samra, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Tara Emad, Nelly Karim, Ali Kassem Bouchra

Genre: Magical Realism, Coming-of-Age

Nationality: Egypt

Producer: Ali El-Arabi

Synopsis: To delay her mother’s funeral, a teenage girl and her friend steal the corpse, escape their village, and embark on a road trip.

 

BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL, peresents:

Original title: 영원한 아이

Title in English: Lay the ghost

Director: YU Eunjeong

Genre: Fantasy I Horror

Nationality: South Korea

Producer: PARK Doohee

Synopsis:  Suan, with her ability to see the door to the afterlife, brings back the ghost of her dead sister. Soon, a girl named Jaein resembling Suan's deceased sister appears.