The Sitges Film Festival promotes an online edition of Fantastic 7 at the Marché du Film in Cannes
The Sitges Film Festival –in tandem with the Cannes Festival’s Marché du Film and the promoter of the Blood Window platform, Bernardo Bergeret– will be presenting an international selection of seven fantastic genre projects chosen by seven different festivals from around the world at the second edition of the Fantastic 7 forum. The intention of this initiative is to foster talent from the fantastic genre universe and obtain support and funding to be able to produce the projects presented. The event will be held on June 24th and 26th and can be followed via the Marché du Film Online platform.
Fantastic 7 was born last year as an initiative focused on targeting marketing opportunities for works by up-and-coming filmmakers. This initiative was presented at the Cannes Film Festival itself. This 2020, and despite the global health situation, Fantastic 7 is up and running again thanks to the Marché du Film Online. On the morning of Wednesday, June 24th, the projects will be screened and on Friday 26th, throughout the entire day, speed meetings will take place in a pitch box between the project auteurs and interested producers.
The seven festivals that have selected the films are, in addition to Sitges, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea), the Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico), the International Film Festival & Awards in Macau (China), South by Southwest in Austin (USA) and the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada).
The project presented by Sitges is Irati, a dark fantasy endeavor in Basque, and shot by Paul Urkijo Alijo (Errementari, El Bosque negro or Monsters Do Not Exist, among others). It is a journey to the battle of Roncesvalles in Charlemagne’s wake. Last year, the Sitges Festival presented Baby, by Juanma Bajo Ulloa.
The other six films presented at the forum are Foreign Cop (by Maxim Bessmertny), Huesera (Michelle Garza Cervera), I Have To You (Tim Kasher), Illicit (Minji Kang), Three for Eternity (Rami Yasin) and Violation (Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli).