The online market’s slate features 70 percent women directors, led by Lyda Patitucci’s ‘616,’ Stéphanie Joalland’s ‘Ice’ and Chelsea Lupkin’s ‘Tell Them What You Saw.’

The Frontieres International Co-Production Market on Wednesday unveiled its first selection of genre titles to be pitched at a Montreal-based virtual film market, set to run July 23 to 26.

The first wave of projects in development to be announced include director Ashlea Wessel
’s Lest We Be Devoured, from the producers of Psycho Goreman, the retro horror-comedy set for a release on Shudder; writer-director Kjersti Helen Rasmussen’s The Nightmare, 
the feature directorial debut from the writer of the Norwegian disaster thriller The Tunnel; and Chelsea Lupkin’s Tell Them What You Saw, a new horror/sci-fi title from the indie genre outfit Yellow Veil Pictures.

In all, 20 projects in development — evenly split between 10 European and 10 North American movies — will eventually be presented to industry producers, financiers, sales agents and distributors for development financing at Frontières, which this year will take place for the first time as an online event amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Frontières usually takes place during the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. 

“The submissions we received for the Frontières Market confirmed that we needed to keep going, even virtually. We welcomed many excellent submissions and the selection was a highly difficult process, and from that we are extremely proud to feature a majority of projects directed by women in this first wave,” Annick Mahnert, executive director of Frontières, said in a statement.

The first titles for the Frontières co-production market feature 70 percent women directors. Besides the co-production market, Frontières also will showcase genre titles at the upcoming Cannes virtual market, while holding a separate finance and packaging forum.

Past Frontières projects that were eventually produced include Raw, Turbo Kid and Vivarium. The Fantasia International Film Festival earlier announced it was going online this year due to the COVID-19 crisis with a virtual screening event from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2, to mirror a traditional theatrical experience where possible.

The first wave of Frontières genre projects:

616 (Italy) 
Director: Lyda Patitucci; 
Writers: Milo Tissone and Federica Pontremoli; 
Producers: Marina Marzotto, Mattia Oddone (Propaganda Italia), Simone Gandolfo (Macai Film)

Cryptozoologist (USA) Director: Brad Abrahams
; Writer: Matt Ralston; 
Producer: Matt Ralston (Yeti Films)

Electric Child (Switzerland, France) 
Director-Writer: Simon Jaquemet;
 Producers: Michela Pini (8horses GmbH), Didar Domerhi (Maneki Films)

Ice (United Kingdom) 
Director-Writer: Stéphanie Joalland; Producer: Sean McConville (Frenzy Films)

Lest We Be Devoured (Canada) 
Director: Ashlea Wessel
; Writer: Jim Munroe; 
Producers: Peter Kuplowsky, Shannon Hanmer (Low Sky Productions)

Oublier Charlotte (Canada)  Director-Writer: Chloé Cinq-Mars
; Producer: Nicolas Comeau (1976 Productions)

Perchten — The Lost Winter (Italy) Director-Writer: Rossella De Venuto; Producer: Maurizio Antonini (Interlinea Films)

Tell Them What You Saw (USA/Canada)
 Director-Writer: Chelsea Lupkin; 
Producers: Sarah Kalagvano, Michael Peterson (775 Media Corp), Hugues Barbier, Joe Yanick & Justin Timms (Yellow Veil Pictures)

The Last Video Store (Canada) Director: Cody Kennedy
; Writer: Tim Rutherford;
 Producers: Greg Jeffs (NJC Productions), Cody Kennedy & Tim Rutherford (The Last Video Store Inc.)

The Nightmare (Norway)
 Director-Writer: Kjersti Helen Rasmussen;
 Producers: John Einar Hagen (Nordisk Film Production), Einar Loftesnes (Handmade Films in Norwegian Woods)

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