Frontières / BIFAN Market 2016

On July 20th, Screen Division traveled to the Frontières Coproduction market in Montréal where the 8th edition of the market was taking place. 20 Projects from NA and Europe have been presented to buyers and producers from all around the world.

On the 24th, SD flew to South Korea to participate at the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) in capacity of Jury. In total, 24 projects from Asia and Europe will be pitched. The NAFF offers 7 different awards, including a postproduction award in the form of a support for edit, sound and D.I.

BIFAN, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, offering a range of 320 films to watch, with a showcase of Gaumont films, who is celebrating 120 years of existence. More about BIFAN HERE.

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SD@Fantastic Zagreb

Screen Division will be traveling to Zagreb on July 7th to participate at the European Genre Forum. We will be presenting our coproduction 78/52, the new documentary by Alexandre O. Philippe about the iconic shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho, and we will also be giving a Keynote about the Genre Film Industry. More info about the festival HERE.

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Development starts on Long Walk

Screen Division and Lao Art Media have started development on The Long Walk, Mattie Do’s third feature film. Both companies collaborated on Do’s second film DEAREST SISTER, which will start its festival run in the fall. Penned by Chris Larsen, The Long Walk will tap into the SciFi genre.

SD adds Festival Strategies to slate

More and more Genre filmmakers are reaching out to us asking for advice regarding their film and the festivals they should register to. Following up with these demands, Screen Division is please to announce that Festival Strategies for indie Genre filmmakers has been added to its slate of services. Contact us for more information!

SD Keynote @ Imagine, NL

Last Thursday, Screen Division was invited to Amsterdam to the Imagine Film Festival to talk to Dutch filmmakers about the Genre film industry.

In a presentation called If Only I had Known, we discussed subjects such as Festival Strategies, dealing with Sales Agents, what Co-Production markets are and how to navigate the Funding waters.

More information about the Imagine Film Festival HERE.

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Screen Division boards Monsters Within

Screen Division has boarded Alexandre O. Philippe’s new documentary, Monsters Within, as coproducer. Monsters Within will recount the dramatic events and extraordinary character dynamics that led to the creation of two of the foremost literature and movie monsters – Frankenstein’s monster and the modern vampire.

Philippe wants to focus on “the emotions, the jealousies and dangerous minds behind the creation of the monsters, who were basically created on the very same night, in the very same house, by Mary Shelley (Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus) and Lord Byron (The Vampyre)”. Therefore, in order to have form matching content, Philippe has decided to do it through an animation documentary, a very creative and imaginative method that has resulted in stylized, multilayered films like Waltz with Bashir. With several partners already on board (such as Paul Sullivan as the art director and Simon Boswell as composer), the film, produced by Kerry Deignan Roy for Exhibit A Pictures, aims to be ready for 2018, to celebrate Frankenstein’s bicentennial. (source Cineuropa.org)

The project was recently pitched at the Frontières Coproduction Market in Brussels where it generated interest. Alexandre O. Philippe is known for directing documentaries such as Doc of the Dead and The People vs George Lucas. Screen Division is already collaborating with Roy and Pilippe on 78/52, a documentary about the iconic shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Dearest Sister is finalized

Mattie Do’s second film, Dearest Sister, has been finalized and is ready to go out to festivals.

Shot in Laos in Spring 2015, coproduced by Screen Division and Orée Films, Dearest Sister is the first production ever between Laos and Europe. It tells the story of a Lao village girl, whose only chance of escaping indentured poverty is to manipulate her wealthy cousin’s illness into dependence.

We are currently working on the festival circuit and we will keep you updated on the advancement.

From Mexico to Austin

Like every year, the Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara was overlapping with the immense SXSW Film Festival held in Austin between March 11th and March 19th.

Once duty was done at FICG, Screen Division flew to Austin to catch as many films as possible during the festival and to meet with producers, festival programmers and sales agents. 27 films, a couple of panels later and lots of sleep deprivation, we’re back in Paris sorting potential films for our clients.

Switzerland signs pre-accord for coproduction treaty with Mexico

The Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara was an exciting moment for Swiss and Mexican filmmakers.

Invited as the Guest of Honor 2016, Switzerland screened more than 30 Swiss films during the festival, showcasing the Best of Swiss production. Additionally, Swiss projects were part of the Coproduction market which allowed filmmakers to meet potential coproducers.

Annick Mahnert, who collaborates with Swiss Films, was part of the delegation who traveled to Guadalajara and helped set up the various meetings, also participating at the Bilateral Forum Mexico+Switzerland.

2016 celebrates 70 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico and it was a giant step forward when both countries sat down to sign a pre-accord for a coproduction treaty. More about this event HERE.