The Frontiers Platform in Cannes announces its program

The Frontières program starts this year in Cannes with the Frontières Platform. This year, the program includes proof-of-concept presentations and a buyer’s showcase will take place the third weekend in May.

The Buyers Showcase presents first and second feature films by directors such as Turkish Baris Fert, American duo Richard Karpala and Gabriel Bienczycki, Pakistani Zarrar Kahn and Canadians Ashlea Wessel and Bruno Mourral. Canadian filmmaker Jesse T Cook seems to be the only veteran of the showcase this year (Monster fight, septic man, Executors). The producers of their films will present footage of these completed or nearly completed films to potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers.

As part of the Proof of Concept program, filmmakers will pitch completed trailers to potential partners. The program includes Chadi Abo has a background in visual effects, working on such films at The Matrix Reloaded, 300, speed racer and blood machines. fried barryby Ryan Kruger promotes his next project, street trash can. French filmmaker Cédric Hachard plans to direct his second feature film. Austrian filmmaker Christoph Rainer hopes to adapt his 2013 short Requiem for a robot in a feature film. Irish filmmaker Imogen Murphy is looking to break away from a long career of shorts and series with her feature debut. The same goes for Dutch filmmaker Ruwan Suresh Heggelman; after a long career in directing short films, he turned to his first feature film.

The Frontières Platform in Cannes will be back at the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes for a fifth year, presenting 13 genre projects to the industry on May 21 and 22, 2022. In co-presentation between the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, the activities of the Frontières Platform will include Proof of Concept presentations for projects in advanced stages of financing, and the Buyers Showcase for films in post-production or recently completed.

We are delighted to announce the selection of six films for the Buyers Showcase which will take place on Sunday May 22, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. The producers will screen images for potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers. We are proud to offer Marché du Film attendees a first look at a variety of projects from around the world such as a creature feature film from Canada, an American tale of fallen witches as well as a horror film psychology of Pakistan.

The Frontières Proof of Concept presentation, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., will feature seven projects from European, South African, Syrian and Algerian filmmakers who will present their completed trailers to potential partners. Among them, a psychotic kitten, a useless little robot with a new purpose in life, and killer gnomes!

The Frontiers Platform in Cannes is funded by Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Frontières Platform in Cannes: complete list of projects



Director: Baris Fert

Producers: Ipek Erden, Emre Pekçakir

Genre: Action, Thriller, Dark Comedy

Deniz, a criminal machine who lost her feelings and ability to empathize years ago, pursues mysterious software believed to be in Istanbul and finds herself on a chaotic one-night-only adventure.

CULT HERO (Canada)

Director: Jesse T. Cook

Producer: Jesse T. Cook, Liv Collins, Craig Shouldice

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Action

Manager-summoning control freak Kallie Jones teams up with cult breaker Dale Domazar to rescue her husband from the clutches of a cannibalistic death cult.


Directors: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki

Producers: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki

Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller

On the first night of the harvest, three brothers set off for the desert to see the corpse of a witch.

IN FIRE (Pakistan, Canada)

Director: Zarrar Kahn

Producers: Anam Abbas, Shant Joshi

Genre: Psychological Horror

After a fatal accident claims the life of Mariam’s boyfriend, she is haunted by unresolved grief. But, when her thoughts turn into vivid hallucinations, she must choose to face her past or let her nightmares consume her.


Director: Ashlea Wessel

Producers: Pasha Patriki, James Fler, Michael Paszt, Andrew T. Hunt

Sales Agent: Raven Banner Entertainment

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction

A veteran recovering from addiction returns to the intentional community she once called home in search of her missing friend, only to find it has been infiltrated by an otherworldly force.


Director: Bruno Mourral

Producers: Yanick Létourneau, Samuel Chauvin

Genre: Dark Comedy

Two hapless kidnappers, tasked with what seems like a simple job, discover it’s anything but and find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy.


GNOME! (The Netherlands)

Director: Ruwan Suresh Heggelman

Producers: Monique van Kessel, Richard Raaphorst

Genre: Horror

When a talented and arrogant mountain biker enters a forbidden section of forest, she inadvertently becomes the centerpiece of a secret battle between humanity and gnomanity, and the only person to save us from complete annihilation.

NIGHT CITY (Ireland)

Director: Imogen Murphy

Producer: Ruth Treacy, Julianne Forde

Genre: Gothic Drama

In late 19th century Dublin’s red light district, a runaway teenage girl is drawn into a sinister whirlwind of love, revenge and murder.

REQUIEM FOR A ROBOT (Austria, Germany)

Director: Christoph Rainer

Producers: Loredana Rehekampff, Andreas Schmied, Josef Redinger

Genre: Science Fiction

A thrilling sci-fi fairy tale about a misfit robot struggling to find its purpose. When his divine brother’s life is in danger, our clumsy hero embarks on an existential journey to save him.

ROQIA (Algeria, France, USA)

Director: Yanis Koussim

Producer: Farès Ladjimi, Christophe Lafont, Armen Aghaeian, Abhi Goel, Tara Ansley

Genre: Horror

1993… Ahmed becomes amnesiac after a car accident. Nowadays… an old raqi, a Muslim exorcist, is stricken with dazzling Alzheimer’s, under the worried eyes of his disciple. And while Ahmed is increasingly afraid of regaining his memory, the disciple of the raqi fears that the loss of his master’s will will cause the return of an evil locked up years ago…


Director: Cédric Hachard

Producer: Alexis Perrin

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

As Ana’s life crumbles with the death of her father and a breakup, her little cat Lucius inexplicably takes on human form and sets out to kill those who hurt his mistress – helping Ana regain control of her life. .

STREET LITTER (South Africa, United States)

Director: Ryan Kruger

Producers: Justin Martell, Matt Manjourides, James C. Williamson, Ryan Kruger

Genre: Horror, Comedy

A group of homeless misfits must fight for their survival when they uncover a plot to exterminate all homeless people in town.

THE GATE (France, Syria, Germany)

Director: Chadi Abo

Producers: Chadi Abo, Ruba El Khash Khair, May Odeh, Zorana Musikic, Tania Khouri

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

In a war zone, a little girl prays for salvation. A cosmic power comes to help him. Now Sana can also resurrect dead children.

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