Excitement is mounting in the global film industry as Cannes Film Festival gets underway in two weeks time on 6 July. And this year, for the first time ever, NZIFF is presenting a film project in the prestigious Fantastic 7 finance market of the Cannes Marché du Film.
The market is the film industry’s biggest get-together with more than 12,500 participants and 1600 buyers.
Fantastic 7 spotlights upcoming productions in the global genre industry presenting them to international co-producers and distributors during the Cannes Film Festival in July.
The initiative, now in its third year, is a highly-curated showcase of only seven projects presented by seven different festivals from all over the planet – from 2021 onwards NZIFF joins the Fantastic 7 alongside SXSW (USA), Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Catalonia), Toronto International Film Festival (Canada), Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) and BIFAN – Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea).
NZIFF will present James Ashcroft’s feature film in development, The Rule of Jenny Pen, selected in consultation with Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).
The film will follow Ashcroft’s success earlier this year with his debut feature film Coming Home in the Dark