Cannes Film Festival Gets a Taste of Canberra

By April 29, 2013 Events

ScreenACT and Trade Connect are taking 9 Canberran filmmakers to the Marche du Cannes (the film market at the Cannes Film Festival) to sell locally made feature films and create relationships to bring feature film productions to the territory.

A new era has started in the Canberra film community. A group of 9 filmmakers are stepping up to the international plate, letting the world know that Canberra has a thriving film industry that is ready to partner with countries like Britain, Canada and Germany and to tell stories that appeal to a world-wide market.

Monica Penders, Director of ScreenACT, is leading the charge: ‘People don’t realize the talent we have here and by the end of Cannes they will. This is a huge opportunity for our growing industry. We have two focuses on this trip: selling new projects and existing films and bringing national and international film business to Canberra. We’ll be meeting with international sales agents and distributors and potential production partners from all over the world, letting them know we are open for business.’

The slate of completed productions will include feature film Theatre of the Dead a zombie thriller produced by Sanguinetti Media that was filmed at Erindale theatre in 2012, The Competition a musical drama by SiJo Media that was filmed throughout Canberra and Gunning and Perfect a psychological thriller by Solar Pictures.

Some of the new projects include the three finalists of ScreenACT’s low budget feature pod: The Mission a science factual produced by Andrew Marriot; Me & My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse Australia’s first ZOM/ROM/BROM/COM produced by Daniel Sanguinetti and Waiting for Robbo produced by Ivan Slavich. All three projects have attached an Australian theatrical distributor and have letters of offer from the ACT Screen Investment Fund.

The producers also have over thirty stories that are in development and they will be pitching to production companies and distributors from all over the world.

The Market goes for 10 days, 15th to the 24th of May, putting the producers to the test by having hundreds of meeting in that time. Producer Christian Doran is ready for the challenge: ‘The idea is to believe in your story and tell as many people as you can.  Someone will see your passion and want to work with you to get it made, and we’ll make it right here in Canberra’.

‘ScreenACT has been working closely with the producers to maximize the opportunity and exposure.  Going as a group means we can support each other, keep costs down and really get the most out of the market by keeping our eyes open for not only personal opportunity but for one of the other local producers’ says Monica Penders.

Photo opportunities with the producers available. If you would like any more information call Monica Penders, ScreenACT on 0437 045706