Lindsay Peters, the executive director of the distinguished genre industry platform Frontières, announces her decision to depart following six years at the helm effective as of April 2020.
“After six years leading Frontières, and much consideration I have come to the difficult decision to depart the organization as of April 2nd,” Lindsay Peters says in a statement. “My decision has been made particularly difficult by the many wonderful relationships I have been able to build with my invaluable team and amazing colleagues around the world. Through the efforts of my team, I am so proud that Frontières now has over 40 films released onto the festival and theatrical-streaming circuits, with an additional 22 Frontières projects currently in production or post-production. The number of connections, partnerships, and collaborations we’ve helped make happen throughout the genre industry has been immensely rewarding and so important to myself and the team.”
The multi-branched film industry outfit is organized through the Fantasia International Film Festival and launched in 2012 at the Montreal-based event with the inaugural co-production market, expanding over the years to include a European co-prod market at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival from 2014-2016, the Frontières Platform in Cannes programming stream at the Marché du Film and the annual Finance & Packaging Forum held itinerantly across Europe.
In 2014 Peters took the helm of Frontières and, following the rapidly growing success of the market at Fantasia, built-up an incredibly strong international profile for the initiative which included major, game-changing partnerships with the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes beginning in 2016. In addition to the Platform in Cannes and the co-production market at Fantasia, also overseen and orchestrated by Peters was the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum, which she led to successful editions in the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden.
“In the next few months I look forward to some exciting new career opportunities within the film industry which I look forward to sharing,” adds Peters. “In the meantime, the Frontières family will keep going strong throughout the industry. Endless thanks to you all for your help in making Frontières such a remarkable success story.”
Further announcements regarding Frontières will be made shortly.
Frontières is internationally established as the leading industry initiative for genre film professionals. It is organized by the Fantasia International Film Festival, with the participation of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. www.frontieresmarket.com
The organization focuses on connecting with emerging and established genre filmmakers with leading industry professionals and promote international co-production and collaboration with Canada and Europe. Since 2017 the organization has produced 3 annual events: the Frontières International Co-Production Market (July, at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, for projects in development & early financing); the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum (February, traveling event, for projects at the midway point in their financing); and the Frontières Platform at the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes (May, for projects in advanced financing & post-production).
The organization provides diverse and highly effective opportunities for filmmakers & producers to connect with partners and secure financing, sales representation and distribution. Current Frontières projects on the festival circuit and in release include Color Out Of Space, Sea Fever, Chained For Life, Black Conflux, Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway, The Long Walk, Riot Girls, and Black Circle. Projects currently in post-production include Slash/Back, (d. Nyla Innuksuk), Censor (d. Prano Bailey-Bond), The Paper Tigers (d. Tran Quoc Bao), The Winter Lake (d. Phil Sheerin), Hatching (d. Hanna Bergholm) and Lamb (d. Valdimar Jóhannsson).
Major Frontières success stories include Raw, Vivarium, Extra Ordinary, and Turbo Kid. Frontières was founded in 2012 as the industry arm of the Fantasia International Film Festival by Stephanie Trepanier. In 2014 Lindsay Peters took the helm and with Julie Bergeron of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, expanded Frontières into its current format. Frontières operates out of Montreal with major collaborative assistance from the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, Nordic Factory, and rotating Forum partners.
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