Austin, TX – Thursday, August 22 -- Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the 16 selected projects for the inaugural edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico. The market runs from September 19th through September 21st, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest runs from September 19th through September 26th.

The public response to Fantastic Market’s call for submissions was astounding. Many excellent projects seeking co-production partners were received. The selected projects represent a diverse mix of international talent, including many Fantastic Fest veterans. Seven of the 16 selected projects propose to film, at least partially, in Texas. Full details about each project are available on the co-production market website at http://fantasticfest.com/market. The projects are as follows:

BELZEBUTH (Mexico)
Director: Emilio Portes (Meet the Head of Juan Perez; Pastorela)
Producer: Rodrigo Herranz Fanjul, Pastorela Películas (Meet the Head of Juan Perez; Pastorela)

CLUB PANICO (Mexico)
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil)
Producer: Andrea Quiroz, Salto de Fe Films (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil)

COMPULSION (U.S.)
Director: Batan Silva (Rays of Light; Nonna’s Trip)
Producers: Sandra Avila & Monica Bider, Avila Entertainment
Cast: Demian Bichir and Olga Kurylenko

CROSS OF SOULS (Brazil)
Director: Dennison Ramalho (first feature)
Producers: Pablo Torrecillas, Rodrigo Castellar, and Dennison Ramalho, TC Filmes & Pagan Film

EL DUENDE (Colombia)
Director: Jorge Navas (Blood and Rain)
Producer: Diego Ramirez, 64-A Films (Perro Come Perro)

EL PLATA (Argentina)
Director: Tamae Garateguy (Pompeya; She Wolf)
Producer: Jimena Monteoliva, Crudo Films (Pompeya; She Wolf)

EL ARBOL DEL OLVIDO (THE TREE OF OBLIVION) (Canada)
Director: Rodrigo Gudiño (Last Will and Testament of Rosalinda Lee)
Producers: Marco Pecota & Lilia Deschamps, Rue Morgue Cinema & Someone at the Door Productions

GREEDY BEASTS (Spain)
Director: Juan Martínez Moreno (Game of Werewolves; A Good Man)
Producers: Enrique Lopez Lavigne (28 Weeks Later; The Impossible) & Belen Atienza (The Impossible; Open Windows) & Maria Angula, Apaches Entertainment

THE INCIDENT (Mexico)
Director: Isaac Ezban (first feature)
Producer: Andrea Quiroz, Yellow Films (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil)

SMALL TOWN (Uruguay)
Director: Gustavo Hernández Ibáñez (La Casa Muda)
Producers: Pablo González & Ignacio García Cucucovich, Mother Superior

THE SUMMER HIT (Uruguay / Chile / Brazil)
Director: Pablo Stoll (25 Watts; Whisky)
Producers: Florencia Larrea, Kiné-Imágenes (Bonsai; Young and Wild) & Pablo Stoll Ward & Pablo Torecillas, Temperamento Films & Tc Filmes

TATEWARI (Mexico)
Director: Edgar Nito (first feature)
Producer: Rodrigo Frias, Pimienta Films

US VISITOR (Argentina)
Director: Nicolas Goldbart (Phase 7)
Producer: Sebastian Aloi, Aeroplana SA (Phase 7)

THE WRONG PLACE (Cuba / U.S.)
Director: Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead)
Producers: Claudia Calvino & Alejandro Tovar, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida (Juan of the Dead)

VIOLENT RIDER (Chile)
Director: Ernesto Diaz Espinosa (Mandrill; Kiltro; Mirage Man)
Producer: Derek Rundell, 6 Figure Films (Mandrill; Kiltro; Mirage Man)

YAMAHA 300 (Mexico)
Director: Jorge Michel Grau (Somos Lo Que Hay)
Producer: Mayra E. Castro, Velarium Arts

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About Fantastic Fest:
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of FRANKENWEENIE, RED DAWN, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME.  Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.

About Alamo Drafthouse:
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website http://www.drafthouse.com
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About EL REY NETWORK:
El Rey Network, the new general entertainment, English-language cable network geared towards young-adult audiences and created by renowned American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. The network will launch in January 2014 and have nation-wide distribution with initial carriage via Comcast and DirecTV.

El Rey Network will cultivate a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, music and sports programming. El Rey Network will provide English-language programming and will include action content that boldly features -- or is created, produced or directed by – high-caliber talent, celebrities and public figures. El Rey Network is also committed to discovering, nurturing and empowering new talent in front of and behind the camera.

ABOUT CANANA:
CANANA was founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most recently joined by partner and CEO Julian Levin. Over the past 8 years, CANANA has produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna’s first feature length film, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film Chavez, directed by Luna. In 2012, CANANA expanded its operations in the U.S. with CANANA L.A., bridging the talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to direct. In Mexico, CANANA boasts a television division which produced Soy Tu Fan, starring Ana Claudia Talancón, two successful seasons of Niño Santo, as well as a distribution outlet, CANANA Presenta, which has released more than 50 arthouse titles including The Place Beyond the Pines, Searching for Sugarman, No, Let the Right One In, The White Ribbon, The Master, and Pina, among others. In 2009, the company launched CANANA OnDemand, a digital distribution arm working with nine digital platforms in Latin America. Ambulante, CANANA’s traveling documentary film festival in Mexico has brought over 300 documentaries to communities across the country over the last seven years and received more than 100,000 admissions in its latest edition. CANANA recently joined forces with Hollywood film financing and sales company IM GLOBAL to found MUNDIAL, a worldwide sales company focusing exclusively on Latin and Ibero-American cinema. MUNDIAL provides a full service international distribution platform for Latin American filmmakers, handling sales on 8-10 pictures from across the region per year. Canana has also partnered with Participant Media, Fabula (production company in Chile) and Dynamo (Production company in Colombia) for a Pan-American fund for Latin American productions. Additionally, CANANA , Cristina Garza from MUNDIAL and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez together with Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas produce Mercado Fantastico, the first co-production market for genre films from Latin America.

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