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Marché du Film 2020: Irish projects featuring at first digital edition
22 Jun 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Marché du Film
The first digital edition of Cannes’ Marché du Film gets underway today, and runs from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th June.

It was announced in April that the market would become a standalone online market created to support international film industry professionals.

The online market is intended to mimic the market experience in Cannes, with live and real-time meetings. It offers creative alternatives to facilitate business and networking for film industry professionals from all over the world, including Virtual booths for Sales agents, Virtual pavilions for Institutions, Video Meetings, Online Screenings, and Programs & Conferences.

The virtual Pavilion allows Ireland’s Government film body, Screen Ireland, to continue its commitment to promoting Irish films selling in the market, new Irish titles coming to market, Ireland as a film location, and the Section 481 tax incentive.

Northern Ireland producer Brian Falconer (Out Of Orbit Films) is taking part in the Producers Network in the Cannes digital market as part of the 5-strong contingent of UK producers. The BAFTA Award-winning, Academy Award® nominated Out Of Orbit is one of the most exciting production companies emerging from the booming Northern Ireland Film and Television Industry. Productions include Ordinary Love (2020) staring Academy Award® nominees Lesley Manville & Liam Neeson, & the multi-award-winning The Dig (2019) directed by the Tohill Brothers (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2020).

A delegation of Northern Ireland filmmakers will participate in Cannes virtual Marche; Katy Jackson (Wee Buns Films), Chris Patterson (Causeway Pictures), Paul Kennedy (Village Films), Marie-Therese Mackle (Village Films), Chris Martin (Indie Movie Company), and Janine Cobain.

Titles screening at Marché du Film 2020:


On the surface, Sandra is a young mother struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe and happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, she has a steely determination to change their lives for the better, and when it becomes clear that there are no other options left, she decides to build it herself from scratch.

  • Director Phyllida Lloyd
  • Production Company Element Pictures
  • Sales Agent Cornerstone Films

OOOPs! The Adventure Continues

The young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, accidentally fall off the ark and are swept out to sea. Out on their own on a raft, they get separated by a storm. While Finny finds a whole colony of Nestrians underwater, Leah lands on a beautiful island...

  • Director Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack
  • Production Company Moetion Films
  • Sales Agent Global Screen

Rose Plays Julie

On tracking down her biological parents Rose uncovers more than she bargained for as long-suppressed secrets explode with devastating consequences.

  • Directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
  • Production Company Samson Films
  • Sales Agent Hyde Park International


Alma and Alex, two adolescent sisters, are survivors of a catastrophic event. They live deep in the woods with their Mother, a strict, over-protective woman who has sheltered them from ominous presences, the Shadows. When they venture out of the house, they will discover the truth.

  • Director Carlo Lavagna
  • Production Company Feline Films
  • Sales Agent Vision Distribution


After the death of his father, Colm’s emotional life cracks open, and his downward spiral continues when he is made redundant. Unable to confide in his wife, Colm finds himself drawn to Jay. Their sexual encounters become Colm’s only solace but this recklessness puts his family-life at risk.

  • Director Peter Mackie Burns
  • Production Company Cowtown Pictures
  • Sales Agent The Bureau Sales

The Castle

Monika’s dream to play a one in a lifetime concert is cut short by her mother. However, she stops at nothing to pursue her dream.

  • Director Lina Luzyte
  • Production Company Samson Films
  • Sales Agent Wide

The Racer

A support rider faces his greatest challenge during the infamous 1998 Tour de France - but will it be his last?

  • Director Kieron J. Walsh
  • Production Company Blinder Films
  • Sales Agent Independent

The Winter Lake

After making a grim discovery in a seasonal lake, a withdrawn teenager discovers the truth about his neighbours, a father, and daughter harbouring sinister secrets.

  • Director Phil Sheerin
  • Production Company Tailored Films
  • Sales Agent Epic Pictures Group

Selling at Marché du Film 2020 and Coming to Market.

Paddy Slattery’s debut feature film Broken Law will also feature at this year's virtual Marché Du Film; Acquired by 101 Films International.

Bankside Films has taken worldwide sales rights to Northern Ireland writer-director Stacey Gregg’s feature debut Here Before starring Andrea Riseborough. Bankside will be introducing the project and showing a promo to buyers at the Cannes virtual Marche. 

Cornerstone Films will also bring two genre films set in Ireland to the virtual markets. Jon Wright’s The Little People is about two Londoners who move to rural Ireland in search of the quiet life only to discover malevolent goblins lurking at the end of their garden. Cornerstone has worldwide rights to the project. The company will also be talking to buyers about Anders Engstrom’s modern take on classic horror The Changeling, about a musician who returns to his childhood home after the death of his daughter to face a series of terrifying events.

You can find details of all the films currently selling/coming to market in the Screen Ireland Production Catalogue 2020.

Connect with the Irish film industry at the online Marché du Film 2020 at our digital pavilion here.

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