Film Market Access & First Weekend Club Selected One Canadian Emerging Producer to Send to Cannes!

Toronto (April 13th 2016) – Film Market Access (FMA) in partnership with First Weekend Club (FWC), are thrilled to announce that Newfoundland-based Allison White has been selected as the contest winner for an all-expenses-paid trip (worth over $6,000) to the 2016 Festival de Cannes /Marché du Film (May 9 to May 23).

The contest was created to award one emerging producer the opportunity to take their current film project to the Marche du Film with the contingent of producers already participating in the FMA Networking Program. Allison will also take part in the highly competitive Producers Network an event facilitated by the Marché du Film. The Producers Network opens opportunities to meet the potential partners that will move Allison projects forward: co-producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers. The Producers Network is only open to producers who have produced at least one film commercially released in a theater within the last three years.

Allison White - Producer of Cast No Shadow (2015)

Allison White – Producer of Cast No Shadow (2014)

Kirk Cooper, FMA’s founder says: “FMA was delighted to partner with First Weekend Club and strongly believe in supporting Canadian talent. We were especially thrilled to see the high number of great submissions from female producers. It was a difficult decision, but I believe that Allison possesses the relevant attributes, talent and career instincts to take full advantage of this great opportunity.  We look forward to helping her open new doors in Cannes.”

The package includes airfare, accommodation, FMA festival orientation, FMA market packaging seminar, Marché du Film Accreditation
and onsite guidance during the festival. FWC will be documenting Allison’s journey through live-blogging and video interviews at www.firstweekendclub.ca  and at FMA’s website www.filmmarketaccess.com

“We are so excited about our new partnership with Film Market Access, and the opportunity it presents to work more closely with emerging filmmakers at the Festival de Cannes Film Festival and Marche du Film,” said FWC’s Executive Director Anita Adams, “FMA is offering a great service by helping producers prepare and make the most out of their time at this important market that can be otherwise overwhelming and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly as a first time attendee. Allison was the perfect candidate, coming off the huge success of her first feature film, CAST NO SHADOW.”

For ten years Film Market Access (FMA) has been assisting producers, directors and writers with festival preparations in order to maximize their festival/market experience. FMA has assisted over 250 talents from around the world.  First Weekend Club (FWC) has supported and promoted over 400 Canadian feature films since 2003.

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