The Second Woman

Category: Proof of Concept

Directed by: Zach Gayne

Produced by: Precious Chong (Party Hunks Inc.)

Country of production: Canada

Genre: Dark Thriller, Horror

Language: English

A Canadian literary legend tucked away in an Algonquin Park cabin writing her final memoirs fights for her life and her sanity when a stalker attacks her perception of reality.

Fantastic 7

Dead Enders

Category: Fantastic 7

Directed by: Fidel Ruiz-Healy and Tyler Walker

Produced by: Fidel Ruiz-Healy and Tyler Walker

Country of production: USA

Original title: Dead Enders

Genre: Comedy, Coming-of-Age, Horror

Language: English

SXSW Film & TV Festival

Dead Enders is a horror comedy about a listless slacker who must reconnect with her ex-best friend in order to stop a scourge of mind controlling bugs from taking over their small town.

Ukraine in Focus


Directed by: Alina Matochkina

Produced by: Eugene Rachkovsky | TABOR Production

Country of production: Ukraine

Original title: Мати

Language: Ukrainian

Runtime: 90'

Budget: 500 000 Eur

Completed in: 2025

There is a great distance between Lida and her mother, both physically and mentally, they live separately and communicate only through a laptop screen. But in order to build a personal life, Lida must first reconnect this bond, and find how to change the old patterns.

Cannes Docs

Dad’s Lullaby

Original title: Татова колискова

Directed by: Lesia Diak

Produced by: Lesia Diak (DramaFree, Ukraine), Monica Lazurean-Gorgan (FilmWays, Romania), Elena Martin (FilmWays, Romania), Dagne Vildziunaite (Just a moment, Lithuania)

Country of production: Ukraine, Romania

Runtime: 75'

Expected release: November, 2023

Production stage: Post-production, Rough cut stage

Budget: €200.050

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, sales agents, distributors, buyers, gap financing


Serhiy returns home after 3 years at war, between Ukraine and Russia, deeply burned out. He served as a commander and was responsible for other people’s lives. The veteran starts working night shifts, dedicates short hours of rest to his three sons and wife. War trauma manifests when the couple starts expecting a baby. After a large-scale invasion Serhiy is forced to defend Ukraine on the frontline again.

Director’s profile:

Lesia Diak is a Ukrainian documentary film director and producer. Before shifting career to filmmaking she worked for 7 years in the area of journalism and communications. Lesia graduated from the Serhiy Bukovsky Film Program in 2017. In 2022, she completed her studies at DocNomads, an international documentary film directing Master’s program. She created several short documentaries selected for international film festivals and primarily dedicated to trauma and healing experience. Her work-in-progress feature-length documentary debut “Dad’s Lullaby” has received the award for the best documentary film in post-production at Docu Sarajevo Talents from the East, a special mention and won the post-production grant from IDFA Bertha Fund. In 2023 Lesia founded DramaFree film production company.

Producer’s profile:

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan is an experienced producer and a member of the AMPAS/Oscar, as well as EFA. Monica is the producer of the successful documentary Acasa, My Home by Radu Ciorniciuc, winner of the Sundance Cinematography Award and other 40 international awards, delegate producer for Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie and co-producer for Chuck Norris vs Communism by Ilinca Calugareanu. Monica is the director for feature length documentaries such as A Mere Breath, winner of Best Doc in Sarajevo IFF, Best Doc in CEE Vienna IFF, co-director of Wood, premiered in HotDocs and CPH:Dox 2020 etc.

Goes to Cannes


Category: Film Bazaar Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Jai Shankar

Produced by: Rishab Shetty, Rishab Shetty Films

Country of production: India

Original title: Shivamma

Genre: Feature film

Language: Kannada

Runtime: 105min

Completed in: 2022

Shivamma (46), a poverty-stricken woman invests her hard-earned money in a network Marketing business to make some quick money which puts her daughter’s imminent marriage on stake.

Goes to Cannes

The Glass House

Category: Tallinn Black Nights Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Taras Dron

Produced by: Igor Savychenko (Directory films) Valeria Sochyvets (Contemporary Ukrainian Сinema) Rodrigo Ruiz Tarazona (Сіnelab) Taras Dron (Nord Production)

Country of production: Ukraine, Romania

Original title: Дім за склом

Genre: Feature film

Language: Ukrainian

Runtime: 100min

Completed in: July 2022

A young girl disappears with her older boyfriend. Victoria, the mother of the missing girl, has a seemingly perfect life. It is suspected that the daughter is involved in drug trafficking. But Victoria is less frightened by the dangerous world of drugs, than losing her picture-perfect reputation.

Goes to Cannes

The Vessel’s Isle

Category: HAF Goes to Cannes

Directed by: WANG Di

Produced by: XU Ruijing

Country of production: China

Original title: 不游海水的鯨

Genre: Feature film

Language: Putonghua, Yunnan Dialect

Runtime: 171min

Completed in: 2022

Dissolved in an unknown time, lost travellers in a small town enter a short and murky dream in which they meet the unknown and seek eternity.

Goes to Cannes


Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Spyros Mantzavinos, Kostas Antarachas

Produced by: Leonidas Konstantarakos, Alaska FIlms

Country of production: Greece

Original title: ΠΑΝΕΛΛΗΝΙΟΝ

Genre: Documentary

Language: Greek

Runtime: 80min

Completed in: 2022

Panellinion is an out-of-place-and-time chess coffeehouse in the center of Athens; a refuge for those who suffocate in modern life. Giannis, the owner, hates chess, yet has a fatherly affection for his regulars, who see consolation in it. Teared up, they recall old stories, roister, drink and sing.


Junction Row

Category: Buyers Showcase

Directed by: Ashlea Wessel

Country of production: Canada

Genre: Horror, Science-fiction

Language: English

A veteran recovering from addiction returns to the intentional community she once called home in search of her missing friend, but finds that it has been infiltrated by an otherworldly force.


Street Trash

Category: Proof of Concept

Directed by: Ryan Kruger

Produced by: Justin Martell [Not The Funeral Home], Matt Manjourides [Not The Funeral Home], James C. Williamson [The Department of Special Projects], Ryan Kruger

Country of production: United States, South Africa

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Language: English

A group of homeless misfits must fight for survival when they discover a plot to exterminate every homeless person in the city.