Fake Tattoos, M/M to compete at Slamdance

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The two Canadian films are among 18 films selected for the Park City, Utah festival's feature competition lineup.

Drew Lint’s M/M will have its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where it will compete for best narrative feature alongside Fake Tattoos by fellow Canadian director Pascal Plante.

M/M (pictured) is produced by Toronto’s Film Forge in association with Fordworks Media. Karen Harnisch (Sleeping Giant) produced the film alongside Lint, with Jere B. Ford (Uncertain Terms) exec producing. The feature follows Matthew (played by Antoine Lahaie), a young Canadian who moves to Berlin for a fresh start, but who soon becomes dangerously obsessed with Matthias (Nicolas Maxim Endlicher) and eventually assumes his identity.

Plante’s Fake Tattoos will have its U.S. premiere at Slamdance. Produced by Montreal-based prodco Nemesis Films, the film follows shy 18-year-old Theo (Anthony Therrien) who falls for a young punk rocker Mag (Rose-Marie Perreault). The French-language feature is produced by Katerine Lefrançois (Les Jaunes) and exec produced by Caroline Gaudette (L’Etrange Province).

All told, 10 narrative features and eight documentaries will compete in their respective programs. To qualify, all competition films must be feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than USD $1 million, and without U.S. distribution.

Launched in 1995, Slamdance is dedicated to discovering new voices in indie filmmaking. Last year, Toronto-based Daniel Warth won the grand jury prize for narrative feature at the fest for his debut feature Dim the FluorescentsThe feature was later picked up by levelFILM for North American distribution. It opens in select theatres across Canada on Dec. 8 before heading to VOD/digital in early 2018.