Alan Goda's Los Angeles-basedfinance, production and distribution outfit FilmMates Entertainment is hittingthe Croisette for the first time with 10 titles that feature the likes of SusanSarandon, Jeremy Irons, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Shirley MacClaine.
The company plans to finance,produce and release eight to 10 pictures a year budgeted at up to $30m, andholds all rights on all its titles.
FilmMates executive vicepresident of production and distribution Jeanette Buerling will commence saleson the titles at Cannes, seven of which are expected to go into production byautumn this year and are:
Tent Hill Road, anaction-adventure starring Jeremy Irons and Simon Baker to be directed by BruceBeresford.
Good Sharma, a comedy-dramabased on a true story, starring Susan Sarandon and to be directed by SuriKrishnamma.
Finders Keepers, a fast-pacedromantic comedy starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Sister Eileen, a comedystarring Shirley MacClaine and rapper Bow Wow to be directed by Mark Rydell.
The Girls, a sexy comedystarring Paris Hilton, who is scheduled for a Cannes appearance.
Asphalt, a thrillerstarring Thomas Kretschmann, Stephen Dorff and Juergen Prochnow, and FortMcCoy, a second world war period drama starring Aidan Quinn, Jeremy Piven andThora Birch, directed by Paul Quinn.
The three completed titlesare:
Aunt Agatha's Apartment, a screwballcomedy set in New York starring Melissa Joan Hart, Carmen Electra and RyanBrowning, directed by David Eric Brenner.
Young Sherlock, a thrillerstarring James D'Arcy, Vincent D'Onofrio and Gabrielle Anwar, directed byGraham Theakston, and Living Life, 17-year old writer-director Jesse Harris'sdebut.
FilmMates launched in 2001 as a fund to acquire projects from youngfilmmakers and has evolved into a vertically integrated entertainment company.