What’s It All About?
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the US, specialising in horror,fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.It was founded in 2005 by Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, Paul Alvarado-Dykstra and Tim McCanlies, writer of The Iron Giant and Secondhand Lions.
The festival has presented the world premieres of There Will Be Blood,Apocalypto, City Of Ember, Zombieland and Gentlemen Broncos. Fantastic Festis held each year at various venues, but primarily at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemaon South Lamar in Austin, Texas.The festival, which has an impressive guest roster, also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and cominggenre films.
Watch Out For!
Walt Disney Pictures’ Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film. A stop motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. It releases in US cinemason October 5.
The film Looper will be screened along with director Rian Johnson and leading actor of the film Joseph Gordon-Levitt in attendance. Along with this film, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond, the follow-upto Kitano’s incredible Outrage that staggered the audience at the 2010 Fantastic Fest, will also be screened.
The audience will be among the firstto see the horror anthology The ABCs Of Death from Drafthouse Films, The American Scream from the team behind Best Worst Movie, Doomsday Book from the director who also made the Fantastic Fest 2008’s favourite film The Good TheBad The Weird, and Fantastic Fest vet Adrián García Bogliano’s latest thriller Here Comes The Devil.
Some of the screenings will also featurethe US premieres as well as showcasessome old and new hits. These include:
• Wrong (2011)
• Cockneys Vs Zombies (2011)
• Dead Sushi (2012)
• Dredd 3D (2012)
• Errors Of The Human Body (2012)
• Young Gun In The Time (2012)
Fantastic Arcade introduces the world of fantastic film and independent games to one another over cocktails.At Fantastic Arcade, the festival showcases a curated selection of brand-new independent games. A larger sampling of important ground breaking independent games from the last couple of years, with international guest developers come to the fest to show off their work. They also talk about the state of independent gaming via panels, and interact with attendees during play sessions and nightly parties and happy hours. The artistic merit of these games will be honoured with both audience awards and ajuried competition. Admission to the Fantastic Arcade is free and open to the public.