We have expanded the badge offerings for 2008. We still have our VIP and Regular Badges, but we now also have discounted "2nd-half-of-the-fest" badges and "day-only" badges. VIP Badges sold out in 2 days when they went on sale during the 2007 festival, and we expect the remainder of badges to be sold-out quickly. The following describes the badge options for 2008:
V.I.P. Badges are available for $250 and include an exclusive limited-edition t-shirt and poster, plus a souvenir Fantastic Fest shoulder bag filled with seriously fun schwag. The main benefit of the V.I.P. badge, however, is guaranteed admission to the movie of your choice at any given showtime. VIP Badgeholders must arrive 20 minutes before showtime or else your seats may be given up. V.I.P. badge holders will also receive guaranteed admission to all panels and parties.
Film Badges are available for $120 and guarantee you a seat at all time slots during Fantastic Fest (just not necessarily your first choice film in each time slot. Most films screen more than once, so you should be able to see everything you want, with the exception of the high profile opening and closing films. We are attempting in 2008, however, to open up the high profile films to more timeslots/screens so that more regular badge holders will be able to attend. The Film Badges also includes access to all of the Fantastic Fest parties, including the opening and closing night parties.
2ND-HALF FESTIVAL BADGES:
This is the first year we will be offering discount 2nd-half festival badges, the price is $65. The busiest time of the festival is always the 1st half. The majority of the industry folks, distributors and buyers are in town for opening weekend and then leave on Monday morning or Sunday night. The way the festival is programmed, we try to play almost all of the films in the first 4 days and then again in the second 4 days, so if you purchase a 2nd-half festival badge, you will still get the chance to see just about everything from the festival line-up. If you purchase the 2nd-half badge, you can check out the BSide feedback to see which movies are getting the biggest buzz. Also, with fewer folks in attendance, the lines will not be nearly as bad. 2nd-half festival badges are good for any screening Monday-Thursday, September 22-25. 2nd-half festival badge-holders will be seated at the same time as the regular badge holders for the second half of the fest. The 2nd-half festival badge also includes access to all of the Fantastic Fest parties in the 2nd-half of the fest, including the closing night party.
The cheapest badge option, also a new badge for 2008, is the "day-only" badge, that we are offering for $40. This badge allows you access to any screening starting before 6:00 PM, any day of the festival. This is the perfect badge option if you have limited funds, but want to sample and get a taste of some of the movies of the festival. We will be offering approximagely 50 screenings at these early timeslots, and each and every film in the 2008 line-up will be something special. This badge does not include access to the evening parties.
INDIVIDUAL SHOW TICKETS:
Due to increased sales of festival badges, individual show tickets will mainly be available day of show in person at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. It is unlikely that individual show tickets will be available for high profile screenings such as our opening and closing night films. These shows will likely be limited to badge holders only. Closer to the festival, limited number of individual tickets to select shows may become availalbe online, particularly for daytime screenings and screenings in the second half of the festival. Check back here or subscribe to the festival Blog for more details.