Fantastic Fest

About Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.

Fantastic Fest 2010 featured the World Premiere of RED, the action-comedy with the killer cast starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich & Morgan Freeman, as well as one of the surprise hits of the festival, Norwegian troll epic THE TROLL HUNTER. Additional World Premiere films included 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS, AGNOSIA, KIDNAPPED, MOTHER'S DAY, UNDOCUMENTED and ZOMBIE ROADKILL.

Gala Events with cast in attendance were held for BURIED, LET ME IN & STONE. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to filmmakers Yuen Woo Ping and Roger & Julie Corman. Fantastic Fest saw the acquisition of the following films in 2010: THE TROLL HUNTER, MONSTERS & KIDNAPPED.

Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Paramount Theater and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.

During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.

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Press Quotes

“The geek Telluride… Fantastic Fest lives up to its name”
– Variety

“The coolest film festival in the world”
– IGN

The most important film festival in North America” 
– Texas Monthly

“If there’s a heaven, I want it to be just like the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar during the week of Fantastic Fest.”
– CHUD

“Fantastic Fest, you see, is one of the most exciting and rising film events in the country. “
– The Oregonian

"Taking place mere weeks after the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, Fantastic Fest is the cinematic equivalent of a hot fudge sundae that follows a meal full of vegetables."
– Wall Street Journal/Speakeasy Blog

“If Cinematical were its own nation, Fantastic Fest would be our Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, Festivus, Easter, President's Day and every other holiday you can think of.”
– Cinematical

Press Coverage

Press Releases

2013

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES AWARDS FOR ITS INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL GENRE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET

FANTASTIC FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS

FANTASTIC FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES THE DELL & AMD “NEXT WAVE” FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

FANTASTIC FEST AND BADASS DIGEST PRESENT AN EVENING WITH DIRECTOR ERROL MORRIS

FANTASTIC FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES CLOSING NIGHT FILM & FINAL WAVE OF PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES SIXTEEN PROJECTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION MARKET

FANTASTIC FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ROBERT RODRIGUEZ’S MACHETE KILLS

2012

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES FINAL WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST 2012 ANNOUNCES SHORTS PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST 2012 ANNOUNCES SIGNATURE EVENTS

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘RED DAWN’  AS THE CLOSING NIGHT FILM

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES THE 2012 AMD NEXT WAVE FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “FRANKENWEENIE”

2011

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS INKS DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT, APPOINTS NEW COO

FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS

FANTASTIC ARCADE’S ULTIMATE WARRIOR NERD SEARCH NOW OPEN

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES FANTASTIC ARCADE 2011 SEPTEMBER 22-25, 2011- AUSTIN, TEXAS

FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES FINAL WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING INCLUDING OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT FILM

FANTASTIC FEST 2011 PRESENTS “KNUCKLE” FANTASTIC DEBATES

FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES SHORTS PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING

SXFANTASTIC ANNOUNCES MIND-BENDING MIDNIGHTERS AT SXSW

2010

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE OPENS FANTASTIC FEST FAVORITE “RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE”

FANTASTIC ARCADE ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS

FANTASTIC FEST SHINES THE SPOTLIGHT ON NEW AND EXCITING GENRE TERRITORY FROM NORWAY

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF FEARNET’S “ZOMBIE ROADKILL” WITH THOMAS HADEN CHURCH

FIRST PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN IFC MIDNIGHT AND FANTASTIC FEST

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ADDS NEW FILMS TO ITS IMPRESSIVE LINEUP

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES THE AMD & DELL “NEXT WAVE” FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

FANTASTIC FEST HONORS ROGER AND JULIE CORMAN WITH “SYFY IMAGINE GREATER” LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES FULL SHORT FILMS SLATE

FANTASTIC FEST HONORS DIRECTOR YUEN WOO-PING WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE, FANTASTIC FEST & FANTASTIC ARCADE TEAM UP WITH AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ADDS NEW FILMS TO ITS INCREDIBLE LINEUP

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES GALA SCREENING OF LIONSGATE’S “BURIED”

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 FILM BADGES ARE NOW SOLD OUT!

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES “LET ME IN” FOR OPENING NIGHT

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF FILM PROGRAMMING