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.
“The geek Telluride… Fantastic Fest lives up to its name”
“The coolest film festival in the world”
“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.”
“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.”