FANTASTIC FEST 2012 ANNOUNCES SIGNATURE EVENTS

Austin, TX—Monday, September 10, 2012— Fantastic Fest proudly announces the events lineup for 2012.  The events and parties at Fantastic Fest are a big part of what makes the festival an unforgettable one.  The festival is pleased to continue the tradition with events like Fantastic Debates, 100 Best Kills, and Chaos Reigns: Fantastic Fest Karaoke Party and offer new events like Airsex and Fantastic Trivia.

Fantastic Arcade Happy Hours and Tournaments
Location: The Highball
Dates: Thursday, Sept. 20th, Friday Sept. 21st, Saturday, Sept. 22nd and Sunday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 5:00pm
Description: Every day from Thursday the 20th through Sunday the 23rd, guests are encouraged to come by The Highball and compete or just watch the daily indie game tournaments.  We’ll have drink specials each day and you will get to meet the folks who make up both the indie gaming scene in Austin as well as the international Fantastic Arcade game designers.

Fantastic Fest Opening Night Party: Monsters’ Ball
Location: The Highball
Date: Thursday, Sept. 20th
Time: 8:30pm
Description: Join us for the Monsters’ Ball!* In honor of our opening night film FRANKENWEENIE, we are decking The Highball to the nines as Dr. Frankenstein’s lab.  Dress as your favorite classic terrors of the silver screen (black and white formal-wear is encouraged) to compete in our costume contest.  We hope to see a few Wolfmen in tuxedos and plenty of Frankenstein’s brides! *note: not the depressing movie where Halle Berry has awkward sex with Billy Bob Thornton

Kokoromi + Venus Patrol present: THE DANCINGULARITY
Location: The Highball
Date: Friday, Sept. 21st
Time: 9:00pm
Description: First theorized by experimental game collective Kokoromi, the Dancingularity is a hypothetical but unavoidable point in time when people come together and dance to create the visuals of an interactive DJ set.  It all happens on the evening of Sept. 21st, and will be catalyzed by Venus Patrol, a new videogame website in search of beautiful things, from former Offworld.com editor and IGF Chairman Brandon Boyer.

Asian Invasion: Chaos Reigns Karaoke Party featuring DRAGON SOUND! Presented by Well Go USA EntertainmentLocation: The Highball
Date: Friday, Sept. 21st
Time: 11:00pm
Description: Come experience demented revelry and potential humiliation on what is sure to be one of the greatest nights of your life.  A highly anticipated evening of the year for karaoke maniacs and the bail-bondsmen of Austin.  In honor of the Drafthouse Films re-release of 1987’s gonzo masterpiece of taekwondo anti-sanity MIAMI CONNECTION, we’ll kick things off with the 25th anniversary reunion concert of multi-national martial arts synth rock band Dragon Sound!  For one night only we’re turning The Highball into the hottest nightclub this side of Florida AND all of Asia.  Don’t be late for the opening act and stay for an unforgettable evening of outrageous karaoke.

Fantastic Fest presents: Air Sex
Location: The Highball
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22nd
Time: 10:00pm
Description: If you’ve been to any Air Guitar shows, you’ve probably got some ideas about what Air Sex will be like. Except that competitors in this show won’t pretend to play an invisible guitar, they’ll pretend to make love with a partner who isn’t there.

Fantastic Debates
Location: South Austin Gym
Date: Saturday, Sept 22nd
Time: 11:55pm
Description: Quench your thirst for blood AND intellectual disputation with another installment of the Fantastic Debates, where the burning questions facing the fan community are resolved once and for all via formal debate followed by in-ring fisticuffs.

Fantastic Arcade Awards: Starcade
Location: The Highball
Date: Sunday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 7:00pm
Description: Join host Wiley Wiggins and two lucky contestants as we face off in a battle of wits and reflexes in the world of classic arcade games. Only one can survive in this test of trivia and gaming skill, to be crowned 2012’s CLASSIC ARCADE MASTER.

Nerd Rap Throw Down
Location: The Highball
Date: Sunday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 11:30pm
Description: Come watch the battle unfold as a handful of nerd worthy contenders vie for lyrical supremacy in this movie-themed rap competition all set to the pumping jams of  Fatboy Roberts. Click here to watch our 2011 champion Damon Jones performing “Peanuts”. We’re looking for 4-6 worthy contenders to challenge Damon at this year’s event.  Send a sample of your own rap to info@fantasticfest.com and we’ll see if you have the chops.  The winner will receive a 2013 VIP Fantastic Fest badge and a $50 Highball gift certificate.

THE AMERICAN SCREAM Homemade Haunted House Hellbash! presented by Chiller network
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Sunday, Sept. 23rd 
Time: 11:30 PM
Description: Following the world premiere of THE AMERICAN SCREAM, you’ll be invited to enter a homemade haunt created on-site for Fantastic Fest by the film’s subject Manny “The Halloween Guy” Souza. If you can survive the maze of werewolves, specters and unspeakable terrors, you’ll experience a post-screening celebration in an indoor cemetery, with all the Halloween candy and witches’ brew you can handle. Present for the post-mortem partytimes will be the filmmakers as well as the documentary’s stars, with live music provided by sinister synthesizer sadist Xander Harris. All this plus more surprises, so sharpen your stakes and/or fangs, and steel yourself for the ultimate Homemade Haunt Hellride!!

Fantastic Fest Awards
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Monday, Sept. 24th
Time: 9:30pm
Description: Not for the faint of heart… when you win an award at Fantastic Fest you better be ready for a shotgun-blast of appreciation to the face.   Strap on your drinking horns and join us for a night of ceremonial tomfoolery.

Data Pop
Location: The Highball
Date: Monday, Sept. 24th
Time: 10:30pm
Description: Austin’s premiere celebration of 8-Bit music and culture, this pulse-pounding concert features six of the world’s leading musicians and two top visualists all employing a plethora of low-res technology. Come dance the night away to music made by everything from classic Amigas to original Nintendo Gameboys.

Fantastic Feud
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Monday, Sept. 24th
Time: 11:55pm
Description: The Fantastic Feud, brainchild of FearNet’s own Scott Weinberg, pits the greatest American horror scholars against the feeble competition from foreign lands. Much drinking and feats of mental agility ensue.

Fantastic Fest presents: Tittie Bingo
Location: The Highball
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25th
Time: 10:00pm
Description: In the greatest partnership since tequila and karaoke, we’ve combined bingo with edited versions of porn parodies and classic adult films and the result is Tittie Bingo!

100 Best Kills
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Tuesday Sept. 25th
Time: 11:55pm
Description: Fantastic Fest celebrates the great legacy of stomach-churning, blood-spurting movie magic with this interactive showdown party. You are invited to join the FF and Alamo programmers in reliving 100 of the all-time greatest on-screen headbursts, rib-rips and gutblasts! To find out how to submit a kill and win either $500 or a 2013 VIP Fantastic Fest badge click here.

Fantastic Fest presents: Doug Loves Movies
Location: The Highball
Date: Wednesday Sept. 26th
Time: 4:20pm
Description: Come enjoy a cocktail and play the Leonard Maltin game with comedian Doug Benson, star and subject of Fantastic Fest pot-umentary THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER ROLLED.

Fantastic Trivia presented by Geeks Who Drink
Location: The Highball
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26th
Time: 7:00pm
Description: A special Fantastic Fest edition of our weekly trivia challenge at the Highball.

Welcome to HELLFJORD Norwegian Party
Location: The Highball
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26th
Time: 10:00pm
Description: From the twisted, frost-bitten minds behind COLD PREY,   DEAD SNOW along with Fantastic Fest favorite and YOU SAID WHAT? comes the distinctive – and distinctly odd – world of HELLFJORD, a seven-part Norwegian miniseries that will celebrate its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest.  In honor of this magnificent gift from our friends of the North, we are holding the Norwegian rager to end all Norwegian ragers at The Highball, with plenty of Jarlsberg, Akvavit and all the rakfisk you can eat (and we can put away the rakfisk).  We’ll also be featuring surprise musical guests doling out face-shredding Norwegian-style black metal for your listening pleasure.  Stop by for a cold one and enjoy a complimentary corpsepainting makeover!

Fantastic Fest Closing Night Party: Wolverines!
Location: The American Legion Hall
Date: Thursday, Sept 27th
Time: 10:00pm
Description: Fantastic Fest will transform the Austin American Legion into a maximum-security prison for the ultimate Red Dawn shindig.  Prisoners will experience mandatory enjoyment from delousing stations as well as free prison tattoos and head-shaves.  Executive Chef John Bullington will be doling out wild-game bulgogi, kimchi and piping-hot shots of deer blood while the uniformed detainees enjoy the musical stylings of festival favorite Future Folk.

Look for more film & event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the days ahead.

For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the Fantastic Fest official site www.fantasticfest.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

To apply for press credentials to FF 2012 please email an assignment from your editor to press@fantasticfest.com.  The deadline to submit press credential requests is Monday, September 10.

About Fantastic FestFantastic 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, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 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.  The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER.  Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. During his Keynote Address at the International Film Festival Summit, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” alongside industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride.  Fantastic Fest was also named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.

Our Partners
Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include AMD, Well Go USA Entertainment, and Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Returning hotel partners include Embassy Suites Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown, and the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin.
New Presenting Sponsors include Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology. 

About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of an acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named “the best theater ever” by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website http://www.drafthouse.com

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