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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
A legendary 3-week blow-out of worldwide fantastic cinema taking place each July in the heart of Montreal, now deep in planning its 21st edition.
We’re currently on the lookout for features and shorts to showcase at this summer’s event. What exactly are we looking for? While predominantly a fantasy/action/horror festival, Fantasia has always embraced films whose sheer individuality puts them in a genre of their own. If you’re not sure whether your film is right for us, consider that we’ve showcased everything from captivating dramas, eccentric comedies, provocative documentaries, mind-blowing experimental works, musicals, even atypical children’s films. In other words, set our minds’ eyes on fire and we’ll do everything possible to get your film seen. Feel free to browse our 2016 website for a better understanding of our programming tastes.
Taking things a step further, in 2012, Fantasia launched the Frontières International Co-Production Market as well as a film market component. Our Frontières lineup has featured dazzling new projects from Joe Dante, Dario Argento, Simon Rumley, Jacob Tierney, Buddy Giovinazzo, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Stanley and Andrzej Zulawski, to name a few. RKSS' 2015 cult smash TURBO KID was born at Fantasia's market in its inaugural year.
Any work produced in the past 18 months is eligible for both our official jury competition and our Public’s Prize.
There is no entry fee for domestic productions (note that Qc prods must be submitted through our website and not here).
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Since its inception in 1996, Fantasia has been an event hell-bent on showcasing the most exciting, innovative and individualistic examples of contemporary international genre cinema from every corner of the globe.
It has become a hugely popular Montreal summer tradition for over 105 000 festival-goers to spend three weeks being amazed by sensational celluloid from Japan, Spain, South Korea, Italy, Hong Kong, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, France, Russia, India, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, Australia, Holland, Scotland,Iran, Belgium, Sweden, Great Britain, Uruguay, the US and of course, Quebec and Canada.
Over the years, Fantasia has proven itself to be one of the largest and the most cutting edge festivals of its kind. Among our accomplishments, Fantasia is regularly cited as the place where the J-horror craze began in this part of the world - our North American Premiere of RINGU led directly to Dreamworks acquiring the film and producing its blockbuster remake, and Fantasia was also the first festival in North America to screen a film by Takashi Miike. Some other programming coups? We were the first festival in the world to show work from a then-19-year-old Adam Wingard when we world premiered his feature debut HOME SICK, our World Premiere of PERFECT BLUE launched the career of Satoshi Kon and our Canadian premiere of PI marked the first time a film by Darren Aronofsky was shown in Canada.
While we're predominantly known as a Fantastic Film Festival, we have always devoted a significant part of our programming to celebrating atypical films that defy conventional genre classifications. From docs, dramas and comedies, straight to unclassifiable experimental works.
Taking things a step further, in 2012, Fantasia launched the Frontières International Co-Production Market as well as a film market component. Our market lineup has since featured dazzling new projects from Joe Dante, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jacob Tierney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Stanley, Dario Argento and Andrzej Zulawski, to name a few.
We encourage filmmakers of all backgrounds, interests and obsessions to submit their work.
Note: If you’re submitting a Quebec production, please use our internal form for your entry, located here: http://fantasiafestival.com/2015/en/pre-festival/submit/canada
For more info, "visit" us online at www.fantasiafestival.com
"One of the most exciting genre film festivals in the world. It is in Montreal that we might discover the next Eraserhead" - PREMIERE MAGAZINE
"One of Canada's hotter film events" - Brendan Kelly, VARIETY
“Fantasia is the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.” – Quentin Tarantino
"Fantasia has some of the best audiences and programming out there. As a distributor, it's an essential stop for the latest in genre cinema." - John Von Thaden, Manager of Acquisitions, MAGNOLIA PICTURES
"A record-breaking 150 directors, actors, screenwriters and producers came to the festival to present their films, with over 250 members of the film industry in attendance." - Ian Sandwell, SCREEN
"one of the best genre film festivals in the world." - Harry Knowles, AIN'T IT COOL
“Fantasia is a legitimate candidate for the continent’s foremost genre film festival, its reputation such that, in 2009, it could pull the North American premiere of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS” - Nick Pinkerton, SIGHT AND SOUND MAGAZINE
"Many films have been discovered at Fantasia or sparked interest in US remakes, many by my company" - Roy Lee, Producer of THE DEPARTED, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, THE RING.
"Mammoth...The world's largest genre film festival" - Bryce J. Renninger, INDIEWIRE
"Le Festival Fantasia de Montréal est la plus importante manifestation d’Amérique du Nord consacrée au cinéma de genre" - LES CAHIERS DU CINEMA
"One of the largest, longest running, and just plain longest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia has an overwhelming number of films and film related events to offer every year." - Greg Christie, TWITCH FILM
"A must-see event... Like nothing else in the world" - LES INROCKUPTIBLES
"The largest festival of its kind on this continent. The sheer number of discoveries is astonishing." - FANGORIA MAGAZINE
"Top notch... people line up around the block for hours in wait to see a film" - FILM THREAT
"Fantasia is the hippest film festival in town" - THE MONTREAL GAZETTE
"one of the coolest festivals in the world" - MAD MOVIES
"If I missed Fantasia I'd drive an icepick into my brain" - RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE
Isabelle Gauvreau (Fantastique week-end du court-métrage québécois); King-Wei Chu (Co-Director of Asian Programming); Marc Lamothe (Marketing Director); Marc Lamothe (Marketing Director, Programmer); Mitch Davis (Co-Director Of International Programming, Co-Festival Director); Nicolas Archambault (Co-Director of Asian Programming); Pierre Corbeil (Director); Submissions team; Tony Timpone (Co-Director Of International Programming)
IMPORTANT: If you’re submitting a Quebec production, please use our domestic submission form for your entry, located on our website.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
By submitting an entry, filmmaker states that he or she is responsible as an agent to promote the film and that the film is an original work.
Participants agree that clips and images from their film may be used and/or published in the Fantasia program guide, on the Fantasia web site and for any promotional purposes which Fantasia deems appropriate.
If selected, Fantasia will cover one-way of the shipping cost of the exhibition print/video copy of your film, either incoming or outgoing.