In navigating the mid-apocalyptic mayhem of 2020, Fantastic Fest has gone virtual for an 8-day celebration of our unique brand of cinematic chaos. From world premieres of the finest genre cinema of the year to live online versions of beloved event traditions like Fantastic Feud and 100 Best Kills, this Celebration of FF brings the annual insanity directly into your living room!
To make the party accessible to loyal fans and newbies alike, all new features and live events will be available FREE to view on the Alamo On Demand platform for anyone in the United States. RSVP and reserve your spot!
The festival will be bookended by unique spins on the werewolf film, opening with the charming and irreverent TEDDY by France’s Boukherma brothers and closing with Amelia Moses’ haunting thriller BLOODTHIRSTY (on the night of the full moon, no less)! If you’re still hungry werewolves after that one-two punch, join us for the Texas Premiere of Jim Cummings’ newest, THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW, on October 8th at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane!
While this year’s slate may be more modest in scope, every film captures the spirit of Fantastic Fest in its own unique way. Featuring 5 world premieres (with an additional 2 world premiere restorations) and 4 shorts blocks featuring 36 short films, the lineup amplifies talented female, queer, and racially diverse creatives from all over the globe. We might all be stuck on our couches, but we’re no less excited to bring a sampling of world-class films you’ve come to expect from Fantastic Fest, directly into your home.
All new features will be available FREE on our Alamo On Demand Platform for fans in the United States. Repertory titles will be available at special rates throughout the week-long celebration. We’ll also be presenting two exclusive in-theater-only screenings: Brandon Cronenberg’s highly anticipated POSSESSOR on September 23rd and Jim Cummings’ THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW on October 8th. The festival is also excited to welcome back Fantastic Fest alum Mickey Reece with a new documentary short MICKEY REECE’S BELLE ÎSLE screening in the the SHORTS WITH LEGS short film sidebar. Plus stay tuned for an upcoming Alamo On Demand announcement following the premiere of the short about a collection of his films to be made available for the first time.
Every film will have an interactive virtual film screening with Scener, a watch party platform that enables millions of participants to simultaneously enjoy films together over immersive live video chat. This integration is built into the Alamo On Demand platform and will provide watch parties that are synchronized in real-time and paired with video, audio and text chat. Fantastic Fest interactive screenings will be taking viewers from preshow to a hosted intro, through the film, and all the way to the Q&A for a fully synced and effortless experience participants.
“Fantastic Fest’s special events, parties and amiable mayhem are among the things that set it apart from any other festival,” says Zack Carlson, Creative Producer. “Any celebration of FF absolutely needs to include those traditions, and though the cold fist of 2020 may prohibit us from having a food fight or demolition derby, we’re still here to bring the good-natured chaos.”
Harkening back to the Satanic Panic Escape Room, VR debuts and Mondo Games First Looks of years past, this year features hand-picked selections of the best virtual escape rooms from around the world, curated by Cara Mandel (Story Experience Producer, Meow Wolf and Co-founder/CEO, Interwoven Immersive, Inc.) and Rachel Walker (Head of Programming & Creative, Drafthouse LA).
Going hard and as fantastic as we can, there will still be virtual FEUDing and team-style TRIVIADOME. But wait… what’s a film festival without the man himself, Mr. Leonard Maltin? Join him to beat actual Hollywood screenwriters and win glory and an exclusive Mondo Prize Pack! Enter to play against a trio of Fantastic Fest Favorite writers in Mondo’s brand new game KING OF MOVIES.
THE BEST OF FANTASTIC FEST SIX PACK on ALAMO ON DEMAND
We’ve curated a collection of over 120 (and growing) of our favorite Fantastic Fest films on Alamo on Demand. The programming team has selected six of our favorite films from this collection, and for the duration of September, we’re offering this Best of Fantastic Fest Six Pack for 25% off purchase or rental. Check out the six-pack and the complete collection here.
This year’s Celebration of Fantastic Fest is open to anyone within the United States, no badge necessary. The majority of films and events are FREE to access, though some have limited capacity and will require an RSVP in advance. Check out the full schedule of events.
For a complete listing of films, events, and pricing details when applicable, simply visit www.fantasticfest.com and click on the film or event link of your choice.
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