Fantasia 2009 Preview

You know you're doing something right when you have to extend your film festival by 2 whole days. That is unheard of especially in this city with tons of film festivals. Fantasia has become the most important genre film festival in Canada and its 13th edition is bigger and better than ever. Not a festival to be wary of boundaries, Fantasia will screen films that are scary, gross, disturbing, funny, and full of emotion and action.

The reason for the two additional days is due to the amount of films that were submitted and chosen. Genre film is growing in leaps and bounds and as a result lots of films are being made. Not only are plenty of films being made but the quality is great. Due to its international reputation, Fantasia is able to bring to us many Canadian and World Premiere films as well as several award-winning films. For this year's edition of Fantasia over 115 feature films from Asia, Europe, United States, and Canada will be screened. From the opening film, "Yatterman" by Japan's Takashi Miike, to the closing film you will be amazed. Other films to look out for include: Conor McPherson's (Ireland) "The Eclipse", Anthony DiBlasi's "Dread", John Harrison's "Book of Blood" , Michael Dougherty's (U.S.) "Trick 'r' Treat", Tommy Wirkola's (Norway) "Dead Snow", and Glenn McQuaid's "I Sell the Dead".

Besides the feature-length films there will be a great selection of short films. That is not the end of it as there will be documentaries (Documentaries From the Edge) and free outdoor screenings as well. The Screenings Under the Stars happen from July 13-18 and will take place at Parc de la Paix (St. Laurent between Ste. Catherine's and Rene Levesque).

Not content to just show us films, Fantasia will also be hosting panel discussions (Stage Direction, Video Game Creation, Movie and DVD Distribution, and Micro-Cinema). On top of this many of the actors, producers and directors will be in attendance at their screenings to answer questions from audience members.

Tickets go on sale on July 7th, so pick up the invaluable festival program ($5), choose your films and then hurry on down to buy your tickets so you won't be disappointed.

Additional Information:
-Website: www.fantasiafest.com/2009/
-Venues: Concordia University: DB Clarke Theatre – 1455 de Maisonneuve West
Hall Theatre – 1455 de Maisonneuve West
J.A. de Seve – 1400 de Maisonneuve West
Cinematheque Quebecoise – 355 de Maisonneuve East
-Ticket Purchase: www.admission.com or (514) 790-1245 or Concordia Hall Theatre
-Ticket Prices: Single Film: $8.00
Book of 10 Tickets (must know films you are seeing at time of purchase): $70.00

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