Media Coverage

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August 4th 2013

MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival: The Great Passage – love of words, dedication, camaraderie, and a cute cat

"The Great Passage" review

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival: Fantasia audience welcomes Japanese martial-arts film Bushido Man, and the team behind it

"Bushido Man" review

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August 2nd 2013

Bloody Disgusting– Mr. Disgusting
EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE HIGHLY SEXUAL, VIOLENT NSFW "24 EXPOSURES" TRAILER

"24 Exposures" preview

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FANGORIA.COM– Heather Buckley
FANTASIA '13 - EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL IN MONTREAL THIS WEEKEND

"History Of The Devil" preview

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July 31st 2013

Bloody Disgusting– Mr. Disgusting
LESSON OF EVIL DELIVERS THE MIIKE GOODS!

"Lesson Of The Evil" Review

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Bloody Disgusting– David Harley
MISSIONARY IS AN EROTIC THRILLER THAT HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

"Missionary" Review

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Fangoria– Micheal Gingold
ACROSS THE RIVER (FANTASIA MOVIE REVIEW)

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July 29th 2013

Twitch.com– Andrew Mack
FANTASIA 2013: REVIEW: BUSHIDO MAN WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE

"Bushido Man" Review

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JOBLO.COM– Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA REVIEW: BIG BAD WOLVES

"Big Bad Wolves" review

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July 28th 2013

AINTITCOOL– Steve Prokopy
FANTASIA 2013 : CAPONE TAKES A LOOK AT THE GEEK CULTURE TALE ZERO CHARISMA AND THE SCI-FI LOVE STORY OXV: THE MANUAL

"Zero Charisma" and "OXV: The Manual" reviews

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July 26th 2013

Twitch.com– Andrew Mack
Fantasia 2013 Review: THE MACHINE Is Great Sci-fi On A Modest Budget

"The Machine" Review

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CultMTL– Katie Ferrar
FANTASIA:MORMONS, LOVE AND DECOMPOSING FLESH

Multiple Film Recommendations

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival: Free lecture on Polish poster artist Barbara Baranowska

Barbara Baranowski poster presentation preview

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: QUEBEC DIRECTOR PODZ TALKS ABOUT HIS WORK, FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Podz discussion preview

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July 25th 2013

AINTITCOOL– Steve Prokopy
FANTASIA 2013: CAPONE BEGINS HIS FESTIVAL COVERAGE CONFRONTING A BIG ASS SPIDER! WHILE TRYING NOT TO BLACK OUT!!!

"Big Ass Spider" and "Black Out" reviews

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival: Fantasia Film Festival: Chow Yun Fat is the star of The Last Tycoon – what else do you really need to know?

"The Last Tycoon" preview

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July 24th 2013

MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: MY SUGGESTION - BUY TICKETS TO OXV: THE MANUAL, RIGHT NOW!

"OXV: The Manual" review

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FANGORIA.COM– Michael Gingold
BIG ASS SPIDER (FANTASIA MOVIE REVIEW)

"Big Ass Spider" review

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JOBLO.COM– Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA REVIEW: COTTAGE COUNTRY

"Cottage Country" review

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July 23rd 2013

IndieWire– John Anderson
FANTASIA FEST REVIEW: 'DOOMSDAYS' IS DEFIANTLY ORIGINAL

"Doomsdays" Review

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Twitch.com– Kurt Halfyard
FANTASIA 2013 INTERVIEW: TALKING IT'S ME IT'S ME WITH SATOSHI MIKI, ADRIFT IN MONTREAL

Interview with Satoshi Miki of "It's Me, It's Me"

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Twitch.com– Kurt Halfyard
FANTASIA 2013 REVIEW: MAGIC MAGIC SPIRALS INTO MADNESS TO GREAT EFFECT

"Magic Magic" Review

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Bloody Disgusting– MrDisgusting
[FANTASIA '13] GET 'ANTISOCIAL' WITH POSTER, IMAGE PREMIERES

"Antisocial" preview

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Badass Digest– Evan Saathoff
Fantasia Fest Review: DOOMSDAYS Finds Its Heart Along The Way

"Doomsdays" Review

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Screen Daily– Ian Sandwell
Fantasia: Eddie Mullins talks Doomsdays

Interview with Eddie Mullins of "Doomsdays"

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July 22nd 2013

Screen Daily– Ian Sandwell
Fantasia: Jeremy Gardner moves beyond typical zombies

Interview with Jeremy Gardner of "The Battery"

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Screen Daily– Ian Sandwell
Fantasia: Satoshi Miki talks It's Me, It's Me

Interview with Satoshi Miki of "It's Me, It's Me"

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JOBLO.COM– Ryan Miller
Blood soaked first poster for Antisocial

"Antisocial" preview

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JOBLO.COM– Chris Bumbray
Fantasia Review: Confession of Murder

"Confession of Murder" review

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IndieWire– John Anderson
Zero Charisma' Screens at Comic-Con and Fantasia Fest, Stars Uber-Geek from Austin, Texas

"Zero Charisma" Announcement

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Twitch.com– Peter Kuplowsky
Fantasia 2013: JACK ATTACK Whets The Horror Comedy Appetite In 8 Minutes

"Jack Attack" Review

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Twitch.com– Kurt Halfyard
Fantasia 2013: A Rough Guide to Parsing Miike's Hybrid Thriller SHIELD OF STRAW

"Shield Of Straw" Review

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July 21st 2013

BADASSDIGEST.COM– Evan Saathoff
FANTASIA FEST REVIEW: THE GRAND HEIST OFFERS REFRESHING OLD SCHOOL ADVENTURE

"The Grand Heist" review

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SOUNDONSIGHT.ORG– Edgar Chaput
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2013: 'CONFESSION OF MURDER' ENTERTAINS DESPITE BEING OVERLY AMBITIOUS'

"Confession Of Murder" review

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
MY SATURDAY AT FANTASIA: CRIME FROM KOREA, QUIRKINESS FROM JAPAN VIA DIRECTOR SATOSHI MIKI

Fantasia coverage for July 20th 2013

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Twitch.com– Kurt Halfyard
FANTASIA 2013 REVIEW: THE BATTERY BRAVELY SIDESTEPS THE USUAL ZOMBIE ROUTINE

"The Battery" Review

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July 20th 2013

Twitch.com– Kurt Halfyard
Fantasia 2013 Review: BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, A Gloriously Devastating Bluegrass Masterpiece

"Broken Circle Breakdown" Review

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IndieWire– John Anderson
Takashi Miike's 'Shield of Straw' Fantasia Fest Review

"Shield Of Straw" Review

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Bloody Disgusting– Jonathan Barkan
[Fantasia '13] Jonny Gives His Take On 'The Conjuring'

"The Conjuring" Review

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July 19th 2013

FANGORIA.COM– Michael Gingold
Fantasia ’13: Q&A With “THE BATTERY” Writer/Director/Star Jeremy Gardner

Interview with Jeremy Gardner of "The Battery"

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July 18th 2013

CULTMONTREAL.COM – Malcolm Fraser
THE FILMS YOU SHOULD SEE AT FANTASIA

Festival preview

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– T'Cha Dunlevy
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: T'CHA DUNLEVY'S PICKS

Festival preview

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TWITCHFILM.COM– Greg Christie
THE FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF TODAY! BOOZIE MOVIES PICKS IT'S TOP 10 MUST SEE FILMS!

Festival preview

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MONTREALGAZETTE.COM– Liz Ferguson
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: THERE ARE BOUND TO BE SOME CASUALTIES IN JOHNNIE TO'S DRUG WAR

"Drug War" preview

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SOUNDONSIGHT.ORG– Justine
FANTASIA FEST 2013: JUSTINE'S 5 MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS

5 selected film previews

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JOBLO.COM– Chris Bumbray
Fantasia Review: The Conjuring

"The Conjuring" review

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July 17th 2013

JOBLO.COM– Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2013 PREVIEW!

Preview including 7 selected films

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SOUNDONSIGHT.ORG – Edgar Chaput
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2013': TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS

5 selected film previews

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Montreal Gazette – Liz Ferguson
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2013: SEVERAL FILMS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT, INCLUDING CLOSER THE WORLD'S END

Sold-out film announcement

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July 15th 2013

Montreal Gazette – Brendan Kelly
Fantasia co-director Mitch Davis knows his movies

Interview with Mitch Davis

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July 13th 2013

Montreal Gazette – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival – not just for gore hounds! (No offence to gore hounds is intended!)

Festival description and info

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July 12th 2013

IndieWire- Indiewire
FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Festival overview

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July 11th 2013

TWITCHFILM.COM – Andrew Mack
FANTASIA 2013: DOWNLOAD THE APOCALYPSE IN CANADIAN HORROR FILM ANTISOCIAL

"Antisocial" preview

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TWITCHFILM.COM – Peter Martin
FANTASIA 2013: CURSE OF CHUCKY BRINGS BACK THE LOVABLE KILLER DOLL

"Curse Of Chucky" preview

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July 10th 2013

Bloody Disgusting– MrDisgusting
[FANTASIA 2013] NEW FESTIVAL POSTER FOR 'RAZE'

"Raze" preview

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July 9th 2013

Bloody Disgusting– MrDisgusting
[FANTASIA 2013] MORE STILLS FROM JOE SWANBERG'S '24 EXPOSURES

"24 Exposures" preview

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Bloody Disgusting– MrDisgusting
[FANTASIA 2013] 'THE DEMON'S ROOK' STILLS, TRAILER DELIVER ASTOUNDING EFFECTS WORK!

"Demon's Rook" preview

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Bloody Disgusting– MrDisgusting
[Fantasia '13] Scream For New 'Plus One' Stills!

"Plus One" preview

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Entertainment Weekly– Clark Collis
Curse of Chucky' trailer: 'It's a doll. What's the worst that can happen?'

"Curse Of Chucky" announcement

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Fangoria–Kier-La Janisse
Fantasia 2013: A Post-Press Conference chat with the Programmers!

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Sound on Sight– Edgar Chaput
Fantasia International Film Festival 2013 press conference and final announcements

2013 press-conference coverage

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IndieWire– Peter Knegt
Fantasia Announces All 120 Films For 2013 Edition, Including World Premiere of New 'Chucky' Film

Full rundown of 2013 programming and juries

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August 10th 2012

SCREEN DAILY– Ian Sandwell
Fantasia wraps with record attendance

Press release on Festival wrap-up

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TWITCH FILM– Kurt Halfyard
FANTASIA 2012: CHAINED REVIEW

Review of “Chained”

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JOBLO– Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA 2012 REVIEW: BEAST

Review of “Beast”

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August 9th 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: Last day! Consider an extended lunch with South Korean movie Poongsan

Review of “Poongsan”

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SCREEN DAILY- Ian Sandwell
Doomsday Book, Toad Road among winners at Fantasia

Press release on Fantasia award winners.

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FILM THREAT- Mark Bell
2012 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AWARDS

Press release on Fantasia award winners

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August 8th 2012

THE GAZETTE- T'CHA DUNLEVY
Movie: Friedkin’s other French connection

“Known for his films The Exorcist and The French Connection, American director William Friedkin is back with the slow-boiling thriller Killer Joe, which opens in theatres Friday. Adapted from a play by Tracy Letts, the movie posits Matthew McConaughey as a cop who moonlights as a contract killer, and Emile Hirsch as an indebted gambler who hires Joe to kill his mom so he can reap the insurance money. Rife with nudity, sex and graphic violence, it’s Friedkin doing what he does best: pushing our buttons. But reached by phone on the day of Killer Joe’s recent premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, the first thing the director wanted to talk about was our fair city.”

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER- Etan Vlessing
Korea's 'Doomsday Book' Top Winner at Fantasia International Film Festival

Press release on Fantasia award winners

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JO BLO- Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA 2012 REVIEW: GRABBERS

Review of “Grabbers”

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August 7th 2012

JO BLO- Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA 2012 REVIEW: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO

Review of “Space Battleship Yamato”

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MOVIE FAN CENTRAL- Pat Hatfreet
Fantasia Festival, July 27th 2012: "Inbred"

Review of “Inbred”

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August 6th 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: Sunny – those girls just wanted to have fun

“Sunny (with occasional cloudy periods) describes the general mood of this South Korean film very well. It manipulates its audience shamelessly, mixing some tearjerking moments with the feel-good episodes. I was quite willing to go along, though. So were my friends and seemingly everyone else in the J.A. de Seve Theatre when I saw it. And almost everyone stayed seated right through all the credits! How often does that happen?”

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August 5th 2012

CKUT– Jorge Gutman
Latin Time

Interview with Patricio Valladares, director of “Hidden in the Woods”

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THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: ‘How did they do that?’ get answers at Sunday afternoon panel discussion on stunts in Quebec films

“This event sounds good! Quebec director Érik Canuel and stunt co-ordinator Jean Frenette will talk about stunts in Quebec films, or “les cascades au cinéma québécois.” (To my anglo brain cascades is a great word for stunts. First I do think of (water)falls which are usually quite impressive, right? But then I can also picture a person tumbling through the air in a very impressive way as well.) Below is the full description of the event from the Fantasia catalogue.”

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August 4th 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: Noted film scholar David Bordwell to give a free Master Class on Dynamic Chinese Action on Sunday evening

“Bordwell has written more than 15 books on cinema, covering Hollywood, Japan and Hong Kong, French Impressionist Cinema, Carl-Theodor Dreyer, Eisenstein, etc. etc. On Sunday at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival Bordwell will speak about Hong Kong action cinema. […] Now, in more of a Fantasia vein, here’s a link to a Bordwell essay on The Mad Detective, which was shown at Fantasia in 2008.”

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THE SUBURBAN BLOG - Mike Cohen
Fantasia's short film festival a definite highlight

“The Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal will wrap up proceedings on Friday, August 9 and by all accounts the 2012 edition has been pretty successful. […] Mitch Davis, Fantasia's co-festival director and co-director of international programming, promised filmgoers an opportunity to be "electrified, challenged and inspired by some of the most individualistic and imaginative filmmaking you will encounter anywhere this year." On that front, Fantasia has delivered.”

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MIDNIGHT POUTINE – Christine
Fantasia Film Festival Update: One

Reviews of “For Love’s Sake”, “Dragon”, and “Beast”.

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August 3rd 2012

THE GAZETTE – T’CHA DUNLEVY
Montrealer’s sleepwalking cannibal film makes waves on festival circuit

“The Montreal director is elated with the early success of Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal. The film premiered in April at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it received positive write-ups in the Village Voice, Variety, the New York Times blog and Fangoria magazine. It has also screened at film fests in Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh and Amsterdam (where it won the critics’s Black Tulip prize), with an upcoming date in Strasbourg; on Saturday, it plays to a hometown crowd as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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THE GAZETTE - MARWA SIAM ABDOU
Tale: the little red riding hood of Fantasia

“A 10-minute film shot in just four days in Côte St. Luc showcases the work of three young Montreal actors in a dark take on the classic children’s fable Little Red Riding Hood. “Tale,” will screen at Montreal’s annual Fantasia Film Festival on Saturday.”

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FANGORIA– Michael Gingold
“BONEBOYS” TRAILER BREAKS ON-LINE

“Among the many world premieres at the current Fantasia festival in Montreal is BONEBOYS, the new film from THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD creators Duane Graves and Justin Meeks and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE co-scripter Kim Henkel. Jump past the jump for a look at the just-posted trailer.”

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EXPLOITATION RETROSPECT - Matthew Saliba
Fantasia 2012 - Week Two Wrap-Up

“However, as I mentioned in my last report, this is shaping up to be one of the best years for Fantasia yet and I can happily confirm that I still feel the same way. With the exception of a few more duds than there were last week, this second week of Fantasia has been just as strong, if not, stronger than the last one!”

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VICE
THE FOURTH DIMENSION IS PLAYING IN MONTREAL

“We have a film currently surfing the festival waves at the moment. It’s called The Fourth Dimension. And out of all the festivals it’s screened at (and there are a lot of them) we’re extremely proud to be showing it at this latest one, the Fantasia International Film Festival, which Quentin Tarantino once called “the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.” So, yeah, there you have it. The festival, based in Montreal, will screen The Fourth Dimension on Monday August 6.”

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August 2nd 2012

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Etan Vlessing
Michael Biehn to Star in Remake of 'Hidden in the Woods'

“Michael Biehn (Aliens, Sushi Girl) is to star in the English language remake of Chilean director Patricio Valladares’ Hidden in the Woods. The remake by Blanc Biehn Productions comes as Biehn screens his directorial debut The Victim at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where Valadares’ Spanish language film is also showing.”

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SCREEN DAILY – Ian Sandwell
Surgical precision

“Of all the things you’d expect to be handed at a film screening, it’s fair to say Richard Bates Jr. has a unique gift for the sold-out crowd at the Canadian premiere of his debut feature Excision at Fantasia International Film Festival on Saturday (4).”

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THE GAZETTE - JEFF HEINRICH
Zarafa: Animated French film has got legs

“Conceived and directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, the French-language film premiered here two weeks ago at the Fantasia film festival.”

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August 1st 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOG– Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: My truly terrific Tuesday

“I had a great time at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival, Tuesday afternoon and evening. I saw three films, back-to-back, in the very packed Hall Theatre. While I don’t see these films on the list of sold-out ones, I don’t remember seeing any empty seats, either.”

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SCREEN DAILY - Ian Sandwell
Fantasia wraps inaugural Industry Rendez-Vous

“Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival’s inaugural Industry Rendez-Vous wrapped on Sunday (29), with two deals already announced out of its Frontières co-production market.”

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VARIETY- DAVE MCNARY
Magnolia, Phase 4 nab 'Sushi Girl'

“Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films have jointly acquired North American rights to Mark Hamill's revenge thriller "Sushi Girl." Film, which premiered July 21 at the Fantasia Film Festival, will have a theatrical release in the U.S. and on cable VOD via Phase 4 Films late this year.”

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July 31th 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOGTHE GAZETTE BLOG
Fantasia Film Festival 2012: William Friedkin talks Killer Joe, and his love for Montreal

“Known for his classic films The Exorcist and The French Connection, American director William Friedkin is back with the slow-boiling thriller Killer Joe, which has its Quebec premiere Tuesday night at the Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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July 30th 2012

SPACE CAST – Abelle
As Seen on InnerSPACE: Fantasia Film Festival

“The 16th Fantasia International Film Festival is well underway in Montreal and it has quickly become one of the top festivals to screen genre films. Ajay was in Montreal recently experience the festival for himself, and not only is it a great place to see genre films, it also creates the perfect environment for supporting independent filmmaking.” [also includes video]

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DREAD CENTRAL - Serena Whitney
Fantasia 2012: Interview with Dead Sushi Director Noburu Iguchi

“It’s not every day you get to interview one of Japanese’s biggest cult directors, but considering the fact that the Tokausatsu genre is amazingly prevalent for the Fantasia Film Festival crowd, it gave DC the chance to interview Noburu Iguchi about his film Dead Sushi!”

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July 29th 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival 2012: So far, so good

“But I do want to say that the screenings I was able to see were very enjoyable and the Fantasia audience has been its usual enthusiastic, appreciative, and rambunctious self. Visiting stars and/or directors get lots of love from the Fantasia crowd. If you haven’t yet experienced Fantasia yet, you really don’t know what you’re missing. And if you think the festival only shows movies that are super scary, disgustingly gory, or chockfull of chop-socky, you’re wrong, wrong, wrong. Of course, if that’s what you want, you can have it. But the choice is much wider than that, that’s all.”

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SOUND ON SIGHT – Justine Smith
Fantasia 2012: The Mechanical Bride and What it is to be Human

“The Fantasia International Film Festival is not only about martial arts epics, boundary-pushing horror films and balls-out weird fantasy films. It has consistently showcased cutting edged documentaries, which have turned out to be some of the best films of the fest (Marwencol, featured in the 2010 edition of the festival was easily among the best of the year). This year they have one of their strongest line-ups yet, featuring an eclectic crop of topics, filmmakers and approaches.”

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July 28th 2012

EXPLOITATION RETROSPECT - Matthew Saliba
Fantasia 2012: Week One Wrap-Up

“The first week of the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival is in the books and while I may be a little premature in making such an announcement, I have to say that this year is shaping up to be one of the best years yet.”

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Lonmonster
[Fantasia '12 Interview] Director Jason Banker On Drug Use And Paranormal Experiences In ‘Toad Road’

“Jason Banker’s debut feature film, Toad Road, had its world premiere this past Friday at Fantasia Film Festival. Banker has quite the impressive cinematographer portfolio”

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July 27th 2012

THE GAZETTE BLOG– Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: Canadian filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau likes Fantasia, too

“Horror film Toad Road had its world premiere at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian filmmaker and son of our former Prime Minster Pierre Elliott Trudeau, attended the sold-out showing of Toad Road, Thursday night (July 26, 2012), in support of the filmmakers.”

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CKUT SIGAW NG BAYAN – Ilyan

Interview with Nicolas Archambault on the Filipino Spotlight [starting at 24:00]

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – EvanDickson
[Fantasia '12] Exclusive Clip From ‘Toad Road’ Parties Down With The Condom Trick

“Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. The Fantasia Festival kicked off July 19th and continues on through August 7th in Montréal, Canada, with the Fantasia Film Market making its debut from July 26-29, 2012.”

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July 26th 2012

THE GAZETTE- T'cha Dunlevy
Fantasia: Teller finds the terror in truth

“Teller will be back in Vegas on Saturday to perform with Penn in their residency at the Rio Hotel and Casino; but on Friday, he is in Montreal with pal Todd Robbins to present the world premiere of their movie Play Dead at the Fantasia International Film Festival. It’s a wild ride, showing that – in contrast to much of Fantasia’s special effects-laden genre film fare – ultimately, all you need to scare people is a good story.”

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SCREEN DAILY - Ian Sandwell
Revisiting Amityville

“Having received its world premiere on Sunday night (22), documentary My Amityville Horror is also playing tomorrow afternoon (27) at the festival, one of a few films in this year’s Fantasia programme that is playing for a second time.”

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SCREEN DAILY - Ian Sandwell
Kevin and Matthew McManus

“Having received its world premiere at this year’s SXSW, Funeral Kings received its international premiere on Sunday (22) at Fantasia International Film Festival, where Screen caught up with the McManus brothers to find out more.”

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THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia Film Festival 2012: The King of Pigs visits schoolboy hell

“The King of Pigs was shown at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes this year. It’s directed by Yeun Sang-ho, who has come to Montreal and Fantasia, for the Canadian premiere of his film.”

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DREAD CENTRAL - Serena Whitney
Fantasia Film Festival 2012: Interview with My Amityville Horror Director Eric Walter

“My Amityville Horror made its world premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival, and those who were expecting a glossy mockumentary disguised as a real documentary recalling horrific events were pleasantly surprised to see that it's a real film instead of bundled hyperbole.”

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July 25th 2012

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Etan Vlessing
Canadian Filmmakers Target the Nerd Herd for Fan Appeal

“Fantasia is no small festival. They’re known as taste-makers in the genre world. So to be given a gala is tremendous,” Casey Walker, director of the Canadian genre pic A Little Bit Zombie, said ahead of a Saturday night screening at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. […] A Little Bit Zombie’s Walker expects the Fantasia gig to open yet more doors on the festival circuit.”

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Lonmonster
[Fantasia '12] Lonmonster’s Mini-Reviews #1: ‘The Tall Man’, ‘Sushi Girl’, ‘Black Pond’ & ”The Devil’s Carnival’

“The 16th annual Fantasia Film Festival is underway in Montreal, Canada. The festival is so packed this year that it’s overwhelming to even begin looking at the film schedule. The horror lineup spans across subgenres and budgets and this is precisely what makes Fantasia so special. Giving equal attention to major productions and low budget indie films, Fantasia has something for everyone.”

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TWITCH FILM - Kurt Halfyard
FANTASIA 2012: AMOK REVIEW

“On a personal note, I've been enjoying myself immensely with the Fantasia's SPOTLIGHT: FILIPINO CINEMA. Much like the Serbian sidebar served up in 2010, it is good to see the festival famous for more splattery fare and wuxia mayhem (often in the same film) has stepped up to compete with the larger festivals in terms of putting together revealing showcases of cinema from exciting, even overlooked, corners of the world.”

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Jennifer Lynch Gets Vincent D’Onofrio ‘Chained’ In Latest Trailer

“Jennifer Lynch has got another horror film hitting blu-ray in October, but it’s playing at one of my favorite horror film festivals, Fantasia, next month.”

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July 24th 2012

THE GAZETTE- T'CHA DUNLEVY
Fantasia 2012: Resolution’s horror is in your head

“The L.A.-based writer/co-director/co-producer was flanked by cinematographer/co-director Aaron Scott Moorhead and co-producer David Lawson on Monday afternoon, sitting in Concordia’s Hall Building, where Resolution screens Wednesday night as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival. Fantasia’s Mitch Davis has called Resolution “one of the best horror films we’ve seen in years.”

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WIZARD WORLD - OLIVIA SAPERSTEIN
SUSHI GIRL REVIEW: DOES THIS GEEK-STUDDED CAST DELIVER?

“For the Fanboys and girls of Fantasia International Film Festival, the screening of Kern Saxton’s Sushi Girl was the ultimate premiere (in fact it was so packed that even press had trouble getting in)”

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DREAD CENTRAL - Serena Whitney
Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Talk The Victim and More!

“Widely known for his iconic bad-ass roles in The Terminator, Aliens, Planet Terror and last year’s sleeper hit The Divide, Michael Biehn is a legend to movie buffs worldwide. So it came as no surprise that many film-goers came to Montreal’s prestigious Fantasia Film Festival to see the man kick some much deserved ass in his own grindhouse directorial debut, The Victim, which was also produced by his wife and co-star, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.”

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THE GAZETTE BLOG – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: Panel discussion this afternoon on We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists

“Ah, Fantasia! Not only does the Fantasia Film Festival give us great movies, but we also get stars, directors, art exhibits, panel discussions and master classes. It’s not just werewolves and zombies! This afternoon, (Tuesday, July 24, 2012) there will be a panel discussion on the documentary film, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hactivists, which was shown last night at the festival.”

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July 23rd 2012

BLOODY DISGUSTING – MrDisgusting
[Fantasia '12] Take A Trip Down ‘Toad Road’

“Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. The Fantasia Festival kicked off July 19th and continues on through August 7th in Montréal, Canada, with the Fantasia Film Market making its debut from July 26-29, 2012.”

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BLOODY DISGUSTING– Lonmonster
Cast And Creators Talk Insane ‘Sushi Girl’!

“Sushi Girl had its international premiere at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on Saturday, and I was fortunate enough to sit down with the entire cast and creative team to discuss their gritty grindhouse throwback.”

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SCREEN DAILY - Ian Sandwell
Brains for brunch

“on my fourth day of Fantasia International Film Festival, there was no better cure than the offer of brunch with the cast and crew of A Little Bit Zombie, which received its Quebec premiere at the festival”

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July 22nd 2012

SCREEN DAILY - Ian Sandwell
Hitting the target

“A trip to Fantasia International Film Festival isn’t complete for me without a venture into Hong Kong action cinema and, for this year, that honour fell to wartime-set sniper thriller Cold Steel, which received its Canadian premiere yesterday (21) at the festival.”

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9 TO 5 – Keith and John
9to5 goes to Fantasia: Episode 2 – Sushi Girl, Wrong and Lowlife

Podcast reviews of “Sushi Girl”, “Wrong”, and “Lowlife”

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THE GAZETTE BLOG Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012 shows uncut version of Taiwanese epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

“In North America, the based-on-historical-fact movie, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, has mostly been seen in a truncated, 2.5 hour version. But Fantasia is showing the entire film, all 4.5 hours of it. Montrealers might not get another chance to see the full version on a big screen.”

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July 21st 2012

CBC- Elizabeth Robertson
Mark Hamill a.k.a Luke Skywalker in the role of villain

Audio interview with Mark Hamill and James Duval

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SCREEN DAILY - Ian Sandwell
Rising from Within

“Yesterday (20) saw the world premiere of If They Came From Within: An Alternative History Of Canadian Horror, taking place as a special event as part of Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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TWITCH FILM - Kurt Halfyard
FANTASIA 2012: MONDOMANILA REVIEW

Review of “Mondomanila”

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9 TO 5 – Keith and John
9to5 Goes to Fantasia: Episode 1 – The Ambassador and Juan of the Dead

Podcast reviews of “The Ambassador” and “Juan of the Dead”

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THE CHRONICLE HERALD –
Picnicface feature film boogies, roller skates onto screen

“Roller Town will also have its Quebec premiere at the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival on Sunday, July 29.”

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DREAD CENTRAL - Uncle Creepy
Fantasia 2012: More Images Show Off the Errors of the Human Body

“Three new stills from Eron Sheean's indie thriller Errors of the Human Body have made their way online courtesy of the Fantasia International Film Festival, and we have them for you right here. The festival is running now through August 7th.”

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July 20th 2012

TWITCH FILM - Todd Brown
WATCH AN EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM ERON SHEEAN'S SCIENTIFIC THRILLER ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY

“with the world premiere coming in one week's time at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal we are now proud to debut an exclusive clip.”

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THE GAZETTE - T'CHA DUNLEVY
Fantasia film festival 2012: Showing no restraint

“Fantasia is bigger than ever this year. With 160 feature films playing over 22 days, Montreal’s internationally renowned genre film festival is bursting at the seams for its 16th edition, with a lineup ranging from action and zombie flicks to thrillers, gore, romance, animation and Asian cinema of all kinds. Not only can Fantasia audiences not get enough – screenings are generally full and always rowdy – festival programmers can’t help themselves from adding more and more goodies to the heap.”

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – MrDisgusting
[Fantasia '12] Lose A Tail In Cringe-Worthy ‘Errors of the Human Body’ Clip!

“One of my own personal most anticipated films playing at the ongoing Fantasia Film Festival is the sci-fi thriller Errors of the Human Body.”

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THE CANADIAN PRESS – Nelson Wyatt
Mark Hamill leaves Luke Skywalker to join the dark side in new crime film

“Hamill's latest role is a galaxy away from the earnest Skywalker. In "Sushi Girl," a crime noir flick having its international premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival.”

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SCREEN DAILY – Ian Sandwell
Screen meets with the cast and crew of Sushi Girl - including the likes of Mark Hamill and Tony Todd - which receives its international premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival.

“Those endearing words were courtesy of Mark Hamill, who is in Montreal for his latest film Sushi Girl which receives its international premiere tomorrow night (21) at Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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THE GAZETTE - BRENDAN KELLY
Fantasia: Superheroes get the comic treatment in Alter Egos

“The film will have its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on Tuesday night with Galland and the actors Danny Masterson (of That ’70s Show fame), Joey Kern, Kris Lemche and Brooke Nevin on hand for the festivities.”

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THE GAZETTE - - T'CHA DUNLEVY
Fantasia: Mark Hamill is not just a Jedi anymore

“Hamill will be in Montreal Saturday night (July 21) for the Fantasia International Film Festival’s world premiere of Sushi Girl, Kern Saxton’s stylish, macabre thriller about a bunch of gangsters trading barbs in close quarters.”

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DREAD CENTRAL - Uncle Creepy
Fantasia 2012: Two New Clips: Errors of the Human Body and Dead Sushi

Clips from “Errors of the Human Body” and “Dead Sushi”

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FANGORIA- Michael Gingold
EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM “DEAD SUSHI”

“DEAD SUSHI, the latest exercise in over-the-top-ness from Japan’s Noboru Iguchi, has its world premiere this Sunday at Montreal’s Fantasia festival, and we’ve got an exclusive taste of it below the jump!”

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July 19th 2012

JOBLO- Chris Bumbray
FANTASIA 2012 PREVIEW!

“It’s Fantasia time again baby! Woo-hoo! The last couple of years have been amazing for me, as I’ve had the opportunity to hit both TIFF and Sundance multiple times, but the first festival I ever covered was Fantasia, and I look forward to it rolling around each and every year.”

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THE GAZETTE – Liz Ferguson
Fantasia 2012: Dragon, what took you so long?

“The movie Dragon, previously called Wu Xia, sometimes called Swordsmen, was shown at Cannes in 2011. I was beginning to think it would never come to Montreal at all.But here it is, thanks to Fantasia.”

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THE GAZETTE – AL KRATINA
Pop Montreal film: Welcome to the Psychedelic Classroom of retro-film collector Skip Elsheimer

Saturday’s program of old school films aim to scare you straight out of the ‘50s. and cross your fingers for Toothache of a clown.

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DREAD CENTRAL – Steve Barton
Buddy Giovinazzo Has A Night of Nightmares

“The new flick, which stars Marc Senter, Elissa Dowling, and Jason London, will be having its premiere at this year's Fantasia Film Festival.”

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Etan Vlessing
Fantasia Genre Film Fest Books Projects by Jennifer Lynch, Kern Saxton and Eric Walter

“Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has booked an international premiere for the Mark Hamill-starrer Sushi Girl, a crime thriller by director Kern Saxton.”

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DREAD CENTRAL - Uncle Creepy
Exclusive Trailer Premiere - My Amityville Horror

“Director Eric Walter's film, which features Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, and Lorraine Warren, will be having its premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on Sunday, July 22nd, at 10:10 PM – Salle J.A. De Seve Theatre”

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INDIE WIRE - DREW TAYLOR
Exclusive: Poster For True Story Terror 'My Amityville Horror'

"My Amityville Horror," premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival, is the real deal: an actual documentary chronicling an infamous case that's been immortalized by pop culture.”

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SOUND ON SIGHT - - Justine Smith
Fantasia 2012: Beyond the Film Festival Day 1

“Since Sound on Sight was founded, we have always been one of the biggest fans of the Fantasia International Film Festival. This year in collaboration with CUTV, we will also be including video coverage of the event as a means of supporting our written and podcast content without a new program called Beyond the Film Festival.”

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July 18th 2012

THE SUBURBAN - Walter J. Lyng
A haven for genre cinema

“Hopefully, it's going to get films made,” says Frontière director and festival programmer Stephanie Trepanier. “All the projects we selected have an amazing potential. There's at least six of them that I can't imagine the world existing without.” Interview with Stepahine Trepanier about Fantasia’s Frontière International Co-Production market.

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THE GAZETTE - T’CHA DUNLEVY (Web & Print Articles)
Fantasia film festival 2012: Showing no restraint

“The festival’s programming team liked a lot of movies this year, and Davis is confident that Fantasia fans will follow suit. “It seems our audience is very similar to us, in taste,” he said, “at least with the core programmers. If I see a film I really love – even if it’s not really a genre film, but it’s amazing, I can count on a core part of our audience to respond the way I did.”

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THE MONTREAL BUZZ –
FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS THE WILDEST, WEIRDEST FARE

“Of all the festivals that hit Montreal in the summer, one is a standout for film buffs: Fantasia.” From the Tourism Montreal website.

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DIVERSE JAPAN-
Dead Sushi World Premiere – A Film By Nobori Iguchi Starring Rina Takeda

“Dead Sushi is the debut film from the new Japanese production company, Walker Pictures which gets its world premiere on Sunday, 22nd July 2012 at 19.30 at the Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival, one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world.”

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SOUND ON SIGHT – Michael Ryan
Fantasia 2012: Primer on the Frontières International Co-Production Market

“One of the big announcements of this year’s Fantasia is that for the first time Fantasia will be presenting the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous.”

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July 17th 2012

MIDNIGHT POUTINE – Christine
The 2012 Fantasia Film Festival

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and ghouls, it's that time of year again! The Fantasia Film Festival is upon us, and with it all the gooey horror, vibrant romance and fast-paced martial arts one could hope for.” Article gives an overview of the festival.

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Evan Dickson
[Interview] Director Noboru Iguchi Talks ‘Dead Sushi’ And ‘The ABC’s Of Death’

“Walker Pictures and Nishimura Eizo’s Dead Sushi, the latest horror/comedy from acclaimed Japanese director Noboru Iguchi, will World Premiere at Montreal’s prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival on July 22nd.” Article includes interview with Noboru Iguchi.

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Evan Dickson
New Teaser For Fantasia Film Selection ‘Toad Road’ Certainly Looks Mumblecore

“There’s a new trailer (via TwitchFilm) for director Jason Banker‘s upcoming Fantasia Fest selection, Toad Road.”

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SOUND ON SIGHT – Ricky
Fantasia 2012: Ricky D’s most anticipated films

“I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Fantasia film Festival since the very first year and make no mistake about it, Fantasia has always been a highlight of every summer since. This year is no exception. With another impressive and diverse line-up, any movie crazed die hard genre fans such as myself are left with no choice but to spend hours studying both the program and schedule to fit in as many films as you possibly can.”

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SOUND ON SIGHT – Justine
Fantasia 2012: Justine’s Most Anticipated Films

“For the cinematic adventurer, however, Fantasia is a gold-mine: bringing to the forefront some of the strangest, smallest and craziest of genre cinema to the big screen.”

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July 16th 2012

FEARS MAG – J. Mauceri
PLAY DEAD debuts at Montreal's FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL Friday, July 27th, 2012.

Article announcing world premiere of Teller’s performance film“Play Dead” at Fantasia.

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VARIETY – DAVE MCNARY
Phase 4 nabs rights to 'Alter Egos'

“Pic will premiere July 24 at the Fantasia Film Festival. Film stars Kris Lemche, Brooke Nevin ("Breakout Kings") and Joey Kern ("Super Troopers," "Electric City"), with John Ventimiglia ("Sopranos") and Danny Masterson ("That '70s Show") also starring.” Article discusses Phase 4 acquiring the film; includes details of premiere at Fantasia.

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ART BUSINESS NEWS – Rebecca Pahle
Poster Art Gets Frightful (In a Good Way) at If They Came From Within

On first glance, the phrases “fine art” and “horror movie” might seem an odd pair. But, like peanut butter and chocolate, the two actually go together quite well—as evidenced by the Montreal, Quebec art show If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror, premiering at the Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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EXPLOITATION RETROSPECT – Matthew Saliba
Fantasia Turns Sweet 16 or How Many Red Bulls Will It Take For Me To Watch 60 Films in 3 Weeks

“For those of you who may not be aware of what Fantasia is all about, this is essentially North America's largest genre film festival, with the key word here being, "largest." This blog entry gives a brief history of the festival, as well as a complete festival overview.

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KHAVN –
Update: Mondomanila Competing in New Horizons, Poland and Fantasia, Montreal

“The final stop for Mondomanila, at least for now: Fantasia Fest, North America’s most important genre film festival.”

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Lonmonster
[Fantasia '12] ‘House Of Psychotic Women’ Book Launch And Screenings

“While everyone is prepping to dive headfirst into the crazy load of horror films they have this year, Fantasia is also hosting a special book launch event for Kier-La Janisse’s House Of Psychotic Women.”

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TWITCH– Ryan Aldrich
FANTASIA 2012 EXCLUSIVE: 2ND TEASER FOR TOAD ROAD

“One title starting to build a bit of buzz ahead of its July 26th premiere at Fantasia is Jason Banker's is-it-horror, is-it-drama feature TOAD ROAD.”

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THE LINK – ELYSHA DEL GIUSTO-ENOS
Fantasia World: Film Fest’s Month-Long Takeover Begins

“Fantasia is Christmas in July for film lovers. The festival has introduced local audiences to high-quality, unique films they would never normally see while boosting the careers of emerging auteurs along the way.” Article gives a great overview of the festival and includes an interview with Mitch Davis.

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SOUND ON SIGHT - EDGAR CHAPUT
Fantasia 2012: Edgar’s most anticipated films

“Ryan, Justine, Ricky and myself are counting down the hours and counting down our most anticipated films as well. There may be some overlap in our lists, but it feels safe to say that said lists also speak to our individual tastes as film fans. In also speaks to the diversity of the Fantasia film festival.”

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July 15th 2012

SOUND ON SIGHT - MICHAEL RYAN
Fantasia 2012: How to Make Your List

“If you want to take some risks, expand your comfort zone and experience Fantasia in all its glorious weirdness, I can help.” Guide on how to select films to go see at the festival.

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SOUND ON SIGHT - MICHAEL RYAN
Fantasia 2012: Mike Ryan’s Most Anticipated Films

“This is my column on five seven films that I am most looking forward to.” Michael Ryan’s top seven films to see at Fantasia this year.

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July 14th 2012

SOUND ON SIGHT - MICHAEL RYAN
Fantasia 2012: Mike Ryan: Five Movies I’m Upset I’ll Miss

“While Ricky, Edgar, Justine and myself work on our pieces about the films that we are most looking forward at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, I thought that I would talk about the experience that every film-goer to Fantasia experiences: the films that for one reason or another you have to miss.”

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July 13th 2012

FORGET THE BOX– Thomas O'Connor
Fantasia 2012: A Look at the Madness to Come

“There’s a breeze running through the city of Montreal, a flutter of wind passing through the alleys and streets, past the sex shop doors and ruffling the hair of the protestors. And carried on that breeze is a single word, loaded with anticipation and hope: Fantasia.”

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ANIME NEWS NETWORK
Montreal's Fantasia Fest to Screen Takashi Miike's Ai to Makoto Film

“The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal will screen Takashi Miike's, For Love's Sake (Ai to Makoto) live-action film at the event.”

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ARTS HUB
What's on - Fantasia International Film Festival

“Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is now recognized as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America, a leader on the genre film scene and one of the country’s most popular film festivals.”

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JOBLO– Jared Pacheco
FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES IT'S FULL LINEUP! CELEBRATES WITH LAUNCH OF NEW SITE!

“One of the top annual film festivals is right around the corner! I'm of course talking about the Fantasia International Film

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FILM ARCADE
Fantasia 2012: Official Poster and Stills for "The Tall Man"

Announces the release of official poster for “The Tall Man.”

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ANYTHING HORROR
HORROR SHORT FAMILIAR GETS ACCEPTED INTO THE FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“One if my favorite horror shorts of the year, FAMILIAR, got accepted into this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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ACTION FIGURE INSIDER
Masters of the Universe documentary – World Premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival

“World Premiere This August At The 2012 Edition Of The FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Montreal!”

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YOU BENT MY WOOKIE - Hoob
SDCC: Watch The Trailer For ‘Crave’ Before It Premiers Tonight

“This visually arresting psychological noir begins its festival run with its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival.”

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THE REEL BLOG
'Chained' screens at Fantasia Film Festival August 5th

Summary of the movie “Chained.”

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THE W – Llakor
Fantasia Film Schedule Announced

“As long-time The-W members know, every year since 1996, I go to anywhere from 20 to 40 of the weirdest, mind-melting films at the Fantasia Film Festival.”

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July 12th 2012

CBC RADIO “HOMERUN” – Jeannette Kelly
Fantasia announces 2012 lineup

“CBC radio interview with Fantasia Festival co-director and the co-director of International Programming, Mitch Davis.”

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THE GAZETTE – T’Cha Dunlevy
Fantasia Film Festival: with more than 160 films to be screened, Fantasia really has something for everyone

“Montreal’s wackiest, wildest film fest presents over 160 feature films, from July 19 to August 9, many of them accompanied by their directors, producers and cast-members. From romance to action, animation, horror, kung fu and gore, the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival offers a buffet of treats for fans of genre cinema.”

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THE GAZETTE – Liz Ferguson
2012 Fantasia Film Festival: An incredible embarrassment of riches – as usual

“Fantasia is the highlight of my summer, of my whole year, really.”

*Overview of festival lineup.

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THE GAZETTE – Liz Ferguson
Sword Identity

Still from the Chinese movie The Sword Identity

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Mr. Disgusting
[Fantasia '12] Demonic Fury Unleashed In ‘Memory of the Dead’

“Javier Diment’s Argentinean Memory of the Dead (La Memoria del Muerto) will world premier this month at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and we’ve got a pair of bloody new stills to entice you into attending.”

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BLOODY DISGUSTING – Mr. Disgusting
[San Diego Comic-Con '12 Interview] ‘Crave’ Director Charles de Lauzirika & Star Josh Lawson

Press release about “Crave’s” world premiere at Fantasia.

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JOBLO – Jared Pacheco
FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES IT'S FULL LINEUP! CELEBRATES WITH LAUNCH OF NEW SITE!

“It's no secret that this weekend the San Diego Comic-Con is basically taking over Hollywood. But what about after The Con? A lot of people might be overlooking the fact that one of the top annual film festivals is right around the corner! I'm of course talking about the Fantasia International Film Festival!”

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NOW MAGAZINE TORONTO – Carla Gillis
Scrappy Halifax band expands beyond music with druggy film debut

“Fantasia were the first people to see it, and they really liked it, so that was very exciting.”

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SOUND ON SIGHT – Michael Ryan
2012 Fantasia: Fantasia by the Numbers

Wrote an extremely complimentary overview of the festival.

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SOUND ON SIGHT – Michael Ryan
The Three Best Announcements from the Fantasia Press Conference

“As usual, Mitch is simultaneously completely insane and completely accurate.”

Keep reading for summary of announcements made at Fantasia press conference.

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July 11th 2012

THE BLOOD SPRAYER – Wes
Teller’s “Play Dead” To Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia July 27th

“Teller, the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller, will have the world premiere of his performance film of PLAY DEAD, the Off-Broadway horror hit starring Todd Robbins, on Friday, July 27th at Montreal’s 2012 Fantasia International Festival.”

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GUELPH MERCURY – Neil MacDonald for Nightlife
Working like dogs for the music they love

“Described on the film’s website at lowlife-movie.com as “a lonely musician’s descent into the shadowy world of a living drug,” the feature will premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 21.”

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FILM ARCADE
Teller's (of Penn & Teller) Horror Film "Play Dead" To World Premiere at 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival

“The filmmakers behind "Play Dead" has send us over information regarding the world premiere of their film. The film is co-directed by Teller, who is well known as the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller. "Play Dead" will having its world premiere at this years Fantasia International Film Festival on Friday, July 27th in Montreal.”

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CONCORDIA NOW (online) magazine– Tom Peacock
FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER SIMON LAPERRIÈRE'S NAMES HIS TOP THREE FILMS

“There are more than 150 films playing at the 17th edition of Fantasia, the popular genre film festival that begins screening films at Concordia on July 17. Concordia NOW asked Fantasia programmer Simon Laperrière to name three films he would recommend to festival visitors…”

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Etan Vlessing
Fantasia Fest to Open With Takashi Miike's 'For Love's Sake'

“Takashi Miike’s high school musical spoof movie For Love’s Sake is to open Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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CONCORDIA NOW (online) magazine – Tom Peacock
Fantasia returns with a vengeance

“Ten years ago, Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival moved from its original digs at the Imperial Theatre on Bleury Street to Concordia, and never looked back. The 17th edition of the wildly popular genre film festival will take over the Alumni Auditorium in the Henry F. Hall Building and the J.A. DeSève Cinema from July 19 until August 7, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.”

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TWITCH – Kurt Halfyard,
FULL FANTASIA SCHEDULE IS NOW ONLINE (AND IT IS LOADED!)

“As anyone who has attended Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival can attest, the festival is MASSIVE; and it has been growing at an alarming rate year over year. With its new production marketplace and a plethora of new spotlights, tributes and events - not to mention 160 films - this years 22 day long festival is too difficult to summarize in a single post!”

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PLAYBACK– Etan Vlessing
Fantasia books latest work by Pascal Laugier, Rob Grant and Seth Smith

“The Montreal genre festival plans a screening of Laugier’s The Tall Man (pictured), a Canada-France co-production shot last year in B.C., on opening night July 19.”

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POP CULTURE NETWORK – Suine Hallock
Masters of the Universe documentary - World Premiere this August at the Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal)

“TOY MASTERS will then premiere on August 6th at the 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival, which is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and thrills starting July 19, 2012.”

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FANGORIA - Michael Gingold
COMPLETE FANTASIA 2012 SCHEDULE REVEALED!

“The 2012 edition of Montreal’s Fantasia international film festival is ready to get underway for three weeks starting Thursday, July 19, and we’ve got the full schedule, featuring over 160 international films in the horror, fantasy and other genres, after the jump!”

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THE ROCK FATHER– James Zahn

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE DOCUMENTARY TO DEBUT AT FANTASIA FILM FEST...

“Announcing that Mattel's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE will make its world premiere on August 6 at the Fantasia Film Festival.”

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THE CULTURAL GARDNER– Carol Borden

Fantasia Film Festival 2012

Site features trailers from Fantasia website.

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July 10th 2012

The Fan –

“Montreal Fantasia presents a Satoshi Kon award.”

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July 9th 2012

Play Back - Etan Vlessing
Fantasia introduces animation sidebar, rebrands jury prize

“The Montreal genre festival has launched the Axis section to showcase international animation, from social realism to mind-bending fantasy.”

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VOIR – Mathieu Poirier
Fantasia annonce une nouvelle section dédiée à l’animation

«En plus d’avoir annoncé une deuxième vague de titres qui seront présentés dans le cadre de la 16e édition du festival Fantasia qui s’ouvrira le 19 juillet prochain, les organisateurs de l’événement ont annoncé le lancement d’une nouvelle section dédiée à l’animation qui se nommera AXIS et qui rendra du même coup hommage au regretté Satoshi Kon (The Perfect Blue, Paprika) en remettant un prix qui portera son nom.

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The Evening Class - Michael Guillen
FANTASIA 2012—"If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror Movies"

“Concurrent with the 16th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival (Fantasia), Montreal's Cinémathèque Québécoise is hosting the traveling exhibit "If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror Movies"

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Beyond Hollywood - NIX
There Be Blood in The Trailer for Jason Lapeyre’s Cold Blooded

“Cold Blooded” will be showing up at the Fantasia International Film Festival later this month.”

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Screen Slam – Sophie Challen
Montreal’s FANTASIA Will Host The World Premiere of IF THEY CAME FROM WITHIN: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF CANADIAN HORROR MOVIES

“FANTASIA LINE UP – The world premiere of traveling art exhibit If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror Movies will be held at 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival.”

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Anime Fan – admin
Anime: News: Montreal's Fantasia Fest to Present Satoshi Kon …

“Montreal's Fantasia Fest to Present Satoshi Kon Award • Film festival adds screenings of Asura, Ace Attor…”

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July 8th 2012

All Horror - LADIESOFAR
FAMILIAR accepted into Fantasia International Film Festival (2012)

“Familiar has been included in the Fantasia Film Festival 2012 lineup.”

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Examiner – Aaron Tellock
More quality horror from South America in "Hidden in the Woods

“The Fantasia Film Festival is heavy with horror this year, and one of the films at the top of my stomach turning list is a South American picture by the name of "Hidden in the Woods."

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Zimbio –
Ticket Summit, Cable Convention 2012, Fantasia Film Festival, Casual Connect Seattle, are highlights in July’s Global Media and Entertainment Industry

“Although it is mostly a fantasy/action/horror festival, Fantasia has embraced films that can have a unique identity, including: dramas, eccentric comedies, provocative documentaries, experimental works, musicals, even atypical children’s films.”

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Dread Central – Steven Barton
Fantasia 2012: Dead Bite, Excision, Hidden in the Woods, Sleep Tight - New Images and More!

“Weeping and rapidly aging porn stars! Sea monsters! Bloody sex! The filthiest people you've ever seen! Zombies! Yep, it's another gaggle of images from the Fantasia International Film Festival!”

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The Evening Class – Michael Guillen
FANTASIA 2012—THE SECOND WAVE

“The 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival (Fantasia)—running July 19 through August 7, 2012—follows up their first wave of program announcements with a second wave of additional titles guaranteed to ratchet up the excitement.”

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July 7th 2012

Bloody Disgusting – Mr. Disgusting
[Fantasia '12] Trailer, First Stills For ‘Cold Blooded’ Revenge

“We’ve landed the first bloody official stills.”

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Dread Central – Steven Barton
Fantasia 2012: Asura, Boneboys, Cold Blooded. A Fantastic Fear of Everything - New Stills and More!

“The 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is almost ready to turn Montreal into an amazing display of sights and sounds starting on July 19 and running all the way through August 7. On tap for you right now is a bevy of new images from some of the flicks that will be shown there!”

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Bloody Disgusting – Mr. Disgusting
[Fantasia '12] ‘Excision’ The Queen Of Terror

“Richard Bates, Jr.’s Excision features “Nip/Tuck”‘s sex bomb AnnaLynne McCord as an incredibly ugly, disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. Ryan Daley liked it a bit less than I did, but it’ll definitely shock and awe when you guys see it.”

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July 6th 2012

More Horror - Seth Metoyer
A 'Familiar' Short Film to Screen at Fantasia International Film Festival 2012

“The creepy little twisted short film FAMILIAR (review) will screen at this years Fantasia International Film Festival 2012.”

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Dread Central – Steven Barton
Fantasia 2012: The Victim Chosen as an Official Selection

“Michael Biehn's directorial debut, The Victim, is making quite a name for itself on the festival circuit, and we just got word that it's heading to one of the biggest and best fests around: Fantasia International Film Festival, where it will screen on July 23rd in J.A. DeSeve Cinema.”

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Bloody Disgusting – Mr. Disgusting
[Fantasia '12] Second Wave Announced! ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything,’ ‘Under the Bed,’ ‘Excision’ & Much, Much More!!!

“The Second Wave Announcement has just been sent over to Bloody and is beyond promising. The 3-week-long festival is jam-packed with premieres and surprises ranging from screenings of Simon Pegg’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything to the coming-of-age Sundance selection Excision, the Spanish thriller Sleep Tight, Martyrs director Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man, not to mention the world premiere of our children’s horror tale Under the Bed.”?>

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Twitch – Todd Brown
FANTASIA ANNOUNCES ANIMATION SECTION AND SECOND WAVE OF TITLES

“Montreal's massive Fantasia Festival has announced a second wave of titles for the three week celebration of genre film and has thrown in a new section dedicated to international animation while they're at it.”

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Indie Wire - BRYCE J. RENNINGER
Fantasia Fest Announces New Satoshi Kon Animation Award, Announces Set of Films for 2012 Fest

“The world's largest genre film festival, Montreal's mammoth Fantasia Fest, has announced that it will now program a section, Axis, devoted exclusively to animation, and will crown one film each year with the juried Satoshi Kon Award for Acheivement in Animation.”

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Fangoria - Michael Gingold
SECOND ROUND OF FANTASIA FEATURES ANNOUNCED

“Montreal’s Fantasia international film festival, the best fest in North America, is getting closer, and a new list of exciting features has been announced for the event.”

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Twitch – Todd Brown
FIRST TRAILER FOR JASON LAPEYRE'S DARK THRILLER COLD BLOODED

“Freshly announced as a selection of the Fantasia Festival in Montreal - where director Jason Lapeyre will also be screening one other directing effort as well as a short which he produced - Canadian thriller Cold Blooded has released it's first trailer online.”’

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Concordia Magazine –
Concordia and Fantasia ink new deal

“Leading in to the tenth year of its presentation at Concordia, the university has signed a partnership agreement with Montreal based Fantasia International Film Festival, on of the largest, most influential and popular genre film festivals in North America.”

Anime News Network –
Montreal's Fantasia Fest to Present Satoshi Kon Award

“ON'STONE, the company of the late Satoshi Kon, and the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal revealed on Friday that the festival is renaming its animation jury prize as The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation starting with this year's event.”

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