This year Fantasia continues its tradition of inviting the best and brightest genre filmmakers from around the world to the city of Montreal. The festival is proud to host more than 76 directors, producers and actors coming to Fantasia to premiere their films at the festival’s 18th edition. Fantasia will welcome filmmakers from all over the globe, from countries ranging from Brunei, Japan, and South Korea, to France and the Netherlands.

With this year marking the 3rd edition of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, the festival will continue to expand its international film industry presence. 61 filmmakers and producers from Quebec, Canada, the USA, the UK, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Portugal will present projects in the Frontières International Co-Production Market.

In total, this year Fantasia will host more than 400 film industry professionals from around the world.

Special festival guests include:

Master Animator Bill Plympton (IDIOTS AND ANGELS, I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON!) returns to Fantasia with his skilful romantic rom, CHEATIN’. July 21

Mamoru Oshii will receive a Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award for his unparalleled career in animation and will also present a newly remastered high-definition version of his classic GHOST IN THE SHELL. July 17

Cult actress Asami (THE MACHINE GIRL, SUKEBAN BOY) and director Kurando Mitsutake (SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF, MONSTERS DON’T GET TO CRY) will be in attendance for the action opus GUN WOMAN. July 25

Director John McNaughton (HENRY: A PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, WILD THINGS) will travel to Montreal to present his sinister thriller THE HARVEST. July 21

Korean filmmaker Jang Joon-hwan (SAVE THE GREEN PLANET!) travels to Montreal with his feature film comeback, HWAYI: A MONSTER BOY. July 21

Co-Director & Writer David Zellner (KID-THING, GOLIATH) and producer Chris Ohlson will present the beguiling adventure story KUMIKO: THE VAMPIRE HUNTER. July 23

Actress Aubrey Plaza (PARKS AND RECREATION, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), actor Matthew Gray Gubler (CRIMINAL MINDS, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER) and Director / Writer Jeff Baena (I HEART HUCKABEE’S) will make their Fantasia debut with the masterfully intelligent undead comedy LIFE AFTER BETH. July 19

Master artisan of the lowbrow Noboru Iguchi (DEAD SUSHI, ZOMBIE ASS), returns to Fantasia with two films this year, LIVE and GOTHIC LOLITA BATTLE BEAR. July 18, July 20

Actors Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS, ROBOCOP) and Matthew Gray Gubler (also of LIFE AFTER BETH) will join director Richard Bates Jr. (EXCISION) to present the ghostly satire SUBURBAN GOTHIC. July 19

Fear pioneer Tobe Hooper will receive a Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award and will present the 4K restoration of his legendary horror classic, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. July 30

Emerging indie talent Josephine Decker brings her arthouse successes THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY and BUTTER ON THE LATCH to Montreal for their Canadian premieres. July 19, July 21

Abel Ferrara (BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK, MS. 45) makes his first Fantasia appearance with the hotly anticipated WELCOME TO NEW YORK, Fantasia’s Closing Night Film, starring Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset. August 5

Director Siti Kamaluddin and Action Director Chan Man Ching will travel from Brunei to present the North American premiere of the feel-good martial arts story YASMINE. July 25

Full Guest Line-up for Fantasia 2014

  • 1987
    Director/Writer Ricardo Trogi and Actor Jean-Carl Boucher
  • Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
    Co-Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer Kevin Finn and Co-Producer Sean Keegan.
  • At the Devil's Door
    Director/Writer Nicholas McCarthy
  • Bag Boy Lover Boy
    Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer Andres Torres and Co-Producer Ziyad Saadi
  • Black Mountain Side
    Director/Writer/Co-Producer Nick Szostakiwsky, Co-Producer Cameron Tremblay and Actor Shane Twerdun
  • Bold & Brash: Filmmaking Boisvert Style
    Director Simon Boisvert
  • Bloody Knuckles - Director Matt O'Mahoney and Co-Producer Daniel Domachowski and others.
    Bold & Brash: Filmmaking Boisvert Style - Director Simon Boisvert
    Co-Directors/Co-Writers Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil, Actor Tim Haars
  • Butter on the Latch + Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
    Director/Writer Josephine Decker
  • Cheatin'
    Director/Writer/Co-Producer Bill Plympton
  • Closer to God
    Director/Writer/Co-Producer Billy Senese
  • The Creep Behind the Camera
    Director/Writer Pete Schuerman
  • The Creeping Garden
    Co-Directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
  • Cybernatural
    Producer Adam Sidman, Director Leo Gabriadze
  • Dealer
    Director/Co-Writer/Editor Jean-Luc Herbulot, Actor/Co-Producer Dan Bronchinson and Co-Producer Jean Mach abd Actor Destin Lenord
  • Devil's Mile
    Director/Writer/Co-Producer Joseph O'Brien
  • Dirty Movies : A History of the "Stag" Film
    Author/Professor Thomas Waugh
  • The Drownsman
    Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer Chad Archibald, Co-Producer Christopher Giroux, Actress Michelle Mylett and guests
  • Dys-
    Director/Writer/Producer Maude Michaud and Actress Shannon Lark
  • Équinoxe
    Actor Jacques Godin
  • Ejecta
    Co-Directors/Co-Producers Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele and guests
  • Fight Church
    Co-Director Bryan Storkel
  • Ghost in the Shell
    Director Mamoru Oshii
  • Guardian
    Director/Writer/Producer Helfi Kardit
  • Gun Woman
    Director/Writer Mitsutake Kurando and Actress Asami
  • Hwayi: A Monster Boy
    Director Joon-Hwan Jang
  • I Am a Knife with Legs
    Director/Writer/Producer/Editor/Actor Bennett Jones
  • Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
    Director/Co-Writer David Zellner and Co-Producer Chris Ohlson
  • Kung Fu Elliot
    Co-Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer/Co-Editor Matthew Bauckman
  • Les Jaunes : Le film
    Director/Writer/Editor Rémi Fréchette
  • Let Us Prey
    Director Brian O'Malley
  • Life After Beth
    Director/Writer Jeff Baena, Actress Aubrey Plaza and Actor Matthew Gray Gubler
  • Live + Nuigulumar Z
    Director Noboru Iguchi
  • The Midnight Swim
    Director/Writer/Editor Sarah Adina Smith Co-Producers Mary Pat Bentel and Jonako Donley, and Cinematographer Shaheen Seth
  • Pouvoir intime
    Actors Jacques Godin, Marie Tifo and Pierre Curzi
  • Premature
    Director/Co-Writer Dan Beers
  • The Reconstruction of William Zero
    Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer Dan Bush
  • Rurouni Kenshin — Kyoto Inferno
    Director/Co-Writer Keishi Otomo and Executive Producer Hiroyoshi Koiwai
  • Starry Eyes
    Co-Directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, Actor Noah Segan
  • Summer of Blood
    Director/Writer/Co-Producer/Editor/Actor Onur Tukel
  • Suburban Gothic
    Director/Co-Writer Richard Bates Jr, Actors Matthew Gray Gubler and Ray Wise
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Director/Co-Writer/Producer/Co-Composer Tobe Hooper
  • Time Lapse
    Director/Co-Writer Bradley King and Co-Writer/Co-Producer B.P. Cooper
  • Welcome to New York
    Director/Co-Writer Abel Ferrara
  • WolfCop
    Director/Writer/Co-Producer Lowell Dean
  • Yasmine
    Director Siti Kamaluddin and Action Director Chan Man Ching