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Held online with a smattering of live events happening where pandemic precautions permitted, 2021's Fantasia celebrated a very special occasion: its 25th birthday. It did so with a fantastic line-up of films, and was preceded by a special screening of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad live in Montreal. It closed with the latest work by Takashii Miike.

As well as films, there were talks on transgression, final girls, the rise of indigenous horror, and more, with special guests and the opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

The festival ran from 5 to 25 August.

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Broadcast Signal Intrusion
Broadcast Signal Intrusion
In the late Nineties, a video archivist unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them.
Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
A fertilizer used in a rich gated community becomes the source of a genetic mutation that transforms its residents into zombies. Can a teenager and his baby sister break free from the quarantined island before turning into grass?
You Can't Kill Meme
You Can't Kill Meme
A filmmaker asks how we make sense of things when we collapse the infinite fidelity of information down into pithy sentences laid over ominous imagery.
Monster Dyke
Monster Dyke
A trans sculptor experiences a lesbian awakening when one of her creations comes to life.
The Unknown Man Of Shandigor
The Unknown Man Of Shandigor
Herbert Von Krantz, a nuclear scientist, has discovered the Canceler, a device capable of neutralising any kind of atomic bomb - but then his daughter and his assistant are kidnapped by different factions after the secret.
The Beta Test
The Beta Test
A man's life starts to fracture after he receives an unusual invitation.
The 12 Day Tale Of The Monster That Died In 8
The 12 Day Tale Of The Monster That Died In 8
An actor buys capsule monsters online to defeat Covid-19.
When I Consume You
When I Consume You
A woman and her brother seek revenge against a mysterious stalker.
Agnes
Agnes
Rumours of demonic possession at a religious convent prompts a church investigation into the strange goings-on among its nuns. A disaffected priest and his neophyte are confronted with temptation, bloodshed and a crisis of faith.
Dear Hacker
Dear Hacker
A documentarian who has noticed unexpected activity on her webcam embarks on a series of video calls to find out why.
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Fantasia International Film Festival Features

Spellbound
Hayley Garrigus on magic, manipulation and You Can’t Kill Meme
From song to sword
MASUMI on moving between singing and acting for Yakuza Princess
Taking wing
Theodore Schaefer on magical realism, working with animals and Giving Birth To A Butterfly
The object of her affections
Mariel Sharp and Kaye Adelaide on monsters, queerness, puppeteering and Monster Dyke
A film of two halves
Mickey Reece on Agnes and making films that feel new
Into the woods
Kier-La Janisse on Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror
Keeping the wolf from the door
Perry Blackshear on working through hard times and When I Consume You
A dark imaginary
Ruth Platt on childhood, religion, luck and Martyrs Lane
Unforgettable
Kelsey Egan on memory, fairy tales, pandemics and Glasshouse
Raising hell
Toby Poser, John Adams and Zelda Adams on Hellbender and making films as a family
Something wild
Zita Bai, Vas Provatakis and Qiyu Zhou on Baby, Don't Cry
Fantasia highlights you won’t want to miss
We look at the pick of this year’s line-up
Closely observed
Annalise Lockhart on ghosts, invisibility and making Inheritance
Striking the right tone
Rob Schroeder, Conor Stechschulte and Zak Engel on Ultrasound

Fantasia International Film Festival News

Voice Of Silence named Fantasia Best Film
Hong Eui-jeong's work receives Cheval Noir award
New Takashi Miike title to close Fantasia
Final tranche of films revealed
First Fantasia 2021 titles announced
King Knight and The Righteous among highlights
Brain Freeze to open Fantasia 2021
Online festival may include physical screenings if safe to do so
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