This year's Fantasia International Film Festival is taking place online because of Covid-19, but contains the same eclectic mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, anime and action as ever. Enjoy cutting edge animation, nerve-racking chillers, daring documentaries and the latest experimental works from Japan. Despite the change of format, there are still opportunities for attendees to engage with filmmakers at the festival and socialise with the Fantasia community.

The festival runs from 20 August to 2 September.

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Jumbo
Jumbo
Jeanne, a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. Fascinated by carousels, she still lives at home with her mother. That’s when Jeanne meets Jumbo, the park’s new flagship attraction...
The Funeral Home
The Funeral Home
An undertaker's dysfunctional family lives amongst coffins, wreaths and mischievous but nonviolent ghosts - but then a malevolent entity arrives.
12 Hour Shift
12 Hour Shift
Nurse Mandy is just trying to make it through her double shift alive, but her nasty drug addiction, annoying coworkers, needy patients, and devious cousin are making it pretty tough, not to mention organ-stealing criminals and an injured convict.
Dinner In America
Dinner In America
An on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman he meets by chance embark on an offbeat romance.
Alone
Alone
A recently widowed traveller is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
Actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career.
Gunda
Gunda
Pigs, cows and chickens. Intimate portraits of living beings who wind up dead on a plate every day.
Me And Me
Me And Me
A police detective investigating a tragedy in a small town wakes up one morning to find he’s no longer who he thought he was – or so the locals lead him to believe.
Lapsis
Lapsis
After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market.
Paper Tigers
Paper Tigers
Three kung fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men, now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death.
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Fantasia International Film Festival Features

Out of the shadows
Mickey Reece on Climate Of The Hunter and how to get away with putting art first
Dreams of reality
Jason Neulander on perception, reality and breaking the rules in his debut Fugitive Dreams
Cape Town after dark
Ryan Kruger on Fried Barry and the future of South African film
Fragmented memories
Sabrina Mertens and Jan Fabi on capturing something amiss in Time Of Moulting
Bringing the house down
Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen on directing action and destroying a house in For The Sake Of Vicious
Big cat energy
Bao Tran on ageing, martial arts, film finance and Paper Tigers
The wild side
Daria Woszek on femininity, tradition, menopause and Marygoround
A stroke of fortune
Natasha Kermani on Lucky and working with Brea Grant
Leave that phone alone
Mariel Sharp and Kaye Adelaide on low-budget filmmaking, crystals and Don’t Text Back
Going behind the scenes
Justin McConnell on Clapboard Jungle and what it takes to make a movie
Strides ahead
Elza Kephart on villainy, fast fashion and Slaxx
A phoenix from the ashes
Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard on Morgana and female sexual freedom
Five treats for Fantasia fans
Crazy Samurai Musashi, The Oak Room, Time of Moulting, Fried Barry and Slaxx
Fantasia through the looking glass
Mitch Davis on the challenge of taking the famous Montreal festival online
Tales from the crematorium
Ryan Spindell on Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer and The Mortuary Collection
Never say die
Ryan Spindell on anthology films and the willpower it took to make The Mortuary Collection

Fantasia International Film Festival News

Marygoround named Best Film at Fantasia
Daria Woszek wins Best Director
The Legend Of Baron To'a to close Fantasia
Final tranche of films announced
The Reckoning to open Fantasia
First tranche of films announced
Fantasia 2020 to be held online
Festival adapts to social distancing
News

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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