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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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.
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.
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.
Time Of Moulting
Time Of Moulting
Ignored by her mentally ill mother and largely absent father, a young girl retreats into an inner world of barbaric fantasies, with brutal consequences.
Don't Text Back
Don't Text Back
A woman seeks help after a supernatural gift starts to do her harm.
Project Dreams - How To Build Mazinger Z's Hangar
Project Dreams - How To Build Mazinger Z's Hangar
An engineering team from the Maeda Corporation is ordered to draft blueprints for the fictional storage facility for giant robot Mazinger Z.
A DJ encounters a beautiful woman at a club, goes back to her home, and finds himself thrust into a nightmare odyssey of ritual magic, patriarchal death customs and unusual family conflict.
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Fantasia International Film Festival Features

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

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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