Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past we have presented the world premieres of major motion pictures such as THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, FRANKENWEENIE and ZOMBIELAND. Our guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Jess Franco, Darren Aronofsky, Mike Judge, Roger Corman, Elijah Wood, Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez and Tim Burton. We also feature world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.
Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.
During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine
"The geek Telluride… Fantastic Fest lives up to its name" – Variety
"The most important film festival in North America" – Texas Monthly
"If there’s a heaven, I want it to be just like the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar during the week of Fantastic Fest." – Devin Faraci, CHUD.com