2013 Events

  • Fantastic Arcade Day 1, Panels and Tournaments
    On September 19th at Alamo Lakeline Theater 9, come check out the following independent videogame panels and tournaments: End of Line/Retro Game Crunch Commentary 12:00pm Banner Saga: Chapter One Commentary 1:00pm Zak Ayles/Cutthroat: EP Commentary 2:00pm Stanley Parable Commentary 3:00pm Pistol Cat Tournament 4:00pm Spelunky Daily Challenge Day 1 5:00pm Poocuzzi Tournament 6:00pm We'll have a cash bar for refreshments from 5 to 7 and table service in the theater throughout the day. There will be prizes awarded for tournament winners and ten free-to-play game stations all day!
  • Fantastic Arcade Happy Hours and Tournaments: Presented by Sony Playstation
    Fantastic Arcade enters its third year with an all-out assault of pure technological wildness. Every day from Thursday the 19th through Sunday the 22nd in the Lakeline lobby and theater 9, guests are encouraged to attend panels, compete or just watch the daily indie game tournaments. We’ll have drink specials each day and you will get to meet the folks that make up both the indie gaming scene in Austin as well as the international Fantastic Arcade game designers.
  • Fantastic Fest Opening Night Party: Presented by YEAH!
    In honor of opening night film MACHETE KILLS, we are taking the Lakeline Drafthouse into the international dangerzone. Wear something moderately flame-retardant, because we’re going to detonate North Austin with a rampage of film-themed experiences to satisfy everything from your thirst to your need for blazing fireballs. Austin’s own Stunt Ranch will be on hand to provide action-packed photo opportunities, while Troublemaker Studios will be bringing in unbelievable items from Machete’s own war-torn universe. The cast and creators will be on hand for the mayhem, and to welcome you to Fantastic Fest 2013!
  • Fantastic Fest presents: Doug Loves Movies
    Come enjoy a cocktail and play the Leonard Maltin game with comedian Doug Benson, star and subject of SUPER HIGH ME and Fantastic Fest pot-umentary THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER ROLLED.
  • Fantastic Arcade Day 2, Panels and Tournaments
    On September 20th at Alamo Lakeline Theater 9, come check out the following independent videogame panels and tournaments: No Brakes Valet Commentary 12:00pm Crypt of the NecroDancer Commentary 1:00pm Starwhal: Just the Tip Commentary 2:00pm Q.E.D. Commentary 3:00pm Sony: We <3 Devs 4:00pm Spelunky Daily Challenge Day 2 5:00pm Starwhal: Just the Tip Tournament 6:00pm We'll have table service in the theater throughout the day. There will be prizes awarded for tournament winners and ten free-to-play game stations all day!
  • Chaos Reigns!!! Karaoke Party
    Demented revelry and potential humiliation combine in the night of your life during one of our favorite traditions here at the festival. Filmmakers, journalists and all other FF-ers shed their dignity in a vein-bulging effort to satiate the bloodthirsty Karaoke Gods. Tonight… WE RAAAAGE!!
  • Fantastic Arcade Day 3, Panels and Tournaments
    On September 21st at Alamo Lakeline Theater 9, come check out the following independent videogame panels and tournaments:   Poocuzzi Free Play 11:00am Gone Home and Environmental Storytelling 12:00pm  Choosatron Deluxe Adventure Matrix Commentary 1:00pm Wasteland Kings Commentary 2:00pm Panoramical Commentary 3:00pm Fjords Commentary 4:00pm Spelunky Daily Challenge Day 3 5:00pm Towerfall Tournament 6:00pm We'll have table service in the theater throughout the day. There will be prizes awarded for tournament winners and ten free-to-play game stations all day!
  • The Fantastic Debates Presented By MAN OF TAI CHI and Radius-TWC
    Quench your thirst for blood AND intellectual disputation with another installment of the Fantastic Debates, where the burning questions facing the fan community are resolved once and for all... first with words, then with furious FISTS!! In honor of the U.S. premiere of the epic martial arts film MAN OF TAI CHI, this year’s debates main event is a fight-to-the-pain featuring MAN OF TAI CHI star Keanu Reeves versus Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League. Might makes right, at least tonight. ** A ticket IS required for entry to this off-site event! **
  • Fantastic Arcade Day 4, Panels and Tournaments
    On September 22nd at Alamo Lakeline Theater 9, come check out the following independent videogame panels and tournaments:   TBA 11:00am Hohokum Commentary 12:00am VideoHeroeS/ Mirrormoon Commentary 1:00pm Samurai Gunn Commentary 3:00pm Samurai Gunn Tournament 4:00pm VideoHeroeS Tournament 5:00pm Fantastic Arcade Awards 6:00pm We'll have a cash bar on hand for refreshments from 5 to 7 and table service in the theater throughout the day. There will be prizes awarded for tournament winners and ten free-to-play game stations all day!  
  • Cards Against Humanity Happy Hour
    Board games have been exploding in popularity, and it ain't just Cranium and Scattergories anymore. Join gaming geek Kevin Kelly at the Glass Half Full Bar from 2 to 5pm on Sunday where he will be teaching people how to play Cards Against Humanity, which is billed as "A party game for horrible people." We'll also be playing King of Tokyo, which is all about giant creatures battling for control of the iconic city that is just a pure magnet for disaster. We'll be giving away cool board game prizes, including two passes to Board Game Geek Con in Dallas this November!
  • Fantastic Arcade: VideoHeroeS Tournament and Arcade Awards
    For the final game tournament of Fantastic Arcade, we wanted to go big, but we wanted to keep it real. We could have gone the easy route and pleased legions of fedora-wearing gamerbros with some space marine face-shooter. Instead we decided to reach out to all of Fantasticdom with the one game to rule them all- both game fans and cult movie fans, united. VideoHeroes is the game that will make this possible, and we will be assembling two teams of magnetic-tape videoslaves who may or may not know what a videogame is to show of their encyclopedic knowledge of every dusty big box to grace a video store shelf. The 2013 Fantastic Awards will commence after the tournament.
  • “You Guys Like Tequila?” The Fantastic Arcade Wild Rumpus
    London based indie game roughhousers The Wild Rumpus are travelling all the way to Austin Texas to hold hands with Devolver Digital and see out Fantastic Arcade fantastically with a load of booze, dancing & videogame funtimes! Free for Fantastic Fest badgeholders and Fantastic Arcade guests (w wristband), $10 at the door for regular joes Brought to you buy The Wild Rumpus & Devolver Digital Sponsored by Gamestick =========THE GAMES========== Super Piñata Pro - Edd Parris MagnetizeMe - Copenhagen Game Collective Smesport - Michael Brough GO NUTS!!! : Vine edition - Glitchnap (and maybe more...) Tweet your festival vines with the #fantasticarcade hashtag! =========THE MUSIC========== Kozilek DJ Phillippe sans Lemarchand Cosmic DJ Matt Piersall & Live Visuals by Wiley Wiggins ========================= RSVP ON FACEBOOK
  • Nerd Rap Throwdown
    Come watch the battle unfold as a handful of nerdworthy contenders vie for lyrical supremacy in this movie-themed freestyle rap competition set to tracks from the great Fatboy Roberts. Witness our 2012 champion Andrew Todd defend his title!
  • Fantastic Fest Awards
    Not for the faint of heart! When you win an award at Fantastic Fest you better be ready for a shotgun-blast of appreciation to the face. Strap on your drinking horns and join us for a night of full-tilt ceremonial tomfoolery. ** This is a TICKETED EVENT. Admission is not guaranteed regardless of badge type. **
  • Fantastic Feud
    The Fantastic Feud, brainchild of FearNet’s own Scott Weinberg, pits the greatest American horror scholars against the feeble competition from foreign lands.  Much drinking, swearing, threatening and feats of mental agility ensue in this age-old FF tradition. ** This is a TICKETED EVENT. Admission is not guaranteed regardless of badge type. **
  • Master Pancake Mystery Mockery Show
    Austin’s own comedic annihilators Master Pancake have been verbally attacking Hollywood’s output for years, with their unique mix of lightning wit and adolescent jabs. It’s a tradition as old as the Alamo itself, and for this year’s festival, the jabbing jesters will be joined by a very special guest to take aim at one of the most beloved genre films of all time. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these comedy legends perform what’s basically maximum nerd sacrilege. ** This is a TICKETED EVENT. Admission is not guaranteed regardless of badge type. **
  • Fantastic Trivia presented by Geeks Who Drink
    Highball and 400 Rabbits favorites Geeks Who Drink are back for their fourth pub quiz at Fantastic Fest! This special 90 minute trivia event at Glass Half Full will feature questions about sci-fi movies, geeky pop culture, and classic video games.
  • Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption: THE RUNDOWN
    Doug and special guests chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. For this special FF show, they’ll be presenting the underrated action blowout THE RUNDOWN (featuring FF favorite Marko Zaror), and the love of movies and interrupting, and maybe that third thing we can’t remember right this second, will have you chillin’, thrillin’ and rollin’ in the aisles. *** This is a TICKETED EVENT. Admission is not guaranteed regardless of badge type. ***
  • Metal Meltdown with Karaoke Apocalypse
    In celebration of our premiere screening of METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER, live karaoke rock rampagers Karaoke Apocalypse will be bringing YOU onstage to perform the finest metal (and punk) anthems. Hell... with any luck, a couple members of Metallica may be on hand to take part in the chaos. So sharpen your devil fingers, because tonight we praise the lords of Metal.
  • Danger Gods!: The True Daredevils of Hollywood Legend
    Easily the most bombastic, explosive event in FF history, Danger Gods! is an in-person tribute to the top five surviving, pioneering stuntmen from Hollywood's greatest action era, the '70s and '80s. The following decades-spanning stunt legends will appear live for the show… Chuck Bail, Bob Ivy, John “Bud” Cardos, Gary Kent,  and Bobby Sargent.  The night will start with an in-theater overview of their daredevil history, featuring eye-bulging clips and a Q&A with the stuntmen. THEN... the audience will move outside for an explosive, turbo-fueled, death-defying LIVE STUNT SHOW featuring the legends themselves! Death-defying stunts include car rollovers! Stunt fights! High falls – on fire! Cars on fire! Men on fire! Monster trucks… possibly on fire! It’s going to be an evening of nerve-shredding thrills and wild impossibilities performed by Hollywood’s real, immortal DANGER GODS!!! ** This is a TICKETED EVENT. Admission is not guaranteed regardless of badge type. **
  • Fantastic Fest Closing Night Party
    What is the value of life? What is the meaning of existence? Here at Fantastic Fest it’s to watch incredible films and party ‘til the big burning ball rises, and for this year’s closing night film, we celebrate Terry Gilliam’s dystopian return to the big screen, THE ZERO THEOREM. So escape your Orwellian nightmare and come with us on a Big Brother-free free-for-all as we dispatch all our preconceived notions about why we were put on this cosmic dirt clod and party like it Nineteen-Nietzsche-Nine!