2015 Events

    PRESENTED BY FEBRUARY and CHILLER Dress in red, green, and/or your ugliest Christmas sweaters (or pick up some of Mondo’s new ones here), cuz we're kicking off FF2015 with a brutally vicious mega-rager of candy canes, reindeer, and gingerbread. And we're not talking about your standard peace on earth and good will towards men. This is a full-tilt Satanic slayride through the wickedest wastelands of holiday cheer. Yep, we're throwing the first-ever Fantastic Fest Christmas party... because why not? You don't like it? Die! Party will start at 10PM, following the U.S. premiere of Osgood Perkins’ FEBRUARY.
    Comedian Doug Benson (SUPER HIGH ME; LAST COMIC STANDING; CHRONIC-CON) invites surprise filmmaker and comedian guests to sit down, talk movies and play movie trivia games...while drunk, stoned or both! The game is a reimagined version of the Leonard Maltin Game, which has been described as Name That Tune with movies instead of songs. The game consists of Benson reading the cast of an unknown movie in reverse order (star of the movie comes last) from Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide to his guests, who attempt to guess the movie! Come enjoy a HighBall cocktail, relax and be entertained!
    Quench your thirst for blood AND intellectual disputation with the Fantastic Debates, where the burning questions facing the fan community are resolved once and for all, first with words, and then with furious FISTS!! Past Fantastic Debates have featured such intellectual and/or pugilistic screen titans as Keanu Reeves, Elijah Wood, Michelle Rodriguez and Joe Swanberg, as well as a host of critics, bloggers, bruisers and movie maniacs. Debaters to be announced shortly… and violently! (Note: This is a ticketed event so you must select and receive a ticket within the ticketing system to attend.)
    A blazing 32-member audio assault from the darkest regions of Colorado, Itchy-O is a completely immersive, inhuman and unbelievable musical/visual/transdimensional experience. Their performances incorporate drums, synthesizers, fog, strobes and a Chinese lion (!!!) in their relentless attack on reality. Having played shows with Devo, David Byrne and countless other legends, they now turn their targets on Fantastic Fest, where they will rewrite the laws of physics through sheer force of percussive hysteria. Behold...ITCHY-O!!!
    Artist and music producer Kid Koala finally joins the Fantastic fray. After nearly two decades of crafting some of the most singularly eclectic turntable creations of all time, Kid Koala will perform live at the Fantastic Fest party as the composer of this year's genre-bending official selection ZOOM.
    The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail hails all the way from the back of a comic book store in Los Angeles, where it’s not only been crowned one of the best standup show in LA by LA Weekly, LA Times, and Hollywood Reporter... but it's now a TV show! Comedy Central filmed eight documentary-style episodes of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail for a standup show. Come see why this is the only existing live standup show to get its own TV show as hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani charm your pants off and welcome some very special guests!
    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!!
    NEEEERRRRRDDDDDSSS! Bring that beat back!! From the early nerdcore albums of MC Frontalot to the Epic Rap Battles of History and the entire careers of the Lonely Island and Childish Gambino, rapping nerds have become major players in pop culture. Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got, in the fifth annual Fantastic Fest Nerd Rap Throwdown! What is Nerd Rap? Simply put, it’s any hip hop beat paired with an emcee (or multiple microphone fiends) rapping about geek culture. Weird Al’s “All About the Pentiums” and “White & Nerdy” are amazing nerd rap parodies, and this muthafuckin’ Tom Cruise rap by Andrew Todd at our event in 2013 is pretty badass, too. Also, this Peanuts rap from year one In the first round of competition, each Nerd Rapper will perform a prepared rap using any beat of their choosing for up to 2 minutes of performance time. Each performer will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10 by our panel of celebrity judges, and the top three performers will go on to compete in the final round – the Freestyle Challenge. We’ll have our own beats prepared along with new geeky topics, and each rapper will have to make up a new flow about a new subject on the spot. Audience applause will determine the ultimate winner, who will be crowned Nerd Rap Champion of the Year and showered with fame and prizes from our Fantastic Fest sponsors. Now in our fifth year, the Nerd Rap showdown will be back at the new Highball again, and we’re keeping the competition and the audience open to the general public and Fantastic Fest badgeholders alike! Think you’ve got what it takes to become a Geek God of the Mic? Competing is totally free, and all you need to do is sign up using the WuFoo form below giving us your name and contact info along with a link to the beats you would like to use and the subject of your rap. And just like last year, performers may choose any background beats that they like. We still recommend the amazing talents of Fatboy Roberts, a movie-obsessed fan like the rest of us, and his incredibly transcendent, funkified remix of his favorite movie, TV show and video game themes, and you can find great beats at his website, Geek: Remixed. But if you have another source you want to use this year that will be 100% legit, too. We’ll have a limited number of spaces for competitors, and we’ll be filling up performance slots on a first come, first served basis, so pick out your beats and sign up today! Admission to the event is free for Fantastic Fest badgeholders, or $5 for general public audience members who aren’t also competing. SIGN UP HERE!!!!!
    This annual display of geek knowledge warfare, brainchild of online critic Scott Weinberg, pits the globe's greatest horror scholars against each other in a galactic display of mental agility, verbal hostility and full-tilt brutality. Filmmakers, journalists, FF programmers, and movie megaminds collide in this bloodthirsty deathride of useful information. Bear witness to the most rampaging display of trivia prowess in the universe as our warring teams of fearless warriors crack open the deepest recesses of their brains and detonate their nuclear nerd bombs. Their will be beer on the floor and blood on the walls. (Note: This is a ticketed event so you must select and receive a ticket within the ticketing system to attend.)
    This could possibly be the MOST TALKED ABOUT EVENT of the fest every year, and this year we're unbelieveably upping the stakes! We once again proudly present: NO PRISONERS: THE FANTASTIC FEST TACTICAL PISTOL, FULL-AUTO AND CARBINE OBSTACLE COURSE ACTION ADVENTURE! Sound too massively incredible to be true? Well it's not. Here's just a wee peek of what we've got in store for this massive event: Carbine AND pistol safety class and shooting Belt fed machine guns Full auto machine guns Suppressed machine guns Semi-automatic shotgun shooting AK47 shooting Shooting at steel and paper targets Shooting from a vehicle Shooting while moving, a.k.a. "run and gun" Gunning obstacle course And yes, even more!   SPECIAL 2015 CAKE TOPPER: Think this event couldn't any badasser? Well think again! On our way back to the Alamo from the range, we're making a pit stop at world famous BBQ purveyors FRANKLIN BBQ and treating y'all to a tasting of the finest BBQ Austin has to offer! Just try and top THAT! WHEW! Ok, now the details: You'll need to bring a government-issued ID, sunglasses (or other eye protection), pants, closed-toed shoes, and a belt to hold your gun holster. While there is a covered area, bringing some rain wear is advised, just in case. The fine print: Because of the cost of ammo these days, the limited group size, and the no-skimp scope of this outing, it's got a price tag of $330 per person, which we think is pretty cheap considering all the kick-assness that's been crammed into it (not to mention that when you walk away from this thing you'll be a certified gun-slingin' no-bullshit boss). Box-lunches and road-home-beers will be provided, while gatorade and water will be available on-site. This event is limited to 30 seats, so when they're gone, they're gone. And if the goverment shuts us down, refunds will be issued. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!! (Note- this event is for Fantastic Fest badgeholders only. If you buy a ticket and don't have a festival badge your tickets will be automatically refunded.)   SHUTTLE INFO! Check in begins @ 10:45am - Alamo South Lamar Check in at the transportation kiosk Shuttles will begin loading @ 11:00am Shuttles leave at 11:15am with or without you! Return is set for 5pm - please keep this in mind when considering your viewing schedule! So ten-HUT, soldier! Reserve your spot and prepare for World War IV.
  • THE GRAND BAZAAR TURKISH PARTY Featuring Wooden Wisdom!
    World-traveling DJ combo Wooden Wisdom (Zach Cowie and Elijah Wood) celebrate FF 2015’s devotion to Turkish cinematic mayhem at this transcontinental turntable thwackdown. In fact, the DJ dervish duo have just returned from Turkey themselves, bringing along stacks of Turkish wax from which they’ll attack with tracks to the max. All choice cuts… no Istanbullshit!
    Highball and 400 Rabbits regular favorites Geeks Who Drink are back for their fifth raucous pub quiz at Fantastic Fest! This special 90-minute trivia event at will feature questions about sci-fi movies, geeky pop culture, and classic video games.
    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 Fantastic Fest show, they’ll be presenting ROAR, the unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure about a wildlife preservationist who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over a hundred untamed animals. The fascination of bizarre animal enthusiasts, love of movies, non-stop interrupting, and… that fourth thing we can’t remember right this second… will have you chirkin’, chillin’ and chucklin’ in the aisles. (Note: Badgeholders must receive a ticket through the ticketing system in order to attend. Individual tickets will be available based on remaining capactiy.)
    The most manically monstrous week of your year can only be celebrated in the most thunderous way possible. So in the iron-fisted mic-slinging FF tradition, Austin's live karaoke rock ravagers Karaoke Apocalypse will be bringing YOU onstage to perform the finest metal (and punk) anthems. Imagine howling like an elemental force while backed by a fully-armed five-piece metal/punk/chaos combo. Whether you want to rock like a hurricane, scream the number of the beast or ride the lightning, the doors of hell are swinging wide to let you live your rock n’ roll nightmare.
    Toast off Fantastic Arcade 2015 as we honor this year's Jury and Audience choice awards, followed by the Fantastic Fest closing Party.
    There’s no better way to wrap up eight days of power and chaos than with a rootin’ tootin’ old-time celebration of cannibalistic savagery. So our 2015 Closing Night Party is going to be our biggest, boldest and bloodiest ever, as we take over a bona fide ancient cowboy town on the Austin outskirts and dress it up to match the unrepentant misanthropic western rage of our official closing film, BONE TOMAHAWK! Join the cast and crew as we declare war on the night, with a non-stop megassault of booze, meat, fire, games, music, and probably a live donkey or two!