Dir. Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
365 - One Year, One Film, One Second a Day
The latest maniacal exercise from the BAFTA-winning Brothers McLeod is a schizophrenic overload of id-beasts and hilarious non-sequiturs, assembled from 365 one-second animations they made each day over the course of a year.
Dir. Stéphane Aubier, Victor Jaquier
A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE CHRISTMAS LOG (La Bûche de Noël)
Our most highly anticipated addition to that time-honored tradition known as the weirdo Christmas special, this latest stop motion short from Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar reunites their beloved plastic heroes Cowboy, Indian and Horse for a raucous, forehead-slapping adventure to the North Pole and back again. When Cowboy and Indian ruin Horse’s beautiful yule log, Horse convinces Santa to hold back their presents until they can redeem themselves. But why do that when they can just steal Farmer Steven’s yule log?
Dir. Larry Fessenden, Todd Rohal,…
ABCs of Death 2
In 2013 the craziest anthology ever created was released to an unsuspecting public. It immediately divided audiences. Some claimed it was a much-needed adrenaline shot to the heart of genre film, while others claimed it was reprehensible and the death knell of cinema as we know it.
In 2014 it’s happening again. This time with an all-new line-up of international directors. Twenty-six NEW directors. Twenty-six NEW ways to die.
Abdullah is a lonely London cab driver who goes through the motions of his day while clearly disconnected from his environment. When he is invited to interact with a client, Abdullah chooses a frightening form of contact.
The Absent One
Police investigators dig into the facts of a twenty year old double homicide in a desperate race to find a likely witness before the killers have the chance to silence her forever.
The Age of Curious
Luca Toth’s Royal College of Art graduation film is a tactile, subversively sensual coming of age film that explores the rituals of puberty and the mysteries that lay beneath manes of flowing hair.
A lonely woman and a psychotic gigolo find love through murder in the latest film from the director of CALVAIRE and VINYAN.
Dir. Jonas Alexander Arnby
When Animals Dream
In an isolated Danish fishing town, 16-year-old Marie hides a terrifying secret and deadly consequences for the unwary in this unique coming-of-age story from director Jonas Alexander Arnby.
AS SEEN BY THE REST (Ulidavaru Kandante)
Mystery abounds in this fractured gangster story from Karnataka, India. Shades of SCARFACE, PULP FICTION and RASHOMON color Rakshit Shetty's entrancing story of good, evil and something else...
In the post-nuclear apocalypse there will be robots, and insurance agents played by Antonio Banderas. He’s investigating an insurance claim on a faulty robot that leads to greater discoveries. Plays like BLADE RUNNER for a bit, then… it is its own film. Fantastic!
Fantastic Fest is proud to unleash the latest short from Fredrik Hana, who won last year’s Short Fuse competition with his film ANGST, PISS AND DRID. This time around, Hana fashions a Lovecraftian tale of a reclusive fisherman in service to an entity that inhabits the rolling mists of the sea.
In this impressive horror debut, Amelia thought her biggest problems were her son’s violent behavioral problems and her own depression. That was before something came knocking at the door…
BAD GUY #2
This outrageously gory Austin-based crime comedy follows a struggling hitman whose upward mobility lands him at the dreaded position of Bad Guy #2–a prominent but ultimately expendable character in the bad guy pantheon–leaving him no choice but to up his game or die violently at the hands of his emotionally erratic boss. Full of over-the-top practical FX and dazzling comedic performances.
Dir. Vladimir MAVOUNIA-KOUKA
BEAST (La Bete)
A woman discovers her animal nature when a wolf grows out of her own body and ravages her. A beautifully choreographed erotic tale that recalls Walerian Borowczyk’s film of the same name.
BEHIND HIS BACK (UN BEBE DANS LE DOS)
A man dumps his girlfriend when she expresses an urge to have children, only to suddenly become pregnant himself. A simple story that allows for a smorgasbord of brilliant comedic moments.
This debut gem from Eskil Vogt follows Ingrid who, having recently lost her sight, exists only in her apartment with her thoughts as a means of escape…
A distinguished Chef stows himself away in the privacy of his own home to explore his dark culinary desires.