And it's a big one.
The fourth year of Fantastic Market is the biggest yet, and for the final wave, the industry arm of Fantastic Fest has some major news. We're thrilled to collaborate with such big players as SpectreVision and the Nordic Genre Invasion for our most far-reaching Fantastic Market yet. (Check out the first Fantastic Market wave here.)
Read on for the press release!
Austin, TX - September 13, 2016 - Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the final wave of programing for the 2016 edition of Fantastic Market, the festival’s industry program which runs September 22 - 25, 2016. Fantastic Fest takes place September 22 – September 29, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX.
This year, Fantastic Market is teaming up with the Nordic Genre Invasion—a marketing, distribution and collaboration platform for Nordic genre film producers—to bring a series of pitches, shorts, works in progress and panels to its program. This new programming features a wide range of talent, including people involved in films such as THE LOOK OF SILENCE, THE RAT KING and MYSTERY OF THE WOLF.
Regarding the Fantastic Market collaboration, Market Director Rodney Perkins says, “Nordic Genre Invasion is a perfect collaborator in our new international expansion efforts. They represent a number of high quality genre films with strong crossover potential in English-speaking territories.” Mikko Aromaa, Chairman of the Board for the Nordic Genre Invasion, says, “The discussions on the shape and form of our collaboration went on for well over 12 months, and I'm confident that the conclusion we reached is ideal for this pilot year. We are of course hoping that this will be the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship.” Kati Nuora, Manager for International Promotion and Projects at the Finnish Film Foundation says, "Nordic Genre Invasion has built a solid reputation as a reliable curator of the most interesting genre projects from the Scandinavian region, and we are happy to co-operate with them in marketing their upcoming projects. Fantastic Market provides the perfect platform for us to target the all-important US market."
Nordic Genre Invasion content isn’t the only new addition to the 2016 Fantastic Market program. The market will also present a number of exciting film screenings. On Saturday, September 24th, SpectreVision will host a “secret screening” for Fantastic Market attendees. Every horror fan has his or her “gateway” film; that first traumatic yet thrillingly ghoulish cinematic experience that shatters our innocence and awakens a taste for all things macabre. Founding member of the genre-producing SpectreVision, Elijah Wood, will reveal his most personal childhood haunt with this rare screening.
Finally, on Friday, September 23rd, Fantastic Market will host a new work-in-progress as well as a shorts program called “Shorts to Features.” This year’s featured work-in-progress is Jussi Hiltunen’s LAW OF THE LAND. The “Shorts to Features” program highlights outstanding shorts that will be expanded into the feature-length films. These short selections include J. Xavier Velasco’s ZERCH, Emil Sallinen’s MIGHT, L. Gustavo Cooper’s THE HOME and Christer "CHRZU" Lindström’s NIGHTSATAN AND THE LOOPS OF DOOM. These filmmakers will also participate in the market’s live pitching sessions on Saturday, September 24th.
The final additions to the 2016 Fantastic Market program are as follows:
WORK IN PROGRESS
LAW OF THE LAND (ARMOTON MAA) - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Director: Jussi Hiltunen
Producers: Kai Nordberg (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING), Kaarle Aho (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING; THE LOOK OF SILENCE)
While trying to keep his two sons from killing each other, a retiring police officer is forced to face his own past.
BLOODSUCKERS - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Director: Elin Grönblom
Producer: Leila Lyytikäinen (OTHER GIRLS; LOVE RECORDS; MYSTERY OF THE WOLF)
You’ll never look at a mosquito the same way again.
NYMPHS - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Producers: Matti Halonen (OTHER GIRLS; LOVE RECORDS), Leila Lyytikäinen (OTHER GIRLS; LOVE RECORDS; MYSTERY OF THE WOLF)
They are lethal to men. Without men, they won’t survive. NYMPHS is an original and acclaimed prime time fantasy drama that draws its origin from the stories, characters and visual imagery of ancient mythology. Now the emerging phenomenon of the NYMPHS saga is spreading onto the big screen. The fearful and awful, joyful and painful tale of nymphs Desirée, Cathy, and Nadia is more daring, racy, mature and sexy than ever.
Director: L. Gustavo Cooper (JUNE)
Producers: Alix Taylor (MANIAC; PIRANHA 3D; IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE), Nick Phillips (PET; BENEATH)
After the birth of her child, a young woman confined to a home for unwed mothers must fight for her survival as the home falls siege to a group of mysterious invaders.
IMPALED REKTUM - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Directors: Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio
Producers: Kai Nordberg (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING), Kaarle Aho (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING; THE LOOK OF SILENCE), Jukka Vidgren
A comedy about a young loser trying to overcome his stage fright and other fears by leading the worst heavy metal band of Finland, Impaled Rektum, to the hottest metal festival of Norway. The journey of Impaled Rektum includes metal music, vomiting, sex, fake vikings and the first ever armed conflict between Finland, Norway, and NATO.
MIGHT - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Directors: Emil Sallinen, Artur Sallinen
Producers: Emil Sallinen, Artur Sallinen
Three people in outer space will decide the future of humanity.
NIGHTSATAN - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Director: Christer "CHRZU" Lindström
Producer: Jupe Louhelainen
In Karelia of 2037, the robbery of a sonic wizard's severed living head sets the synthesizer warrior trio Nightsatan to hunt down the guilty DJ witch. Her demonic pregnancy threatens to destroy the world.