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FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES SHORTS PROGRAMMING
September 05, 2018 | admin

FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES SHORTS PROGRAMMING

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE’S FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES SHORTS PROGRAMMING

Austin, TX - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 — Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce the short film lineup for the 14th edition of Fantastic Fest, which runs September 20 - September 27, 2018 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX.

Boasting over 50 short films from around the world, the festival’s largest offering to date, co-curators Peter Kuplowsky and Jean Lauer have assembled a diverse array of brilliant and bizarre films from established and emerging voices alike. Their 2018 selections feature 21 world premieres, including CHOWBOYS: AN AMERICAN FOLKTALE, the latest splatter-pastiche from the cult-comedy collective Astron-6 (THE EDITOR), as well as THE SLOWS and MONSTER CHALLENGE, the directorial debuts of, respectively, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY screenwriter Nicole Perlman and acclaimed Hollywood composer Michael Giacchino (UP; SPEED RACER).

Continuing the tradition inaugurated with last year’s spotlight on Arabic short films, the 2018 shorts program will once more include a sidebar dedicated to celebrating fantastic short-form filmmaking from a unique region of production. Inspired by the festival’s presiding theme for the 2018 edition, the SHORTS WITH KIMCHI program will feature five short films that hail from the Korean peninsula, including the North American premiere of THE LADY FROM 406, directed by Lee Kyoung-mi (THE TRUTH BENEATH) and starring Lee Yeong-ae (LADY VENGEANCE).

“The Fantastic Fest audience has always warmly embraced the festival’s short film programming,” said festival Short Film Program Director Peter Kuplowsky, “and their enthusiasm has galvanized us to gather more shorts than ever before!” Continuing, Kuplowsky praised his newly instated co-curator Jean Lauer, who also serves as the Festival Director of Austin’s Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. “Jean has fantastic taste, and her distinct curatorial prowess greatly contributed to the fantastic eclecticism of this year’s selection.” In turn, Lauer expressed her appreciation for being welcomed to the program team, stating: “Fantastic Fest has been one of my favorite festivals for a decade specifically because of the strong program, so to join the team in this capacity is a dream come true. Peter’s passion for presenting a diverse, quality selection is evident with every decision and it was a collaborative process I could not be happier about. One note I’m particularly proud of is that 17 titles in the selection are directed or co-directed by women. We cannot wait to share the entire selection with FF fans this September!”

The complete lineup, divided by program, is as follows:

FANTASTIC SHORTS

HI-FIVE THE CACTUS
USA, 2018
Texas Premiere, 9 min
Dir. Christopher Allan Thomas

A cowboy cactus learns to hug without harming in this whimsical stop-motion wild west musical.

O.I.
Canada, 2018
Texas Premiere, 19 min
Dir. N’cee van Heerden

A man discovers the hard way that not everyone can handle a truly original idea.

PETITE AVARIE
France, 2018
US Premiere, 20 min
Dirs. Léo Hardt & Manon Alirol

In this pitch-black comedy, a cancer diagnosis ignites a shockingly cruel yet uncompromisingly honest lover’s quarrel.

PIZZAMONSTER
The Netherlands, 2018
North American Premiere, 12 min
Dir. Kurt Platvoet

After a broken heart is fed with a lot of pizza, the leftovers quite literally manifest a new companion.

PUPPET MASTER
Finland, 2018
US Premiere, 15 min
Dir. Hanna Bergholm

A woman seeks the tender caress of a man in this balletic exploration of the intersections of transformation, interdependence, and desire.

SPACE FLOWER
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 13 min
Dir. Pam Covington

The forbidden love between the heir to an interstellar potato chip empire and her robotic beau illustrates the age-old adage that parents just don’t understand.

SQUIRREL
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 16 min
Dir. Alex Kavutskiy

A meager apology tests a woman’s fortitude to forgive in this expertly deadpan comedy that wittily articulates the oft selfish objectives that belie performative remorse.

SHORT FUSE Presented by Stage 13

Amplifying diverse voices, bringing genre-bending storytelling to audiences and creating unapologetic content is what the Stage 13/Warner Bros Digital Networks and Fantastic Fest's “Short Fuse” shorts programming represents. This section’s mission is to point audiences towards the emerging creators who have excelled in showcasing varying genres’ in scope and clarity, through narrative, cast and creativity. Stage 13/Warner Bros. Digital Networks is proud to sponsor The Short Fuse discoveries for the second year in a row.

ACID
France, 2017
Texas Premiere, 18 min
Dir. Just Philippot

A family desperately attempts to outrun an acidic stormcloud in this gory white-knuckle thriller.

CHOWBOYS: AN AMERICAN FOLKTALE
Canada, 2018
World Premiere, 9 min
Dir. Astron-6

Canada’s infamous cult collective reunite with another winning niche genre pastiche, this time lampooning the wintery western as they ricochet from absurdist hijinx to grotesque splatter.

DRUM WAVE
Australia, 2018
International Premiere, 10 min
Dir. Natalie Erika James

A newlywed woman finds herself encroached upon by a malaise of dread as her husband’s family expects her to participate in a series of disconcerting fertility rituals. Low-key horror that simmers and haunts.

A HAUNTING
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 17 min
Dir. Paul Vance

A musician struggling to keep a supernatural affliction in check reluctantly indulges the wishes of zealous fan, but what begins as a comedic spook’em’up disturbingly creeps towards severe terror.

HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE
Finland, 2018
North American Premiere, 15 min
Dir. Ilja Rautsi

Splatter doesn’t come more inspired or timely than this award-winning and riotous horror-comedy that swaps out your garden-variety backwoods cannibals for a pack of violently patronizing men.

RILEY WAS HERE
USA, 2018
Regional Premiere, 14 min
Dirs. Jon Rhoads & Mike Marrero

As the world recovers from a devastating pandemic, two weary souls partake in a dangerous ritual in an effort to cope with their loss.

SONGBIRD
USA, 2018
North American Premiere, 17 min
Dir. Helen Baldwin

A young man develops a sadomasochistic relationship with a series of photographs; their only recourse is to team up and take revenge.

SPECIAL DAY
USA, 2018
US Premiere, 7 min
Dir. Teal Greyhavens

A freaky family revelation kills a young woman’s enthusiasm on her birthday and then just plain kills, kills, kills in this wickedly wound fright fest.

STIGMA
Spain, 2018
World Premiere, 14 min
Dir. David Velduque

The bug bite that disrupts a Friday night hookup turns out to be a manifestation of something much scarier.

SHORTS WITH LEGS

THE BEANING
USA, 2017
Texas Premiere, 10 min
Dir. Sean McCoy

There’s no other way to explain the New York Yankees’ unrivaled MLB success: a cold-blooded human sacrifice it is.

COLD FISH
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 10 min
Dir. Alyssa Traitz

A lonely woman with a lonely goldfish finds herself at the mercy of a rampaging intruder.

EMOTION 93
USA, 2017
Texas Premiere, 7 min
Dir. Oz Davidson

Soaked in a hypnotic lo-fi aesthetic, a familiar body-swapping plot embraces the existential identity anxieties inherent in the premise.

ENTROPIA
USA, 2017
Texas Premiere, 15 min
Dir. Marinah Janello

An older woman goes to esoteric and decidedly unsanitary lengths to revitalize herself in this poetically grotesque 16mm portrait.

HAIR: THE STORY OF GRASS
Saudi Arabia, 2018
World Premiere, 15 min
Dir. Maha Al-Saati

Cultural attitudes towards beauty standards are exhaustively unpacked in this delirious satire, about how hair dictates the social mobility of a put-upon caretaker and her intellectually challenged ward.

PAN
Japan, 2017
North American Premiere, 17 min
Dirs. Yugo Sakamoto & Nagiko Tsuji

In this deranged and unpredictable comedy, a passionate aficionado of bread stages a revolution against a tyrannical baker.

THE PASSAGE
USA, 2018
Texas Premiere, 22 min
Dir. Kitao Sakurai

A man escapes again and again as he’s pursued by pagan cultists in this sprawling episode of sublime and humanist surrealism produced as a pilot for Adult Swim.

SHORTS WITH KIMCHI: KOREAN SHORT FILM SIDEBAR

HUMAN STONE
South Korea, 2018
World Premiere, 22 min
Dir. Lee Hyun-woo

A high stakes game of Go between two national champions becomes dramatized as an exhilarating and skillfully choreographed martial arts brawl.

THE LADY FROM 406
South Korea, 2018
North American Premiere, 14 min
Dir. Lee Kyoung-mi

Lee Yeong-ae (LADY VENGEANCE) portrays the titular tenant at the heart of this beguiling psychodrama about a woman driven mad by the habits of her upstairs neighbor.

LAL LA LAND
South Korea, 2018
World Premiere, 20 min
Dir. Lee Won-suk

A fading movie star tries to contemporize his image in order to seize the limelight once more in this nostalgic musical comedy that pays tribute to the two former Korean action icons who star in it, and the cult classics they made.

PEPPER
South Korea, USA, 2018
Regional Premiere, 15 min
Dir. Jayil Pak

In an allegory of reincarnation, a ghost goes on a journey that reveals how devastating the persistence of strict gender roles can be on the human spirit.

UNKNOWN WOMAN
South Korea, 2018
International Premiere, 10 min
Dir. Kim Jong-kwan

A peculiar encounter with a stranger inspires a man to reflect on the fallibility of his own memory in this enigmatic meditation on the mutability of relationships.

PAIRED WITH FEATURES:

ALBATROSS SOUP
USA, 2018
US Premiere, 7 min
Dir. Winnie Cheung

Delightfully fluid animation lyrically complements a chorus of voices attempting to investigate a puzzling suicide posited by an idiosyncratic riddle.

BEDRIDDEN
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 12 min
Dir. Franklin Ritch

After a night of regrets, a cascade of sinister threats from an omniscient voice paralyzes a young woman into state of perpetual fear. A potent premise, profound in execution.

THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDS
USA, 2018
Austin Premiere, 8 min
Dir. Anthony Cousins

A twisted campfire tale quickly accelerates into a barrage of inspired and gory slasher gags meted out by a body-building, ‘stache-sporting fiend.

CATCALLS
Ireland, 2017
US Premiere, 9 min
Dir. Kate Dolan

He’s on the prowl, but so are they. A satisfying and bloody swipe at street harassers.

CATERPILLARPLASTY
Canada, 2018
US Premiere, 5 min
Dir. David Barlow-Krelina

Amidst a grotesque but slickly animated menagerie of extreme plastic surgery, a man demands an operation that will realize his inner butterfly.

CC
Canada, 2018
World Premiere, 14 min
Dirs. Kailey Spear & Sam Spear

An AID (Artificially Intelligent Device) nanny named CC follows her programming to the letter of the code in order to protect her ward’s best interests.

END TIMES
USA, 2018
Austin Premiere, 9 min
Dir. Bobby Miller

A man in mourning, portrayed with aching empathy by Robert Longstreet (THE MISSING GIRL), is confronted and existentially confounded by the final moments of a dying squirrel.

FEAST ON THE YOUNG
Australia, 2017
Texas Premiere, 13 min
Dir. Katia Mancuso

Two sisters skirt the perimeter of a bloodthirsty creature’s domain in this exquisitely photographed foray into fairy folklore.

FLOOR 9.5
United Kingdom, 2017
Regional Premiere, 2 min
Dir. Toby Meakins

If ever an elevator stops on a floor you don’t recognize, and the doors open to a quiet plea for help, pray you hold your ground; so warns this succinct tango of terror.

GOODNIGHT
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 10 min
Dir. Diane Michelle

A mother investigates her daughter’s belief that a malevolent presence has been visiting her at night. A deeply unsettling permutation of the ol’ “there’s-a-monster-under-my-bed” chestnut.

GUTTER
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 10 min
DIr. Josh Ethier

Sleep in, stay up late, stomp and repeat; it’s one way to live. The grizzly directorial debut of prolific genre editor Josh Ethier.

INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY
USA, 2017
Regional Premiere, 11 min
Dir. Mathew Nelson

Stark and strikingly photographed speculative fiction that documents the first accident involving a driverless car with a peculiar poetic air and patient but absorbing rhythms.

KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT
USA, 2018
Regional Premiere, 9 min
Dir. Dan Roe

A witness takes a vow of silence to ensure his survival, but can he keep it?

LAURA & VINETA
Latvia, 2017
International Premiere, 20 min
Dir. Roberts Kulenko

A potato farmer connects with the injured alien that crash-landed in his field, much to the chagrin of the local authorities.

LIQUID SOUL
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 13 min
Dirs. Allen Reed Phillips & Trampas Monroe Smith

Huffing gasoline affords a lovesick trucker a delirious high, but consequently inspires both inner homilies and attempted homicides in this raw but arresting surrealist southern gothic.

THE MENU
USA, Iceland, 2018
World Premiere, 13 min
Dir. Atli Sigurjónsson

A couple tries to reignite the spark in their relationship with some adventurous culinary pursuits.

MONSTAGRAM
Canada, 2017
Regional Premiere, 3 min
Dir. Jerome Sable

A cautionary tale about the absurdly dire consequences of oversharing on social media from the director of award-winning Fantastic Fest favorite THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM.

MONSTER CHALLENGE
USA, 2017
World Premiere, 13 min
Dir. Michael Giacchino

Famed composer Michael Giacchino catapults a hapless Patton Oswalt (as himself) into an outrageous series of challenges in his infectiously silly tribute to the eccentricities of Japanese game shows.

MY NAME IS MARC, AND YOU CAN COUNT ON IT
USA, 2017
Texas Premiere, 13 min
Dir. Lindsey Phillips

Count on an amusing confluence of abject eccentricity and infectious endearment as this documentary introduces you to one of the country's most bizarre series of furniture store TV spots.

OCCUPANT
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 4 min
Dir. Peter Cilella

First you hear it, then you see it, and then it is too late. A quiet vignette of extraterrestrial eeriness.

ROSALINA
Norway, 2018
World Premiere, 20 min
Dir. Fredrik S. Hana

Acclaimed Fantastic Fest alum Fredrik S. Hana (SISTER HELL) returns with a stylish psychodrama that captures a mobster’s disintegrating mental state as he’s confronted by the debilitating insecurity that his material wealth will never afford him true love.

SALT
United Kingdom, 2017
Regional Premiere, 2 min
Dir. Rob Savage

The creators of DAWN OF THE DEAF pit Alice Lowe (PREVENGE) against a demonic entity with a single weakness: a ring of salt. Breathlessly paced bite-sized terror.

THE SLOWS
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 20 min
Dir. Nicole Perlman

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY scribe Nicole Perlman makes her directorial debut with this captivating speculative fiction that depicts a utopia founded upon the elimination of childhood.

SPRITES
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 16 min
Dir. Kyle Bogart

Why work with actors when you can hire SPRITES?

A THING OF DREAMS
USA, 2018
World Premiere, 11 min
Dirs. K. Spencer Jones & Jake Wilkens

When a new prescription drug permits a greater lucidity of one’s dreams, a woman resists her jealous husband’s demands that she induce a nightmare in order to scrub her subconscious of infidelity.

TIME ENFORCER
USA, 2018
Texas Premiere, 11 min
Dir. Jimmy Nickerson

Time travel is illegal and even the best intentions to change the past will not be tolerated in this low-fi homage to timecops everywhere.


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