Alert! CHAINED FOR LIFE will be in theater 6 and NOT 9. FUGUE will be in theaters 9 and 7.

Press Release



Yearbook Nerd Photo Contest Open to Local Austin Area Nerds Only

WHAT:  Fantastic Arcade, the second annual showcase of independent games from the organizers of Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest, invites local Austinites to submit their most embarrassing yearbook photos to the Fantastic Arcade Ultimate Warrior Nerd search.

Think you've got what it takes? +10 dexterity? Able to escape from a high school locker? Spine permanently warped from an overloaded backpack? And thus – completely awesome at playing videogames?  Prove that you've got the essential building block to attaining the highest level of truly awesome – the nerd gene.

WHY:  Being awkward is a way of life for us.Plus Nerds are Winners and Shall Inherit the Earth!

WHERE:  To enter the Fantastic Arcade Ultimate Warrior Nerd Search, email a JPEG of your yearbook photo, 200MB or less with full name, email address and phone number to [email protected] anytime between September 14, 2011 and September 20, 2011.

HOW:  Fantastic Arcade organizers will pick the top 5 finalists and then choose the nerd of the year to become the Fantastic Arcade mascot.  All nerds must bring their yearbook to the finals if selected – Fantastic Arcade must be sure the winning nerd truly exists!

WHEN:  Fantastic Arcade takes place September 22-25 at the Highball, 1142 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704.  The winner will be chosen and announced on Saturday, September 24 during the Fantastic Arcade Happy Hour at 6:15 PM.

THE PRIZES:  In addition to becoming the Ultimate Warrior Nerd & Fantastic Arcade mascot, the grand prizewinner will also receive a prize package fit for Nerd royalty.

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For press inquiries and free media registration for Fantastic Arcade please email Andrea Schneider at [email protected].  
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About Fantastic Arcade
Fantastic Arcade fuses the world of independent film and independent gaming.  We bring together artists and professionals who are telling stories and creating experiences in film, games and online entertainment simultaneously.  At Fantastic Arcade, we showcase a curated selection of brand new independent games as well as a larger sampling of important groundbreaking independent games from the last couple of years.  

Attendees are invited to play the games as well as interact with the game developers via panels and nightly parties and happy hours.  We also feature both panels with independent filmmakers side by side with game developers and intimate demo sessions by independent game developers.  Lastly, we feel that video games rightfully belong side by side with shorts and feature films at Fantastic Fest. The artistic merit of these games will be honored with both audience awards and a juried competition.

About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.  The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER.  Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.

During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride.  We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.

Our Partners
Fantastic Arcade sponsors include Presenting Sponsor PlayStation® Network, Austin game developers Lightbox Interactive (Title Sponsor) and Devolver Digital (Premier Sponsor), as well as Midas Green Tech (Supporting Sponsor).

Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include Austin-based Ambhar Tequila, as well as AMD, Alienware, and FEARnet.

New Presenting Sponsors include Texas’ own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Joining them are Plano-based Well Go USA Entertainment, PlayStation® Network, and Fandango. Fandango is the exclusive video sponsor as well as ticketing partner of Fantastic Fest 2011. Daily tickets can be purchased a or A full list of this year’s sponsors can be found at