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Press Release


Over 40 Genre-Bending Shorts From Across The Globe Set To Premiere At This Year’s Festival

Austin, TX---Friday, September 3, 2010---Fantastic Fest announces the full short films lineup, including over 40 genre-bending selections from around the world.  The festival has amassed the ultimate array of cool, twisted, beautiful, mind-bending, horrifying and hilarious short films. The best short films can pack in more emotion, laughs adrenaline, creativity and flat-out insanity than a million big-budget blockbusters. Or they can show you something so ambitiously horrendous that you beg for mercy. 


5 Minute Dating
Canada, Director: Peter Hatch
A dating service where anyone can find their soul mate.

12 Years
Germany, Director: Daniel Nocke
We're not the only species that needs to endure the wrenching pain of relationships gone sour.

The Astronomer’s Sun
UK, Director: David Bunting
Lovely animated story about a boy and his bear and the secrets of the universe

Atomic Hubbub
UK, Director: Stephen Irwin
Here's the newest way to enjoy mankind's impending self-apocalypse.

Barcelona Venecia
Spain, Director: David Muñoz
When you've accidentally slipped through a wormhole, you'd better hope your guide isn't a jackass.

By Night
Germany, Director: Juan DiazB
A man copes with the pain of life through a very unusual medium: snow globes.

Careful with that Crossbow
New Zealand, Director: Jason Stutter
Two children engage in a seemingly innocent game of William Tell.

US, Director: Sean Carter
In the desert between the US and Mexico, there are more terrifying things to watch out for than the border guards.

Deus Irae
Argentina, Director: Pedro Cristiani
Exorcism. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.

France, Director: David Alapont and Luis Briceño
A civilization built on the idea that "What you don't see doesn't exist" is severely disturbed when a man opens a mysterious package.

El Fin Del Mundo
Spain, Director: Alberto Gonzales
President Reagan has an extremely important message for us.

UK, Director: Yann Benedi
A bittersweet introduction to the not-so-human condition.

The Importance of Awards in Advertising
US, Director: Jim Hosking
A concise, informative, hairy and fairly nude introduction to the world of big business.

Germany, Director: Sebastian Marka
A journalist scores an interview with a notorious and so far uncaptured serial killer.

It's Me, Helmu
Switzerland/Germany, Director: N. Steiner
Happy birthday! Your entire life was squandered and you'll die alone!

Mexico, Director: Juan Jose Medina
A man treads across a post-apocalyptic landscape carrying a bitter, vengeful burden.

King Chicken
Canada, Director: Nicolas Bolduc
Even the most ridiculous, lonely people can find romance. Wait. No. Probably not.

King Jeff
UK, Director: Phil Dale
Two costumed medieval wannabes are forced to face off against all-too-real foes.

The Legend of Beaver Dam
Canada, Director: Jerome Sable
A bloodthirsty campfire terror legend goes...musical?

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers
Sweden, Director: Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson
Percussion reaches bold new heights in this brilliantly unique tale of urban paradiddles and ratamacues.

My Invisible Friend
Spain, Director: Pablo Larcuen
A semi-catatonic young man is finally able to reach beyond his world of porn and video games thanks to his first and only friend: an alien fish-man.

Brazil, Director:  Dennison Ramalho
Emotionally tortured after accidentally shooting a child, a policeman is offered a brutal shot at redemption.

Off Season
USA/UK, Director: Jacob Jaffke
A burglar and his dog navigate seasonally abandoned houses, and find someone is committing much more terrible crimes.

One Man and His Dog
UK, Director: Jonathan Hopkins
An interstellar would-be savior stumbles across a violent flim-flam man. Hijinks ensue.

Only Son
New Zealand, Director: thedownlowconcept
A young man receives unwanted dating advice from his dead father.

La Petit Mort
Germany, Director: Jan Gallasch
This nurse does not abide by the Hippocratic Oath.

Piano Man
USA, Director: Andrew Wilding
It's the perfect crime...what could possibly go wrong?

Sweden, Director: Henrik Andersson
A happy couple enjoying a gorgeous summer day together is unprepared for the difficulties that attack their peaceful life.

La Piñata
Spain, Director: Manuel Arija
A street performer draws a tremendous crowd, including a young lady who may regret watching.

France, Director: Patrick Jean
A full-scale invasion from the 8-bit dimension!!!

Spain, Director: Chema Garcia Ibarra
Life is hard. Life in a hermetically sealed space suit is nearly impossible.

USA, Director: Jim Hosking
Two tragic friends enter a world of weaponry, nudity and cake shaped like a clown's head.

Le Rescape du Hippocampe
France, Director: Julien Lecat
A woman enters the deepest recesses of her friend's brain to help him get back on track.

Rise of the Living Corpse
Canada, Director: Chris Walsh
Rotting flesh breaks soil and the fun begins. The shortest short in FF history.

Sweden, Director: Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm
A lovable grandmother is certain that her nursing home caretakers are murderous maniacs. She's right.

Sasquatch Birth Journal 2
USA, Director:  The Zellner Brothers
An unprecedented peek at the mysteries of nature.

Czech Republic/UK/USA, Director: Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird
Birth. Junk. Expansion. Technology. Death. Usually in that order.

Sorry...I Love You
Spain, Director: Leticia Dolera
A shy, possibly non-human man ends up working with a girl who makes his heart -- or something else in his chest -- go pitter-pat.

St. Christophorus: Roadkill
Germany, Director: Gregor Erler
With the help of some corrupt cops, a man driving through the forest of Germany has the worst goddamn night in history.

Stranger Hero
USA, Director: Stephen Carolan
Prepare to witness the power of the ultimate warrior of the lost world: Stranger Hero!!

Argentina, Director: Javier Mrad
Impossible landscapes created by everyday objects. Hypnotic and perfect.

To My Mother and Father
UK, Director: Can Evrenol
A nightmarish example of a practical joke gone awry.

Uncle Jack
USA, Director: Jamin Winans
A very special uncle soothes his nephew with a very special bedtime story.

Unholy Night
Sweden, Director: Arni Jonsson
Original Icelandic legend provides for 13 Santa Clauses, each of whom arrive in succession on different nights.  But their Santas aren't as benevolent as ours, and tonight is the night for the one they call "Meathook."

United Monster Talent Agency
USA, Director: Greg Nicotero
You're likely already familiar with the classic monster films of Hollywood's golden age. Now, learn how tough it was to get those monsters to behave on camera!

UK, Director: Jamie Hooper
A young woman receives a mysterious DVD in the post.  She soon comes to realize that pressing “play” was a bad mistake.

Brazil, Director: Filippe Lyra and William Paiva
A crew of robots teaches us lousy humans how it's really done.

Wisdom Teeth
USA, Director: Don Hertzfeldt
The latest hilarious heart wrecker from unstoppable animation force Don Hertzfeldt!

Switzerland, Director: Cécile Brun, Katja Schiendorfer, Immanuel Wagner and Nils Hedinger
An astronaut wanders the spaceways in search of new life. When something shows up...he's at a loss.

And if you don’t catch these shorts before one of our features, you’ll have a chance to see some of them in our shorts programs:

DRAWN & QUARTERED: Animated Shorts

It's been said that animation isn't just for kids anymore. Well, that's ESPECIALLY the case at Fantastic Fest. We'll be showcasing all aspects of genre entertainment in animated form, some of which will make you laugh, and some of which will make your bodily functions shut down entirely.














Short Fuse! Severe Fantastic Fest Shorts

The best short films can pack in more adrenaline, creativity and flat-out insanity than a million big-budget blockbusters. Or they can show you something so ambitiously horrendous that you beg for mercy. Your intrepid Fantastic Fest programmers have scoured the international celluloid goldmines for the most skull-bursting, taste-annihilating and eyeball-destroying shorts in existence, and this program is truly the mother load.








Fantastic Fest has scoured the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for your viewing pleasure.  Look for more announcements in the final weeks before the festival, including information on our gala events, parties and AMD Next Wave filmmakers in attendance.

Fantastic Fest is the film festival with the boring parts cut out.  Miss this one and your regrets will agonize you for years to come.  You have been warned.

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About Fantastic Fest
Dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by showbiz bible Variety, Fantastic Fest is also known as the “Comic Con of film festivals.”  Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, showcasing eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The 2009 edition hosted over 70 world, U.S. and regional premieres of the latest sci-fi, horror, fantasy and cult films from around the world. 

Our Partners
IFC is returning as a significant media partner this year, with the added support of our new media partner Time Warner Cable.  KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW) are the brand new broadcast media television partners, providing extensive media and promotions for both Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Arcade.  Dell and AMD are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Competition at Fantastic Fest, along with the Texas Film Commission.   We have also partnered with Ambhar Tequila, the official tequila of Fantastic Fest, which should make every party and event at Fantastic Fest that much more fantastic.  Other partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, Chud, Fangoria, FEARnet, HitFix, Moving Pictures and Twitch.

About Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.  Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety.  Also regarded as the "Comic Con of film festivals" Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood Studios.  The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters.  The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is currently planning to expand its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States.

For more details regarding Fantastic Fest, contact Brandy Fons, publicist, at  (310) 809-8882 or [email protected].  For more information, visit