Austin, TX--- Wednesday, September 8, 2010---Fantastic Fest, the larges genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce the AMD & Dell “Next Wave” Spotlight competition for aspiring filmmakers. Fantastic Fest has unveiled the eight films by young, up-and-coming filmmakers who have been selected to compete in the latest installment of this annual international competition.
These carefully chosen filmmakers are at the beginning of their movie careers and may well become the next wave of talent to shape the film industry for decades to come. Their eight films will be screened at Fantastic Fest, including several U.S. and world premieres, while being judged by the official Next Wave Spotlight jury. The winning filmmaker will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and AMD and Dell editing hardware. All nine of the "Next Wave" filmmakers will be in attendance at Fantastic Fest, and on hand at the official Fantastic Fest Awards presentation on Monday, September 27 at Alamo South.
“Fantastic Fest (and the AMD & Dell “Next Wave” premiere) has made my whole career. Everything related to the future of Timecrimes and my career as an American director comes through this festival. I know that some directors have a particular festival attached to their whole biography. Now I know mine,” said director Nacho Vigalondo
“For the past ten years, AMD has collaborated closely with artists including Austin’s own Robert Rodriguez to help bring their artistic expressions to vivid life through the power of AMD technology,” said Charlie Boswell, AMD Director of Digital Media and Entertainment. “Fantastic Fest is a widely recognized showcase for independent filmmaking and we’re proud to partner with our customer Dell to present the Next Wave Spotlight award, which recognizes an up-and-coming filmmaker for his or her creative prowess.”
One lucky first place filmmaker will win theDell Studio XPS 7100 Desktop featuring AMD Phenom™ II 6-Core Processor and ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series Graphics. The competition runner-up will receive the Dell
Inspiron M501R 15.6” Notebook featuring AMD Phenom™ II Quad-Core Processor and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5000M Series Graphics. Both competition winners will also receive an ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 Graphics Card, the world’s first DirectX® 11 Graphics Card.
All eyes look to the AMD & Dell Next Wave for the hottest new international directorial talent. Below you will find a brief bio from each of the 2010 AMD/Dell Next Wave filmmakers:
Jang Cheol-So (director of Bedevilled)
Born in 1974, JANG studied Visual Design at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. He worked as an assistant director to KIM Ki-duk and HUH In-moo. His short film Escalator To Heaven was shown and acclaimed at numerous film festivals. Bedevilled premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and recently won the grand prize at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Bedevilled is Jang Cheol-So's debut feature.
Thomas Cappelen Malling(director of Norwegian Ninja)
Publisher/director Thomas Cappelen Malling was born in 1970 in Kongsvinger, Norway. In 2006, Malling published the book Ninjateknikk II. Usynlighet i strid 1978 ("Ninja Technique II: Invisibility in Battle 1978"), a military manual originally written in 1978 by Arne Treholt. Trehold was convicted in 1985 of high treason and espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union and Iraq. In December 2008, Malling received funding from the Norwegian Film Institute to makeNorwegian Ninja, based on this book. Treholt himself has given his consent to both the book and the movie. Norwegian Ninja is Thomas Cappelen Malling's debut feature.
Josh Reed (director of Primal)
Reed comes from a TV background where he was a segment producer on the award winning comedy The Chaser's War on Everything and an animator on Mondo Thingo. In 2008 he series produced the Saturday morning music and assorted nonsense show Triple J TV With The Doctorand continued to do freelance animation and motion graphic work for MTV and Channel V. Primal is Josh Reed's debut feature.
Marvin Kren (director of Rammbock)
Born 1980 in Vienna, Austria. Kren worked as assistant director, cinematographer and producer since 2000. He studied European Economy and Business Management at the UAS Vienna until 2005, and later attended the Hamburg Media School postgraduate program in Directing from 2006 to 2008. His graduate thesis film Schautag was written by Benjamin Hessler, who also wrote Rammbock. Rammbock is Marvin Kren’s debut feature film.
Jalmari Helander(director of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale)
Jalmari Helander was born in Helsinki and has enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning director of television commercials. He has made the short films Iceman (1999), Maximillian Tarzan(1999), Ukkonen(2001), Rare Exports, Inc. (2003), Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions (2005) and The Fakir(2006). Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is Jalmari Helander's first feature film.
Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm(directors of Corridor)
Johan Lundborg created antisocial antihero medical-student character Frank in 2003 as the subject of his final-year short film at the Gothenburg University film program. With Corridor, Lundborg teamed up with another Gothenburg graduate Johan Storm to flesh out this character into the feature length thriller Corridor. Corridor debuted at the 2010 Brussels Fantastic Film Festival in April where it won the Cineuropa Jury Award. CORRIDOR is Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm's debut feature.
Jorge Michel Grau (director of Somos Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are)
Born in Mexico City in 1973, Grau graduated with honors from the Centro de Capacitacion Cinématografica and studied Communication in the UNAM (Mexican National Autonomous University). He won the award for Best Mexican Short film documentary in 2006 for Kaliman and won the award for Best Short Film in Marseille for Prettier than Youin 2008. He teaches film direction at the KMZ School. Somos Lo Que Hay is Jorge Michel Grau's first feature film.
Chris Peckover (director of Undocumented)
In 2002 Peckover made the momentous switch from pre-med to film studies in his sophomore year at Yale University, and then capped things off with an MFA from the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC where he continues now as a guest professor. His dark comedic short Alive and Well, starring Neil Flynn of “Scrubs” notoriety, held its world premiere at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival, and went on to receive international acclaim and awards. Undocumented is Chris Peckover’s first feature.
About the AMD & Dell Next Wave films:
North American Premiere, South Korea, director: Cheol-soo Jang
If you beat, brutalize, dehumanize and torment a country girl for her entire life, take note: when she reaches the breaking point, you’d best hide the farm implements.
North American Premiere, Sweden, directors: Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm
Lonely medical student Frank is pleased with his flat, a quiet place to focus on his coming exams. But when he meets the girl upstairs, his peace and quiet, his sanity and possibly even his life become jeopardized.
Norwegian Ninja (2010)
International Premiere, Norway, director: Thomas Cappelen Malling
Norwegian Ninja is the true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. In 1983 the Ninja Force discovers that the Shadow Government, who take charge in times of war and emergency, are planning a coup-d'état in peacetime. Treholt and the ninjas see only one solution: a full can of whoop-ass!
North American Premiere, Australia, director: Josh Reed
Primordial nature runs amuck in a smartly played, scripted, spectacular slice of neo Ozploitation. 12,000 years ago a caveman tried to communicate the presence of an unknown primal entity only to be devoured by the Neanderthal evil. Now six friends on a field trip set up camp in the same remote wilderness.
North American Premiere, Germany, director: Marvin Kren
Hoping to rekindle the sparks with his ex-girlfriend, Michael makes a surprise visit to her apartment in the city. Bad timing. As luck would have it, this is also the same day the zombie outbreak hits Berlin.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Story (2010)
US Premiere, Finland, writer: Juuso Helander
A film for those who think they don't believe in Santa Claus anymore. In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Somos Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are) (2010)
US Premiere, Mexico, director: Jorge Michel Grau
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These new-found responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.
World Premiere, USA, director: Chris Peckover
A small group of documentary filmmakers chronicle the trials and inequities faced by Mexican illegal immigrants. When they join a group of families illegally crossing the border to record the experience firsthand, their truck is pulled over and detained. What happens next plunges their group into unimaginable horror.
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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.
Fantastic Fest media partners include IFC TV in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, and network television partners KXAN Austin News (NBC) and The CW Austin (CW). AMD and Dell are teamed up to support the Next Wave Filmmakers Spotlight Competition at Fantastic Fest. Presenting sponsor Ambhar Tequila is the official tequila of Fantastic Fest. FEARnet, Qriocity and Playstation Network are also Presenting Sponsors, while Syfy, HitFix and Radisson are Title Sponsors. Other sponsors include Anchor Bay
Entertainment, Criterion, Dark Sky Films, Embassy Suites, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, WellGo USA, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Texas Film Commission and Whole Foods. Media partners include Ain't It Cool News, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM, The Onion, Chud, Fangoria, 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. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is currently planning to expand its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States.
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