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. The festival is dedicated to championing challenging and thought-provoking cinema, celebrating new voices and new stories from around the world and supporting new filmmakers. We work with various other festivals, archives, cinematheques and individuals to spotlight lesser-known film regions, luminaries and more in an ongoing effort to expand the general knowledge and appreciation of cinema. We are committed to supporting film in its most provocative, ground-breaking and lesser known forms and giving the audience a chance to find new favorites and future genre classics.
Fantastic Fest 2018 will be held from September 20-27. Screenings take place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar located at 1120 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 as well as satellite markets currently in New York, San Francisco and Denver.
Please see below for details on submitting your film, links to submit, and FAQs.
Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film competition (jury and audience award):
- Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more.
- Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes.
- Selected films must be made available in a 35mm composite print, Bluray, or DCP.
- Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
- Acceptable screening format is an online screener. We do not accept hardcopy screeners.
- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
FEATURE FILM DEADLINES:
- Earlybird Deadline: February 22, 2018 - $50
- Regular Deadline: April 26, 2018 - $60
- Late Deadline: May 31, 2018 - $70
- WAB Extended Deadline: June 21, 2018 - $80
SHORT FILM DEADLINES:
- Earlybird Deadline: February 22, 2018 - $40
- Regular Deadline: April 26, 2018 - $45
- Late Deadline: May 31, 2018 - $50
- WAB Extended Deadline: June 21, 2018 - $60
What kind of movies does Fantastic Fest play/should I submit my movie?
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, science-fiction, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. Really, we're interested in any film with a fantastic element in it (including offbeat comedies!). That too vague? Well, take a look at the Letterbox’d List of films we have previously played at the Festival to get a better idea: https://letterboxd.com/fantasticfest/list/big-list-of-fantastic-fest-movies/
Does Fantastic Fest accept work in progress submissions?
Yes! We often get films submitted that are works in progress, missing some ADR, VFX, final color grade, sound, etc. We suggest adding a pre-roll/title card at the beginning of your video indicating this is the case and what parts are unfinished.
Does Fantastic Fest grant waivers for submissions?
Similar to your struggles as filmmakers, we're still a relatively young festival struggling to do our best with the resources we have available. Our incredible staff is primarily comprised of volunteers, and every dime we take in goes directly to support the festival itself. If we could forego submission fees altogether, we would, but they're a fundamental part of keeping the Fantastic Fest engine running. Due to this, we are currently unable to grant waivers except for very exceptional, one-off cases.
Does my film have to be a world premiere to be considered for Fantastic Fest?
Nope! While we consider a world premiere status to be preferable, we accept national, regional, and at the very minimum, Texas premieres.
My film is longer than 30 minutes but less than 70 minutes can I still submit?
Shorts that are longer than 30 minutes and features that are shorter than 70 minutes are very difficult to program and schedule. While we’re happy to view any work of any length, please know that you film will have to be truly excellent to overcome its non-standard running time.
Do you accept music videos for shorts?
We have no problems accepting music videos, but please note that we do not have any specific program dedicated to them and your music video must have not been released online for us to be able to consider it.
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