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LUZ: New Stills From Tilman Singer's Debut Feature Thriller

Tilman Singer's debut feature film Luz is just starting to really hit the genre film festival circuit with dates coming up in Brazil and here in Canada.    A fresh batch of stills were released yesterday and we have to...

Fantasia 2018: First Wave of Announcements is a Tsunami of Awesome!

[still from Nightmare Cinema] It's no secret that Fantasia is one of our very favorite film festivals here at ScreenAnarchy. We've already spread word about the fest's awesome 2018 poster ("meow!!") and the first two homegrown titles (Summer of '84...

Frontières Platform in Cannes Announces Sixteen Projects Vying For Production Partnerships

Cannes is around the corner and that means that our friends at Frontières are gearing up for another joint venture with the famed festival.    Returning after a successful debut year in 2017 Frontières returns with 16 genre projects looking...

Fantasia 2018: Festival Poster Revealed And Two Titles From Homegrown Talent

Wow. Are we talking about Fantasia already? We are barely out of the deep freeze of Winter so we imagine the Fantasia staff have emerged from their burrows and have good news to share with us.  The first bit is...

Frontières 2018: Amsterdam Titles Announced, Submissions for Cannes And Montreal Open

With the new year well on its way it is time once again to bring about focus on Frontières and it's ongoing and awesome work to help create more international genre films.    While we would hesitate to call it...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Exclusive Trailer: Catch THE CURE

From Spaceboy to Red Luck, filmmaker Mike Olenick's certain brand of strange has been infecting the festival circuit these past few years, creeping and delighting audiences from Slamdance to Fantasia. His latest short film, The Cure, is a mesmerizing sci-fi...

Short Film, Short Review: AMY

At a residence Mary is caring for many sick and ailing guests, including the young Amy. Delivering refreshments to relieve her guests during the Summer heat Mary warns Amy not to venture from her room at night lest she disturb...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga and Matthew Gray Gubler on 68 KILL, Death, Love, Sex and Biting

[Pictured above is AnnaLynne McCord as Liza.] Trent Haaga has a new film out produced by Snowfort Pictures -- 68 Kill -- but he’s been in the gore and exploitation biz for a while now, with his earliest professional beginnings at Troma....

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson on Crafting THE ENDLESS

Recently at Fantasia 2017, I was able to catch the Canadian premiere of The Endless, the new feature from co-directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. As with Resolution and Spring, what they did here with The Endless was rain...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Steve Mitchell on Fighting to Make KING COHEN

[Photo of King Cohen's world premiere at Fantasia by King-Wei Chu. L-R: Mitch Davis, Larry Cohen, Steve Mitchell, Michael Moriarty] While attending Fantasia's 2017 season, I was able to catch the hilarious doc King Cohen --- an informative and entertaining look...

Fantasia 2017 Review: Small Gauge Trauma Showcases Horrific Standouts

(The still above is from iMedium, one of the best shorts in the Small Gauge Trauma block.) It's no secret that we adore Fantasia here at ScreenAnarchy. In addition to the great live events, features, and raucous Q&As, the festival always...

Fantasia 2017 Review: YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, Good Action, Middling Comedy

Federico Cueva has been working in stunts and special effects in his native Argentina and Spanish cinema for more than 20 years. His work with Santiago Segura in several of the Torrente films, and with Alex de la Iglesia in...

Fantasia 2017 Review: FASHIONISTA, A Dark Addiction Drama With No Drugs, But Lots Of Clothes

Simon Rumley makes challenging films. Not for all tastes, certainly, but for those who want their genre cinema with a finely-honed sophistication in character and drama. His latest, Fashionista, is part relationship drama and part addiction character study, and it...

Fantasia 2017 Review: International Sci-Fi Short Showcase

(The image above is a still from Swell, one of the standouts of Fantasia's sci-fi shorts block.) One thing I love about attending festivals are the shorts programs. They provide tastings of different stories from all sorts of points of...

Fantasia 2017: Ana Asensio on MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

On of the more intimate films that screened at Fantasia 2017 was Most Beautiful Island directed by Ana Asensio, who also wrote, produced, and starred in the film. It was a hit at SXSW and several other festivals before it finally screened...

Fantasia 2017: Screen Anarchy Wraps Up Another Remarkable Year In Montreal

The 21st edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close, and it was a smorgasbord of cinema, excusions, panels, special events and get togethers. Every year of I reiterate that this fest is the 'summer-camp' for...

Fantasia 2017: LOWLIFE's Ryan Prows on Murder, Locations and more

Sometimes, a great film comes out of nowhere heralding a strong new voice --- or in some cases, voices. I've found that the best directors raise up their teams along with them, and so it is with the helmer of...

Fantasia 2017 Awards: Agnieszka Holland's SPOOR Takes Top Prize

It all came to an end last night in Montreal as the Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close with the closing film A Taxi Driver. After three long weeks the festival has wrapped up and notions like a...

Fantasia 2017 Short Film Short Review: IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS

A child narrates the verses as the story unfolds, rather unveils itself. A woman full of darkness yearns for love and light and goes out in search of it. But she is bound to her fate and she cannot have...

Fantasia 2017 Short Film Short Review: EMILY, Extraordinary Fate of a Ordinary Girl

Wow, oh wow.    You often say after you have seen a good film you want to know more about everything else; the world it was placed in, the story behind the characters, what happened before, what happens next. You...