Fantasia 2021: Witches, Gamblers, Ghosts And Vampires. The First Wave Has That, And More.

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Ah Summer. It's almost upon us. Nature is waking up from its Winter slumber, as do we, shedding layers of clothing and embracing the warm Spring air. Which means we can now turn our attention to the Summer festival schedule and see what our friends at Fantasia have in store for us this coming August. 
Fantasia is committed to running virtually again this Summer. While this isn't ideal - we really, really want to go back to Montreal and say hello in person - it does mean that more genre film fans across the country can take in the programming as well. Which brings us to the first wave of programming for this year's festival. 
Alumni like Richard Bates Jr and the Adams Family are returning with new films this year. With the festival's focus on Japanese genre cinema this year there are a bunch of titles to keep an eye out for from directors like Daigo Matsui, Masashi Yamamoto and debuts from Junta Yamaguchi and Shinji Hamasaki. Everything from dramadies, manga adaptations to action thrillers and kabuki plays will be on display this year. 
For local films from local people we will also get a new film from Seth A. Smith (The Crescent) and a feature film debut, The Righteous, from actor turned director Mark O'Brien.
There are still two more waves of titles to come but for now this first batch already has a high number of must-see films in it. It's going to be another not-quite-the-same but still awesome Summer for genre fans. Everything you need to know is in the gallery below. 
Richard Bates Jr.’s KING KNIGHT, Tsutomu Hanabusa’s KAKEGURUI 2: ULTIMATE RUSSIAN ROULETTE, Mark O'Brien’s THE RIGHTEOUS, Daigo Matsui’s REMAIN IN TWILIGHT, Edoardo Vitaletti’s THE LAST THING MARY SAW, and Shunji Iwai’s THE 12 DAY TALE OF THE MONSTER THAT DIED IN 8 among the first titles announced for the festival’s 25th edition taking place August 5 - 25, 2021 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 // Montreal, Quebec --  The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the first wave of programming for its upcoming 25th edition, set again to take place as a virtual event accessible to audiences across Canada. The festival will run from August 5 - 25, 2021 and will include scheduled screenings and premieres, panels, and workshops, with films once again hosted on the leading-edge platform created by Festival Scope and Shift72. As the summer approaches, Fantasia organizers will be following advice from local health authorities in Montreal with respect to the possibility of adding a limited range of physical events as well. In celebration of the key role that Japan’s culture has played across Fantasia’s history, the festival’s 25th edition will be featuring an enhanced focus on Japanese cinema.
Following the earlier news of the festival’s opening film, the world premiere of Julien Knafo’s Quebec-set zomcom BRAIN FREEZE starring Roy Dupuis and Iani Bédard, details on the first wave of feature films are revealed today, with the full lineup to be announced in late July.
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