Fantasia 2023: Raising the Curtain on North America's Largest Genre Festival

Contributing Writer; Toronto, Canada (@triflic)

The Fantasia International Film Festival runs from July 20 to August 9 this year in Montreal. It's epic length is lovingly referred to by long time attendees as a 'summer camp for genre nerds.' Given that it runs for weeks across multiple venues -- mainly in the halls and classrooms of Concordia University while the students are out between semesters -- it is difficult to pin down the breadth of its programming, industry events, book launches, retrospectives, and various after-hours shenanigans.

The festvial pretty much runs all day and night and is a full-tilt smorgasboard for those willing to dive in. A few of Screen Anarchists will be in attendance this year, albeit on top of each other in the busiest weekend of the festival. We have put together a rogues gallery below for what we are anticipating (or standouts on the festival circuit we have already seen) in Quebec's bête of a festival.

J Hurtado and Andrew Mack contributed to this story.

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Rare is a science fiction film to come out of the Czech Republic. In fact, this is billed as the first one to do so in 40 years. Robert Hloz's mystery-thriller, set in mid-21st century Prague, promises a Blade Runner like dystopia with a very modern concern, how much of 'us' as data is uploaded into the cloud. - Kurt

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