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Celebrating its 15th year, Fantastic Fest prepares for the 2019 season celebrating Mexican cinema alongside the best of indie genre programming.

Fantastic Fest

Attending Austin’s famed Fantastic Fest for the first time was by far one of the great highlights of the year for me. Though I barely slept a wink for more than 7 days straight, I’ve never felt so invigorated. I hated when it had to end; leaving the fest on the last day felt like saying goodbye to a dear friend. The second it was over, I began counting the days until I could return and experience what would undoubtedly be one of the best weeks of 2019.

Seeing the recent announcement for the 2019 season of Fantastic Fest was like Christmas come early.

The 15th season of the fest will be held from September 19th – 26th in Austin, Texas. While last year’s special programming focused on Korean cinema, 2019 will highlight Texas’ neighbors to the south: Mexico! 

From the festival’s website:

Yes, Fantastic Fest will be celebrating a country and culture so vividly rich in history, tradition, and art, and will be unleashing the deepest cuts of cinema we can find. From the wild world of Z-grade monsters to the hidden gems from the Golden Age, we’ll be traversing the length of Mexican cinema to bring to you the most eyeball-melting, brain-wrecking, expectation-shattering carnival of celluloid – Expect a joyful fiesta, luchadors, saints, a visit from the dead and *most certainly* our very own quinceañera! And as always – ¡SIN REGLAS!

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the US, 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.

In 2018, attendees were among the first to see the biggest genre films of the year, including Halloween, Bad Times at the El Royale, Overlord, and Suspiria. In addition, they were introduced to some of the best, most promising and provocative indie filmmakers from around the world. Highlights from the fest included Best Picture Winner DONNYBROOK directed by Tim Sutton, IN FABRIC (Best Directer Winner: Peter Strickland), TERRIFIED (BEST HORROR FILM, now on Shudder), and Audience Award Winner ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, among so many other breathtakingly original and groundbreaking films from the best the genre has to offer.

The 2019 season promises to be just as mind-blowing as year’s past, and you won’t want to miss it. Trust me when I say that this is an event and experience you will never forget. 2019 badges are on sale now! 

Visit the Fantastic Fest badges page to snag yours!

Film Submissions for FF2019 will be open in early January and you can view the submission guidelines and submit your film via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox by clicking HERE!

Fantastic Fest promises more details in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to update you as we get more programming highlights. Until then, check back at FANTASTICFEST.COM for updates, and keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news!

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