The first Virtual Edition of Fantasia International Film Festival is set to happen through August 20 to September 2, 2020. Its lineup includes a variety of films made in Canada and overseas, accessible by audiences online.
Of course, Fantasia’s 24th edition is also bringing its films over to a digital platform amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and teased dozens of contenders produced by breakout filmmakers.
“The decision to launch a digital edition of the famed genre festival was born from Fantasia’s desire to keep the health and safety of its attendees a top priority during the current global health crisis, while still offering daring, much-needed new genre entertainment to residents of Canada and supporting the breakout filmmakers of the year,” organizers wrote.
While its full lineup is set for release in August, over 21 titles were teased:
An Eve of Reckoning Falls – Directed by Neil Marshall
Undergods – Directed by Chino Moya
Tezuka’s Barbara! – Directed by Makoto Tezuka
The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw – Directed by Thomas Robert Lee
Kriya – Directed by Sidarth Srinivasan
The Undertaker’s Home – Directed by Mauro Iván Ojeda
Come True – Directed by Scott Burns
Tromeo and Juliet – Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team
Unearth – Directed by John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies
Special Actors! – Directed by Shinichiro Ueda
LUCKY – Directed by Natasha Kermani
Tiny Tim: King for a Day – Directed by Johan Von Sydow
Sleep – Directed by Michael Venus
12 Hour Shift – Directed by Brea Grant
Fried Barry – Directed by Ryan Kruger
Yummy – Directed by Lars Damoiseaux
Its Camera Lucida lineup was also announced with Fantasia’s main lineup, with films such as Labrynth of Cinema (Nobuhiko Obayashi), Lapsis (Noah Hutton) and Time of Moulting (Sabrina Mertens) providing arthouse-driven spectacles which work “at the intersection of genre.”
Fantasia 2020 will dedicate an animation section, teasing two titles: A Costume for Nicholas (Eduardo Rivero) and The Old Man Movie (Oskar Lehemaa) premiering online in Canada and North America.
More information for each first-wave movie can be found over Fantasia‘s website, while it’s set to release a schedule of films from August 20, 2020 to September 2, 2020