If you’ve ever attended the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, you know what a stellar event it is. The 2013 edition of the fest will be primarily held in a new venue this year, which is actually its old venue! Read on for the details along with a look at the official poster.
From the Press Release:
The Fantasia International Film Festival’s 17th edition will take place in the heart of Montreal from July 18 to August 6, 2013. As the Concordia Hall Theatre – Fantasia’s home base since 2003 – is undergoing extensive renovations during our dates (which will include the installation of luxurious new seating and the acquisition of a new screen and digital projector), we had to secure a different venue for our flagship screenings. We are happy to announce that for our 2013 edition, Fantasia will be returning to the theatre in which it was born – The Imperial Cinema (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie et André Chagnon), a place we called home for our first six years, from 1996 to 2001.
Built in 1913, the Imperial Cinema is one of the most beautiful single-screen theatres in the country, a heritage house of dreams that houses over 800 seats and is located nearby the metro Place des Arts on Bleury Street, at the corner of Ste-Catherine Street.
The festival will also have screenings and events at Concordia’s J.A. de Sève Theatre and the Cinémathèque québécoise, along with special outdoor projections at the Place de la Paix (Blvd St-Laurent, between Ste-Catherine and René-Lévesque).
To design our official 2013 poster, Fantasia organized a special winter 2012 contest where the public was invited to submit their concepts and sketches. The entire Fantasia team unanimously selected a concept submitted by local film critic and event organizer Michael Ryan. In a tragic twist of fate, Michael passed away this spring at the age of 46. His work as director of the Young Cuts Film Festival inspired many, and his writing at Sound on Sight was always illuminating and a joy to read. His passing is a loss for all of us.
To bring Michael’s vision to life, long-time Fantasia illustrator Donald Caron worked his magic, delivering a striking final art jointly inspired by Greek mythology (Icarus and Daedalus) and Quebec legend of the Cheval Noir (Black Horse), the latter of which has featured prominently in the festival’s iconography over the two past editions. We dedicate our 2013 art to the memory of Michael Ryan.
Fantasia’s full lineup of titles will be announced a week before the start of the festival on July 11, alongside the release of our official program guide and the launch of our 2013 website. Between then and now, a First Wave announcement of select programming highlights will be issued.
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