With this year’s Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival, FANT, right around the corner, the organizers have announced their intention to round off the May 6th opening ceremony with the festival’s first ever midnight moviethon.
Aside from the yet-to-be-revealed opening feature film and selection of Basque short films that will open the proceedings, four of last year’s biggest hits on the international festival circuit will be screened back-to-back: the Blaine Brothers’ Nina Forever (UK), Paul Hyett’s Howl (UK), Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm (New Zealand), and Julien Seri’s Night Fare (FR).
Also new this year, FANT will be serving up free screenings of a selection of genre films which the distribution company La Aventura Audiovisual has unleashed on cinemagoers over the past three years. If it weren’t for the distributor in question, Spanish audiences would have missed out on terrifying treasures such as Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods, Ti West’s The Innkeepers, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, Lucky McKee’s The Woman, and, most recently, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation. Next up on La Aventura Audiovisual’s roster is the Turkish movie that’s got tongues wagging the world around, Baskin, from Director Can Evrenol who will be attending this year’s festival to receive the coveted Fantrobia promising new talent award. Baskin will also be screened as part of the festival’s closing gala.
This year’s “La Aventura Audiovisual” strand consists of Jon Watts’ Copcar, Ted Geoghegan’s We are Still Here, S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk, Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and Renny Harlin’s The Dyatlov Pass Incident. All films will screen at 19:45 at the very fair price of free until no seats are left in the house.
NEW AWARDS FOR 2016
FANT 22 will also present two spanking brand new awards for best feature and best short in the “Panorama” strand of the festival. This section will consist of a variety of submissions that weren’t chosen for the soon-to-be-announced official selection but that the organizers felt still deserved FANT attendees’ attention. Festivalgoers can catch all of these – free of charge – with titles including Norberto Ramos’ Amor Tóxico (Toxic Love), Antonio Trashorras’ Anabel, and Yolanda Torres’ The Forsaken.
The first ever Panorama Jury will be made up of cinematographer Norma Vila (Bilbao, 1983), founding partner of the production company Demeter Films; film critic and screenwriter, Miguel A. Refoyo (Salamanca, 1975); and film journalist and translator, Howard Gorman (Huddersfield, 1975), Associate Editor for Scream: The Horror Magazine and collaborating writer for the likes of Shock Till You Drop, Rue Morgue Magazine and, as you are probably already aware if you’re reading this here article, Dread Central. He is also Spanish Representative for Eli Roth’s Crypt TV.
The Panorama Jury will also be responsible for choosing the winning cell phone short films, all of which have been submitted for the Movistar+-sponsored competition.