Summer of ’84 Will Open This Year’s Fantasia International Film Festival
This July marks the 22nd Fantasia International Film Festival which returns to Concordia University, The Cinémathèque Québécoise, and The McCord Museum from July 12 to August 1, 2018.
To celebrate, today we have this year’s poster designed by Donald Caron, who has crafted the art for the event since 2011. On top of that, today we’ve learned the first two features confirmed for Fantasia’s 2018 edition!
First up, Fantasia will showcase the Canadian Premiere of RKSS’s acclaimed Sundance smash Summer of ’84. The sophomore film from Turbo Kid filmmaking trio François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissel will premiere as a gala Opening Weekend event.
“François, Anouk, and Yoann are absolute family to us here,” said Fantasia Co-Director Mitch Davis. “In many ways, they’re a spearhead of a generation for Quebec fantastic filmmakers who grew up at Fantasia and are now stunning the world. We’ve been showing their work since 2008 and we’re thrilled to be presenting Summer of ’84’s Canadian Premiere. We adore everything that it represents, while showing RKSS’ striking versatility as storytellers and marking their first time directing a third party screenplay. They’ve knocked it hard out of the park. There’s nothing they can’t do.”
Fantasia 2018 will also showcase the North American premiere of the new horror anthology Montreal Dead End. The film is directed by no less than 18 filmmakers, including Rémi Fréchette, Eve Dufaud, Jimmy Pettigrew, and Priscillia Piccoli.
A first wave of Fantasia 2018 programming will be announced in the coming weeks and we will make sure to keep you guys update. Until then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you plan to attend this year’s festival in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
The 22nd Fantasia International Film Festival returns to Concordia University, The Cinémathèque Québécoise, and The McCord Museum from July 12 to August 1, 2018.