Fantasia 2018: Top Three Filmmakers On The Rise

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With Fantasia International Film Festival 2018 in full swing, I feel the need to acknowledge three filmmakers who are presenting their short films at the festival. Short films require the same skills necessary to make a full length feature. Although short films are limited, it’s always amazing to see filmmakers turn a few minutes into a unique cinematic experience. Furthermore, an abundant of filmmakers use short films to explore a variety of themes they may be unable to in a full feature film.

Let’s take a look at three filmmakers and their short films!

Fantasia International Film Festival takes place July 13th to August 1st, 2018. For additional information on Fantasia International Film Festival, feel free to check out their website!

Let me know which short films you are interested in checking out in the comments!

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Limbo is the tale of a woman trapped in a trance she struggles to break. Chased by her demon, the woman faces against her fears in a battle of predator and prey that is reminiscent of contemporary dance. Can she break the spell, or will she falter and fall?

I was first intrigued by the poster. Then with the 15-second trailer, director and cinematographer Mark J. Pragai puts you in a trance, confusing you with backgrounds of warm amber against foregrounds of haunting indigo.

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A man cruises around late at night looking for something. He pulls in to ask two young girls for directions – only to flash them to get a cheap thrill. Unfortunately, he has picked the wrong girls. They are also out hunting tonight and they will stop at nothing to get their kill.

Kate Dolan’s Catcalls delves into the existence of women in safe spaces, including their own neighborhoods. A short horror film about women turning a predator into their prey means that I will be the first in the theater!

Dinner Party Angel Manuel Soto - Fantasia 2018: Top Three Filmmakers On The Rise


DINNER PARTY tells the incredible story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who made the first report of a UFO abduction in America in 1961. Having undergone hypnosis to recover memories of their inexplicable experience, the Hills decide to listen to the recording of their session during a dinner party and what they hear could change their lives forever.

I have followed Angel Manuel Soto’s career for a while now. I first discovered him from the drama The Farm (aka La Granja, 2015). His upcoming short film is a 3D virtual reality, based on the true story of the married interracial couple Betty and Barney Hill, who reported the first nationally known UFO abduction. How awesome does this sound? Additionally, the film is shot in a unique way that may work perfectly with the storyline.



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