Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the final wave of programming for the festival’s 16th edition, featuring the widest selection of weird and wonderful films gathered from across the globe to screen in Austin, TX, from September 23rd – 30th.
“Working on this final wave has been a pure joy for the programming team,” says Fantastic Fest Director of Programming Annick Mahnert. “With films coming from as far as Senegal, Latvia, Iran and Kazakhstan, and topics ranging from teenage assassins, circus freaks, serial killers and eerie children playing with dangerous powers, there is no doubt the program will delight the Fantastic Fest audience. 2021 is definitely a great year for Genre and we’re really proud to have secured so many fantastic movies. We can’t wait to reunite with the audience at Alamo Drafthouse and to chat with you all about our lineup.”
Leading the studio titles in the announce is the World Premiere of THE BLACK PHONE, penned by Scott Derrickson (DOCTOR STRANGE, SINISTER franchise) and Austin screenwriter C.
Robert Cargill (DOCTOR STRANGE, SINISTER franchise), based on the short story by Joe Hill. Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Crooked Highway’s much-buzzed-about horror film reunites director Derrickson and four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (SINISTER) in one of the most terrifying Blumhouse films ever.
Additional studio titles include the U.S. Premieres of IFC’s A BANQUET, a chilling psychological horror where a mother’s love for her daughter is pushed to the limits, and THE INNOCENTS (Cannes – Un Certain Regard 2021), a stunning Norwegian drama about children with supernatural powers that will shake you to the core. World Premieres include Netflix’s THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, a bloody and highly entertaining slasher from director Patrick Brice (CREEP), and SYFY’s SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, a contemporary and fun reimagining of the 1982 slasher cult classic directed by Fantastic Fest alumna Danishka Esterhazy (LEVEL 16).
Last but not least, Fantastic Fest is thrilled and excited to close the festivities with the U.S. Premiere of Camille Griffin’s pitch-black comedy SILENT NIGHT, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Roman Griffin Davis (JOJO RABBIT). In sync with this year’s festival theme, you’re invited to witness the strangest holiday celebration of the year, when a family gathers for a high-stakes Christmas dinner in Griffin’s directorial debut.
This final wave of Fantastic Fest films presents 37 feature film titles and 56 short film selections, showcasing world, US and regional premieres, and one pre-fest screening.
We are excited to offer a special pre-fest presentation on September 22 of Utopia’s brand new 35th anniversary restoration of RAD, with star Bill Allen in attendance. Arrive early and check out a radical pre-screening bike stunt outside the theater featuring the riders of Austin’s 512 Wheelie Crew along with some surprise guests, sponsored by Rambler Sparkling Water.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has partnered with GroundUp Music to present seven silent film classics reimagined by five different artists from the label. The festival will World Premiere the 1924 Soviet silent classic AELITA: QUEEN OF MARS with a new score by Snarky Puppy’s Chris Bullock. Four additional film pairings will play on Fantastic Fest @HOME: House of Waters with the three shorts MENILMONTANT (1926), LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (1902), and BALLET MECANIQUE (1923); PRD Mais with WAXWORKS (1924); Sirintip with THE LOST WORLD (1925); and Bob Lanzetti with NOSFERATU (1922). All seven titles will then be available on Alamo On Demand. Select projects will be presented as live score events at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s soon-to-be-opened Manhattan theater later this year.
After a successful virtual event in 2020, the decision to go hybrid in 2021 was a no-brainer. Fantastic Fest @HOME will take place 9/30-10/11 on Alamo On Demand. Rev.com will be sponsoring our new accessibility initiative.
“The first step to creating access was offering a virtual option with an affordable badge price,” says Ahbra Perry, Head of Alamo On Demand. “With help from our friends at Rev.com we’re going to be able to provide Closed Captions for the films and shorts playing virtually that can’t provide their own. That is a big step in the right direction and hopefully just the beginning.”
Over 30 films from the current festival lineup will be available virtually, including ALONE WITH YOU, LUZIFER, AFTER BLUE, and BABY ASSASSINS. Badge holders will have access to films for 48-hour windows. We are also excited to include a special curation of Fantastic Fest films from years past, many of them hard to find, that will be available for the full duration of the virtual festival, and a virtual closing night party hosted by Fantastic Fest @ Home sponsor Alter.
COVID Safety Protocols Update
While we strongly prefer proof of vaccination, by state order, the festival will now also accept a negative COVID test from a state-approved test provider taken within 24 hours of each day’s screenings. Festival staff will check for either vaccine cards or test results as attendees enter the theater for all Fantastic Fest screenings. Attendees with a vaccine card will be given a wristband to make this process more efficient for attending multiple screenings. Additionally, masks must be worn at all times indoors when not eating or drinking.
A silent science fiction film directed by Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov with new score by Chris Bullock, a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and as a longtime member and composer for Snarky Puppy, he has received four Grammy awards.
Betsey, the eldest daughter of a widowed mother, suddenly finds herself unable to eat. Betsey believes this to be a spiritual blessing rather than an ailment — a belief that threatens the fabric of her family.
Suzu is a shy girl from a small town who moonlights as a pop singer in a digital universe known as “U.” When a mysterious dragon crashes one of her performances, Suzu is driven to track down its user in the physical world.
Bussi is the best and most reckless cop in the Reykjavik police force. When, after thwarting a bank heist, he’s paired up with Hördur, the best and sexiest cop in Gardabaer, sparks start to fly. Professionally and personally.
Johnny is a street-smart kid in Antwerp who moves drugs to survive. When he establishes a friendship with one of his clients — an actor worried about remaining relevant — both are hoping for a chance at a new life.
Mummies! Nazi mutants! Stupid goddamn ghost horses! And oh no… look out for that pirate ship! DEVIL STORY is a caustic anti-human geyser of sanity-proof mayhem, totally unique, almost totally unseen, and beamed in straight from the armpit of the 80s French trash-horror cuckooverse.
During WWII in Italy, after circus director Israel disappears, four performers gifted with special powers go looking for him and unknowingly walk into a trap set by an SS Officer who is obsessed with finding them.
Johannes, a man with the mind of a child, lives secluded in the Austrian Alps with his God-fearing mother. When a developer starts buying out the land in order to build a cable car, their world is turned upside down with tragic consequences.
A stranger whispers the word “kamaihí” into stage actor Günter’s ear and disappears. Günter was found abandoned in a forest as a child and never wondered about his birth parents… until now. Will his quest to unravel the mystery of his past provide peace or further plunge him into chaos?
Family and friends come together to celebrate Christmas. The gathering quickly escalates into arguments and the rehashing of old issues, but there may be a very simple reason for the rapidly rising implosion.
Vincent’s butcher shop is not doing well. After he intentionally runs over a vegan activist who has vandalized his store, he uses his skills to dispose of the body… to the delight of his clueless customers.
What begins as a fishing trip with the boys quickly spirals out of control when they witness a mob hit in the forest, and that’s just the beginning of this insane, violent, hilarious misadventure from Kazakhstan.
In his sublime new documentary, Alexandre O. Philippe analyzes the myth of Monument Valley, its symbolism in westerns (including John Ford’s), and its significance during the conquest of the West and in American history.
In this mesmerizing experimental film, a Stephen King television movie is compressed and transformed through hypnotic black and white collage animation that meticulously reconstructs and reshapes its supernatural drama to an eerie and profound effect.
Investigating reports of demonic possessions in a remote village, a skeptical military officer finds his beliefs tested by an enigmatic exorcist.
FANTASTIC FEST 2021 SHORTS FILM LINEUP BELOW:
Each short film will be presented either as part of our traditional shorts block programs (FANTASTIC SHORTS, SHORT FUSE, SHORTS WITH LEGS, and DRAWN AND QUARTERED) or paired to screen with one of our fantastic features.
THE 27 DEATHS (Dir. Franklin Connor Ritch, USA, 2021)
ALGORITHM (Dir. Edwina Casey, Ireland, 2020)
THE ARCHIVISTS (Dir. Igor Drljača, Canada, 2020)
BIRTHDAY BOY (Dir. Jordan Michael Blake, USA, 2021)
BLACK HOLE (Dir. Jamie Parslow, USA, 2021)
CALVING (Dir. Louis Bhose, United Kingdom, Ireland, 2021)
CELEBRITAS EX MACHINA (Dir. Joe Nicolosi, USA, 2021)
CERBERUS (Dir. Kaspar Ainelo, Estonia, 2021)
THE DANGEROUS TYPE (Dir. Tipper Newton, USA, 2021)
DEATH AND THE WINEMAKER (Dir. Victor Jaquier, Switzerland, 2021)
DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO: THE REAL-WORLD GUIDE TO SET UP AND WORKFLOW (Dir. Seong-yoon HONG, South Korea, 2020)
DUST BATH (Dir. Seth A Smith, Canada, 2021)
EXPECTANCY (Dir. Juho Fossi, Finland, 2020)
THE FAMILIARS (Dir. Millicent Malcolm, Australia, 2020)
THE GIRL FROM SATURN (Dir. Gonçalo Almeida, Portugal, 2021)
GUTS (Dir. Chris McInroy, USA, 2021)
HEART OF GOLD (Dir. Simon Filliot, France, 2020)
HIS & HERZOG (Dir. Gates Bradley, USA, 2020)
INHERITANCE (Dir. Annalise Lockhart, USA, 2021)
ITCH (Dir. Susannah Farrugia, Malta, 2021)
LA CIGUAPA SIEMPRE (Dir. Monica Moore-Suriyage, USA, 2021)
THE LAST DAYS (Dir. Dipo Baruwa-Etti, United Kingdom, 2021)
LAUNCH (Dir. Leah Shore, USA, 2021)
LILIAS ADIE (Dir. Elize du Toit, United Kingdom, 2021)
LUCID (Dir. Deanna Milligan, Canada, 2021)
MAN OR TREE (Dirs. Varun Raman & Tom Hancock, United Kingdom, 2021)
MINIMALLY INVASIVE (Dir. Adam Harvey, New Zealand, 2020)