Welcome to the 5th installment of the Cinemafantastique Film Festival, which will take place Saturday, August 29th to Sunday, August 30th this year in co-presentation with VIFF (Vancouver International Film Fest) and with the stellar community partnership of VSFF (the Vancouver Short Film Festival). We are of course disappointed to announce that due to COVID-19 social restrictions, for the first time ever, Cinemafantastique will be an online film event. However, we are extremely pleased to announce that in light of this, Cinemafantasatique 5 will be a free event this year for global audiences. VSFF will also be sponsoring the local #filmedinBC -produced short film block and Best Local Film Award (airing an Sat. Aug. 29th).
Additionally, Cinemafantastique will also maintain its annual competitive film categories and awards, and we intend to provide a future theatrical exhibition for the winners (likely to be connected with next year's festival), should the health regulations regarding any theatrical exhibitions relax by that time.
After the August Cinemafantastique/VIFF online event, the entire program will also be re-run, for three days this October, at UBC (University of British Columbia) exclusively for their third-year Film Studies Class, “Cult Film and Cinema”, which will reach international UBC cinema-studies students and offer them the chance to academically appreciate and exchange ideas on every film in the Cinemafantastique 5 programme.
The entire Cinemafantastique team is looking forward to the opportunity to present this year's films to a widely expanded audience of genre film fans in this new 2020 Digital Cinema realm; and then further forward where we can present the best selections to theatrical cinephiles and audiences as soon as possible.
Cinemafantastique Film Fest.
2020 Awards include: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film (overall), and Best #filmedinBC Short. (Additional awards may be announced this summer).
ALL ACCEPTED FILMS WILL RECEIVE OFFICIAL & UNIQUE CINEMAFANTASTIQUE LAURELS.
Winners will be placed into a theatrical exhibition block when the current COVID-19 social restrictions ease.
We feature HORROR, ARTHOUSE, EXPLOITATION, SURREAL, EROTIC, EXPERIMENTAL, and GIALLO works. If your wild genre film fits, we would love to see it! Please submit films via digital platforms (no hard copies).