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.

Very truly,
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).

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  • Olivier NELLI

    Thank you very much. We are very glad to to have been selected to the the CINEMAFANTASTIQUE 4 in VANCOUVER. We hope that you enjoyed our movie NTA (Nuke Them All).
    Alas we weren't available during the festival but we hope coming next time.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Everyone enjoyed your film very much! Thank you for submitting, it was fantastic to screen your film. We look forward to your next one!

  • Surhay Kilic

    Great festival! Even though we couldn't attend, we are grateful to be a part of it. See you next year, hopefully!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Adam Losurdo

    Although I wasn't able to attend, I felt at Cinemafantastique really cared. Excellent staff with stellar communication. Highly recommended genre fest. Will submit again! I hope to attend the next time around.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Adam! Thank you for the kind notes and compliments! We hope to see you at next year's fest! Looking forward to your next film!

  • Ariel Hansen

    Had a great time at the festival, was able to meet some cool filmmakers and some new fans, would definitely recommend coming out to this one next year if you get a chance.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Ariel! So glad you guys could make it out and really happy you had a good time! Can't wait to see the new films!

  • Rocket Ear

    Thank you for showing my short! Great communication, and I hope to attend in person next year :).

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, we hope you can make it our for next year's fest as well!