Please reach out to submissions@fantasiafestival.com


Fantasia is a legendary 3-week blow-out of worldwide fantastic cinema taking place each July in the heart of Montreal. An event hell-bent on showcasing the most exciting, innovative and individualistic examples of contemporary international genre cinema from every corner of the globe.


While predominantly a fantasy/action/horror festival, Fantasia has always embraced works whose sheer individuality puts them in a genre of their own. We’ve showcased everything from captivating dramas, eccentric comedies, provocative documentaries, mind-blowing experimental works, even atypical children’s films.

We encourage filmmakers of all backgrounds and obsessions to submit their work. Films coming from underrepresented horizons are always of interest.

Explore our previous lineups to get a sense of our programming. We’re pretty broad-minded!


“Fantasia is the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.” — Quentin Tarantino

“Fantasia is a shrine” — Guillermo del Toro

“Fantasia remains to this day one of my very favorite film festivals in the world.” — James Gunn

“I promise to make more genre films just so I can get invited back.” — Edgar Wright

"Fantasia has some of the best audiences and programming out there. As a distributor, it's an essential stop for the latest in genre cinema." — MAGNOLIA PICTURES

"One of the most exciting genre film festivals in the world. It is in Montreal that we might discover the next Eraserhead" — PREMIERE MAGAZINE

"One of Canada's hotter film events" — VARIETY

"Mammoth...The world's largest genre film festival" — INDIEWIRE

"The largest festival of its kind on this continent. The sheer number of discoveries is astonishing." — FANGORIA MAGAZINE

"Top notch... people line up around the block for hours in wait to see a film" — FILM THREAT

"If I missed Fantasia I'd drive an icepick into my brain" — RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE


Since its inception in 1996, Fantasia has become a hugely popular Montreal summer tradition for over 110 000 festival-goers to spend 3 weeks being amazed by sensational celluloid from all over the world.

Over the years, Fantasia has proven itself to be one of the largest and the most cutting edge festivals of its kind. Among our accomplishments, Fantasia is regularly cited as the place where the J-horror craze began in this part of the world - our North American Premiere of RINGU led directly to Dreamworks acquiring the film and producing its blockbuster remake, and Fantasia was also the first festival in North America to screen a film by Takashi Miike.
Some other programming coups? We were the first festival in the world to show work from a then-19-year-old Adam Wingard when we world premiered his feature debut HOME SICK, our World Premiere of PERFECT BLUE launched the career of Satoshi Kon, our World Premiere of THE MIDNIGHT SWIM launched Sarah Adina Smith and our Canadian premiere of PI marked the first time a film by Darren Aronofsky was shown in Canada.
In 2017, our International premiere of Nico van den Brink’s short SWEET TOOTH led directly to the gifted Dutch filmmaker being signed to Paradigm, with James Wan teaming up with him to make a feature adaptation of the film at New Line. In 2018, our International Premiere of David-Jan Bronsgees' short MEET JIMMY led to the filmmaker signing up with Paramount and Platinum Dunes for a feature-length adaptation. Most recent world premieres and success stories coming right from the Fantasia oven are THE WRETCHED (Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce, 2019), 1BR (David Marmor, 2019) and THE DEEPER YOU DIG (John Adams, Toby Poser, 2019).


In 2012, Fantasia launched the Frontières International Co-Production Market as well as a film market component. Our market lineup has since featured dazzling new projects from Joe Dante, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jacob Tierney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dario Argento and Andrzej Zulawski, to name a few. Subsequent market projects that went into production include RKSS' TURBO KID (2015), Julia Ducournau's RAW (2016), Alexandre O. Philippe's 78/52 (2017), Dominique Rocher's THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD (2018).

To learn more about our co-production market, visit Frontières’ website here : https://frontieresmarket.com/en/


Please reach out to submissions@fantasiafestival.com

Fantasia offers a multitude of curated award opportunities for the films it showcases.

Best Feature, Director, Screenwriter, Performer, Cinematography, Score

Best Short, Director, Screenwriter, Performer, Cinematography, Score

Best Feature (Debut Films)

Best Feature, Short (Animated Films)

Best Short (Children Films)

Best Feature ("AQCC - Quebec Critic’s Association" Award)

Best Feature ("Ecran Fantastique Magazine" Award)

Best Short, Cinematography ("Mels" Award)
Best Short ("La Location" Award)
Best Short ("Warnermedia" Award)
Best Female Director ("Spira" Award)
Best Emerging Director ("EVS" Award)
Best Visual Effects ("NAD" Award)
Best Editor ("Monteurs et Monteuses de Cinéma Canadien" Award)
Most Creative Short ("MATV" Award)
Best Emerging Producer ("AQPM" Award)
Best Director ("ARRQ" Award)

Best Asian Feature, Short
Best International Feature, Short
Best Canadian Feature, Short
Best Quebec Feature, Short
Best Documentary Feature, Short
Best Animated Feature, Short
Most Groundbreaking Feature, Short


Please reach out to submissions@fantasiafestival.com

Any work produced and completed in the past 18 months prior to our upcoming edition is eligible for consideration in our general lineup, as well as for our Audience Awards, and may also potentially be placed in one of our juried competitions.

Any work made available worldwide for an online public viewing before or during our dates will be ineligible.

Any work made available for a geo-blocked virtual festival screening - outside of Canada - is still eligible.

If you are unsure if your film qualifies for our Festival, please contact the Fantasia Submissions Team at submissions@fantasiafestival.com before submitting.

Submission fees will not be refunded under any circumstances.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

By submitting an entry, filmmaker states that they are responsible as an agent to promote the film and that the film is an original work.

Participants agree that clips and images from their film may be used and/or published in the Fantasia program guide, on the Fantasia web site and for any promotional purposes which Fantasia deems appropriate.

If selected, Fantasia will cover one-way of the shipping cost of the exhibition print/video copy of your film, either incoming or outgoing.


Please reach out to submissions@fantasiafestival.com

Overall Rating
  • One of the best crowd, great hospitality to our crew and film, great experience overall!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Mayssoun! So great to hear that you enjoyed your time with Fantasia <3

  • By far favorite festival experience of all time. I met so many wonderful people, the networking opportunities between the festival and Frontieres Market were wonderfully curated and I met so many fantastic artists. I left this festival feeling so inspired by the artistry I saw in the selected films. All around 5 stars!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Wow! Thank you so much, Samantha! We hope that you continue to come to Fantasia for many years to come.

  • Joe Badon

    Hands down THE best festival I've attended. (This is no slight to other amazing festivals)
    Montreal is beautiful! The people are wonderful!
    The curated selections are stellar! Every film I watched was a f*****' masterpiece!
    Also, I've got to gush on Celia!
    Programmer Celia Pouzet made me feel like I was part of a warm, supportive family of artists and creatives!
    Hats off to everyone involved with Fantasia.
    But I had the most contact with Celia and d***, somebody give that woman a promotion! She was f****** top notch!
    Thank you Celia, from the bottom of my heart. You're a gem!
    And I've NEVER been to another festival where ALL of the filmmakers really bonded together. It didn't feel competitive or weird. It felt like we were all among peers.
    What a f****** special festival.
    Thank you guys, for everything you do for independent cinema!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Joe for your thoughtful review! We loved having you at the fest and hope you keep coming forever :)

  • Michael Anthony Kratochvil

    Absolutely outstanding festival experience! Fantasia are considered one of the very best in the business for a reason, they do it ALL right, and make you feel very welcome! Thanks to everyone at the festival who made this an unforgettable experience for all the filmmakers, and Celia and Mitch for selecting SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? and I CALL UPON THEE! Hope to be back at Fantasia again in the future!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind review, Michael! We loved having you in attendance and hope that we get to see you next year, and the year after, and the year after that <3

  • Alexandre Leblanc

    Merci Fantasia d'avoir sélectionné Les pas d'allure! La soirée de projection était fantastique, avec un public chaleureux. Le festival est parfait pour découvrir des films obscurs, difficile à trouver. Longue vie à Fantasia!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Merci beaucoup Alexandre!!! Longue vie à Fantasia!