Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. The festival is dedicated to championing challenging and thought-provoking cinema, celebrating new voices and new stories from around the world and supporting new filmmakers. We work with various other festivals, archives, cinematheques and individuals to spotlight lesser-known film regions, luminaries and more in an ongoing effort to expand the general knowledge and appreciation of cinema. We are committed to supporting film in its most provocative, ground-breaking and underseen forms, and giving the audience a chance to find new favorites and future genre classics.

Each year we bring together fans, guests, industry, press and others in an inclusive and fun environment for a weeklong celebration of film in all its forms through carefully curated screenings and events, both in and outside of the theaters.

In years past, Fantastic Fest has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, RED, SPLIT, OVERLORD, APOSTLE and THE NIGHT COMES FOR US, while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky Mike Judge, M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steven Yeun, Danny McBride, Tenacious D and more.

Fantastic Fest has been hailed as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, “the wildest film festival in America” by The Guardian, “a secret weapon for the arthouse market” by Indiewire as well as “the coolest film festival in the world” by IGN.

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Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film competition (jury and audience award):
- Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more
- Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes.
- Selected films must be made available in a 35mm composite print, Blu-ray, or DCP.
- Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
- All films must be at least a Texas premiere and cannot be made available publicly online at any time before the fest, and cannot have been available publicly online - outside the context of a limited streaming window as part of a geo-blocked virtual festival.
- Preview screening format is an online screener ONLY - No DVD screeners.
- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
-All films must have been completed after 2018.

- Films are scheduled at the discretion of Fantastic Fest. Fantastic Fest retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

Overall Rating
  • Mia'kate Russell

    Fantastic Fest !!! What a great festival!! Thank you so much for showing ‘Maggie May’ it was an honour to play there x

    October 2019
  • Toby Poser

    BLEW ME AWAY. So much fun. So cool. Friendly. Incredible line up of films with the film makers there.... Amazing volunteers and festival staff/organizers/creative team to whom I'm eternally grateful . They couldn't have been more accessible and kind. Non-stop, no BS , no attitude FUN and inspiring festival experience . Film lovers galore. Total respect for and celebration of genre film - and their fans and film makers alike. Alamo Drafthouse is a ball, while the food and drink element just adds to the experience without hindering it. This fest is a well-oiled machine that still makes me smile thinking of it. I was there as a presenting film maker, but I'd go back in a heartbeat as a fan.

    October 2019
  • jonathon rhoads

    One of the most fun festivals I have ever attended. Was truly depressed when it was over.

    June 2019
  • Maha Al-Saati

    This is my second Fantastic Fest and althought the trip to get there takes almost a day of flying I still think it's worth it. I have enjoyed it tremendously last year and this one. Everyone is friendly, the films are weird, and the screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse can't get any better with all the insane PSAs about not texting or talking or you will get kicked out (and you will, and that's how much they respect the film experience and other filmgoers!).
    There's a social event organised for filmmakers almost everyday with some crazy themes, including a BBQ at the Texas chainsaw massacre filmsite, DJ and Halloween parties. I loved it overall. Thank you everyone: organizers, programmers, Alamo staff and volunteers! :) I hope I'll be able to come again in the following years!

    October 2018
  • Defiantly the best festival I've ever attended. Looking forward to next year.

    October 2018