In 1995 a group of cinephiles got fed up with bootlegging genre-film that never saw the light of day in Sweden. They started a small festival focusing on the fantastical horrors in the world of film.

The festival has since developed into a festival embracing all sides of the fantastic genre to challenge our audience's imagination. We consider everything from "Amélie" to "Human Centipede " as part of the fantastic family, and we take pride in offering a platform for filmmakers to show their work on the big screen.

We believe that fantastic films can tell stories out of the ordinary, creating a space for the audience to explore and discuss daily life from a different point of view, no matter length, subject, human or vampire.

Over the years we have welcomed truly visionary creators such as Terry Gilliam, George A. Romero, Béla Tarr, Peter Greenaway and Neil Gaiman. We always strive to present the major fantastic directors of tomorrow. For example, in 2001 we hosted the Swedish premiere of the cult classic "Donnie Darko", and last year we previewed the Guldbagge nominated Swedish psychological thriller "Knocking" at an outdoor screening.

In 2021 we established a partnership with the leading Swedish streaming platform TriArtPlay, which means that we can offer part of our festival program to a national audience. From 2022 and onward, Lund Fantastic Film Festival will expand beyond the festival period itself by presenting events on a year-round basis.

Examples of feature titles that played at Lund Fantastic since 2018:

“Mandy” (Swedish premiere, 2018), "The Witch. Part 1: The Subversion" (2018), “The Mortuary Collection” (international premiere, 2019), “Swallow” (Scandinavian premiere, 2019), “Extra Ordinary” (Swedish premiere, 2019), “Boyz In The Wood/Get Duked” (Swedish premiere, 2019), , “Psycho Goreman” (2020), “Medusa” (2021) and “Violation” (2021).
Among the short films you find titles such as “Seine's Tears”, “Abracitos”, “A Tale Best Forgotten”, “Sunscapades” and “Night Bus”.

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WHAT MAKES YOUR FILM A FANTASTIC MATCH FOR LUND FANTASTIC?

In our context, the term “fantastic” is to be understood as a film that tries to stretch beyond the social realistic realms and traditional conventions and reach for elements that expand the shapes and forms of the art of film making.

A lot of people associate fantastic/genre film with horror, science fiction, zombies, ghosts, monsters and gore, but that is not the whole truth. Films within genres like animation and thriller are equally part of the fantastic family.
In essence, it’s a question of stimulating the fantasy, to introduce streaks that heighten the everyday outlook and challenge the expected paths.

That’s why - along with classical genre films like “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and “The Exorcist” (1973) - audience and critics’ favourites like “Parasite” (2019) and the “Harry Potter” franchise join the bill.
Over the last years, horror and science fiction titles have established a solid position on the mainstream repertoire; “Midsommar” (2019), “Interstellar” (2014) and “Tenet” (2020) are prominent examples of this trend.

Lund Fantastic Feature Award - Best International feature with a cash prize.

Méliès d'argent - Lund's contribution to the Méliès d'or competition for best European short and feature film (in collaboration with Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF)).

Audience Award - Best short and feature based purely on the hard criticism of our audience.

Finn Fantastic Film Award - Best national short with a smörgåsbord of prizes which may or not may include merchandise, print and digital recognition and a cash prize.

Future of Fantastic Award - Best student-project short with prizes that could include merchandise, print and digital recognition and a collaborative reward.

Lund International Fantastic Film Festival aims to reveal and promote so-called fantastic films that tell stories out of the ordinary. We aim to promote fantastic film productions from all over the world, with a focus on diversity, imagination and storytelling.
For all films the following rules apply:

1. All films must have been completed no earlier than January 1 2021
2. All submissions must be finished projects
3. Feature films must be over 60 minutes
4. Short films must be under 60 minutes
5. The films can be of any genre but must contain fantastic elements.

The selection committee reserve the right to reject any film that contains explicit sexual violence, if it's gratuitous or in no way integral to the plot.

The film should be submitted via online screener.
Note: We can only screen films of the DCP format.

The Festival notes that the submission is for reviewing only and the submitted project will not be subject to any screenings.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

Not Selected film:

All films that have not been selected will receive a message on the notification date. Please note that we won't be able to give individual feedback as to why the project hasn't been selected.

Selected film:

If your movie is selected the festival will not pay any screening fees.
By submitting, you agree to grant the Festival the right to use all provided content for promotional purposes for the Festival.
It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the Festival and the Festival will not be liable for any costs if this is not cleared before the screening of the film.

The projection format must be DCP, if you are unable to make a DCP of your film the festival can make one for you for a fee.

Once a movie is selected by the Festival's Selection Committee and cleared with the rights holding party, it can in no case be removed from the program.

Please note that by submitting your film you agree to the rules and regulations for the Festival 2022.

*Lund Fantastic Film Festival features the following competitive sections:

- The Lund Fantastic Feature Award (International competition) - The Silver Méliès Award for Best European Feature & Short Film - Finn Fantastic Film Award - Rising Stars Award

The programming board selects the films that will compete in the International feature competition. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected:

1. All films must have been completed no earlier than January 1 2021.
2. The projection format must be DCP.
3. Running time must be at least 60 minutes

The programming board selects the films that will compete in the Silver Méliès competition for the best European Fantastic Feature & Short. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected:

1. All films must have been completed in the 24 months preceding the next Golden Méliès Cycle.
2. All films must qualify as European Productions as defined by the Méliès International Festivals Federation in its regulations, available at the following address: www.melies.org
3. The projection format must be DCP.
4. Running time must be at least 60 minutes for feature films and maximum of 25 minutes for short film.

The programming board selects the films that will compete in the Finn Fantastic Film competition. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected:

1. All films must have been completed no earlier than January 1 2021.
2. The projection format must be DCP.
3. Running time must be no longer then 59 minutes
4. All films must be of Swedish origin.

The programming board selects the films that will compete in the Future of Fantastic competition. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected:

1. All films must have been completed no earlier than January 1 2021.
2. The projection format must be DCP.
3. Running time must be no longer then 59 minutes
4. All films must be part of a school-project and must be able to show documentation such as a certificate, school logo or mention in the film credits to be eligible for the competition.

General Technical Specification Lund:

Image speed: 24 fps (OK with 25 & 30 too)
Image format: FLAT or SCOPE.
Audio format: 7.1, 5.1, 4.0 or 1.0.
English subtitles for all films besides Swedish: burnt-in/ hardcoded
SMPTE or INTEROP.
Hard disk / USB: Formatted according to NTFS or Ext2 or 3

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  • Seagull & Starfish Productions

    Great communication and made things possible in a challenging time.

    November 2020
  • Niall Shukla

    Lund International Fantastic Fest is a really great festival! It has terrific organisation and communication to its filmmakers. I was very pleased to have my short “A Doll Distorted” selected for this festival. You can tell the whole team put a lot of passion and effort into organising the event and to each film they curate. There is also a real desire to make all the filmmakers feel like one big community. Sadly I could not attend being in the UK, but I have only heard great things from each of my fellow filmmakers who attend this festival each year. I would thoroughly recommend submitting to this festival!

    October 2020
  • It is such an honor to have been selected at this amazing festival. We had the chance to go and see our short film being screened in the beautiful city of Lund where we met the organizers... such cool cats! :-) We loved everything about Lund International Fantastic Film Festival 2019 and our stay in Sweden.

    October 2019