CINEMAFANTASTIQUE is an annual international genre film festival in Vancouver, BC. We focus on independent films of the fantastique from all over the world! The wilder the better! We have been operating as a non-profit organization since 2014; and have programmed over 75 shorts and 45 feature films from independent genre film artists from all over the world, including Italy, France, Australia, Russia, Norway, Columbia, U.S.A, England, Spain, Mexico, and Canada! Over the past two years some of our generous and amazing guests have included Ryan LaPlante (Holy Hell), Benjamin and Rachel Moody (Last Girl Standing), Jimmie Gonzalez (The Red Man) Luchagore Productions (El Gigante, Bestia), Richard and Samantha Lukacs (Hell Haunt), Drew Marvick (Pool Part Massacre), Ariel Hansen (Ready to Burst), Jono Freedrix (Bloody Mary, Bun in the Oven), Nadine L'Esperance (Out of My Skin), and Lloyd Kaufman from the world-famous Troma Entertainment! (Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High aka Vol. 2). In addition, CINEMAFANTASTIQUE has also partnered with like-minded community sponsors including Vancouver Women in Film and Television (VWIFT), the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), and the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF).

In 2017, Cinemafantastique's organizers Vince D'Amato and Nicole D'Amato launched an international genre film distribution company, DARKSIDE RELEASING, which in now synchronized with the annual CINEMAFANTASTIQUE INTERNATIONAL GENRE FILM FEST -- any film submitted through the Film Freeway platform here can also be considered for international marketing and sales. This has also brought the attention of other digital-platform distributors to the Cinemafantastique screenings in 2017.

In 2017 the annual CINEMAFANTASTIQUE INTERNATIONAL GENRE FILM FESTIVAL made a move from their previous 2-year home at UBC's "NORM" THEATRE to Vancouver's more audience-friendly downtown-core VANCITY THEATRE (aka the Vancouver International Film Centre).

CINEMAFANTASTIQUE 4 will be held Summer 2018 in Vancouver and is now accepting submissions in both the short and the feature film categories.

PLEASE VISIT OUR RULES & TERMS!

Awards & Prizes

2017 Awards included: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film (overall), Best Horror Short, Most Innovative Short, Best Comedy-Horror Short, Most "Fantastique" Short, and the Audience Choice Award (Feature and Short Film).

ALL ACCEPTED FILMS WILL RECEIVE OFFICIAL & UNIQUE CINEMAFANTASTIQUE LAURELS.

Standout films can be considered for international distribution and digital aggregation.

Rules & Terms

We feature HORROR, ARTHOUSE, EXPLOITATION, SURREAL, EROTIC, EXPERIMENTAL, and GIALLO works. If your badass and sexy film fits in these genres, we would love to see it! Please submit films via digital platforms (no hard copies).

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    Richard Lukacs

    One of the best genre festivals out there! Great communication and very friendly vibes all over. Wicked selection of strange, offbeat films and the diversity made it enjoyable throughout the whole day. Good crowd and fun Q&A's. Highly recommended!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Richard, it was really great meeting you and Sam! We're so happy you guys had a great time!

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    Ryan LaPlante

    This festival was a blast. It was a reunion with some of the best and brightest genre filmmakers I had met on the circuit with an atmosphere that made us all feel like family. I can't endorse Vince D'Amato and his whole team more heartily!

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Ryan, it was such a blast having you and your family there and so great to see new friends from the circuit! Hope to see you at PDXtreme again this year!