Thousands of film geeks, genre-film enthusiasts, and weirdoes have descended upon the Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location for a week-long celebration of the weirdest cinema in the world: Fantastic Fest 2011. In its seventh year, Fantastic Fest has proven—in just 24 hours—that it’s the coolest film festival Austin has to offer (and if you’re at all familiar with the film festivals on offer in Austin, you know that’s saying something). How’d day one go? I’ve got capsule reviews of Michael, Borderline, a day-one diary, and video of Tim League and Elijah Wood introducing The Human Centipede 2 after the jump, folks.
The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close. We covered the hell out of it and we’ve got loads of interviews still to post. Today, TIFF announced the winners in three award categories for Canadian films and the winners of the Cadillac People’s Choice Awards. Nathan Morlando’s crime drama Edwin Boyd (pictured above) won Best Canadian First Feature Film, Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar picked up the award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and Ian Harnarine’ Doubles With Slight Pepper was awarded Best Canadian Short Film. As for the Cadillac People’s Choice Awards, Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? won the top prize, Jon Shenk’s The Island President won in the documentary category, and Gareth Evans’ The Raid picked up the award for The Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.
Hit the jump for the full press release along with a list of all the films that were sold to distributors. Keep in mind that just because a film didn’t sell during the festival, that doesn’t mean it won’t be picked up for distribution in the near future.
While most fall film festivals have high profile titles that offer attendees a chance to get out ahead of award season flicks, the Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest provides an exciting grab bag of genre movies. Most don’t have A-list stars or big-name directors, but you’re still going to find a lot of fun movies and instead of a major publicity campaign, the Fantastic Fest audience member gets to champion the programming they enjoy. Last month the first wave of programming was announced and today we now have the second wave. The newly announced films include Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Ti West’s The Inkeepers, and You’re Next, the new film from A Horrible Way to Die director Adam Wingard.
Hit the jump to check out the full announcement of second wave films. Fantastic Fest 2011 runs from September 22 – 29th in Austin, Texas.