Rutgar Hauer in The Sonata – Courtesy of FilmQuest

FilmQuest’s sixth annual edition will kick off September 6th with Epic Pictures’ The Fare, and run nine days showcasing over 190 features and shorts highlighting some of the finest genre film selections in the industry.

Feature film screenings include the Regional Premiere’s of SXSW hits Villains, starring Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jeffrey Donavan, and Daniel Isn’t Real, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins and Sasha Lane; the World Premiere of Justin Dix’s

Australian WW2 action-horror film Blood Vessel, starring Nathan Phillips and Alyssa Sutherland the USA premiere of the star-studded genre-bending animated feature film To Your Last Death, starring Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise, and William Shatner; the Frankie Muniz starring horror thriller The Black String; The Sonata, featuring Rutger Hauer in one of his final roles; Swing Low, starring Bruce Dern and Annabelle Dexter-Jones; and Academy Award-winner Barney Burman’s grindhouse flavored Wild Boar.

The coveted Cthulhu Trophy from FilmQuest

Past FilmQuest winners include Academy Award-winner Joel Harlow, Doug Jones, Pedro Pascal, Kathleen Quinlan, Minnie Driver, George Blagden, Kyle Gass, Bonnie Aarons, Toby Froud, and Netflix’s Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil.

“Our 2019 season continues to solidify our growing status as one of the most influential genre festivals in the country,” says festival Founder and Director, Jonathan Martin. “With the incredible talent on display forming an ever-expanding alumni base, FilmQuest is proving itself to be one of the go-to destinations to find not only great genre cinema, but also discover the next big thing in up-and-coming talent within the genre industry today.”

Guest highlights of the 2019 festival includes an interactive workshop with noted genre directors Michael and Peter Spierig, a screenwriting lab from Pet Semetary writer Matt Greenberg, and a film financing seminar with Saban Film’s, David Wardle, VP of Business and Legal Affairs.  The festival, presented in part by the Utah Film Commission and Utah Film Studios, is set to run through September 14.  For tickets and additional information, visit www.filmquestfest.com.

FilmQuest, a Utah-based genre festival named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “30 Bloody Best Genre Fest in the World in 2019,” has quickly grown to become one of the nation’s leading purveyors of genre cinema, awarding its winners with the coveted Cthulhu Trophy.

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