[News] FANTASPOA AT HOME Announces Online Filmmaking Contest
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Weeks after launching its free worldwide movie streaming platform at www.fantaspoaathome.com, which will be available until the end of May, Brazil’s Fantaspoa Film Festival is proud to announce the FANTASPOA AT HOME Online Filmmaking Contest. Being aware of the importance of quarantine to contain the spread of COVID-19, this film competition aims to encourage film production at home during these difficult times.

Submissions should be short films in the fantastic genre, and touch upon topics or themes related to the current pandemic. The contest will accept animation, horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, documentary, performance, or experimental short films. The project must be made between April 4th and April 18th and shot in the filmmaker’s own home, respecting the need for quarantine and social distancing.

The Fantaspoa Programmers will select the best short films, making them available online for audience voting.

The audience will then choose the contest winner of the FANTASPOA AT HOME Online Contest by popular voting, who will receive film-related services worth over $10,000 USD – kindly offered by industry professionals concerned with Fantaspoa’s future. Prizes include amazing personal consultancies for future projects offered by names like Andy Muschietti (IT, IT CHAPTER TWO), Pedro Rivero (THE PLATFORM, BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN), and Rodrigo Teixeira (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE WITCH). The winner’s next feature will also receive an original poster design by acclaimed British artist Elizabeth Schuch, an original theme song by Argentinian composer German Suane, a DCP made by Black Lagoon, and Portuguese and Spanish subtitles courtesy of Fantaspoa and Macabro Film Festival.

The deadline for submissions to the FANTASPOA AT HOME Online Contest is April 18 at 11:59 pm PST. Please submit at www.filmfreeway.com/fantaspoaathome. The entry fee is $15 US for international short films. All proceeds – excluding the Filmfreeway service fee – will go towards the Fantaspoa Crowdfunding campaign.

If, by any chance, others would care to contribute to the festival, anything is welcome to help Fantaspoa carry on after 2020, as, due to executive decisions made by the Brazilian government prior to this unprecedented health crisis, Fantaspoa and countless other organizations dedicated to the arts were stripped of all federal and private sponsorship money. Donors can contribute at the crowdfunding page www.catarse.me/fantaspoa16 until April 28th, or make direct donations via Paypal at fantaspoa@fantaspoa.com.

The Fantaspoa staff sends their unending thanks to their friends and supporters around the world for all they’ve done these past fifteen years, and implores you and your loved ones to stay inside, wash your hands, and – if you are physically able to – put the health and well-being of the elderly and immuno-compromised before your own. We are all in this together.

Joining previously-announced titles, the following films will be available for free at www.fantaspoaathome.com starting April 15:

Head Hands Heart (d. David Jarab, Czech Republic, 2010)

Intimate Witness (d. Santiago Fernández Calvete, Argentina/Mexico, 2015)

Lovecraft – Fear of the Unknown (d. Frank H. Woodward, USA, 2008)

Meet the Head of Juan Perez (d. Emilio Portes, Mexico, 2008)

Methadone – An American Way of Killing (d. Jim Klein and Julia Reichert, USA, 1974)

Phase 7 (d. Nicolás Goldart, Argentina, 2011)

Seder-Masochism (d. Nina Paley, USA, 2018)

Joining previously-announced titles, the following films will be available for free at www.fantaspoaathome.com starting April 22:

Dr. Ketel (d. Linus de Paoli, Germany, 2011)

On Evil Grounds (d. Peter Koller, Austria, 2007)

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (d. Lloyd Kaufman, USA, 2006)

The Corporation (d. Fabián Forte, Argentina, 2012)

The Devil Dared Me To (d. Chris Stapp, New Zealand, 2007)

The Excursion (d. Mathieu Seiler, Germany/Switzerland, 2012)

Troma’s War (d. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, USA, 1988)

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