Fantastic Market Announces New Expanded Program, Special Guests and Film Projects for 2016

FANTASTIC FEST'S GENRE FILM MARKET ANNOUNCES NEW EXPANDED PROGRAM, SPECIAL GUESTS AND FILM PROJECTS FOR 2016

Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the first wave of programming for the 2016 edition of Fantastic Market, the festival's industry program which runs September 22-25, 2016.  Fantastic Fest takes place September 22 - September 29, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX. 

This year's Fantastic Market brings significant changes as the event moves from a Latin American-focused genre project market into an industry forum for genre films.  Market Director Rodney Perkins says: "We have transformed the market into a full-fledged industry event with screenings, talks, panels, film pitches and special guests from all over the world.  Our goal is to become the premiere industry forum for genre films." 

Fantastic Market will kick off with a keynote talk from two of the most knowledgeable minds in the genre world: Ryan Turek (BLUMHOUSE) and Travis Stevens (SNOWFORT PICTURES).  Travis Stevens says: "I began my career as a producer at Fantastic Fest and will likely be wheeled back on my deathbed.  In the meantime I'm excited to share what I've learned about the genre business with the next generation of rule breakers."  Ryan Turek says: "Fantastic Fest has always been a home away from home for me and I've attended as a fan, a journalist and a judge.  I'm excited the team asked me to return for the market this year.  I can't wait to not only participate, but also check out some amazing genre films.  This year looks incredible."

BLUMHOUSE's Ryan Turek

BLUMHOUSE's Ryan Turek

SNOWFORT PICTURES' Travis Stevens

SNOWFORT PICTURES' Travis Stevens

In addition to the keynote, Fantastic Market will host a number of other talks and panels featuring special guests.  Screenwriter and producer Rodo Sayagues (PANIC ATTACK, EVIL DEAD and DON'T BREATHE) will present a special talk about the genre film industry.  SpectreVision founders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and CEO Lisa Whalen return to Fantastic Market with another program of unique offerings.  SpectreVision has produced such cult favorites as A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, COOTIES and THE GREASY STRANGLER, and recently expanded into television, gaming and music. 

Screenwriter and Producer Rodo Sayagues

Screenwriter and Producer Rodo Sayagues

SpectreVision founders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller

SpectreVision founders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller

Finally, the 2016 crop of Fantastic Market film projects reflects the event's new expanded scope.  The initial selection reflects a wide-ranging mix of newcomers and veterans from around the world including people involved in such films as THE VOID, THE HITCHER, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, ABCs OF DEATH, and numerous others.  Two projects - JAIRO'S REVENGE and BIRTHDAY PRESENT - were selected through Fantastic Market's collaboration with Ventana Sur's Blood Window genre market. 

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding Fantastic Market programming, including additional film projects, screenings and other events.  This year's initial slate of film projects:

IT WAITS BELOW

IT WAITS BELOW

IT WAITS BELOW
USA
Director: Eric Red (THE HITCHER, NEAR DARK)
Producer: Soyoung Jung, Brendan McCarthy (LET US PREY, WAKEWOOD), John McDonnell (LET US PREY, WAKEWOOD)

A three-man submarine crew dive to the deepest part of the ocean to salvage priceless treasure from a sunken shipwreck, unleashing a nightmarish extraterrestrial organism they must survive when the sub gets stranded at the bottom of the sea. 

DIRT EATERS
Canada
Director: Chris Nash (ABCs OF DEATH 2)
Producer: Peter Kuplowsky (THE VOID, ABCs OF DEATH 2, MANBORG), Shannon Hanmer (ABCs OF DEATH 2), Ant Timpson (ABCs OF DEATH, DEATHGASM)

A down-and-out woman befriends a squirm of intelligent carnivorous worms and seeks revenge on the small town officials that turned their backs on her, in this poli-sci-fi horror satire that evokes BLACK MIRROR and TREMORS. 

BIRTHDAY PRESENT (REGALO DE CUMPLEANOS) - 2016 BLOOD WINDOW SELECTION
Mexico
Directors: Christian Cueva (JIRON), Ricardo Farias
Producers: Adrian Garcia Bogliano (SCHERZO DIABOLICO, HERE COMES THE DEVIL), Andrea Quiroz Hernandez (SCHERZO DIABOLICO, HERE COMES THE DEVIL)

When you accept a gift, you also accept its consequences.

JAIRO'S REVENGE (LA VENGANZA DE JAIRO) - 2016 BLOOD WINDOW SELECTION
Colombia/Guatemala
Director: Simon Hernandez (PIZARRO)
Producer: Ivette Liang (VENICE)

A documentary about cult terror film director Jairo Pinilla, in his attempt to finance and produce his last dream project he's been working on for 6 years, THE SPIRIT OF DEATH, the first 3D terror film made in Colombia. 

EL CUCUY
USA/Canada
Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero (EL GIGANTE)
Producer: Raynor Shima (EL GIGANTE)

A group of troubled kids at a residential treatment center are forced to work together despite their differences to defeat an ancient creature that is stalking and feeding on all of the naughty children within the facility. 

ZERCH
USA
Director: J. Xavier Velasco
Producer: Javier Gonzalez (VALEDIC TORIAN)

A police detective investigates a missing person case that leads her to a body-snatcher creature who uses humans as hosts in order to survive. 

Access to Fantastic Market is limited to Fantastic Fest badge holders with industry and market credentials.  For more information about attending Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Market, please visit http://fantasticfest.com/market/industry or contact fantasticmarket@fantasticfest.com.  Fantastic Fest 2016 badges are available for purchase here

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ABOUT FANTASTIC MARKET
Fantastic Market is the industry section of Fantastic Fest.  In addition to hosting film pitch sessions and work-in-progress screenings for the hottest international genre projects, Fantastic Market provides talks, panels, mixers and other events specifically geared towards members of the film industry.  Previous keynote speakers have included Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, and the team from SpectreVision. 

Since its inception in 2013, Fantastic Market has helped bring numerous filmmakers advance their careers.  Isaac Ezban's EL INCIDENTE was pitched at the inaugural 2013 Fantastic Market. The completed film premiered at 2014 Fantastic Fest and has toured extensively on the International festival circuit, including dates at Busan, Vancouver, Sitges, and numerous other festivals.  In late 2014, EL INCIDENTE was picked up for international sales by Shoreline Entertainment.  Adrian Garcia Bogliano's film SCHERZO DIABOLICO was featured as a work-in-progress at the 2014 Fantastic Market.  The completed film made its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015, followed by an extensive run on the international festival circuit and a video release by Dark Sky.  Emilio Porte's film BELZEBTUH was pitched at the inaugural market in 2013.  The film is now in production and will be completed in 2016. 

ABOUT FANTASTIC FEST
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.  In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky, and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.  Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR.  Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas.  Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME.  Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine

ABOUT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired.  The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.  Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Greek Telluride" by Variety.  Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios.  The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters.  The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.