Fantastic Fest / Fantastic Market final wave of programming!

FANTASTIC FEST'S GENRE FILM MARKET
ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH NORDIC GENRE
INVASION, SPECTREVISION SECRET SCREENING,
AND MUCH MORE

Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the final 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, Fantastic Market is teaming up with the Nordic Genre Invation- a marketing, distribution and collaboration platform for Nordic genre film producers-to bring a series of pitches, shorts, works in progress and panels to its program.  This new programming features a wide range of talent, including people involved in films such as THE LOOK OF SILENCE, THE RAT KING and MYSTERY OF THE WOLF

Regarding the Fantastic Market collaboration, Market Director Rodney Perkins says, "Nordic Genre Invasion is a perfect collaborator in our new international efforts.  They represent a number of high quality genre films with strong crossover potential in English-speaking territories." Mikko Aromaa, Chairman of the Board for the Nordic Genre Invasion, says, "The discussions on the shape and form of our collaboration went on for well over 12 months, and I'm confident that the conclusion we reached is ideal for this pilot yet.  We are of course hoping that this will be the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship." Kati Nuora, Manager for International Promotion and Projects at the Finnish Film Foundation says, "Nordic Genre Invasion has built a solid reputation as a reliable curator of the most interesting genre projects from the Scandinavian region, and we are happy to co-operate with them in marketing their upcoming projects. Fantastic Market provides the perfect platform for us to target the all-important US market." 

Nordic Genre Invasion content isn't the only new addition to the 2016 Fantastic Market progam. The market will also present a number of exciting film screenings.  On Saturday, September 24th, SpectreVision will host a "secret screening" for Fantastic Market attendees. Every horror fan has his or her "gateway" film; that first traumatic yet thrillingly ghoulish cinematic experience that shatters our innocence and awakens a taste for all things macabre. Founding member of the genre-producing SpectreVision, Elijah Wood, will reveal his most personal childhood haunt with this rare screening. 

Finally, on Friday, September 23rd, Fantastic Market will host a new work-in-progress as well as a shorts program called "Shorts to Features."  This year's featured work-in-progress is Jussi Hiltunen's LAW OF THE LAND.  The "Shorts to Features" program highlights outstanding shorts that will be expanded into the feature-length films.  These short selections include J. Xavier Velasco's ZERCH, Emil Sallinen's MIGHT, L. Gustavo Cooper's THE HOME and Christer "CHRZU" Lindstrom's NIGHTSATAN AND THE LOOPS OF DOOM.  These filmmakers will also participate in the market's live pitching sessions on Saturday, September 24th. 

The final additions to the 2016 Fantastic Market program are as follows:

WORK IN PROGRESS

LAW OF THE LAND

LAW OF THE LAND

LAW OF THE LAND (ARMOTON MAA) - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Finland/Norway
Director: Jussi Hiltunen
Producers: Kai Nordberg (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING), Kaarle Aho (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING; THE LOOK OF SILENCE)

While trying to keep his two sons from killing each other, a retiring police officer is forced to face his own past. 

PITCH PROJECTS

BLOODSUCKERS - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Finland
Director: Elin Grönblom
Producer: Leila Lyytikäinen (OTHER GIRLS; LOVE RECORDS; MYSTERY OF THE WOLF)

You'll never look at a mosquito the same way again

NYMPHS - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Finland
Director: TBD
Producers: Matti Halonen (OTHER GIRLS; LOVE RECORDS), Leila Lyytikäinen (OTHER GIRLS; LOVE RECORDS; MYSTERY OF THE WOLF)

They are lethal men.  Without met, they won't survive.  NYMPHS is an original and acclaimed prime time fantasy drama that draws its origin from the stories, characters and visual imagery of ancient mythology.  Now the emerging phenomenon of the NYMPHS saga is spreading onto the big screen.  The fearful and awful, joyful and painful tale of nymphs Desiree, Cathy, and Nadia is more daring, racy, mature and sexy than ever. 

THE HOME
USA
Director: L. Gustavo Cooper (JUNE)
Producers: Alix Taylor (MANIAC; PIRANHA 3D, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE), Nick Phillips (PET, BENEATH)

After the birth of her child, a young woman confined to a home for unwed mothers must fight for her survival as the home falls siege to a group of mysterious invaders. 

IMPALED REKTUM

IMPALED REKTUM

IMPALED REKTUM - 2016 GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Finland/Norway
Director: Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio
Producers: Kai Nordberg (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING), Kaarle Aho (LITTLE WING; THE FENCER; RAT KING; THE LOOK OF SILENCE), Jukka Vidgren

A comedy about a young loser trying to overcome his stage fright and other fears by leading the worst heavy metal band of Finland, Impaled Rektum, to the hottest metal festival of Norway.  The journey of Impaled Rektum includes metal music, vomiting, sex, fake vikings and the first ever armed conflict between Finland, Norway, and NATO. 

MIGHT - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Finland
Directors: Emil Sallinen, Artur Sallinen
Producers: Emil Sallinen, Artur Sallinen

Three people in outer space will decide the future of humanity

NIGHTSATAN

NIGHTSATAN

NIGHTSATAN - 2016 NORDIC GENRE INVASION SELECTION
Finland
Director: Christer "CHRZU" Lindstrom
Producer: Jupe Louhelainen

In Karelia of 2037, the robbery of a sonic wizard's severed living head sets the synthesizer warrior trio Nightsatan to hunt down the guilty DJ witch.  Her demonic pregnancy threaten to destroy the world. 

Access to Fantastic Market is limited to Fantastic Fest badge holders with industry credentials. However, non-industry badge holders may have access to certain events if capacity permits. For 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. 


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 advanced 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 Geek 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.