It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the Fantaspoa Film Festival announces that it will postpone its upcoming 16th edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the world. Initially scheduled for this coming May, the festival directors forecast that this year’s edition will now take place between the months of October and December, 2020, if deemed responsible and safe at that time.
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 sponsorship money. In addition to the financial and emotional strain of COVID-19, for the first time in ten years, Fantaspoa received zero funding to continue its unique goal of bringing the best in world genre cinema to the people of Brazil.
With this in mind, Fantaspoa has been forced to resort to a crowdfunding campaign to sustain the future of the festival. With thirty days to reach their goal, the festival has already proudly gathered 40% of its intended total. They humbly ask lovers of genre film around the world, filmmakers and artists who have had their works presented at the festival, and anyone who hopes to see film survive this terrible pandemic to please donate to or share their campaign at www.catarse.me/fantaspoa16.
Acknowledging the desperate need to quarantine and social distance during these difficult times, Fantaspoa will also launch the FANTASPOA AT HOME initiative on April 1. It consists of an original digital platform that will make available – completely free of charge and accessible worldwide – select feature films from the festival’s previous fifteen editions. The platform will reinforce the important, scientific statements regarding quarantining that medical professionals around the globe continue to stress: It is utterly essential to the future of humanity for us to immediately reduce our time outside.
FANTASPOA AT HOME will offer a unique showcase of films to be streamed via computers, smartphones, and other internet-enabled devices. The selection of titles was made jointly with international producers, directors, and distributors, reaffirming the global aspect of Fantaspoa’s curatorship. Understanding just how important it is to stay at home, these filmmakers and distributors have graciously donated their incredible works to make this free project possible.
Beginning April 1st, FANTASPOA AT HOME will offer seven feature films every week at www.fantaspoaathome.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.
Starting April 1, the following films will be available for free worldwide via FANTASPOA AT HOME at www.fantaspoaathome.com:
Diablo (d. Nicanor Loreti, Argentina, 2011)
FantastiCozzi (d. Felipe M. Guerra, Brazil, 2016)
Follow (d. Owen Egerton, USA, 2015)
Resolution (d. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, USA, 2012)
The Rotten Link (d. Valentín Javier Diment, Argentina, 2011)
The Show Must Go On (d. Nevio Marasovic, Croatia, 2010)
Zombio 2 – Chimarrão Zombies (d. Petter Baiestorf, Brazil, 2013)
Starting April 8, the following films will be available for free worldwide via FANTASPOA AT HOME at www.fantaspoaathome.com:
Maniac (d. William Lustig, USA, 1980)
The Otherworld (d. Richard Stanley, France, 2013)
Plaga Zombie (d. Hernán Sáez, Pablo Parés, Argentina, 1997)
Krokodyle (d. Stefano Bessoni, USA, 2010)
Moles (d. Emiliano Romero, Argentina, 2011)
Lunopolis (d. Matthew Avant, USA, 1998)
Zenith (d. Vladan Nikolic, USA, 2010)