Fantastic Fest 2020 has been cancelled

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As COVID-19 has been sweeping throughout the globe, we have seen cancellations of all kinds all through the past few months, which has included a variety of conventions and movie festivals. We have another unlucky cancellation so as to add to the rising checklist because it was declared right now that Fantastic Fest 2020 has been cancelled.

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Calling Austin, Texas residence, Fantastic Fest is the most important style movie competition in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and incredible films from all world wide. This yr’s competition was slated to kick off on September 24th, however it seems that we’ll should make due with out Fantastic Fest this yr. “Today, with a heavy {heart}, we should announce that this yr’s Fantastic Fest has been canceled,” reads a Fantastic Fest press-release. “We are starting the procedure of refunding filmmaker submission charges and providing refunds to badge holders.” Although the team knew that the competition would not have been the similar as earlier years, they have been working arduous to make it occur, however on the end of the day, it would not have been sufficient to seize the spirit of the competition.

Up till simply a few weeks in the past, the Fantastic Fest team had been diligently poring over screeners and contemplating films from the Cannes Film Market. While we knew it wouldn’t be the similar as pre-COVID fests, we have been clinging to the hope that the trajectory of the virus would enhance and we’d be capable to execute some method of secure, socially-distanced, movie competition on the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. While the interactions that occur between, before and after movies, interactions that make the competition “Fantastic” merely can’t be recreated by way of Zoom, and we due to this fact don’t consider a “digital movie competition” would seize the spirit of Fantastic Fest, we do still need to collect the Fantastic Fest neighborhood on our common dates for a web-based affair, a “Celebration of Fantastic Fest,” to reconnect and share a web-based expertise.

The Fantastic Fest team said that they’re “committed to returning in 2021 with a correct 16th version of the competition. It is at present scheduled for September 24-30, 2021. Fantastic Fest is our favourite week of the yr, and whereas we now have no favourite week of 2020, we’re taking this time to plan methods of creating the 2021 version the best Fantastic Fest ever. Our intent is to ship a tremendous expertise when it’s secure to assemble and socialize again.” You can learn the entire launch from Fantastic Fest below:

Today, with a heavy {heart}, we should announce that this yr’s Fantastic Fest has been canceled. We are starting the procedure of refunding filmmaker submission charges and providing refunds to badge holders.

Up till simply a few weeks in the past, the Fantastic Fest team had been diligently poring over screeners and contemplating films from the Cannes Film Market. While we knew it wouldn’t be the similar as pre-COVID fests, we have been clinging to the hope that the trajectory of the virus would enhance and we’d be capable to execute some method of secure, socially-distanced, movie competition on the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

While the interactions that occur between, before and after movies, interactions that make the competition “Fantastic” merely can’t be recreated by way of Zoom, and we due to this fact don’t consider a “digital movie competition” would seize the spirit of Fantastic Fest, we do still need to collect the Fantastic Fest neighborhood on our common dates for a web-based affair, a “Celebration of Fantastic Fest,” to reconnect and share a web-based expertise.

We’re at present in the lab engaged on a program of enjoyable on-line gatherings and affairs for that celebration. Our aim might be to have a digital affair each evening from September 24th by way of October 1st – shorts applications, 100 Best Kills, secret screenings, a web-based Fantastic Feud, different enjoyable surprises, and a glance back at some wonderful movies from Fantastic Fest historical past – for us all to work together and reunite. We aren’t able to announce all the small print, however we’ll be in contact in the weeks ahead.

We also need to guarantee our neighborhood that we’re committed to returning in 2021 with a correct 16th version of the competition. It is at present scheduled for September 24-30, 2021. Fantastic Fest is our favourite week of the yr, and whereas we now have no favourite week of 2020, we’re taking this time to plan methods of creating the 2021 version the best Fantastic Fest ever. Our intent is to ship a tremendous expertise when it’s secure to assemble and socialize again.

Before Friday, we’ll attain out to badge holders by way of electronic mail. For those that are keen, we’ll roll your badge buy over to 2021. Rolling over your badge buy to 2021 is important to sustaining the competition whereas we plan for the following installment. However, we totally perceive that will not be doable, possible, or fascinating for everybody and can rapidly procedure any requested refunds. Badge holders who select to roll over to 2021 might be invited to an unique exceptional affair the evening before the competition, and likewise obtain a (equally unique) 2021 Fantastic Fest commemorative present.

We also acknowledge that the longer term is clearly unsure. If the competition still isn’t doable to soundly execute by this time subsequent yr, we’ll totally refund all badges that rolled over.

Filmmakers, we’re still committed to supporting your movies in the methods we will. It is our intent to curate and current a shorts program from the 2020 submissions. We will curate a listing of official choice movies and make them out there to patrons and distributors, and hope to current a number of of those choices throughout the “Celebration of Fantastic Fest” digital affair in September. But this isn’t the total Fantastic Fest expertise, and due to this fact, we might be totally refunding all movie submission charges for all filmmakers. We’ll attain out individually to every of you shortly with particulars, timing, and procedure.

We will desperately miss seeing all of you in individual this September however sit up for our digital connection in September and an extended and wonderful way forward for thrills, chills, and hugs when the world is prepared for such issues.

– The Fantastic Fest Team

Although it is unhappy to see that Fantastic Fest will not be occurring this yr, it is fully comprehensible in the present local weather. Last yr’s competition played host to an enormous slate movies, together with JOJO RABBIT, PARASITE, GUNS AKIMBO, THE PLATFORM, and plenty of more.



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