The Ithaca Fantastik Fim Festival Announces First Wave of Titles And Contests

September 9, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]

The Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival has officially announced the first wave of titles, full retrospective, Cinema Pur competition and bumper contest for 2016. Held November 9th through the 13th in Ithaca,  New York, the film festival is poised to have its fifth amazing year.

 

From the Press Release:

Ithaca, NY, Sept. 8, 2016 – The Ithaca Fantastik film festival is only two months away, and the IF team has been hard at work creating an incredible program for the event’s fifth anniversary. The festival will be held Nov. 9–13 in Ithaca, NY.
 
 
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This year’s retrospective, The Known Unknowns, will dig into viewers’ deepest fears. Sponsored by SHUDDER, the retrospective will include “The Naked Prey” (Cornel Wilde, 1966); “Deliverance” (John Boorman, 1972); “Long Weekend” (Colin Eggleston, 1978); “Altered States” (Ken Russell, 1980); and “Aliens” (James Cameron, 1986).
 
But that’s only the appetizer. The IF team has assembled a highly diversified film lineup to respond to their expanding audience’s growing desire for all things Fantastik.
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This year’s new Cinema Pur competition will celebrate challenging, innovative approaches to storytelling. Carefully-curated contenders include the US premier of experimental comedy “She’s Allergic to Cats” (Michael Reich, US); visually captivating “Alipato: The Very Brief Life of Ember” (Khavn, Indonesia); and the NY premiere of minimalist post-apocalyptic film “The Open” (Marc Lahore, France).
 
 
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The Festival Favorites mini series will return with a vengeance, screening the highly acclaimed “The Love Witch” (Anna Biller, US); TriBeCa Film Festival Award winner “Here Alone” (Rob Blackhurst, US); and SxSW acclaimed debut feature film “The Master Cleanse” (Bobby Miller, US).
 
 
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Festival-goers will wander in India with two of the IF team’s favorite films of the year, action-packed “Psycho Raman” and socially-infused mockumentary “Autohead.” And, not to be missed, Mattie Do’s sophomore picture “Dearest Sister” (Laos) and the adrenaline-pumping “My Father Die” (Sean Brosnan, US) round out the first wave of titles.
 
 
Bumper Contest: Nature’s Revenge!
 
This year’s bumper contest will draw from the theme of retrospective film “Long Weekend,” which proves nothing is scarier than unpredictable nature. Filmmakers are invited to submit their own original nature revenge short film to IF by Oct. 15th 2016 (Submit by using Wetransfer; email: [email protected]m and type NATURE’S REVENGE IF in the subject line). The contest has two rules: 1. The film must be no more than 45 seconds; 2. The twist should involve nature taking revenge on humans for their acts against mother nature.
 
The IF team can’t wait to see what the beautifully twisted minds of seasoned and aspiring filmmakers will come up with. The top three entries will be screened during the festival, and winners will receive an Ithaca Fantastik festival pass.
 
 
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Artist Steve Ellis (“The Walking Dead,” “The Only Living Boy,” “High Moon”) has perfectly captured the hidden dread behind mundane and uncharted territories in this year’s festival poster.

Visit the Ithaca Film Festival’s official website, Facebook page and Twitter account for more information and updates. When the official schedule is released we will give an update. Here’s the first  trailer for the festival to give you a glimpse at just some of the types of films that you can expect.

 

 

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