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Do You Have A Film For FANTASTIC FEST? Seasoned Filmmaker or First Time - It's The Fest To Let It Hang Out!

Hey folks, Harry here... Yesterday here in Austin - at the Alamo Drafthouse South - we had a senior staff meeting for FANTASTIC FEST 2008. Tim League had just returned from Cannes where he found a good run of "Fantastic" titles for inclusion in the festival - we've also been going through submissions - and I've got a few titles that have come in from the lands of MySpace and Facebook - where filmmakers contacted me directly and sure enough - their films kicked ass. That said - there's a shitload of programming left to do - and just a short summer to do it in. So FILMMAKERS - If you'd like to be a part of FANTASTIC FEST 2008 - it's time to let us know about it. You can submit through the WITHOUT A BOX system - that's primarily how I'd do it if I were you. However, if you would like to get your film in front of my eyes - you can send it to my P.O. Box 180011 - Austin, Tx 78718-0011. But you should realize - I get sent so much stuff just on my regular Ain't It Cool duties that it will be less likely to be seen that way. After all - I'm only one person. If you're a studio and you have a film that you would like to have become EVENT STATUS at Fantastic Fest - Drop me a line and we'll get to conspiring to have a lot of fun with it. This is going to be an amazing year - Film Journalists and Film Acquisitions folks have taken notice of FANTASTIC FEST - and they'll be there to "start the buzz" or "find a film" to share with the rest of the world. But as awesome as it is to get your film talked about and picked up for distribution... the key reason to bring your kickass film to FANTASTIC FEST is for FANTASTIC FEST itself. Variety listed us as one of their top 10 Festivals they love in the world - and there's a reason why. We're dedicating ourselves to trying to find new filmmakers, the biggest and most fantastic films available - and to have a festival that's easy, fun and blissful... so that when it all ends, you find yourself hating that it has come to an end. As for all you attendees - I'll be seeing you September 18-25th at FANTASTIC FEST!

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  • May 24, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    What's the submission deadline, Harry?

    by Behemoth

    Oh, and first?

  • May 24, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Without A Box Extended Deadline: July 1, 2008


    That said - I have been known to add films as late as the actual week of the festival... and so has Tim. Here's the thing, Behemoth, if you have a film that you think is truly special - get it on our radar as soon as possible. If you can show us some of it - a trailer... a sizzle reel... something that can begin to give us an idea about the film - we may be willing to extend a deadline... but you never know, until you try.

  • May 24, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    just WOWWWWWWWW man

  • May 24, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I've dont the film version ...

    by TheCap

    ... of the infamous book "100 Women I'd Like To F*ck". It's a ... coffee table book. Makes for a slow film, though. That is all.

  • May 24, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    any ETA on when the website revamp will go down?

    by birdy birdman


  • May 24, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Got a second-half badge, by gum!

    by Lance Rocke

    Can't wait.

  • May 24, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    ? for Harry about sending a Trailer

    by GhostDad

    If we're just sending a trailer (film wont be done till late july/agust), is there a way to upload it to you rather than mailing it?

  • May 24, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • May 25, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Who IS MCMLXXVI?!!

    by Dr. Butthole

    I even Googled him and all I found was a myspace page and his AICN entries. Who is he?! Why does he hate Michael Bay so much?! Why is he so damn CONSISTENT?! WHY, WHY, WHY?!!

  • May 25, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by listo65

    Damn you Michael Bay... Damn you McG... Damn you MCMLXXVI...

  • May 25, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Are there Myspace and facebook links? Harry? provide?

    by messi

    Can someone provide links. Harry?

  • May 25, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I sent you our collection of short films...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    ...a long time ago. They are by no means great at all, but I think more than anything they show our capability. I might see if we have any DVDs left over and re-send it. Or what would you recommend?

  • May 25, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Ok, here's a link to our shorts online

    by IAmJack'sUserID

  • May 25, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Couldn't get the trailers to download. Little 18k files that won't play. If I just click instead of trying to download, it just sends me to another site with other films. (either way, etc) Looks like fun stuff though.

  • May 25, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Get Gutterballs

    by kilik777

    that movie would be kick ass for that festival crowd. They would go nuts for it.

  • May 26, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Damn you IndustryKiller!

    by IndustryKillers Bain

    Damn you IndustryKiller!

  • May 29, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by Booth

    Hi Harry. I have a trailer online for our micro-budget feature but withoutabox isn't currently allowing the upload of trailers. So here is a link to the site with a trailer: And we're showing the film in Manchester, UK as a pre-release screening. Would love to have the world premiere at Fantastic Fest!

  • May 29, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by IAmJack'sUserID

    That's odd. I went back and downloaded and watched the short films to be sure, and they do work for me. Could it be a browser issue?

  • May 29, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by Booth

    We submitted our film via withoutabox, and will be posting it to you good folks tomorrow. Please look out for it :)