Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.

Attack on Titan

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Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled its full line-up for its upcoming 19th edition which kicks off next Tuesday [July 14].

Over its three-week run, the Montreal-based genre film festival will showcase 135 features, including 22 world, 13 international premieres and 21 North American premieres, and almost 300 short films.

Shinji Higuchi’s Attack on Titan will receive its Canadian premiere as the closing film of this year’s edition on Aug 4. The live-action film is based on Hajime Isyama’s steampunk fantasy war opera manga series.

Additional highlights of the final wave of titles include the world premieres of Malik Bader’s thriller Cash Only and Ken Ochiai’s Ninja the Monster, as well as the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion’s horror comedy Cooties starring Elijah Wood.

A trio of Sion Sono films will also be shown at this year’s Fantasia: the international premiere of manga adaptation Shinjuku Swan and the North American premieres of family film Love & Peace and black comedy Tag.

Other titles announced for Fantasia include anthology A Christmas Horror Story, Nathan Oliver’s Lady Psycho Killer, Daniel & Matthew Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, Sean Baker’s Tangerine, Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy’s The Editor, Yoo Ha’s Gangnam Blues, Mamoru Oshii’s Nowhere Girl and Chris & Ben Blaine’s Nina Forever.


This year’s Camera Lucida strand will open with the world premiere of Q & Nikon’s Ludo, as well as hosting the world premieres of Asiel Norton’s post-apocalyptic Orion and Trevor Juras’ feature debut The Lamp.

Meanwhile, Fantasia’s Action! strand will host the world premiere of Stephen S. Campanelli’s action thriller Momentum, starring Olga Kurylenko, and the international premiere of Choi Dong-hoon’s period thriller Assassination.

Harold P. Warren’s Manos: The Hands of Fate and Philip Ridley’s The Reflecting Skin are among the restorations screening at this year’s Fantasia.

The first-ever Canadian presentation of Larry Fessenden & Glenn McQuaid’s Tales from Beyond the Pale radio drama leads this year’s special events, which will also see book launch of Kier-la Janisse & Paul Corupe’s Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s.

Guests / Juries

Over 55 directors, producers and actors will attend the festival in support of their films, as well as more than 400 film-makers and film industry professionals.

Guests include Kevin Bacon (Cop Car), Neil Marshall, Axelle Carolyn & Darren Lynn Bousman (Tales of Halloween), Doron & Yoav Paz (Jeruzalem), Ken Ochiai (Ninja the Monster), Adrián García Bogliano (Scherzo Diabolico), Nathan Ambrosioni (Hostile) and Ted Geoghegan & Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here).

Notable industry representatives attending this year’s Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous include Amazon Studios, Blumhouse Productions, ICM Partners, Magnolia Pictures, Gaumont and the Nikkatsu Corporation.

This year’s Cheval Noir jury consists of Mongrel Media’s Andrew Frank, film-maker Roxanne Benjamin, actor/screenwriter François Létourneau, FrightFest co-founder Ian Rattray and Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek, while the New Flesh Award will be decided by Epic Pictures’ Patrick Ewald, Rue Morgue editor Dave Alexander, cartoonist Jimmy Beaulieu and Nikkatsu’s Emico Kawai.

Film-maker John McNaughton, journalist Matthew Hays and Arrow Video’s Francesco Simeoni make up the international short film competition jury, and a trio of film-makers - Benoit Godbout, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre and Johanne Ste-Marie - will sit on the animation jury.

For the first time ever, the Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Feature will be administered by Spectacular Optical with the winner receiving a cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.

Fantasia International Film Festival runs July 14-Aug 4. For the full line-up and schedule, visit its official website.

Full list of final wave titles

WP - World Premiere; IP - International Premiere; NAP - North American Premiere; CP - Canadian Premiere; QP - Quebec Premiere; MP - Montreal Premiere

100 Yen Love (CP)
Dir: Masaharu Take

Anima State (QP)
Dir: Hammad Khan

The Arti: The Adventure Begins (NAP)
Dir: Huang Wen Chang

Assassination (IP)
Dir: Choi Dong-hoon

Attack on Titan (CP)
Dir: Shinji Higuchi

Battles Without Honour and Humanity
Dir: Kinji Fukasaku

Black & White: The Dawn of Justice (CP)
Dir: Tsai Yueh-Hsun 

Buddha’s Palm
Dir: Taylor Wong

The Case of Hana & Alice (NAP)
Dir: Shunji Iwai

Cash Only (WP)
Dir: Malik Bader 

Catch Me Daddy (QP)
Dirs:  Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe

A Christmas Horror Story (WP)
Dirs: Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan, Steven Hoban

Cooties (CP)
Dirs: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Cosmodrama (NAP)
Dir: Philippe Fernandez

Deadman Inferno (NAP)
Dir: Hiroshi Shinagawa

The Editor (MP)
Dirs: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy

Excess Flesh (CP)
Dir: Patrick Kennelly

Gangnam Blues (CP)
Dir: Yoo Ha

Goodnight Mommy (QP)
Dir: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Haemoo (QP)
Dir: Shim Sung-bo

A Hard Day (QP)
Dir: Kim Seong-hun

I Am Thor (QP)
Dir: Ryan Wise

The Interior (WP)
Dir: Trevor Juras

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (QP)
Dirs: Roger Allers, Paul Brizzi, Gaëtan Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha 

Lady Psycho Killer (WP)
Dir: Nathan Oliver

Love & Peace (NAP)
Dir: Sion Sono

Ludo (WP)
Dirs: Q, Nikon

Lupin the Third (QP)
Dir: Ryuhei Kitamura

Manos: The Hands of Fate
Dir: Harold P. Warren 

Minuscule: Valley of the Ants 3D (QP)
Dirs: Hélène Giraud, Thierry Szabo

Momentum (WP)
Dir: Stephen S. Campanelli

Nina Forever (CP)
Dir: Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine

Ninja the Monster (WP)
Dir: Ken Ochiai

The Ninja War of Torakage (NAP)
Dir: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Nowhere Girl (CP)
Dir: Mamoru Oshii

The Nutcracker 3D (NAP)
Dir: Sebastian Masuda

Office (NAP)
Dir: Hong Won-chan

On the Horizon (WP)
Dir: Pascal Payant

Orion (WP)
Dir: Asiel Norton

Poison Berry in my Brain (NAP)
Dir: Yuichi Sato

Port of Call (CP)
Dir: Philip Yung

Princess Jellyfish (CP)
Dir: Taisuke Kawamura

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (QP)
Dirs: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

The Real Miyagi (QP)
Dir: Kevin Derek

The Reflecting Skin
Dir: Philip Ridley

Dir: Noel Marshall

Robbery (CP)
Dir: Fire Lee

The Royal Tailor (CP)
Dir: Lee Won-suk

Dir: George Mihalka

Scratch (WP)
Dir: Sébastien Godron

Shinjuku Swan (IP)
Dir: Sion Sono

Singham Returns
Dir: Rohit Shetty

Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (CP)
Dir: Peter Pau, Zhao Tianyu

Strayer’s Chronicle (CP)
Dir: Takahisa Zeze

Tangerine (MP)
Dir: Sean Baker

Tag (NAP)
Dir: Sion Sono

Tazza: The Hidden Card (QP)
Dir: Kang Hyoung-chul

Teana: 10,000 Years After 3D (NAP)
Dir: Yi Li

(T)error (QP)
Dirs: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe

Un Homme Ideal (A Perfect Man) (CP)
Dir: Yann Gozlan