Little Rock, AR - Fantastic Cinema is excited to announce the shorts lineup for the annual festival happening April 7-10, 2016 in Little Rock, AR at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema.
Short films provide genre filmmakers an outlet to let their talent and unique ideas shine without having to adhere to many of the constraints of a feature film. Programmers Eric White and Johnnie Brannon have culled through submissions from all over the world to create a diverse lineup of horror, fantastic, sci-fi, and other wonderfully bizarre shorts that are sure to leave audiences wanting more.
Here are the 2016 Fantastic Cinema Official Selections comprised of local, national, and international short films:
Auld Lang Syne
D: BRADLEY PORTER | UK | 16 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
It's 2014 and time travel exists. It's New Years Eve and the only thing that gets Laura and Simon through the day are their brief flirtations. When Simon leaves for a lad's weekend to the past Laura gets caught in decade spanning black market war to save the man she might love.
D: ARTHUR TABLEAU | FRANCE | 13 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
In a world turned to ashes by war between human and machines, a boy tries to survive. Even if the robot menace is everywhere, he goes on a quest for food. Despite his effort to stay hidden, he gets caught. While everything seems to be lost, the reaction of the robot is not going to be what he expected…
D: BHARGAV SAIKIA | INDIA | 13 MIN
The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.
D: DONAVON THOMPSON | MADE IN ARKANSAS | LR PREMIERE
A sixty-second psychological comedy about bees.
D: STEPHANIE CABDEVILA | FRANCE | 14 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her.
D: SPENCER PARSONS | USA | 31 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
That thing where you had such a great time last night that you can't remember the murder. Inspired by actual events.
D: GALLIEN GUIBERT | FRANCE | 14 MIN | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Early 19th century. An island. Three men. A long walk through the night.
D: JEREMY DYSON | CANADA | 6 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
BC's flowering craft beer industry shows its passion for the art of making real beer. Meet the grinders and the mavericks of British Columbia's microbrew scene in Brew Love and whet your thirst for the craft-beer revolution.
D: LYNN HANSEN | USA | 12 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
Millie is determined to prove to the world that she's captured the first real zombie--even if he's not one.
D: RAFAEL BOLLIGER | SWITZERLAND | 14 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A dying scientist is offered the chance to live on in his clone's body.
D: JESSE LARSON | USA | 11 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Nosferatu, driven by blood - makes his way into a costume party and gets more than he bargained for in the drug fueled veins of the party's guests.
D: ERIC ENGLAND & JESSE BURKS | MADE IN ARKANSAS | WORLD PREMIERE
A possessed woman experiences a surgeon's unusual form of exorcism.
D: POL DIGGLER | SPAIN | 18 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
An indie filmmaking crew shoots the first snuff movie with a plot.
Gotham Knights: Enter The Red Hood
D: TIMOTHY DRENNAN | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 4 MIN
Three of Joker's thugs discuss what it is like to work for the Clown Prince of Crime, before they are interrupted by a mysterious vigilante.
D: STEVEN ODER | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 17 MIN | WORLD PREMIERE
A quirky teenage girl that hangs out in graveyards must cope with loss while being stalked by a demon.
D: BARTOSZ KRUHLIK | POLAND | 24 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
HEAT - 1. Coal or wood afire to redness, 2. High air temperature, 3. Vehemence of feelings.
D: ADAM CRAIN | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 14 MIN | LR PREMIERE
Griffin is a henchman working for the evil Dr. Maddox. After his best friend and fellow henchman, Kevin, sets off a string of events that leads him to become the new leader, Griffin joins Agent Lillian King in rescuing the President of the United States and stopping Kevin once and for all.
How Deep Can I Go?
D: KAI SMYTHE | AUSTRALIA | 5 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
Using hand drawn cardboard sets and props, Hairy Soul Man explores how deep some humans will go for love.
Howl of a Good Time
D: PATRICK REA | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 9 MIN | LR PREMIERE
A youngster sneaks into a movie theater during a private showing of a long lost classic horror film. She is unaware that the theatergoers aren't what they appear to be.
D: MAXENCE RAPP | FRANCE | 8 MIN | US PREMIERE
A young lady is about to hang an antique mirror to the wall when someone knocks at her door. Who is it? Or should we say WHAT is it?
Last Door South
D: SACHA FEINER | BELGIUM | 14 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
"The World is made of floors, connected by stairs, and made of rooms". Such is the vision of a child and his siamese head, bricked up by their mother in the family manor since they were born… until one day, when, after seeing a strange light, they swear to find… the end of the World.
D: ERIC WHITE | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 6 MIN
Herbert was a boy like any other. He lived in a small, white home with only his mother, until one day she brought him home a baby brother. With his mother's attention divided, he decided one way or another, he was going to get rid of his little brother.
The Looking Planet
D: ERIC ANDERSON | USA | 17 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.
(*)Madre De Dios (Mother of God)
D: GIGI SAUL GUERRERO | CANADA | 7 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.
D: IVAN VILLAMEL SANCHEZ | 9 MIN | SPAIN
On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.
D: HAVEN NUTT | USA | 28 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
He's across the way. He's deep in my head. He's right behind me. He's under my bed.
Night of the Slasher
D: SHANT HAMASSIAN | USA | 11 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.
(*)An Ode to Angeline
D: SARAH JONES | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 5 MIN
Obsession brings out the worst in everyone.
D: CALEB FANNING | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 24 MIN
A man is cloned before death to continue life with his wife.
D: JONATHAN CUARTAS | USA | 7 MIN
Daniel encounters something evil in his claustrophobic apartment.
D: JARROD PAUL BECK | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 25 MIN
Noncompliant citizens Stevens 8936 and Warner 5963 discover the freedom of a forbidden world outside the confines of their oppressive society.
D: PATRICK REA | USA | 5 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
What seems like a simple pillow fight between several co-eds, soon turns deadly.
D: OLGA OSORIO | SPAIN | 15 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A woman is trapped in a temporal loop that she may not be able to break.
Robbie the Rabbit
D: RIAN SMITH | IRELAND | 11 MIN | US PREMIERE
A tragic childhood friendship between two boys leaves one of them obsessed with rabbits.
D: TONI TIKKANEN | FINLAND | 7 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
A little girl's journey from a world of nightmares to the nightmare of reality.
The Smiling Man
D: A.J. BRIONES | USA | 7 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.
D: PHIL HAINE | UK | 10 MIN | REGIONAL PREMIERE
When Harris runs out of toilet paper his world turns into a literal nightmare from which there may be no escape because true darkness comes from within.
D: MATHEW THOMAS FOSS | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 20 MIN | WORLD PREMIERE
Dr. Mendel has to determine whether to save or destroy the greatest of his creations, an intelligent design with free will and the ability to good or evil.
Total Awesome Viking Power
D: MORTEN FORLAND | USA | 15 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to "the land of the dead" he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk.
(*)The Town Where Nobody Lives
D: AL TOPICH | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 22 MIN
Richard and Elizabeth are a married couple on a road trip who find themselves lost in a mysterious ghost town.
(*)’Twas the Night of the Krampus
D: DONAVON THOMPSON | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 11 MIN
On the eve of Christmas, Santa Claus must team up with the reluctant Bill the elf, to save the President’s daughter from the terrifying Krampus.
D: JONATHAN CUARTAS | USA | 11 MIN
A dismantled alcoholic tells a story at an AA meeting. He claims a ruthless killer is after him for an unpaid debt, but is anything he says believable?
D: JORDAN MEARS | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 16 MIN
Raven, a vampire hunter who poses as a prostitute, joins a rogue priest and his team in a mission to save the world and exact revenge on the man who killed her father.
D: REN WANG | CHINA | 15 MIN | ARKANSAS PREMIERE
This film is about second kind of encounter on aliens.
D: JASON MILLER | MADE IN ARKANSAS | 17 MIN
On a quiet night in October 1995, two young brothers, home alone and grounded for fighting, must uncover the source of strange, unintelligible whispers slowly surrounding their family's isolated country home.
(*) - These shorts are not in competition for Jury Awards
ABOUT FANTASTIC CINEMA & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Fantastic Cinema celebrates storytelling, imagination and innovation in all genre films. Bring us your magical, your scary, your alien, your frightening, your mutation, your fantastic; we want it all.
Fantastic Cinema is Film Society of Little Rock’s home for bold visionaries who are not afraid to take risks in order to create films that inspire, challenge, and thrill our audiences.
Also in 2016, along with the fantastic movies, we are excited to add an exciting new component to the festival… the best craft beer in the state of Arkansas!
Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival will combine two passionate fan bases that are a natural fit and will become a festival destination for Arkansans and the surrounding region!
Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival will be held April 7-10, 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema. For more information visit:www.fantasticcinema.com and follow on Facebook at Fantastic Cinema Film Festival (fb.me/fantasticcinemafilmfestival) and Twitter @FanCinemaFest.
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