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FANTASTIC CINEMA & Craft beer festival
(May 3-7, 2017)

ANIMATION + FANTASY + HORROR + SCI-FI + EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN AND AMAZING CRAFT BEER

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS - Final Submission Deadline - March 1, 2017

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS - Final Submission Deadline - March 1, 2017

An amazing first year for what will no doubt be an important genre film festival ongoing. Amazing, interesting people. A diverse selection of films. Ambitious. Upbeat. A great place to watch strange cinema and hang out with people who, like us, eat, sleep and breathe movies. Can’t wait to go back!
— CHRIS ALEXANDER, FILMMAKER, MANAGING EDITOR OF SHOCK TILL YOU DROP AND (FORMERLY) FANGORIA

Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival screens innovative and imaginative films from bold visionaries who are not afraid to do what it takes to create films that challenge, inspire, and ultimately thrill audiences. These fantastic films are presented alongside the very best craft beer from the state of Arkansas.

The combination of interesting buzz-worthy films, attending filmmakers from all over the country, specially brewed craft beers, and nightly after-parties held at a different craft beer brewery each night helps create an awesome, unique festival experience that you will be talking about long after it's over. And if you are not a beer drinker, no worries. We still provide a terrific all around festival experience even without the beer!

Bring us your bold visions, your magical, your scary, your alien, your frightening, your mutation, your fantastic; we want it all.

Festival press coverage has included Shock Till You Drop, Bloody-Disgusting, Daily Dead, Horror Society, Horror-movies.ca, and The Blood-Shed. Along with local newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.

This is an event worth traveling to. I’m already planning for next year’s fest and encouraging all of my genre-loving friends to attend. I can’t wait to see how Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer fest grows; it should definitely be considered one of the country’s premier film festivals!
— JOSH MILLICAN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY FOR CRYPT TV

In 2017, Fantastic Cinema core programming categories are:

FANTASTIC CREATIONS

Movies in this category are often genre defying. They can be animation, drama, comedy, southern gothic, post apocalyptic, horror, and fantasy film all at the same time. The filmmakers who create these movies are not afraid to push the envelope. They are often the new, bold voices in cinema. 

(Examples of "Fantastic Creations" screened at Fantastic Cinema 2016 THE FITS, ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER)

FANTASTIC JOURNEYS

Movies in this category are typically classified as Sci-Fi or Fantasy. They often take viewers on a journey to new and undiscovered places and times. Including Sci-Fi or Fantasy animation.

FANTASTIC NIGHTMARES

Horror lives here. We are looking for newest and boldest horror movies we can find. These filmmakers present their audience with terrifying visions of the known and unknown. Including animated horror.

Had a wonderful time: it was a lot of fun. High caliber, engaging. The films were thought provoking and unique themes. Show was well executed: Bravo!
— Michael Berryman, Actor (Cured, The Hills Have Eyes)
Fantastic Cinema is a festival experience to remember. I am so lucky to have been invited to Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival 2016. What stood out to me is not only the hospitality and friendliness of the festival but the quality of work they show in their line up. It made my job on the jury really hard and so rewarding to see all the amazing talent that is offered in the world. I had an absolute blast at FC and can’t wait to head back. By the way, best craft beer I’ve ever had!
— Gigi Saul Guerrero, Luchagore Productions, Filmmakers (Fantastic Cinema Emerging Filmmaker Award Winners)