Safe Neighborhood, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Wolfen, The Naked Prey, and more are coming to Ithaca, NY!
Those of you who’ve been with us for a little while now know that our love of film festivals, and genre festivals in particular, runs deep and girthy. We’re big fans of Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Montreal’s Fantasia, Toronto’s After Dark, and others, and this year we’ll also be attending the Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival. It’ll be our first time there, but it’s their fifth edition, and we couldn’t be more excited.
This year’s fest is opening and closing with two recent gems from South Korea – Park Chan-wook’s gorgeous and intense The Handmaiden and the zombie hit, Train to Busan. Both are well worth your time, but you’ll kick yourself if you miss the chance to see Park’s film on the big screen.
In addition to the new films below, the fest is hosting seven retrospective screenings. The titles are a terrific mix of genre classics including Aliens, Altered States, An American Werewolf in London, Deliverance, Long Weekend, The Naked Prey, and Wolfen. I’ve only seen one of these on the big screen, so I’m looking forward to catching as many of them at the fest as possible.
Documentary fans will be pleased as the fest brings a handful of new non-fiction titles this year too. 24×36 will appeal to the movie poster collectors among you, while Creature Designers explores the effects wizards responsible for many of your favorite practical creature effects. There’s even a doc called S Is for Stanley that digs into the work of Stanley Kubrick.
For most folks though the fest’s big draw will be its selection of new titles, and this year feature’s a strong mix of films that guarantee something for everyone. Of the titles I’ve already seen elsewhere I can recommend at least one without reservation – Safe Neighborhood is an absolute blast. Funny, suspenseful, and surprisingly smart, it’s the title you need to see before too many people start talking about it.
Keep reading for the complete lists of films playing this year’s fest as well as information on the bumper contest that’s open to submissions until October 30th.
24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters
Kevin Burke, Canada
James Cameron, US – 1981
Alipato: A Very Brief Life of Ember
Tobias Nölle, France/Switzerland
Ken Russell, US – 1980
American Werewolf in London
John Landis, US – 1981
Carson D Mell, US
Rohit Mittal, India
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
André Orvedal, UK
Belief: The Possession Of Janet Moses
David Stubbs, New Zeland
Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex
Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet, US
Mattie Do, Laos
John Boorman, US – 1972
Par Chan-wook, South Korea
Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia
Rod Blackhurst, US
I, Olga Hepnarova
Petr Kazda &Thomas Weinreb, Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia/France
Hideo Sakaki, Japan
Dan Pringle, UK
Colin Eggleston, Australia – 1978
The Love Witch
Anna Biller, US
Bobby Miller, US
Shakti Soundar Rajan, India
My Father Die
Sean Brosnam, US
The Naked Prey
Cornel Wilde, US – 1965
Nick DiLiberto, Canada
Marc Lahore, France
Carles Torrens, USA/Spain
Return of MIZUNO
Hikaru Tsukuda, Japan
S is for Stanley
Alex Infascelli, Italy
Sadako vs. Kayako
Koji Shiraishi, Japan
Chris Peckover, Australia/USA
Yeon Sang-ho, South Korea
She’s Allergic to Cats
Michael Reich, US
Sebastian Rotstein & Federico Rotstein, Argentina
Train to Busan
Yeon Sang-ho, South Korea
Michael Wadleigh, US – 1981
For filmmakers, the Nature’s Revenge bumper contest submission deadline has been extended to Oct. 30.
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. 30.
How to Submit
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.