If you’ve been fortunate enough to find yourself in the Montreal area during the early summer season, you no doubt know that the Fantasia Film Festival audience is one of the greatest crowds on the festival circuit. And if you’ve never made the trek, this year is your year! Fantasia Film Festival 2019 descends upon Montreal July 11 to celebrate film with 3 straight weeks of bold cinema. Previous year’s films have included The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The BigfootLowlife, and Mandy.

Official selections, special events, guests, and juries are soon to be announced but unveiled to us yesterday was the 2019 Festival Poster (below), from artist Donald Caron


From The Press Release:

The Fantasia International Film Festival returns July 11 to August 1, 2019, to celebrate its 23rd edition. This Summer will again see three weeks of festive screenings, exciting premieres, and activities for both the public and industry professionals.


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Fantasia programmers are currently hard at work curating a memorable selection of films. Directors, producers, and industry professionals have until May 2 to submit their titles. Information and conditions related to submissions can be found on the festival website at fantasiafestival.com/en/submissions

Since 2011, the majority of Fantasia’s artwork has found inspiration in a traditional Quebec tale – the legend of Trois-Pistoles’ black horse, Le Cheval Noir. Throughout the years, other fantastic characters have joined the roster, such as last year’s fan-favorites: aluchador pug and enormous flying cat, who proudly return alongside Le Cheval Noir.

This year, the festival again partners with artist Donald Caron, whose work has represented Fantasia for the last eight years. With so many iconic science-fiction films taking place in 2019 – including BLADE RUNNER, AKIRA, THE ISLAND, DAYBREAKERS, and THE RUNNING MAN – this year’s poster is set in space, proudly highlighting the historic link between 2019 and the magical world of sci-fi.

Will you be attending the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival? Have you attended any of the previous years? Share your favourite Fantasia memories with us on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!