Fantasia festival lineup finalized

Six additional Canadian world premieres have been announced.

Fantasia2011-King-Wei Chu-1Fantasia International Film Festival has released its full lineup for the 19th edition of the event, which kicks off July 19.

Among the Canadian films in the lineup is a world premiere for The Interior, from first time filmmaker Trevor Juras (The Lamp) and producer Peter Kuplowsky. The film will be featured in Fantasia’s Camera Lucida sidebar, which focuses on progressive, envelope-pushing cinema.

The festive frightener and William Shatner-starrer, A Christmas Horror Story, from Canadian filmmakers Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan, Steven Hoban also makes its world premiere.

In the documentary category, a Canada/U.S./Japan coproduction entitled The Real Miyagi will feature and elsewhere the U.S. and Canadian copro Lady Psycho Killer, which features production from Montreal-based Red Clay Productions, will make its world premiere.

There are additional world premieres for Canadian films: Scratch from filmmaker Quebec director Sébastien Godron, On The Horizon from director Pascal Payant, the Patricia Chica-directed short A Tricky Treat and Antisocial 2 from Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films.

A  Tricky Treat is a comedy horror is written by Kamal John Iskander and stars Leonard Waldner. Antisocial 2 is directed by Cody Calahan and co-written by Chad Archibald, Jeff Maher and Calahan.

Also unveiled in today’s programming roster announcement is Astron-6′s horror comedy The Editor, which was recently picked up by Raven Banner for Canadian distribution.

The three-week festival, which runs from July 19 to Aug. 3, will feature a more international flavour in 2015 with more Asian and African films than in previous years, said festival programmer Simon Laperrière. It wasn’t necessarily the festival’s strategy to include a greater number of international films, but Laperrière said submissions came from a more diverse range of territories this year.

Thirty-six countries will be represented in total over the course of the festival, across 135 features and 300 short films.

This includes a trio of films from Japanese director Sion Sono – Shinjuku Swan, Love & Peace, and Tag – and a world premiere for Ludo from Indian directorial pair Q and Nikon.

Among the world premieres also revealed today was Cash Only from Malik Bader (Street Thief), Ninja The Monster from Ken Ochiai (Uzumasa Limelight), and Ansiel Norton’s post-apocalyptic feature Orion, starring David Arquette.

Earlier in June, Fantasia announced world premieres from Canadian filmmakers Larry Kent, Chad Archibald and Gabriel Carrer.

The official closing night film is Hajime Isayama’s live-action war feature Attack On Titan.  

In total the festival will screen 22 world premieres, 13 internationals and 21 North American premieres.

Updated: Story updated at 1:40 on July 7 to reflect the inclusion of A Tricky Treat and Antisocial 2 in the Fantasia lineupUpdated on July 9 at 9:00 p.m. to include A Christmas Horror Story.