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Fantastic Fest Is The Largest Genre Film Festival in the U.S.

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The Only Film Festival Exclusively Devoted to Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy and Action Films in Austin, Texas

This upcoming week, Austin, Texas is the place to be for hardcore filmmakers, studios and cinephiles. Starting Thursday, September 23, 2010, and running until next Thursday, September 30, 2010, the Alamo Drafthouse and other theaters around Austin, including the historic Paramount Theater, are opening their doors to zombies, killers, and other disturbing acts of alien/human violence, genius makeup design, and "fantastic" filmmaking.

Fantastic Fest was founded in 2005 by Alamo Drafthouse Theater owner Tim League with the vision of finding a home for fantastic films that didn’t quite make it to the major leagues, a.k.a. mass distribution. Whether for their outrageous violence or inappropriate conent for mainstream American cinema, distributors didn’t find them "sellable." Loving the horror genre and finding it hard to believe that movies he loved didn’t get the love they deserve, Tim League started his own film festival with the help of other horror cinephiles Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, screenwriter Tim McCanlies, and Ain’t It Cool News figurehead Harry Knowles. Together they came up with a film festival that not only boasts the significance of independent horror films, but also other fantastic films that haven’t hit the mainstream track.

Today, Fantastic Fest is considered one of the best film festivals, as well as the largest genre film festival, in the U.S. Nomimated as the most important film festival in North America by Texas Monthly, best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly, and nicknamed the "geek Telluride" by Variety, Fantastic Fest lives up to its hype this year with guests in attendence including A-list actors Edward Norton and Ryan Reynolds and world premieres of Machete Maidens Unleashed! Previous guests in attendence has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Another highlight making Fantastic Fest a must-see and best-of-Austin attraction, is the opening screening of Fantastic Fest, Let Me In, at the Paramount Theater on Thursday at 7 PM. Past films screened at Fantastic Fest include "The Host" directed by Bong Joon-Ho, "The Fountain" directed by Darren Aronofksy, "There Will Be Blood" directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, "Zombieland" directed by Ruben Fleischer, "Antichrist" directed by Lars Von Trier, and "Human Centipede" directed by Tom Six.

Read more about how fantastic Fantastic Fest is by visiting their official site.

While VIP badges and general attendence badges are sold out, single day passes and individual screening tickets can still be purchased day of show here. Paramount screenings can be purchased here: Paramount Gala Screenings.

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