The creativity and passion presented at the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival will blow you away. From May 7 to 11, it is a celebration of fear, science fiction, and fantasy films, including animation and children’s films, providing great exposure for filmmakers, according to Aric Cushing, co-founder with Logan Thomas (The Yellow Wallpaper filmmakers with more than 20 years experience in cinema).
“Genre-loving fans will enjoy it because there’s a plethora of films from around the world that will appeal to a wide audience,” Cushing reports. He, Thomas, and the festival board members (including industry notables Anna Wycoff, Greg Beaton, and Basem Wasef) have been impressed by the entries. “I am awestruck by these young filmmakers and how they are advancing the artistry by being technically savvy with their storytelling,” Thomas says.
What’s most important to Cushing and Thomas is that the festival is very intimate and run by filmmakers. They spend time with the writers and directors and exchange ideas and critiques, plus they have a distribution seminar scheduled. They even have a screenplay competition and recognize great un-produced scripts and giving them exposure to producers and directors.
Last year, producers, actors, writers, and directors from many countries joined the weeklong celebration. This year celebrated director Russell Mulchay (his films include Highlander, Resident Evil: Extinction, The Shadow) will be honored with the Achievement Award for Fear and Fantasy.
The schedule of films includes features: The Ufologist, Mister White, The Fellows Hip, Space Milkshake, Found, An American Terror, and Play Dead. Great fantasy and horror shorts are also on the schedule each day.
The festival is centrally located in the historic downtown Burbank area, at Theatre Banshee at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. For tickets and the schedule of films and screening times go to fearandfantasy.com.