Fantasy Filmfest 2021



Year after year Fantasy Filmfest tours all over Germany to bring its unique mix of genre films to an audience that has little other chance to see their favorite kinds of film on the big screen. Pairing intense horror films with breathtaking thrillers, obscure science-fiction tales and heartfelt dramas, Fantasy Filmfest remains THE alternative to superhero heavy mainstream cinema. At Fantasy Filmfest, fantasy does not mean dragons, elves and magical forests, but stands for creativity, innovation and absurdity. Fantasy Filmfest celebrates the oddball, the obnoxious and the challenging with its program of bold and striking films. It features all those quiet, loud and quirky nuances that are often overlooked by the profitoriented film industry. Full of (fake) blood, sweat and tears, Fantasy Filmfest simply stands for one thing: films that are fantastic!




September 2021



» At the gore night of the 1988 Fantasy Filmfest in Hamburg, local cult band "Angeschissen" performed. «

» On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, a "Best of Fantasy Filmfest" series was screened with 10 films, including LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and BRAINDEAD. Good mix! «

» In 1999, the annual short film reel GET SHORTY was launched. «

» In retrospect almost incomprehensible: hour-long discussions by the selection team whether DONNIE DARKO has enough genre elements to fit in with the festival. «

» Before the Berlin screening of vampire thriller THIRST, the audience serenaded festival guest and director Park Chan-wook on his birthday. «

» For the 20th anniversary, the public competition "Fresh Blood" was launched, the first film to win it was BRICK. Thank you to the Fantasy Filmfest audience and their great taste, which they prove again and again every year! «

» The struggle to show HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES at the festival lasted about two years. The film was considered to be non-marketable due to its brutality. Today, that would be a part of its marketing campaign. «

» The festival pass for 4 days cost 90 DM in 1988, the single ticket 8 DM. «