Special Events


Moderated by author and critic Michael Gingold

Join us for a special artist talk with gifted US filmmaker Mike Flanagan, recipient of Fantasia’s 2024 Cheval Noir career award, which will be presented at the start of the show. A writer, director and editor who creates with uncommonly haunting emotional resonance, Flanagan has moved genre mountains since emerging on the scene with his ingenious 2011 feature debut ABSENTIA (a Canadian Premiere at Fantasia that year). From features like OCULUS (2013), HUSH (2016), BEFORE I WAKE (2016), OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016), GERALD’S GAME (2017), DOCTOR SLEEP (2019) and the forthcoming LIFE OF CHUCK (2024) to miraculously profound Netflix miniseries events THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (2018), THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (2020), MIDNIGHT MASS (2021), THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (2022) and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (2023), Flanagan has already amassed several lifetimes worth of wholly individualistic creation. And he’s not even 50. You won’t want to miss this career-spanning conversation with a modern master of horror.

Sunday, July 21 – 5PM | FREE ADMISSION

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Every Frame A Painting prEsentS: The Second

Hosted by Vincenzo Nappi

Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou, Vancouver-based creators of the wildly popular YouTube video essay series EVERY FRAME A PAINTING—which has amassed 2 million subscribers—are coming to Fantasia! From YouTube videos to Netflix series (VOIR) and indie features to animation studios, the duo have worked on projects big and small, for themselves and others. Join them for the world premiere of their short film, THE SECOND, starring Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (KIM’S CONVENIENCE, THE MANDALORIAN), and an exclusive lecture about its making, the “one for us, one for them” ethos, and how they’ve charted their careers. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.

Saturday, July 20 – 4PM | FREE ADMISSION

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In conjunction with the screenings of FAQ, Fantasia and the Korean Cultural Centre Canada are pleased to host two Makgeolli Workshops, featuring makgeolli expert M. Carol Duplain Ing, president of Brasserie Vrooden Inc. This workshop offers an opportunity to share Carol's expertise and provide an introduction to makgeolli (a traditional Korean rice wine that is made by fermenting rice and a fermentation starter called nuruk). Participants will have the chance to taste makgeolli, and learn how to craft their own using the provided kits.

Limited space available. Fantasia passholders and FAQ ticket holders will be given priority.
Participants must be over 18.

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July 24 (French session)

July 25 (English session)

Thursday, July 25 – 5PM | FREE ADMISSION

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Live podcast : Colors of the Dark

FANGORIA presents
The COLORS OF THE DARK Podcast live at the Fantasia International Film Festival

With hosts Dr. Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane
Special guest: Chuck Russell

Sequels, remakes and totally ’80s!

FANGORIA presents the COLORS OF THE DARK Podcast live at the Fantasia Film Festival! Join hosts Dr. Rebekah McKendry (professor, writer-director) and Elric Kane (professor, writer-director) as they explore the artistry and impact of the horror films of the 1980s.

The duo will be joined by Director Chuck Russell (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, THE BLOB, THE MASK) to discuss the ’80s sequels and remakes that launched his career, and his latest re-imagining of WITCHBOARD.

The interview will be followed by a visual exploration of the VHS cover art that shaped their tastes, a reflection on the video-store boom and its influence on modern horror, and a countdown of their favourite deep-cut film recommendations from the ’80s.

Thursday, July 25 - 5:15 PM | FREE ADMISSION

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A legendary curator, historian and critic, Los Angeles author Heidi Honeycutt co-founded the Etheria film Festival and has written for a vast number of books, magazines and websites, from Filmmaker, Moviemaker and Indiewire to Bloody Disgusting, Rue Morgue and Famous Monsters of Filmland. In the midst of her many public endeavours, Honeycutt has been working on a definitive, labour-of-love publication. One that’s taken 20 years of labour and a lifetime of research to bring into light.

Fantasia is proud to be hosting the World Premiere book launch of Heidi Honeycutt’s I SPIT ON YOUR CELLULOID: THE HISTORY OF WOMEN DIRECTING HORROR MOVIES (Headpress Books), a comprehensive work that covers the evolution of women in horror cinema from 1896 to the present day.

SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE. PET SEMATARY. NEAR DARK. AMERICAN PSYCHO… These movies have heavily contributed to pop culture and are loved by fans everywhere. But so many others have been forgotten by history. From the first silent reels to modern independent films, in this book you’ll discover the creepy, horrible, grotesque, beautiful, wrong, good, and fantastic—and the one thing they share in common: this is the true history of women directing horror movies.

Having conducted hundreds of interviews and watched thousands of horror films over the last 20 years, Heidi Honeycutt defines the political and cultural forces that shape the way modern horror movies are made by women. I SPIT ON YOUR CELLULOID is a first-of-its-kind celebration, study, and “a book that needed to be written” (says cult filmmaker Stephanie Rothman).

Fantasia’s official book launch will be taking place on Friday, July 26, with a special screening of Christina Hornisher’s once-thought-lost 1974 horror gem HOLLYWOOD 90028, the Canadian Premiere of Grindhouse Releasing’s new 4K restoration.

Honeycutt will introduce the screening and advance copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

In addition, on the following afternoon, Saturday, July 27. Honeycutt will be leading HER HORROR HISTORY, a special panel discussion with an array of female filmmakers attending this year’s festival, which you won’t want to miss.

Friday, July 26 - 5:15PM

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Drawing Monsters: A Ghoulish Chat With Artist Gary Pullin

Moderated by Justin Langlois

Ghoulish Gary is taking over Fantasia! Join us for an intimate discussion with artist Gary Pullin about his career, art, and influences. Pullin’s talk will range from his seminal days at Rue Morgue Magazine to his more recent projects as Ghoulish Gary. For the last 12 years he has made cover art for Mad Magazine and Fangoria, movie posters for Mondo, Arrow Video and MGM, and original album art for vinyl soundtracks for everyone from Deep Focus Records to Waxworks. The Rondo-winning artist will talk pop art, being a monster kid, and everything in between in this groovily ghoulish event!

Saturday, July 27 - 2PM | FREE ADMISSION

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Animateur : Marc Lamothe

Une discussion sur le métier de productrice de films de genre qui sera décortiqué avec des anecdotes savoureuses, en compagnie de quatre productrices québécoises chevronnées dont les identités seront dévoilées sous peu sur notre site internet. Un représentant de la SODEC sera aussi présent pour parler un peu des programmes en place destinés aux producteurs émergents.
Cette activité est présentée en collaboration avec l’Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM).

Samedi 27 juillet 2024 - 15h | ENTRÉE GRATUITE

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Her Horror Legacy: A Discussion on Women Directing Horror Movies

Moderator: Heidi Honeycutt

With panelists Yfke Van Berckelaer, Sapna Moti Bhavnani, Heather Buckley, Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair, Kier-La Janisse, Kristina Klebe, Izzy Lee, Maude Michaud, Toby Poser, Elizabeth E. Schuch, Lucía Forner Segarra, Jenn Wexler and Anouk Whissell. Additional panelists to be announced shortly.

Join curator historian and author Heidi Honeycutt and a range of contemporary filmmakers attending this year’s festival for an engaging discussion on the historical and modern impact of women directing horror movies. This panel will highlight the importance of preserving film history and celebrate the unique contributions of women directors. By exploring their individual stories and the evolution of the genre, we aim to shed light on the vital role women directors play in shaping the landscape of horror cinema and its culture.

Presented as part of Fantasia’s special book launch for Heidi Honeycutt’s I SPIT ON YOUR CELLULOID: THE HISTORY OF WOMEN DIRECTING HORROR MOVIES (Headpress Books). Advance copies of the book will be available at the panel, in addition co-panelist Izzy Lee’s debut novela I CAN SEE YOUR LIES (Dark Matter Ink).

Saturday, July 27 - 4PM | FREE ADMISSION

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Special gallery exhibition!


Quebec metal legends Voïvod are synonymous with pioneering music. Their drummer, Away, is a multifaceted artist who’s cultivated a unique style in music and art while keeping true to themselves. In celebration of the hometown world premiere of Felipe Belalcazar’s Voïvod documentary WE ARE CONNECTED, Fantasia and BBAM! Gallery have come together to present Rebel Robots: An exhibition of original art pieces, photographs, instruments and artifacts sourced directly from the band’s archives, celebrating Voïvod’s extraordinary 40-year legacy. Step into the multiverse experience of Voïvod with this special, intimate exhibit and don’t miss WE ARE CONNECTED at the festival!

Monday July 29, 4PM-7PM
Tuesday July 30, 12:30PM – 6PM


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Plus tôt en 2023, l’auteur Sylvan Garel lançait l’ouvrage Le FLQ dans la cinématographie Québécoise aux éditions Somme toute. Alors qu’il prépare une nouvelle édition de cet ouvrage, nous avons décidé de saisir l’occasion et de discuter avec lui de la représentation du Felquiste au Cinéma Québécois, tant dans la fiction que le documentaire. Pour cette occasion, nous avons aussi invités Felix Rose, fils de Paul Rose et réalisateur du film LES ROSE (2020) et de la série LE DERNIER FELQUISTE (2020), Mathieu Denis, réalisateur de CORBO (2015) et Luc Picard, acteur dans OCTOBRE (1994) de Pierre Falardeau.
Il n’y aura pas de question du public à la fin de cet activité.

Dimanche 4 août 2024 à 15h | ENTRÉE GRATUITE

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Korean Culture Boxes Exhibition

Throughout the festival, Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU Lobby

Experience Korean Culture with the Korean Culture Boxes!

Join us during the festival period as Fantasia and the Korean Cultural Centre Canada proudly present the Korean Culture Boxes exhibition. Open the Korean Culture Boxes and embark on an interactive journey to understand and experience the lifestyle of Koreans.

Hansik Box
The Hansik boxes are designed to provide an easy and joyful introduction to hansik (Korean food) for all Fantasia audiences. These interactive exhibition boxes offer an enjoyable experience of Korean food culture, allowing audiences to discover their favourite Korean dishes.

Hanbok Box
The Hanbok Box offers a unique opportunity for audiences to try on hanbok, the traditional Korean clothing, along with various types of hats. Immerse yourself in the unique beauty of Korea with the Hanbok Box. Please note that the Hanbok Box is only exhibited occasionally.

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