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Fantastic Planet 2014: Call for Entries!

The 5th annual Fantastic Planet Film Festival is now accepting submissions to the following categories:

- Feature Films
- Shorts
- Animations
- Music videos
- Screenplays

Enter now via Withoutabox:
Click here to submit via Withoutabox

Or click here for more festival details.

WET AND RECKLESS International Release, Friday August 9!


The 2013 winner of Fantastic Planet's “Independent Spirit Award” is now available, internationally, for rent or download. Made by, and starring, Jason Trost (THE FP, ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE) and Lucas Till (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST).

Imagine Wes Anderson's BOTTLE ROCKET fused with the reality TV show SURVIVOR, and you might get the slightest inkling of this hilarious buddy-comedy-crime-caper that spins entirely off the rails. Two party-animal, reality TV stars are stranded in Thailand. The only way home, and last chance of reclaiming their reality star-status? A treasure map... to a treasure map... Hilarity and adventure ensue in this indie comedic gem.

If you missed the world premiere of WET AND RECKLESS at the fest, or want to revisit an audience favourite, check out the below links. It's available for instant download on the new Vimeo on demand service.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8orJGjucuY

First 7 Minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64A1bhDm71A&feature=youtu.be

Rent/Download Film: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wetandreckless

Festival Award Winners List for 2013 Released

The full list of our 2013 festival award winners is now online. Click here to view it now!

LAUNCH PAD brings World Premiere Films and Filmmakers to Sydney!

Launch Pad

Fantastic Planet Film Festival proudly presents Launch Pad: an inaugural festival component dedicated to shining the spotlight on fantastic and unique World Premiere films we've hunted down for our discerning Sydney audience. Click here for interviews, trailers and film details!

Full festival program now online!

Click here to view this year's fantastic line up!

A Night of Horror/Fantastic Planet

THE MOVIE TRIVIA CHALLENGE returns for its second year: Saturday April 6!

Think you know the nitty-gritty of horror & science-fiction movies? Think you know your Omen from your Prophecy? Your Dark Star from your Black Hole? Horrorphile & sf-buff and Movie Trivia Challenge host Bryn Tilly invites teams of between two and five to rise (or descend, depending on your genre sensibility) to the occasion.

An afternoon of serious cinema-geek fun! Big prize pack for the winning team, and other give-aways throughout the afternoon!

This event will double as the unofficial launch of the 4th Fantastic Planet & 7th Annual A Night Of Horror International Film Festivals, screening at Dendy Cinemas Newtown from April 11 – 21.

Teams must register their team moniker & number of members to movietriviachallenge@gmail.com no later than midnight Thursday April 4th. Teams are encouraged to bring a mascot representing their team moniker as a secondary prize will be awarded to the team with the coolest mascot.

Where and When: Saturday April 6th, 2:00pm, The Velvet Room. Upstairs in the Bank Hotel, 324 King Street, Newtown

Opening Night Film of the 2013 festival announced:
Australian Premiere of ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE

All Superheroes Must Die

 KICK-ASS meets SAW in this twisting, high-octane, thrill ride. Four superheroes awaken, stripped of their powers. They are forced to choose between letting civilian hostages die, or competing in a series of lethal challenges, designed by their arch-nemesis Rickshaw (James Remar, DEXTER). Yet the heroes' biggest threat might come from within: the dangerous rivalry between the group's leader, Charge (Jason Trost, THE FP), and his old sidekick Cutthroat (Lucas Till, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS). And when your leader believes that back-up plans are only for people who intend to fail, make no mistake: Superheroes will die!

 PLUS! Screening to be followed by Q&A with special international guests: Director/star Jason Trost, and producer/star Lucas Till (best known to fans of the superhero genre for his role as Havok in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS). The duo will also be at the festival for the World Premiere of their latest feature film, the hilarious action/comedy gem WET AND RECKLESS. (Check back here soon for full festival program).

Opening Night is generously sponsored by:

Kings Comics

The 4th Fantastic Planet Film Festival is landing soon!

Prepare to engage your optical and auditory sensors! Australia's leading fantastic genre film festival is in orbit, waiting to invade Dendy Cinema Newtown, from April 11 to 21. The fest's programming droids have boldly gone deep into the vortex of undiscovered cinema to seek out an astounding cargo of the latest and coolest sci-fi and fantasy gems. And if the terrifying, the gory, and the macabre tingle your circuits, you better set your excitement modulator to overload! Because Fantastic Planet lands at Dendy Newtown simultaneously with A Night of Horror: a festival that promises to deliver the best and bloodiest horror cinema from Australia and the world. So no matter what your genre receptors respond to, we've got your fantastic films fix covered.

And gravitate back to the Fantastic Planet site often! A sneak-peak at the 2013 festival line-up, news about our world premieres, and more exciting announcements will be beamed here in the days ahead. We'll see you then... in the future!"

Total Recall, in cinemas August 23!

Total Recall

Total Recall has been inspired anew by the short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by famous science fiction writer Philip K. Dick.

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Total Recall is in cinemas from AUGUST 23. Check out the trailer here - www.TotalRecallMovie.com.au

2012 Award Winners Announced!

Fantastic Planet and A Night of Horror Program

Click here to view the full list.

Festival launches this Friday March 16 with BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW!

Beyond the Black Rainbow

(click poster to view trailer)

Fantastic Planet Film Festival lands on screens at Dendy Newtown from March 22 to April 1, but it launches from The Mu-Meson Archives! This Friday, March 16 at 7:30pm!

The launch includes the unmissable Australian premiere of the stunning head trip that is BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, accompanied by an assortment of horror and sci-fi themed music videos and short films.

Tickets only $10 at Door

Then two special events on Sunday March 18, also at the Mu-Meson Archives!

Robot Mania!

The fair will feature stallholders selling tin toy robots and space toys as well as movie memorabilia, 16mm screenings of rare robot movies, a robot building workshop with Miss Death using recycled materials from Reverse Garbage and lots more.

TOY MANIA - FILM PROGRAM (Doors 7:30pm for 8pm start)
Explore the wonderful world of tin toys and robots with educational films, commercials and an incredible tin toy documentary. Plus much more!

Tickets only $10 at door for Toy Mania screening.
Entry by donation for Robot Fair.

The Mu-Meson Archives is located at the top of the metal stairs at the rear of King Furniture Building, cnr Trafalgar & Parramatta Rds, Annandale. (Entrance on Trafalgar street.)

More details at: www.mumeson.org

First six fantastic films of the 2012 festival announced!

Here's a sneak peek at some of the fantastic films from this years program. Click on the posters to see the films' trailers.
Full program details (including 25 feature films and over 70 shorts) online soon.

Angels and Airwaves LoveThe Divide

Unicorn CityPig

SkewThe Arrival of Wang

Fantastic Planet Pub Movie Trivia!
Saturday March 24, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, The Bank Hotel, 324 King Street Newtown.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the pub for a quiet drink… It's the inaugural FANTASTIC PLANET MOVIE TRIVIA CHALLENGE!

A Saturday afternoon of unashamed geekdom and championship where horror fiends, sci-fi freaks, and genre movie nerds will have the pleasure of schmoozing and nutting out over numerous beverages while they pit their teams against each other in a booze-addled battle of the brains (severed heads and artificial intelligence, more like!)

Hosted and quizmastered by committed horrorphile and sf-head Bryn Tilly, and final judging by the Fantastic Planet Festival Directors, here's your chance to prove your cosmic horror mettle and have a lot of fun doing it!

Now trust me when I say the main prize pack is to be drooled over! Juicy details to be announced!

For further details click here.

2010 festival award winners list now online!

To see the list of all this year's winners, click here.

Australian premiere of MACHETE, closing night film at Fantastic Planet!
(Friday November 5, 7:00pm @ Dendy Newtown)


From acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez, comes an edgy and humorous send-up moulded on classic 70s exploitation action films featuring an all star cast including: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert DeNiro, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Jeff Fahey, Steven Segal and Lindsay Lohan.

After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale launches a rampage of revenge against his former boss with the help of some sexy kick-ass female fighters.

Don't miss the Australian premiere of this octane charged, highly anticipated film! And join us afterwards for the festival's awards ceremony and fantastic after party!

Viva Machete! Join us on: www.Facebook.com/MacheteAUS

First six feature films of the 2010 festival announced!

Here is a sneak peek at just some of the fantastic films screening at the festival this year. Get ready to see: A dark twist on the Santa legend, machete-wielding vigilantes, an evil genius mad on love and bent on world annihilation, out-of-this-world conspiracies, cyber-Shakespeare, Greek zombies, and more! Just click on any of the posters below to visit the films' official sites.

Rare ExportsMachete

I Heart DoomsdayMortal Fools

Evil in the Time of HerosLunopolis

The festival runs from October 29 to November 5 at Dendy Cinema Newtown. Tickets on sale through Dendy Newtown from early October. Make sure to book early because some of these films will sell out fast!

World Premiere of Arctic Blast  from Australian genre legend
Brian Trenchard-Smith!

Screening at Possible Worlds:
Sydney's 5th Canadian Film Festival
Wednesday 4th August, 6:30pm, Dendy Opera Quays

Arctic Blast

Don't miss this world premiere of a home-grown disaster movie packed with rising talent.

In Arctic Blast, a solar eclipse sends a blast of super-chilled air towards the Earth, setting off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens a new Ice Age. As coastal Australia undergoes mass evacuation, physicist Jack Tate (Stargate SG-1's Michael Shanks) races to find a solution while protecting his family.

The Australian-Canadian co-production was shot in Tasmania with post-production done in Montreal, including effects by Modus (300, Sin City). Genre master and Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith's first Australian film in over a decade, it's a fun disaster flick which harks back to the glory days of the classic B-movie.

Don't miss out! Details and booking info available by clicking here.

Special screening at Revelation Perth International Film Festival
Saturday July 17, 3:00pm

Fantastic Planet is delighted to present a choice sample of the 2009 festival at Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Including Eraser Children (winner of "Best Australian Film" at Fantastic Planet 2009) and three breathtaking short films (The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5, The Snow Princes, Burden).

Eraser Children

Eraser Children is a compelling and visually arresting exploration of a macabre future. Imagining a dystopia of useless products, pre-paid dreams, and a system of 'violations' so invasive that if you laugh too loudly you will be fined, the film is reminiscent of the very best in cinematic Sci-Fi satire from Metropolis through Fahrenheit 451 to Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

Eraser Children will be introduced by the film's director Nathan Christoffel.

See details and booking info by clicking here.

Brian Trenchard-Smith reviews some of the fest's fantastic films

The iconic director Brian Trenchard-Smith was one of the judges at Fantastic Planet Film Festival this year. Read his reviews of some of the fest's films on his outstanding industry blog by clicking here.

Brian Trenchard-Smith

Festival Award Winners Announced!

In case you missed the festival's jam packed closing night screening of Franklyn and the awards ceremony and after party that followed, you can check out the full list of winners by clicking here.

Opening Night Film Announced: World Premiere of Eraser Children!

Eraser Children

Fantastic Planet and Crumpler are proud to announce the festival's opening night film: the world premiere of the Australian feature Eraser Children.

Eraser Children is a compelling and visually arresting exploration of a macabre future. It is reminiscent of the very best in cinematic Dystopian satire from Metropolis through Fahrenheit 451 to Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

Director Nathan Christoffel, cinematographer Adrian Kristoffersen, actor Shane Nagle and other members of the cast and crew will be at the screening to introduce their film and partake in a Q&A following the screening.

Opening night is generously sponsored by:


Fantastic Planet thanks SCI FI for their generous support of the 2009 Festival

Sci Fi


Get ready for the best sci-fi channel in the known universe where you can see a unique blend of shows from the different sci-fi dimensions - modern and classic sci-fi, paranormal, supernatural, anime and fantasy television. Tune in for the best line up including Medium, Stargate Atlantis, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, The Dead Zone, Charmed, Star Trek: Enterprise and more. Anything you’ve imagined is possible on SCI FI – fuelling the imagination 24 hours a day. Imagine a place where you can escape reality... SCI FI is it.

Visit the SCI FI site at http://www.scifitv.com.au for more information.
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Sci Fi
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Filmink Magazine
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Dendy Newtown