Festival of Fantastic Films 2002
UK's Celebration of a Century of Amazing Cinema
at the Renaissance Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester, England
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Photographs from the 2001 Festival
Progress Report One for the 2002 Festival
Progress Report Two for the 2002 Festival
Progress Report Three for the 2002 Festival
Introduction to the Festival
If you are a new visitor to The Festival of Fantastic Films web pages we invite you to climb aboard the greatest weekend a science fiction, fantasy or horror movie fan could ever find on the planet.
Based in MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (just two-and-a-half hours from LONDON by rail-link) we have THREE programme streams containing a terrific range of movie-related events that include Guest Interviews, Discussions, Panels, Special Events, Presentations, Auctions, Artshow and Poster Exhibition, Dealer Room, Themed Dinner, Parties and of course an AMAZING number of movies..... the old and the new run alongside each other throughout the festival.
Please scroll down our pages to get a taste of this 3-Day UK Movie Convention (now in its thirteenth year) - and hop off on the various links should you want even more in-depth info! But DO COME BACK... we'll be updating frequently throughout the upcoming year!
Guests of Honour
Composer on a large and varied number of movies
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997/I) (mini) TV
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As Actor partial filmography
As Director partial filmography
Check these out in full on the
Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com
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In addition to the retrospective film programme that is the backbone of the event, the Festival of Fantastic Films has, within the past few years, become the premiere UK venue for new genre movies. We are pleased to showcase an amazing selection of Independently produced feature length and short films from all over the world. Films that you are unlikely to see anywhere else are screened alongside the new movies from major studios right through the weekend. Each year sees an increase in the number of young and highly creative film-makers, submitting their work into our International Competition and giving members of the Festival a unique opportunity to see a great range of movies. The Festival programme also screens new films outside the competition itself and although it is difficult to announce specific titles in advance, we expect to surprise members of the event with major premieres!
The Festival is also the place to meet with many of the creative people from behind and in front of the cameras. In 1998 we had director Jake West and actress Eileen Daly along with their new film RAZORBLADE SMILE. American director Tyler Tharpe came over from the USA to screen and discuss his horror film THE LAST ROADSTOP and from the UK, Jon Sorensen premiered his science fiction feature ALIEN BLOOD. In 1999 delightful American director Joei Gharrity came from Los Angeles to screen her short film THE GRAIL and was sucked into the fannish activities and friendliness of the event
Most of the Independent movies screened at the Festival have a substantial budget behind them, whereas other equally creative genre movies are made each year by talented amateurs working on a shoestring. These films are enormously entertaining and often just as thought provoking as their Indie relatives. The Amateur Contest entries are pre-judged by The Festival Committee with the top rated films going forward to the Festival for the final round. 1998 saw the Award going out of the UK for the first time ever, being won by Florida USA film-maker Shane Hannafey with his science fiction story THE GIFT.
The International Movie Competitions have become a very important section of the Festival of Fantastic Films.
Movie Competition Winners for 2001
We are delighted to detail the results of the 2001
Festival of Fantastic Films'
Best Independent Feature Film: Don Dohler - Alien Rampage
Runner Up: Christophe Ali & Nicolas Bonilauri - Le Rat
Highly Commended: Andrew Spencer - Dark Eyes
Runner Up: Jason Wilcox - Playing Truant
The judging committee would like it known that they felt that the films were of such high quality that only a few points distinguished the difference between first & those Highly Commended.
The following films were also considered very enjoyable by the judges and were in the committee's opinion worthy of a distinguished mention.
Jim Torres - Sadomannequin
The 2001 FESTIVAL Amateur Film Competition was won by Bryn Jones of Canada for his brilliant 16mm ghost story JESABELLE.
Runner up was Ben Campbell for TIME
Highly Commended: Tamara Maloney for EDEN, Jonathan Ameli for 893 PIKE STREET and David Teale for THE SANDMAN.
The Festival would like to thank all directors and producers who entered films this year. We had a very enjoyable time viewing them - and often a downright scary one!
here for the Independent Film Competition
Click here for the Amateur Film Competition entry form
Big retrospective Science Fiction and
Film Fair, Auctions
Low-price Convention Bar!
Guest of Honour Signing Sessions
Amateur and Independent Short Film Contests
To be announced
FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY
Full Attending Membership is £65 (UK pounds), or $100 (US dollars) which entitles you to Progress Reports, Programme Booklet, Badge, and Attendance to all of the events over the three days of the convention. A single day membership is available for £30 (UK pounds).
Children: Attending Membership £20 up to 12 years of age and £30 up to 16 years of age.
Supporting Membership £30, entitles you to three Progress Reports, Programme Booklet, Badge, and Attendance to any of the events on any SINGLE day of the convention. (Supporting membership can be upgraded to FULL by paying the balance at any time up to the week before the Festival).
Register now by printing the form (click below) and mailing to the Festival address! For your convenience, Visa and MasterCard bookings can be accepted by phone: call [Country code 44] (0)161 707-3747 (call any time but please check the time difference if calling from outside the UK).
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Festival e-mail may be sent to Gil Lane-Young: [email protected]
The Society of Fantastic Films is a member of the British Federation of Film Societies
Archives and Reviews
Festival of Fantastic Films 2001 Archive Website
Festival of Fantastic Films 2000 Archive Website
Festival of Fantastic Films 1999 Archive Website
Jonathan Cowie's 2000 Festival Report
Adele Hartley's 2000 Festival Report
Darrell Buxton's 1999 Festival Report
Festival Guest and Contributor Websites
Janina Faye - The Official Website
Ramsey Campbell - The Official Website
Stephen Laws - The Midnight Man
Festival Artist Harry Hamill's Another
World Productions Site
Gil Lane-Young's Festival Page
Other Sites of Interest
Matinee Today - Lots of 3D Posters!
"The Tingler" - the Horror Films of William Castle
3DTV - LCD Glasses, 3D Movies, & More!
Concatenation Convention Reviews
Stuart Mitchell's Ghoul Britannia Site
HammerWeb - Hammer Films Official Site
Film & TV Connection:
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