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Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival goes virtual, announces first wave of titles

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | Events, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Originally scheduled for last month, the 2020 edition of Latin America’s largest genre fest will be an on-line screening event starting in July, and a wide lineup of movies has been revealed for it.

The 16th Fantaspoa will run on-line from July 24-August 2 via the Brazilian genre video streaming service Darkflix, free of charge. More than 110 features and shorts will be shown, hailing from over 35 countries (including two Fantaspoa co-productions, SKULL: THE MASK and THE PANDEMIC ANTHOLOGY); they’ll be geo-blocked to Brazilian viewers with a cap of 5,000 views. However, numerous other events, including interactive Q&As, celebrity master classes and lectures, will be available to genre fans worldwide. In addition, Ugandan filmmaker Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey Nabwana, a.k.a. IGG Nabwana, and his Wakaliwood company will be celebrated with a Special Achievement Award. The initial 16 films announced are:

  • CRAZY WORLD (I.G.G Nabwana, Uganda, 2019)
  • DIABLO ROJO PTY (Sol Charlotte and J. Oskura Nájera, Panama, 2019)
  • ENTWINED (Minos Nikolakakis, Greece/United Kingdom, 2019)
  • FRIED BARRY (Ryan Kruger, South Africa, 2020)
  • GHOST MASTER (Paul Young, Japan, 2019)
  • JAMES VS. HIS FUTURE SELF (Jeremy LaLonde, Canada, 2019)
  • LIMBO (Tim Dünschede, Germany, 2019)
  • THE PANDEMIC ANTHOLOGY (Various directors, Brazil, 2020)
  • PORNO (Keola Racela, United States, 2019)
  • RESIN (Daniel Borgman, Denmark, 2019)
  • ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS (Martín Blousson and Macarena García Lenzi, Argentina, 2019)
  • SALVATION (Lee Chang Moo, South Korea, 2020)
  • STRANGER (pictured above; Dmitriy Tomashpolskiy, Ukraine, 2019)
  • SKULL: THE MASK (Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman, Brazil, 2020)
  • TO KILL A DRAGON (Jimena Monteoliva, Argentina, 2019)
  • TOXIC (Ariel Martínez Herrera, Argentina, 2020)​

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.