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Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest is excited to unveil last minute additions to the schedule, adding to one of the most highly diverse lineups in the festival’s twelve-year history. And see who will go toe to toe in the fest’s highly anticipated yearly event, the Fantastic Debates!


Godzilla returns to the big screen in 2016 with SHIN GODZILLA, the 32nd film in the legendary franchise and currently the 3rd highest grossing film in Japan this year. The King of the Monsters stomps into Fantastic Fest for its North American Premiere before smashing its way through the U.S. and Canada on October 11th.


Fantastic Fest also welcomes Cannes prize-winning director Amat Escalante to the festival for the US Premiere of his provocative and brilliantly intoxicating alien drama, THE UNTAMED. A science fiction stunner, THE UNTAMED is story of sexual obsession that recently wowed audiences at its Toronto premiere.


Female filmmakers have a major presence at this year’s fest, and the lineup continues to grow with director Sarah Adina Smith making her FF debut for the US Premiere of her surreal time-twisting thriller BUSTER’S MAL HEART. Smith’s follow up to her much-lauded bow THE MIDNIGHT SWIM features a magnificent turn by Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek in his first big screen leading role as he attempts to piece together mysterious events surrounding him.


“Our pursuit of the best genre titles doesn’t stop until the festival closes,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. “This year we’ve brought in some really great films to beat the buzzer and reflect the truly global nature of the festival.”


Without question, the most physically powerful tradition at Fantastic Fest is the FANTASTIC DEBATES, where creatives, journalists and diehard cinema enthusiasts engage in verbal conflict before settling their disputes with their gloved fists!


Past years have included blood-boiling ragewars and a few good-natured bashings between everyone from Elijah Wood to Michelle Rodriguez to Keanu Reeves, and 2016 promises to feature some of the fanciest filmmaker fistwork yet (and a couple big surprises).


Round ONE!



RESOLVED: Tremors is the best monster movie since… Tremors

Two towering titans of independent horror go chin-to-chin over the earth-moving subject of Graboid superiority!


Round TWO!



RESOLVED: Zack Snyder is the most wrongly maligned cinematic visionary of the 21st century

It’s filmmaker vs. manager, as indie director Lobo battles Epicenter LA founder Murray to sincerely defend the honor of today’s most lauded/disregarded blockbuster-maker!


Round THREE!



RESOLVED: Superhero movies are destroying the film industry

SourceFed Nerd hosts and pals Moore (who also starred in legendary big-screen stinkbomb Birdemic) and Essrig tear their camaraderie to shreds over the actual burning topic of superheroverload!





RESOLVED: Rocky 4 is the single greatest boxing film of all time

Longtime Fantastic Fest employees (and actual trained fighters) MacLennan and Wilchester settle the smoldering feud between all pugilist cinema maniacs. Was Ivan Drago the ultimate soldier of the ring?!


See below for the latest additions to the lineup at Fantastic Fest 2016.



Japan, 2016

North American Premiere, 120 min

Directors – Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi

Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen: Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.


Mexico, 2016

North American Premiere, 100 min

Director – Amat Escalante

A meteorite crashes onto an isolated mountain somewhere in Mexico. Meanwhile, Alejandra and Angel are trying to salvage their unhappy marriage. When these two disparate elements collide, there’ll be consequences for all.


United States, 2016

U.S.Premiere, 96 min

Director – Sarah Adina Smith

This is the story of a mountain man on the run, surviving the winter by breaking into empty homes. This is also the story of a man lost at sea. The thing is… they’re the same man.



Canada, 2016

U.S. Premiere, 75 min

Directors – Matt Johnson, Jay McCarrol

Two friends will go to the most inane, self-destructive lengths to rise to musical fame in this new series from Matt Johnson of THE DIRTIES.



India, 2003

Repertory Screening, 130 min

Director – Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap’s notorious first feature focuses on the five members of a rock band who indulge in sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and before long… crime! Their lives will never be the same.



Republic of Korea, 2016

World Premiere, 88 min

Director – Lee Sang-Woo

This is the story of four brothers and the inevitable clash between their lives in modern day Seoul. This is the story of a pervert boy and those who surround him.



Poland, 2016

North American Premiere, 81 min

Director – Bartosz M. Kowalski

It’s the last day of school in small town Poland and Gabrysia wants to tell her classmate that she loves him. It will not end well.


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About Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.


About Alamo Drafthouse

Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.


Newly Digitally Restored WWII-Era Film Premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival


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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS – May 31, 2016. Funimation Entertainment is proud to announce its acquisition of the restored edition of Mitsuyo Seo’s “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” – the first feature-length animated film produced in Japan. Written and directed by Mitsuyo Seo (1911-2010), “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” was a propaganda film produced in 1944 by Shochiku Co. Ltd. and released in 1945 during the final months of World War II.  Earlier this year, with the financial support of Funimation and others, Shochiku restored the 74-minute, black and white film, which premiered during opening weekend of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics program. As part of its agreement with Shochiku, Funimation has secured exclusive rights to the theatrical, digital and home video distribution of the film in both the U.S. and Canada.


“Mitsuyo Seo was a key figure in the development of Japan’s anime industry and were honored to have been part of the restoration of ‘Momotaro, Sacred Sailors’ – one of his most famous works,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “This wonderful black and white film was created using almost 50,000 cels and offers superb animation, music and entertainment that is on par with any classic Disney film of the same era.”


Seo based the film’s story on the classic Japanese fairy tale of a boy named Momotaro, who was born from a peach and defeats monsters with the help of his animal friends. In Seo’s movie, Momotaro and his friends are now Japanese naval paratroopers and the monsters represent the Allied Powers.


“This digitally restored version of Mitsuyo Seo’s ‘Momotaro, Sacred Sailors’ is truly captivating,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation.  “Anime fans, film buffs and animators alike will not want to miss this seminal and historic work of Japanese animation.”


Backed by Japan’s Ministry of the Navy, Shochiku produced “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” with a select crew of 70 that included Japanese animation pioneer Kenzo Masaoka (1898 – 1988) as director of shadowgraph. With a big budget at that time, the film was an animated epic on an unprecedented scale and was composed using almost 50,000 animation cels. Few saw the movie in theaters when it was released as most of Japan was fighting a war that would be lost just five months later. To create the restored print, Shochiko scanned a 35mm master print and internegative in 4K and restored it in 2K.


Short Synopsis


On the eve of a parachute mission during the war in the Pacific, a group of navy paratroopers, a monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and a bear, go home for a brief visit before heading off with their squadron to their base in the South Pacific. Lead by boy warrior Momotaro, the squadron prepares to attack the enemy on Devil’s Island.


On the eve before the attack, we learn why Momotaro and his squadron are called “sacred sailors.” A story is told of a ship with white men arriving at a beautiful island. The captain tricks the king into thinking they are merchants and he welcomes them on the island. Quickly thereafter, the crew reveal themselves as pirates and then plunder the island.  All that remained was a legend that “sacred sailors will come from the east” who will “free the people.”  Momotaro and his compatriots are these sacred sailors.


The attack on Devil’s Island finally begins. The paratroopers quickly overpower the horned, white devils, who then surrender to Momotaro unconditionally. Peace returns to the South Pacific.


The Boy and The Beast Advance Tickets on Sale NOW!

Advance tickets are on sale NOW for Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast, in theaters across the nation beginning March 4! Find a theater near you now and buy your tickets today at Lots of anime theatrical screenings sell out in advance, so don’t get caught at the theater ticketless—we strongly suggest buying your ticket as soon as possible.



Plus, check out the debut of the long-awaited English dub trailer (plus the original Japanese trailer, subbed into English)!



If you’ve loved Hosoda’s other films, you definitely need to experience The Boy and the Beast, which Twitch Film calls “as charming as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, as exhilarating as Summer Wars and as touching as Wolf Children”.

If you aren’t familiar with Hosoda’s works yet, you’re in for a real treat. “Mamoru Hosoda ranks first among the Japanese animation directors seen as successors to now-retired industry giant Hayao Miyazaki — and for good reason” according to the Japan Times, so watch his latest movie in theaters to see anime history being made.

Plus, like Hosoda’s other films, The Boy and the Beast is highly accessible and great for families—the perfect gateway movie for your parents or friends who might not know much about anime.



The theatrical run is available in both English dub AND Japanese audio with English subtitles; check your local theater for the specific language showings. If you want to see more theatrical screenings with dual language and multiple showings, buy your tickets early to show your support for this format! Tickets are available at some locations– additional ticket sales will be added soon.





The Boy and the Beast Synopsis:
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.


LET ME OUT wins Gold Medal Award at the 57th Annual NY Festivals Int’l TV & Film Awards


FLOWER MOUND, TX (4/9/14)- Group 1200 Media, in conjunction with Giant Ape Media, announced live-action Korean zombie coming of age melodrama, LET ME OUT won the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2014 New York Festivals (NYF) International Television & Film Awards™ earlier tonight. Celebrating the World’s Best TV Programs & Films™ and now in its 57th year, NYF announced the winners of this annual competition this evening at their annual Gala at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton in the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Ballroom. The International Awards Group’s annual NYF Awards show celebrates exceptional and innovative programs worldwide in all areas of programming ranging from news, sports, promos, documentaries, dramas and feature films.  The Grand Jury awarded Gold World Medals, Silver, Bronze, and Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries. Other winners included NBC Sports, ESPN, Blue Marble Media, and Cartoon Network Latin America to name a few.


LET ME OUT, co-directed by Chang Lae Kim and Jae Soh, stars popular K-drama actors, Hyun-Sang Kwon (THE KING 2 HEARTS, VAMPIRE PROSECUTOR 2, QUEEN OF AMBITION and THE FUGITIVE OF JOSEON) and K-pop star, Hee-von Park from SM Entertainment’s girl band, MILK and star of (GRAND PRIX, READ MY LIPS, FAMILY and GOD’S QUIZ SEASON 3).


Written, directed and produced by Koreans and Korean Americans, LET ME OUT is written and directed by Jae Soh and Chang Rae Kim.  Produced by Min Soh and Irene Cho. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S.


“It’s amazing for a small indie film to be recognized in the same company of other prominent media companies and industry leaders such as NBC’s THE VOICE, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s PARTS UNKNOWN and just in time for the film’s N. American DVD release on May 27th,” says Adam Zehner, VP of Licensing and Acquisitions, Group 1200 Media.


“Hyun Sang and I are so honored to accept this award on behalf of the team behind LET ME OUT in Korea. This was so unexpected, we are so thrilled to win this award. Thanks to our relationship with our U.S. distributor, Giant Ape, LET ME OUT, an indie Korean film can win the NYF Awards Gold Medal in the U.S. category at the NAB Show-the world’s largest electronic media show with nearly 90,000 attendees and thousands of exhibitors from all over the world. Anything is possible,” says Irene Cho, Producer, LET ME OUT.


“We are honored to be chosen for this award, and thankful they recognized this film as a Gold Medal winner amongst the other nominees in the industry,” says Scott Lonski, Director of Marketing Services, Group 1200.


LET ME OUT is a Korean language coming of age melodrama and pays homage to Day For Night (France), Living In Oblivion (USA) and Korean cinema. LET ME OUT pokes fun at director Yang Ik-June who won the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Award for his film, Breathless.  Director of M, Duelist, Nowhere To Hide and Korean film icon, Lee Myungse is cast as himself.



This zombie melodrama is Mu-Young film school opus. An eternal senior, he knows everything about cinema but nothing about actual filmmaking.  Critical of everyone else, he heckles the famous indie director Ik-June Yang at a campus screening and somehow receives film funding.  His dream of working with his love-interest Ah-Young becomes a nightmare.  Everything that can go wrong does.  Barely surviving a disastrous shoot, Mu-Young learns making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is a tribute to guerrilla, indie, amateur, low-budget cineastes struggling to create.  It is hope.


LET ME OUT opened in S. Korea on August 15, 2013 and was distributed through Baekdu Daegan Film Company in approximately 15 theaters including Art House Momo (Baekdu’s Art House theaters), CGV Movie Collage (the Art House division of CJ Entertainment), and Artplus Cinema Network in various cities throughout Korea, including Seoul. The film had its red carpet US Premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in LA on August 16, 2013 to a sold out audience with director, Jae Soh and Kwon Hyun-Sang, the film’s lead actor. FUNimation and Giant Ape Media partnered with TUGG, to release the film theatrically in select cities including New York, NY, Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL in Fall/Winter 2013. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S. and is distributed in the U.S. by Giant Ape, a Group 1200 Media company, based in Flower Mound, TX.


NYF’s 2014 Television & Film Awards ceremony and acceptance speeches is available for viewing on the International Television & Film Awards website. To view this year’s award winners: or

For more information visit:
Last year’s award winners included: Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad” (IOC/LOCOG/OBS/Done and Dusted/YLE); A&E, USA for Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies; and the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner. ESPN, USA earned the title of Broadcaster of the Year for the 6th year consecutive year and was recognized with 12 Gold World Medals, 20 Silver, 8 Bronze, and 22 Finalist Certificates.





About Group 1200 Media

Group 1200 Media is a multifaceted entertainment conglomerate encompassing FUNimation(R) Entertainment, Giant Ape Media and Group 1200 Products (GameSamba and Immerz). This production, marketing, and distribution corporation strives tirelessly to accomplish its mission of delivering the highest quality entertainment brands – along with their associated products – across a multitude of genres. Group 1200 Media is committed to continually releasing and developing exciting new properties representative of its diverse background in the entertainment industry. Additional information may be found at


About International Awards Group

International Awards Group (IAG) organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands: AME Awards® for the World’s Most Effective Advertising™; Midas Awards® for the World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™; The Global Awards® for the World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™; New York Festivals®; World’s Best Advertising®; World’s Best Radio Programs™ and World’s Best Television & Films™. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to


Wolf Children Film Festival Screenings

Good news for fans who weren’t able to catch Wolf Children on the big screen during its initial film festival run! We’ve just confirmed a few more film festival screenings, with more on the way. Keep an eye on this blog post! We’ll be adding the new screening info as it’s confirmed.

Japanese Canadian Cultural Center
(Japanese with English subtitles)
Toronto, ON, Canada
7:00 PM
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Click here for tickets

Vancouver International Film Festival
(Japanese with English subtitles)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
4:20 PM
International Village #10
88 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9, Canada
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1:00 PM
Centre for Performing Arts
777 Homer Street V6B2W1 Vancouver, BC Canada
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6:00 PM
Rio Theatre
1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC
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If you can’t make it out to one of these screenings, don’t fret. You can pre-order your very own copy of Wolf Children and watch it whenever you want! The film releases on BD/DVD Combo and DVD on November 26th. Here’s the pre-order link.

Wolf Children is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After the tragic death of her beloved, Hana seeks refuge in rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself – and her children.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Film Festival Dates

Following its July release in theaters in Japan, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos now comes to North America!

The feature-length animated film, the second of the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, begins its North American film festival run this weekend at the Burbank International Film Festival.


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos screens Saturday, 9/17, at 1:00 p.m. at Burbank’s AMC 6. Visit here to buy tickets.


The movie from the animation studio BONES follows a fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities who leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.


Other festivals booked include:

The Hawaii Intl Film Festival – the screening is set for 10/18 at 9:15 p.m.

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival – 11/3/11-6; screening date, time and location TBA

Toronto’s Reel Asian International Film Festival – 11/8 – 11/19, TBA

The San Francisco International Animation Festival – 11/11-11/14, TBA



All festival screenings will feature the English subtitled version of the film.


FUNimation Entertainment will release Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos on DVD and Blu-ray in the Spring.