Montreal’s Fantasia fest unveils 2013 art, new location
It’s only a month and a half before the 2013 edition of Montreal’s can’t-miss Fantasia film festival, and the official artwork has been unveiled, along with the news that the event is coming home.
For its first six years starting in 1996, Fantasia was held at the Imperial Cinema (Bleury Street at Ste. Catherine), a single-screen venue built in 1913 and containing over 800 seats, before moving across town to the Concordia Hall Theatre in 2003. With the Hall about to undergo extensive renovations, Fantasia is coming back the Imperial for this year’s show, which runs July 18-August 6. The festival will also continue to host screenings and events at Concordia’s J.A. de Sève Theatre and the Cinémathèque québécoise, along with special outdoor projections at the Place de la Paix (Blvd St-Laurent, between Ste-Catherine and René-Lévesque). A First Wave announcement of titles will be made soon, followed by the full lineup and website launch (the pre-festival site can be seen here) July 11.
The poster seen here is the result of a contest last winter in which the public was invited to submit concepts and sketches. The winner, local film critic and event organizer Michael Ryan, sadly passed away this past spring at age 46, with his work artistically fleshed out by longtime Fantasia illustrator Donald Caron.