Fantasia is a legendary 3-week blow-out of worldwide fantastic cinema taking place each July in the heart of Montreal. An event hell-bent on showcasing the most exciting, innovative and individualistic examples of contemporary international genre cinema from every corner of the globe.


While predominantly a fantasy/action/horror festival, Fantasia has always embraced works whose sheer individuality puts them in a genre of their own. We’ve showcased everything from captivating dramas, eccentric comedies, provocative documentaries, mind-blowing experimental works, even atypical children’s films.

We encourage filmmakers of all backgrounds and obsessions to submit their work. Films coming from underrepresented horizons are always of interest.

Explore our previous lineups to get a sense of our programming. We’re pretty broad-minded!


“Fantasia is the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.” — Quentin Tarantino

“Fantasia is a shrine” — Guillermo del Toro

“Fantasia remains to this day one of my very favorite film festivals in the world.” — James Gunn

“I promise to make more genre films just so I can get invited back.” — Edgar Wright

"Fantasia has some of the best audiences and programming out there. As a distributor, it's an essential stop for the latest in genre cinema." — John Von Thaden, Manager of Acquisitions, MAGNOLIA PICTURES

"One of the most exciting genre film festivals in the world. It is in Montreal that we might discover the next Eraserhead" — PREMIERE MAGAZINE

"One of Canada's hotter film events" — VARIETY

"Mammoth...The world's largest genre film festival" — INDIEWIRE

"The largest festival of its kind on this continent. The sheer number of discoveries is astonishing." — FANGORIA MAGAZINE

"Top notch... people line up around the block for hours in wait to see a film" — FILM THREAT

"If I missed Fantasia I'd drive an icepick into my brain" — RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE


Since its inception in 1996, Fantasia has become a hugely popular Montreal summer tradition for over 110 000 festival-goers to spend 3 weeks being amazed by sensational celluloid from all over the world.

Over the years, Fantasia has proven itself to be one of the largest and the most cutting edge festivals of its kind. Among our accomplishments, Fantasia is regularly cited as the place where the J-horror craze began in this part of the world - our North American Premiere of RINGU led directly to Dreamworks acquiring the film and producing its blockbuster remake, and Fantasia was also the first festival in North America to screen a film by Takashi Miike.
Some other programming coups? We were the first festival in the world to show work from a then-19-year-old Adam Wingard when we world premiered his feature debut HOME SICK, our World Premiere of PERFECT BLUE launched the career of Satoshi Kon, our World Premiere of THE MIDNIGHT SWIM launched Sarah Adina Smith and our Canadian premiere of PI marked the first time a film by Darren Aronofsky was shown in Canada.
In 2017, our International premiere of Nico van den Brink’s short SWEET TOOTH led directly to the gifted Dutch filmmaker being signed to Paradigm, with James Wan teaming up with him to make a feature adaptation of the film at New Line. In 2018, our International Premiere of David-Jan Bronsgees' short MEET JIMMY led to the filmmaker signing up with Paramount and Platinum Dunes for a feature-length adaptation. Most recent world premieres and success stories coming right from the Fantasia oven are THE WRETCHED (Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce, 2019), 1BR (David Marmor, 2019) and THE DEEPER YOU DIG (John Adams, Toby Poser, 2019).


In 2012, Fantasia launched the Frontières International Co-Production Market as well as a film market component. Our market lineup has since featured dazzling new projects from Joe Dante, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jacob Tierney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dario Argento and Andrzej Zulawski, to name a few. Subsequent market projects that went into production include RKSS' TURBO KID (2015), Julia Ducournau's RAW (2016), Alexandre O. Philippe's 78/52 (2017), Dominique Rocher's THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD (2018).

Fantasia offers a multitude of curated award opportunities for the films it showcases.

Best Feature, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Performer, Cinematography, Soundtrack

Best Short, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Performer, Cinematography, Soundtrack

Best Feature (Debut Films)

Best Feature, Short (Animated Films)

Best Short (Children Films)

Best Feature ("AQCC - Quebec Critic’s Association" Award)

Best Feature ("Ecran Fantastique Magazine" Award)

Best Short, Cinematography ("Mels" Award)
Best Short ("La Location" Award)
Best Short ("Warnermedia" Award)
Best Female Filmmaker ("Spira" Award)
Best Emerging Filmmaker ("EVS" Award)
Best Visual Effects ("NAD" Award)
Best Editor ("Monteurs et Monteuses de Cinéma Canadien" Award)
Most Creative Short ("MATV" Award)

Best Asian Feature/Short, Best International Feature/Short, Best Canadian Feature/Short, Best Documentary Feature/Short, Best Animated Feature/Short, Most Groundbreaking Feature/Short

Any work produced in the past 18 months (after February 2021) is eligible for consideration in our official jury competitions and for our Public’s Prize.

Any work made available worldwide for an online public viewing before or during our dates will be ineligible.

Any work made available for a geo-blocked virtual festival screening - outside of Canada - is still eligible.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

By submitting an entry, filmmaker states that they are responsible as an agent to promote the film and that the film is an original work.

Participants agree that clips and images from their film may be used and/or published in the Fantasia program guide, on the Fantasia web site and for any promotional purposes which Fantasia deems appropriate.

If selected, Fantasia will cover one-way of the shipping cost of the exhibition print/video copy of your film, either incoming or outgoing.

Overall Rating
  • Craig Low

    The Fantasia Film Festival isn't just a monumental event, but it's also a f#$ing great time! Marc, Celia, Eric, and the team made it such a fun environment for filmmakers to connect and share. Highly recommend.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot for our kind words Craig ! :)

  • There is no festival like Fantasia. The best quality films, the best perks for filmmakers, fantastic marketing, incredible opportunities to network, and a world class reputation.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Whoohoo, thanks a lot Teddy !!! :)

  • Zita Bai

    Such a once in a lifetime experience!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Zita !! So happy to have been able to showcase your film ! :)

  • Clara Milo

    Amazing festival. The organization was enthusiastic, dedicated, and heartfelt. Apex of the bold.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Clara !! <3

  • Banu Ramazanova

    Fantasia is an excellent festival! Admirable organization. Festival staff maintained constant communication about events and networking opportunities. Selection of films was beyond!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Banu for entrusting us with your film ! :)