Fascinating Panels and Conferences!

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In addition to the numerous conferences presented as part of the FANTASTIC WEEKEND OF QUEBEC SHORTS, this year the Fantasia Film Festival will be hosting a series of panels aimed at people working in the film industry or those interested in exploring it.

Wednesday July 14th at 6 pm
EV building, 1515 Ste-Catherine W, EV-01.615 amphitheatre
Free admission

Serbian contribution to the horror film universe is relatively small. And yet, what Serbian horror cinema lacks in terms of quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. It can be argued that more than a dozen of existing Serbian horror titles belong among the most original works made in the nation’s cinema in the past decades, and they deserve to be more widely known.

The panel devoted to Serbian horror films will be headlined by Dejan Ognjanović, film critic and author of the book In the Hills, the Horrors: Serbian Horror Cinema. He will provide the historical context and cultural background for the emergence of fantastic and horrific elements in Serbian films, with exclusive clips from rare titles barely (or never) shown outside of Serbia, like: THE SHE-BUTTERFLY, THE DAMNED THING, STRANGLER VS STRANGLER, DÉJÀ VU aka REFLECTIONS, etc.

He will be joined by directors Mladen Djordjevic (THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG) and Srdjan Spasojevic (A SERBIAN FILM), screenwriter Aleksandar Radivojevic (A SERBIAN FILM, TEARS FOR SALE) and producers Nikola Pantelic (A SERBIAN FILM) and Zoran Otasevic (A HOLY PLACE) to discuss current trends, and the future of the new face(s) of Serbian horror cinema.


Sunday July 18th at 1 pm
EV building, 1515 Ste-Catherine W, EV-01.615 amphitheatre
Free admission

This round table discussion will feature Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (directors and producers, THE LAND BEFORE TIME), Gerald Potterton (director, HEAVY METAL) and Luc Chamberland (director and teacher).

Shortly after the release of HOME ON THE RANGE in 2004, Disney announced the closing of their traditional animation studios in order to focus on the production of feature films using 3D animation techniques. Not only did they close an important chapter in the history of American film studios, they also provoked concern for the future of so-called classic animation. Building on the ever-present menace fuelled by hybrid animation films mixing traditional animation and computer generated images, this decision also confirmed the risky future of this kind of animation.

Today, given the almost non-existence of 2D films in North-American cinemas, many claim that traditional animation is dead. A few exceptions have been released, one of them being THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, ironically an attempt by Disney to get back to its roots. Sadly, these releases seem more like a comeback than a resurrection of the genre. The current fragile state and uncertain future of the classic animated film will be discussed from an aesthetic, economic and historical point of view, as part of this round table discussion with three of the most prominent animation filmmakers and specialists of the genre.


Sunday July 18th, 2pm-4pm at BLUE SUNSHINE – 3660 St. Laurent, 3rd Floor
Admission $15.00 – Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or online via paypal at www.miskatonicinstitute.com or www.blue-sunshine.com

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies recently found a permanent home in Montreal, and who better to christen the new pad than the writing/directing team behind the most beloved HP Lovecraft film adaptations of all time? Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, DAGON) will be the inaugural instructors at Miskatonic’s new home, and will be delivering a two-hour masterclass on adapting Lovecraft to the screen – the challenges, the techniques and some insight as to why their films stand out amidst a sea of historically troubled counterparts. The class will include film clips and be followed by a Q&A period. Seating is limited as Blue Sunshine is a 50-seat venue, so it is a rare chance to be in an intimate environment with some of the genre’s leading stars!

VOICE OVER, VOICE ACTOR: Yuri Lowenthal & Tara Platt
Sunday July 18th at 3 pm
EV building, 1515 Ste-Catherine W, EV-01.615 amphitheatre
Free admission

Interested in pursuing a career in Voice Over? Get a taste of what it’s like behind the studio mic from two working pros who started from scratch.

Yuri Lowenthal is a prolific and respected voice actor for anime, feature films, TV series, and games. His credits include: VAN VON HUNTER (Fantasia 2010), CODE GEASS, NARUTO, BLEACH, BEN 10 as well as the video games X-MEN, SPIDERMAN and HALO 2. Tara Platt’s credits include; NARUTO, BUSO RENKIN and the SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI: PERSONA series. She can be seen in the upcoming live action films THE ARCADIAN and A GIRL A GUY A SPACE HELMET.

Together, this L.A.-based dynamic duo have co-authored Voice Over Voice Actor, the definitive book on Voice Over which has had rave reviews from industry leaders. A limited number of signed copies of their book will be available after the conference. So please drop by for a peek into their mysterious and exciting world!

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