After a two-year absence, I came back to Fantastic Fest this year. I was able to find lodging (the main obstacle for the last two years), and now I was primed for the genre-loving film fest that’s the cure for the modern film festival. Fantastic Fest has been referred to as “Summer Camp for Movie Geeks”, and even though it comes at the beginning of fall, that description isn’t far off. You make new friends by bonding over the films you love and hate, and the programmers know how to choose flicks that will connect with an audience.
The movies here aren’t looking for awards (some might get them anyway, but this isn’t “the circuit”). They’re looking for film-lovers who want stuff that’s weird, offbeat, and yet thoughtful. Fantastic Fest is wonderfully eclectic, and while I’ve now confirmed that I have seasonal allergies for Austin (fun travel discovery), I powered through my inability to breathe to soak in wonderful movies.
Read on for my travel diary of the first two days.