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From Convention to Festival

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Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival will begin July 10th and will feature some important Anime theatrical premieres.

Over the years Montreal's Fanntasia Film Festival has premiered some very big Anime movies. Although not actually an Anime film festival, Fantasia has had world premieres for Perfect Blue, Jin-Roh, Blood: The Last Vampire and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust as well as the North American premieres of Spriggan, Tenchi Muyo! In Love and X/1999.

This year Fantasia will present the world premieres of Metropolis and Millenium Actress.

Metropolis is directed by Rin Taro and writen by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on the Manga of the same name by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka's original Manga was actually a homage to the work of the same name by Fritz Lang.

Millenium Actress is the second full length movie by director Satoshi Kon, his first was Perfect Blue.

Other Anime showing at Fantasia thi year are Albator (Arcadia of My Youth in French), Boogie Pop Phantom (which premiered at Anime Expo), Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaia and Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

Although not Anime, it is a derivative work that many Anime fans look forward to seing, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within will be Fantasia's Opening movie at 8pm July 10th.

For more information about Fantasia, the films and the schedule, visit Fantasia's website here.

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