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Fantasia Film Festival Press Conference

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Montreal Genre Film Festival announces part of its 2004 line-up.

The Fantasia Ubisoft international genre film festival held its 2004 press conference on Tuesday, announcing part of the lineup for their 8th edition.

The three-week event will start on July 8th and run until August 1st. Fantasia's Asian programming will feature movies and animation from Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea. The international section will include movies from Canada, Spain, the United States, Germany, France and other countries.

In addition to the film festival, Fantasia will be holding a comic book and manga special weekend event on July 17th and 18th. For "Komikstok", Fantasia will be showing movies related to, or adapted from comic books and manga. Movies based on manga will include Cutie Honey (live action), Battlefield Baseball (live action), Band of the Ninja (live action) and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (anime).

Not listed as a part of Komikstok, Fantasia will also be showing the live action Ping Pong, based on a manga by Matsumoto Taiyo and Ju-On, which isn't based on a manga but has related manga adaptations.

In addition to Stand Alone Complex, other anime shown at Fantasia will include Paranoia Agent, Hello Kitty and Goldorak (Grendizer). The remainder of their anime programming remains to be announced when the festival's official program is released on June 30th.

Although not officially announced at the press conference, publicity material (posters) for Production I.G's Dead Leaves and Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso were posted at the press conference. Another film that was visible in the form of posters was the highly acclaimed Korean animation Wonderful Days.

Often regarded as the most important genre film festival in North America, Fantasia has previously screened the world premieres of numerous blockbuster anime. Before they were even shown in Japan, Perfect Blue, Jin-Roh, Blood: The Last Vampire, Metropolis, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Millennium Actress were screened at Fantasia.

For more information about Fantasia, visit their website here.

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