Announcing Fantasia 2004

Eight years already!
The 2004 edition of the Fantasia Ubisoft Festival will take place from
July 8 to August 1st 2004

The Fantasia Ubisoft international genre film festival returns this year for its 8th edition to celebrate the different genre films that have made this event America's premier genre film festival. As we know, the festival generates popularity, credibility and an international fame that keeps on growing year after year. This year's edition includes a program composed of more than 100 feature length movies and some 60 short films (most notably action, comedy, documentaries, drama, repertory, martial arts, science fiction, fantasy and cult movies) from all around the globe.

The event that attracted 73,000 enthusiastic spectators last year returns this summer to the two movie theatres of Concordia University, the Hall Theatre that seats nearly 700 people and the J.A. De Sève Theatre that can welcome 200 spectators.

The organizers of the event are extremely proud of the partners and sponsors they have attracted for this edition. Ubisoft, one of the most important publishers of video games on the international scene, employing close to 1,000 creative talents in Montreal, has once again associated itself as a principal sponsor and official presenter and has just contracted with the event for the next two years.

Global Vision, Canada's most important privately owned post-production company have associated themselves with the event for the eighth year as a partner sponsor. Pepsi Canada, Belle Gueule, Viacom and the Admission network also return this year as partner sponsors.

The Archambault group, Quebec's most important group of music stores, books, CDs and DVDs also signed a two-year agreement with the Fantasia Ubisoft festival as a partner sponsor. The agreement notably includes the installation of a kiosk at the event and an active role in the marketing strategy of the festival. Mega Bloks, a Montreal-based company that has enjoyed tremendous success on an international scale with their eponymous construction toys, is also joining the ranks of partner sponsors and will be the official presenter of our series of films intended for children and families. Mega Bloks will be previewing the first ever animated film production based on one of its properties “Dragons: Fire & Ice”

The American company McFarlane Toys (founded by the Canadian comic book artist Todd McFarlane) will be the official sponsor of the new comic book and manga special weekend event. Solotech Multimedia, An industry leader in sound, lighting, video and new media, will be a partner sponsor of this annual event.

Ici, Mirror, Space, Drive In Classics and Z la télé du futur also return as media partners. The Fantasia Ubisoft film festival is proud to welcome the Canoë network which will offer the event increased visibility on the Quebec net.

Pierre Corbeil, president of the Fantasia Ubisoft festival, states: « We are particularly proud of our sponsors and partners this year who, just as our festival has done over the years, celebrate the desire to offer an original alternative to the big national and international corporate bodies and prove that our businesses can cut themselves a choice place on the international scene».

The programming will be announced on as early as mid-June while the official souvenir program will be on sale at the cost of $3,00 throughout the province, notably through the Archambault's store network.

Some thematic events will also be added to this year's programming. For this summer's edition, we will have a COMIC BOOK AND MANGA SPECIAL WEEKEND EVENT (JULY 17TH & 18TH). For this occasion, we will show movies related or adapted from comic books and the work of comic book artists.

Also, the festival will pay homage to the films of Thailand this year. Our programming team considers this country to be an emerging film force. Finally, the festival adds to its programming a series of films intended for children and families. Turkey, Vietnam and the Philippines are among the new countries that will present films for the First time this year at the Fantasia Ubisoft Film festival.

The press conference which will present our new programming to the media will take place on June 22 at 10 h. at the J.A. de Sève Theatre (1400 West Maisonneuve blvd).

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