The Fantasia International Film Festival Add More Anime And Live-Action Manga Adaptions To 2021 Program - Hybrid Edition to Run August 5-25

The festival's 25th edition launches next month with a special spotlight on Japanese cinema

The Fantasia International Film Festival, North America's premier genre film festival, is thrilled to unveil the final wave of anime and live-action manga titles among our 2021 program. Fantasia will run from 5 to 25 August 2021 as a virtual event geo-locked for Canadian audiences, with select films screening in Montreal, QC.


Following its world premiere at Annecy, and ahead of theatrical release in Japan, comes the highly anticipated THE DEER KING, co-directed by anime veterans Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji. Based on the books by bestselling Japanese fantasy author Nahoko Uehashi, the epic saga of the legendary warrior Broken Antler Van comes to life with the peerless standards of quality we expect from the studios of Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). Elegant and exacting design and animation seamlessly pair with Uehashi's sturdy world-building and compelling conflicts to create a transporting animated otherworldly tale. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.


Takemichi may just have a chance to change the future – if he can survive his own past! A jawbreaking, juvenile delinquent street fight royale combined with a high-stakes time travel thriller and dashes of adolescent angst and romantic comedy, TOKYO REVENGERS is the live-action feature adaptation of Ken Wakui's enormously popular award-winning manga of the same name. Director Tsutomu Hanabusa (KAKEGURUI 1 and 2, also at Fantasia this year) succeeds mightily at adapting this complex science-fiction story; amid a barrage of bloody, brutal hoodlum battles, he still finds room for the sweetness of first love. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE.

When his late father's treasured scissors need repair, a boy sets out to visit a master craftsman in a faraway land. The short film FIRE CRAFT (Hizukuri) is a beautiful, thoughtful, and concise work of independent fantasy anime from Naoki Matsuura, a veteran of BLACK CLOVER and Mamoru Oshii's SKY CRAWLERS. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

Take note that THE DEER KING and FIRE CRAFT are nominated for Fantasia's prestigious Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation (Feature Film and Short Film Categories, respectively).

Satoshi Kon's legacy is the starting point for Konversation: Takayuki Hirao Meets Pascal-Alex Vincent, a discussion between the two directors, whose films both screen at this year's Fantasia. Japanese animator Takayuki Hirao, director of POMPO: THE CINÉPHILE, spent his formative years working under Kon on MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and PARANOIA AGENT. French documentarian Pascal-Alex Vincent's SATOSHI KON, THE ILLUSIONIST demonstrates the profound effect that the late master had on anime and indeed cinema worldwide. In English and Japanese with verbal translation, presented on Fantasia's YouTube channel.

The 25th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival will be presented by Videotron in collaboration with Desjardins, and will be made possible thanks to the financial assistance of the Government of Quebec, SODEC, Telefilm Canada, the City of Montreal, the Conseil des arts of Montreal and Tourisme Montréal.

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