Watch full length features from Austin’s Fantastic Fest for free online

From the Eric Shapiro film Rule of Three
From the Eric Shapiro film Rule of Three
Place this one on your calendars. As I was posting my story about the Conquest of the Planet of the Apes screening at Fantastic Fest, I read one of their releases that stated festival sponsors are placing five feature films and six shorts from this year’s festival online for free streaming, starting on September 14, and running through the 20th. Cool!

Since 2008 Fantastic Fest badges are sold out and festival heads feel some folks don’t have the money to travel to Austin for the festival in the first place, they have teamed up with two festival sponsors, AMD and BSide, to give everyone a taste of the fun for free.

From September 14-20, THE AMD FANTASTIC FEST ONLINE FILMS will provide five feature films and six shorts from the official 2008 Fantastic Fest lineup to also be available for online viewing for free via the BSide network. All films will stream in low-resolution for slow connections and in beautiful high-resolution for those with blazing speed.

You must be a member of the BSide community to watch the films, but the good news is that it is quick, easy and free to join. Awards will be presented on Monday, September 22 as part of the official 2008 Fantastic Fest awards ceremony.

Visit the site from September 14-20, 2008 and login to BSide you will be able to click and view all 10 of the films, it’s as easy as that.

THE AMD FANTASTIC FEST ONLINE FILMS
The following 10 films are the official selections of the 2008 AMD Fantastic Fest Online

Features:

  • Dr. Infierno (Spain)
    A demented gynecologist discovers a cure for all the world’s illnesses and uses it as leverage to become sole dictator of the earth. Jam-packed with monsters, kung fu, battling robots and deviant sexual practices, DR. INFIERNO doesn’t let budget get in the way of executing a mountain of crazy ideas.
  • I Think We’re Alone Now (USA)
    This fascinating and deeply disturbing documentary takes you deep into the worlds and obsessions of Kelly McCormick and Jeffery Deane Turner, who have been separately stalking 80s pop icon Tiffany for nearly 20 years.
  • La Creme (France)
    Under the Christmas tree, unemployed loser François Margin mysteriously finds a jar of face cream that once applied, temporarily turns him into the most famous celebrity in France.
  • Rule of Three (USA)
    Set in one night in a seedy hotel, cult Novelist Eric Shapiro’s debut feature intertwines two stories of sexual encounters gone horribly awry.
  • South of Heaven (USA)
    Two brothers on the wrong side of everyone must face an endless array of torture, terrors and indignities in this darkly comic and visually striking noir.
Promo still from the French short Cam 2 Cam
Promo still from the French short Cam 2 Cam

Shorts:

  • Cam to Cam (France)
    Technology and intimacy are at war. This movie is a genuinely creepy exploration of the casualties.
  • Fish (USA)
    The filmmaking team behind last year’s FF hit THE BIRD, THE MOUSE AND THE SAUSAGE are back with a new stop-motion food tale that reveals the secret nature of pescatorial reproduction.
  • Kingz (Germany)
    A botched drug deal spirals out of control in a subterranean night club filled with unnameable evils. The action is furious and so are the villains, so be prepared for some whirlwind brutality!
  • Rojo Red (Colombia)
    Some people complain about their life unraveling, but it’s rarely as pronounced as in this whimsical, bizarre short from a young Colombian visualist already on par with mighty artists like Michel Gondry.
  • Treevenge (Canada)
    HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN creators Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill imagine a yuletide season where the Christmas trees finally even the score for decades of living under the axe of mankind.

Important dates have been announced for the 4th Annual Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, September 14, 2008: Fantastic Fest online begins
Thursday, September 18, 2008: Fantastic Fest begins
Saturday, September 20, 2008: 2009 Festival Badges go on sale
Monday, September 22, 2008: 2008 Fantastic Fest Awards Ceremony

For more information about Fantastic Fest, visit www.fantasticfest.com.

To find out more about how to download the free full-length films, CLICK HERE.

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