Ithaca Fantastik


The Ithaca Fantastik program is complete!

Ithaca Fantastik wouldn’t be a festival without its parties, art, music, and creative people coming together to celebrate all things Fantastik.

Opening & Closing
What a year for the South Korean film industry. It’s no surprise that they’ve created some of the most daring and well-crafted pieces of cinema we’ve seen this year, and we’re thrilled to present two of our favorites as our opening and closing films. And of course, we can’t fully appreciate these incredible films without talking about them with our Fantastik guests at our epic afterparties.

  • Opening Film - The festival will open with the jaw-dropping The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook).

  • Opening Party - A party to kick off Ithaca Fantastik 2016 will follow the opening film at The Range (119 E MLK Jr St.).

  • Closing Film - IF 2016 closes with one of the most entertaining zombie films ever, Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan.

  • Closing Party - Following Train to Busan, we’ll be wrapping up the fest with a closing party at Casita Del Polaris (1201 N Tioga St.).

Nightly Events
Speaking of parties, The Chanticleer (101 W State St) will be our home base Thursday through Saturday nights, with events starting at 10pm in their upstairs space, The Loft—60s pop night, karaoke, and discussions with creatives and directors will be on the menu!

Our film audiences will once again have the opportunity to interact with some incredible filmmakers in post-film Q&A sessions. We can’t wait to welcome our 2016 featured guests:

  • David Ebeltoft - Writer, Here Alone

  • Michael Reich - Director, She’s Allergic to Cats

  • Federico Rotstein - Director, Terror 5

  • Chris Peckover - Director, Safe Neighborhood

  • Kevin Burke - Director, 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters

  • Hikaru Tsukuda - Director, Return of Mizuno (AND our fabulous 2016 IF bumpers)

Art Shows
Speaking of amazing art, we’ve got three art shows lined up at different spots around town, at least two paired with plenty of caffeine to keep you going for the fest. The perfect way to stretch your legs around downtown Ithaca to see the work of some of our favorite artists.

  • Steve Ellis is compiling kickass pieces from six different artists in “The Known Unknowns” art show at the Whitham Planning & Design office (1 Bank Court).

  • FNTSTK WMN brings together local women in the fantastic arts for a show at Gimme! Coffee on Cayuga Street November 1–15.

  • Our spotlight artist, Arik Roper, will be featured at Gimme! Coffee on State street, where we’ll be hanging a selection of Arik's work, as Giclee prints (provided by Monolith Press. Alameda, CA).

Music Series
Need a way to get that pent-up energy out between films? Ithaca Underground has programmed their third annual November Music Series to help you stay in a Fantastik mood. Jeff Rosenstock, 100% Black, Powerdove and many more will be part of the show. IF festival badge holders get free admission to the shows. Check out their lineup!