Ithaca Fantastik


Ithaca Fantastik unveils final wave of inexorable and incredible programming for our 7th edition!

IF brings dread and mayhem to upstate NY with the the East Coast Premiere of the new restoration of berserk wild ride WHITE FIRE! And East Coast Premieres of Olivier Afonso’s GIRLS WITH BALLS, with Victor Danell’s THE UNTHINKABLE closing out the fest!

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Ithaca Fantastik Reveals First Wave of Programming for Our 7th Edition!

Ithaca, NY - September 10th, 2018. Ithaca Fantastik is proud to announce the first wave of programing for the 7th edition of our upstate NY celebration of genre film, electrifying music and dynamic art. Returning to our homebase at Cinemapolis, IF embarks on our 10-day event October 26th - Nov 4th.

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Ithaca Fantastik Announces Full Lineup and Art Show for 2017 Edition!

Ithaca, NY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Ithaca Fantastik (IF) will unleash its sixth annual film festival Nov. 3–12 in Ithaca, NY. With little more than two weeks to go IF is announcing its full features and short film lineup. With 37 films from 20 countries, the IF team promises this year’s festival will be a Fantastik ride—so buckle up!

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Ithaca Fantastik Retrospective and First Wave of Titles Revealed!

Ithaca, NY, September 19, 2017 - The Ithaca Fantastik (IF) festival returns to Ithaca, New York, November 3-12, 2017 with a carefully curated selection of new and classic genre films. With less than a month and a half to go, IF is announcing exciting changes, its first wave of titles, and a truly inspired retrospective!

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Fantastik Fridays Return to Cinemapolis for 2017

• We Are The Flesh
• The Girl With All The Gifts
• Don't Kill It
• The Void
• Hounds of Love
• Donnie Darko 4k Remaster
• 68 Kill
• A Life In Waves
• The Villainess
• Welcome To Willits
• 78/52
For more info, click button below, or visit our Fantastik Fridays page!

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Ithaca Fantastik Announces 2016 Award Winners!

5th Edition of Festival Concludes with TRAIN TO BUSAN After Five Days of Exciting Films and Events in Upstate New York!

Ithaca Fantastik is proud to announce this year’s esteemed award winners. For the 2016 edition of upstate’s most provocative film festival, we are thrilled to present our annual Jury Awards, Audience Awards, and new addition, Cinema Pur Audience Award.

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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.

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Ithaca Fantastik Announces Full Lineup

Ithaca Fantastik will unleash its fifth annual film festival Nov. 9–13 in Ithaca, NY. The IF team has carefully crafted a lineup to offer something for every fantastic film lover.

The festival has horror fans covered, with some of the year’s stand-out genre gems. Fantastic Fest award winner “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” (André Orvedal) will lead the pack, followed closely by the ‘knock your socks-off’, “Safe Neighborhood” (Chris Peckover)—a coming of age twist on home invasion that the IF team calls one of the most fun films of 2016. Horror lovers will be delighted by action-packed “Headshot” (Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto), socially-infused zombie anime “Seoul Station” (Yeon Sang-ho), disturbing “Pet” (Carles Torrens), as well as an over-the- top Indian take on a zombie breakout: “Miruthan” (Shakti Soundar Rajan).

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Ithaca Fantastik Announces Full Retrospective, First Wave of Titles and Bumper Contest

The Ithaca Fantastik film festival is only two months away, and the IF team has been hard at work creating an incredible program for the event’s fifth anniversary. The festival will be held Nov. 9–13 in Ithaca, NY.

This year’s retrospective, The Known Unknowns, will dig into viewers’ deepest fears. Sponsored by SHUDDER, the retrospective will include “The Naked Prey” (Cornel Wilde, 1966); “Deliverance” (John Boorman, 1972); “The Long Weekend” (Colin Eggleston, 1978); “Altered States” (Ken Russell, 1980); and “Aliens” (James Cameron, 1986).

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Ithaca Fantastik 5 is coming this November!


For its 5th anniversary, the Ithaca Int’l Fantastic Film Festival got a new name, a new logo, and a new competition series! For the last five years, our team has worked hard to offer our audience, not only movies—but also art exhibits, concerts and parties. We felt it was time to simplify the excessively long acronym (I.I.F.F.F.), as well as to reflect the diversity of the media we offer. We are returning this fall (from Nov, 9th to 13th) under the new moniker ITHACA FANTASTIK. We hope you dig the change! Read below for an early taste of what we’re cooking up for you this year!

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And… It’s a WRAP!

With a total of 44 films screened, an art exhibit, 3 days of music and a focus on video games, the Ithaca Int’l Fantastic Film Festival finally became the multicultural event we envisioned in year 1! To better reflect this transition, the IIFFF is renamed IF- Ithaca Fantastik– We continue working to make IF 5 bigger and better in 2016!

As every year, the fantastic film competition of 9 international films, is one the highlight of our film program. Our fantastic jury as well as you, our audience, had spoken!After deliberation the jury decided to attribute the award for best film to the highly visceral THE SURVIVALIST (Stephen Fingleton, UK), the award for best director went to Nikias Chryssos for his genially shot and absurd piece of social commentary, DER BUNKER (Germany)...

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Der Bunker, Love & Peace, Zoom, The Survivalist, Liza, The Fox Fairy, Polder and more!

November 11th to 15th, Cinemapolis/CSMA

This year the IIFFF will present 36 feature films spread across 10 different series and mini spotlights. Our team has endeavored to cover the vast diversity of what the fantastic genre has had to offer in 2015, all while continuing IIFFF’s guarantee of a unique film experience for everybody! We are really excited to open the festival with one of our festival favorites: LIZA, THE FOX FAIRY, a Hungarian dark comedy, mixing Japanese references with visuals Jeunet would be proud of, we think it’s the perfect way for anybody and everybody to dive into the Fantastic culture!

The latest additions to our international competition include Shion Sono’s LOVE & PEACE, which is a fantastic vision on fame, love and… Kaiju! The always mind-blowing Adrian Garcia Bogliano is back with SCHERZO DIABOLICO, a caustic take on modern society, and IIFFF alumni actor Pit Bukowski (Der Samourai, 2014) is back with the Fantastic Fest award-wining film DER BUNKER.

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Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival Announcement

Nov. 11th to 15th 2015- Cinemapolis/CSMA

Ithaca, NY- Tuesday, September 22, 2015- The fourth annual International Fantastic Film Festival is excited to announce its first thrilling wave of programming! Our first round of titles includes Anders Thomas Jensen’s new twisted drama MEN & CHICKEN, Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s fake moon landing comedy MOONWALKERS, Karyn Kusama’s Twilight Zone-influenced THE INVITATION, Julien Seri’s revenge film NIGHT FARE, as well as Mickey Keating 60’s homage DARLING.

IIFFF is extremely proud to announce our collaboration with Shudder, who will present our retrospective series, Organic Horror: Obsession with Body Alterations. The retrospective will include Georges Franju’s THE EYES WITHOUT FACE, Andrej Zulawski’s POSSESSION, Shinya Tsukamoto’s TETSUO, and Takeshi Miike’s AUDITION. Also included in the showcase is David Cronenberg’s SHIVERS restored copy, for its 40th Anniversary!

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4th Annual Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, NY

November 11th to 15th 2015 – Ithaca, NY

For its 4th year the IIFFF is back bringing chills and thrills to upstate NY this November! We’ll be hosting more than 30 films from around the world as part of our International Competition and special film spotlight this year- including dynamic Documentaries and electrifying Midnighters.

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