Genre film festival Fantastic Fest has announced eight films from seven different countries to compete in the 2011 AMD & Dell "Next Wave" competition. This international competition recognizes up-and-coming filmmakers who may represent the next generation of talent in the film industry.
The competition will be judged by a panel including indieWIRE lead film critic Eric Kohn, Fandango Editor-in-Chief Chuck Walton and film producer Ant Timpson. The winning filmmaker will receive a $1,000 cash prize in addition to computer hardware provided by Dell and AMD.
"When we introduced the AMD Next Wave competition in 2007 and awarded the first prize to 'Timecrimes' director Nacho Vigalondo, one of Fantastic Fest's primary objectives really came into focus for me," said festival Co-Founder and Creative Director Tim League in a statement. "Fantastic Fest is about discovering new genre film talent. We're always happy when veterans of Fantastic Fest return to debut their new work as Nacho is doing this year with 'Extraterrestrial.'"
Previous Next Wave Award winners also include Yoshihiro Nishimura ("Tokyo Gore Police"), Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace") and Jorge Michel Grau ("We Are What We Are").
The Next Wave awards will be the final presentation at the Fantastic Fest Awards on Monday, September 26th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
Next Wave Competition Lineup & Descriptions Provided by Fantastic Fest
"Aardvark" – Kitao Sakurai
Larry ("Aardvark"'s blind-since-birth protagonist) has an innate curiosity that lands him smack in the middle of a bizarre criminal underworld replete with mixed martial arts, intrigue, murder, and pillow humping.
"Beyond the Black Rainbow" – Panos Cosmatos
A trance-inducing, psychedelic head trip from visionary director Panos Cosmatos, "Beyond the Black Rainbow" is a sci-fi dystopia sent with love from the Reagan years. Imagine "Stalker" meets "Logan's Run."
"Bullhead" – Michael R. Roskam
Testicular trauma, the underground beef hormone black market, steroid addiction, and a vast swath of suppressed emotions swirl together to form one of the most powerful narratives we've seen in recent memory.
"Caliber 9" – Jean-Christian Tassy
A city planner becomes strangely linked to a gun possessed by the soul of a dead hooker.
"The Corridor" – Evan Kelly
Five old friends reunite in a remote cabin for the weekend and uncover a supernatural anomaly in the woods.
"Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead)" – Alejandro Brugués
Over fifty years after the Cuban revolution of 1959, a new one is about to begin. That revolution is lead by zombies: filthy, flesh-eating zombies.
"Rabies" – Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
For two cops, a ranger, four teens, and a pair of sibling runaways, it was supposed to be just a walk in the park. They chose the wrong park.
"The Squad" – Jaime Osorio Marquez
A feuding special ops unit is tasked to uncover the mystery of what happened at a desolate military base in this tense and claustrophobic South American thriller.