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Film Festival Roundup: Fantastic Fest Announces Final Wave, Napa Valley Unveils Features And More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.



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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

– Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest has unveiled its final wave of programming with a giant-sized round up of the wildest films from across the planet. Opening the announcement and closing out the festival is the triumphant return of Fantastic Fest’s Karaoke King Nacho Vigalondo with his kaiju monster mash-up “Colossal,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Other standouts include “A Monster Calls,” “Headshot,” “The Lure,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and a special sneak peek at the new “Westworld” series.

The festival will open with “Arrival,” and you can check out other additions to the slate here and here.

The festival runs from September 22 – 29. You can check out more information at the festival’s official website.

– The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) (scheduled to take place November 9 – 13) has announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups for juried competition. The members of the jury, as well as the complete program of approximately 120 films, including special presentations, sneak previews of award season contenders, narrative and documentary shorts and short features, will be announced at an upcoming date.

The 20 films in NVFF’s core competition categories will vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, as determined by the juries. The directors of these films participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence Program that includes a six-night stay at the luxury resort Meadowood Napa Valley. The residency includes master classes with industry leaders and networking opportunities with their peers and festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners.

Standouts from the lineup include “Folk Hero and Funny Guy,” “Little Boxes,” “God Knows Where I Am” and “Until 20.” You can check out more information at the festival’s official website.

– The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, taking place October 14 – 16, has announced its inaugural lineup. The newbie fest will present 2 World Premieres, 5 U.S. Premieres, and a number of amazing East Coast and New York premiering films. The festival will open with Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister,” followed by a centerpiece screening of Emiliano Rocha Minter’s “We Are the Flesh” and close out with Erlingur Thoroddsen’s “Child Eater.” You can check out more information at the festival’s official website.

– The Indie Memphis Film Festival (taking place this year from November 1 – 7) has announced the first 12 films out of an expected 160 films to be featured at the 19th edition of the annual festival. Prichard Smith’s documentary “The Invaders,” executive produced by Craig Brewer, will open the festival, while Stephen John Ross’s documentary, “Kallen Esperian: Vissi D’Arte,” about Memphis’s famous opera soprano, will send Indie Memphis out on a song as the closing night selection.

Featuring critically acclaimed director Ira Sachs’ latest film, “Little Men,” along with a special 20-year anniversary screening of his debut feature, “The Delta”; Jake Mahaffy’s Memphis-produced award-winner, “Free in Deed”; another special 20-year anniversary screening  of Miloš Forman’s classic (and Memphis-produced) “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and key selections from Kino Lorber’s “Pioneers of African American Cinema” collection, the first selections out of the gate honor the rich history of local film production, black film history and attention-getting films coming to Memphis for the first time.

– Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, the only major film festival worldwide produced by a college or university, has unveiled a sneak peak of two of the spectacular films that will be playing at GEMS 2016, the annual four-day film event taking place October 13 – 16.

As a precursor to the 34th annual festival event in March 2017, Miami Film Festival’s GEMS is expected to delight film buffs and music enthusiasts alike with the Florida premieres of two of the most anticipated documentaries of the year, Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger” and Paul Dugdale’s “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America.” More programming announcements are coming soon.

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