"Fantastic Fest has quickly become the best place for fans to first experience the newest and coolest genre movies and blockbusters," Rodriguez said in a statement. "I am honored and extremely excited for 'Machete Kills' to have its world premiere right here in Austin and kick off Fantastic Fest."
Rodriguez and Fantastic Fest already announced another collaboration earlier this year. The director is co-producing Fantastic Market|Mercado Fanastico, a new co-production market for genre films that Fantastic Fest is hosting during this year's program. You can read more about the market's efforts to aid Latin filmmakers right here.
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre festival in the United States and specializes in horror, fantasy, science fiction, and action films. This year's program will run from September 19-26. "Machete Kills" is scheduled for theatrical release on October 4. Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at the sequel's grindhouse gore.