Fantastic Fest, started in 2005, is an annual film festival which boasts being the largest genre festival in the U.S., focusing on sci-fi, horror and fantasy films. The festival’s 10th anniversary took place this year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas from September 18-24.
Called the festival for geeks, the latest clip to emerge from this year’s Fantastic Fest features film industry people weighing in…while being literal heavy weights.
Industry folk and filmmakers took part in literal boxing matches to debate some of the industry’s hottest issues. The matchup between Josh Etheir and Joe Lynch ends in a zingy one-liner. Meanwhile, Jenny Jacobi invoked the doctrine of the James Franco effect against Maria Reinup in the debate over literature classics hitting the silver screen. Todd Brown and Matt Mason talk BitTorrent and last but not least, Tim League, one of Fantastic Fest’s founders, argued against the accessibility of handheld cameras for amateur filmmakers.
Slow-mo punches interspersed with black and white imagery follow after the initial rounds of verbal debate pass–because there’s nothing quite like getting down and dirty for this classic art form.
Check out the outrageous fights below: