Fans of the genre will be thrilled and chilled to learn that this exciting new venture called Fantastiq is being staged with Reel Solutions, the respected Yorkshire-based film bureau known for its work on an array of festivals across the UK.
Fantastiq will take place from August 9-11 and will form part of an acclaimed annual programme that already includes iDFest, Whooverville, and Edge-Lit making Derby one of the strongest hubs for genre film programming in the country.
As its name suggests Fantastiq will be heavily rooted in “films fantastique”. Fantasy film fans can look forward to the best of the gory, glory days of Universal, AIP, Hammer and Amicus as well as European shockers, forgotten gems from the vaults and an array of cult figures on the guest list.
Plans for 2013 include a 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who and centenary screenings dedicated to the late, great master of fantastic cinema Peter Cushing (1913-1994).
Programming will be led by Reel Solutions’ Tony Earnshaw and QUAD’s Adam J Marsh.
Adam, cinema programmer at QUAD says: “It is great to be able to bring Fantastiq to Derby. Fantasy, science-fiction and horror play a strong part in the British film industry, in its past, present and future, so it is an honour to be able to represent genre cinema with this wonderful three-day festival.”