Fantasticon Film Fest: the first edition begins at MGW & Cartoomics 2023!

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Through a press release, we learned of the birth of the Fantasticon Film Fest, the fantasy film festival whose first edition will take place at this year’s MGW & Cartoomics: let’s discover all the details together in this dedicated article

The Fantasticon Film Fest (FFF) is born, the new festival dedicated to genre films which will take place from 24 to 26 November at the Fiera Milano Rho auditorium as part of Milan Games Week & Cartoomics 2023 (MGW CMX 2023): the largest pop culture, gaming & entertainment event in Northern Italy, with more than 150,000 visitors expected, will now also be able to boast a cinematic soul and be enriched by an exciting new event which will allow an ever-wider audience to be involved with quality content projected in a futuristic 900-seat theater set up with the latest generation audio/video system, for an unprecedented, totally cinematic experience.

Organization and program! | Fantasticon Film Fest: the first edition begins at MGW & Cartoomics 2023!

Organized by Echo and Fiera Milano in collaboration with Fandango Club Creators and with the artistic direction of Manlio Gomarasca, Since this first edition, the Fantasticon Film Fest aims to offer 3 intense days until late in the evening full of panels, masterclasses and screenings that revolve around three main themes: anime, fantasy and horror, a real immersion in genres both for fans of all ages and for curious new viewers, thanks also to the presence of numerous guests and themed meetings.

In the rich program being defined, the screenings of some contents have already been confirmed:

  • Blue Giant: an exciting and compelling anime about dreams and passion in the world of music, based on the award-winning manga by Shinichi Ishizuka with 11 million copies sold and masterfully directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, box office champion in Japan;
  • City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust: to celebrate 35 years of the animated series, comes the new film based on the legendary manga by Tsukasa Hojo, a cult phenomenon in the 80s that marked an era by winning fans all over the world;
  • Mind Game: award-winning underground anime, with a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, created by the innovative STUDIO 4℃ and which sees the brilliant Masaaki Yuasa directing, for the first time on the big screen, a cutting-edge adventure;
  • Slotherhouse: the highly anticipated horror film about the exploits of the killer sloth inside a female university fraternity has its national premiere. For the prestigious newspaper The Guardian «People must go and see Slotherhouse. And there must be as many as for Barbie, it’s an instant cult”;
  • Terrifier 2 is the box office hit directed by Damine Leone which shocked America by launching the iconic villain Art the Clown and the scream queen Lauren LaVera. Accompanied by a thousand controversies for the gore scenes at the limit of bearability, Terrifier 2 is a controversial, impressive, but also irresistibly funny film. Certainly the cult film of 2022;
  • The Well, the long-awaited and shocking new feature film by Federico Zampaglione, who after Shadow, returns to international horror cinema with a bloody and ruthless film, full of demonic creatures. Defined by Anglo-Saxon critics as “a gothic horror with a surprising modern taste”, The Well presents itself as the most extreme and gruesome Italian film of all time.

The guests | Fantasticon Film Fest: the first edition begins at MGW & Cartoomics 2023!

There will also be numerous guests who will attend the various events open to the public:

  • Dario Argentoamong the greatest living Italian directors, the undisputed master of thrills, will receive the Legend Award, the career award reserved for the great personalities of fantasy cinema, and will introduce the screening of Dario Argento Panico, the acclaimed documentary by Simone Scafidi on his life and career, which boasts the extraordinary participation of Guillermo Del Toro, Gaspar Noe and Nicolas Winding Refn;
  • Lamberto Bava, a great icon of Italian horror cinema famous throughout the world for having directed the visionary and ferocious pop-rock-punk opera Demoni and for having brought the world of modern fairy tales to television with the Fantaghirò series. Lamberto Bava was also his father’s assistant director on the set of the first, unforgettable, film adaptation of Diabolik;
  • Manetti bros., the most extroverted director, screenwriter and producer brothers in Italian genre cinema will be the protagonists of an event dedicated to Diabolik on the occasion of the conclusion of the trilogy with Diabolik who are you? released on November 30th, produced by Mompracem with Rai Cinema in collaboration with Astorina and distributed by 01 Distribution;
  • Luca Crovi, writer and journalist, Daniele Serra and Paolo Barbieri, illustrators who work between cinema and the world of comics. Together they will be the protagonists of a panel on the close relationship that links the seventh art to the graphic novel;
  • Federico Zampaglionea multifaceted musical artist and established director of horror films, will present his latest work, The Well, a bloody gothic horror film with a thrilling female cast: Claudia Gerini and Lauren LaVera from Terrifier 2.

Fantasticon Film Fest: the first edition begins at MGW & Cartoomics 2023!

Good fun!

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Magdalena Skrok is an accomplished writer who delves into the realm of new movies and TV series. With an unwavering passion for cinematic storytelling, Magdalena keeps readers informed about the latest releases, upcoming projects, and exciting developments in the world of entertainment.