Avenging hit men, traumatised teens, post apocalyptic mayhem and stunning martial arts are just some of the elements that will make up the PhantasmaGoria film festival, in July.
The festival will be taking place at Swindon Arts Centre from 11th to 13th July and promises to be something quite different for Swindon.
With 12 films, shorts, stalls, workshops and talks with directors this July Swindon is looking to put an independent film festival at the heart of the annual events schedule.
According to festival programmer Justin Richards the festival has “something for all film fans, especially those with a passion for horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies.”
“We’ll be kicking off the festival with a film which contains all these elements. ‘Infestation’ is a Sci-Fi horror crossover, which demonstrates how low budget films can sometimes rise above all expectations and be better produced and far more entertaining than anyone could imagine.”
“The fantastic thing about a film like ‘Infestation’ is that it proves that British cinema doesn’t have to be all about corsets or ‘Notting Hill’ style rom-coms. Even on a shoestring budget the filmmakers have crafted something that makes excellent use of its locations and that entertains right from the off.”
When asked what other films stand out Justin responded “All of them! All of the films have merit and are entertaining. We have an excellent mix of films, some with social comment, others with just plenty of thrills and spills.”
“The UK doesn’t really have an action orientated movie festival, mainly because, even more than so than with horror, this genre tends to be overlooked and unfairly dismissed by critics. Therefore, what we’ve tried to do with PhantasmaGoria is to pull together a great mix of horror, sci-fi and action cinema from upcoming filmmakers who otherwise probably wouldn’t get their chance to screen their movies on the big screen, where they so obviously belong. Nowadays too many good films just go straight to DVD without getting a cinema release.”
One of the highlights of the Festival is attracting director Albert Pyun, known for his work on films such as the Sword and the Sorcerer, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and many more spanning over 25 years. His two films being screened over the weekend are special to the Swindon Festival. Mean Guns, starring Christopher Lambert, has not had a DVD release in the UK and will be the fully uncut version never seen before in this country. His film Left for Dead is being re-cut just for Swindon audiences.
“We’re screening 12 features and 12 shorts (one before each feature) and many of the filmmakers themselves will be there to introduce their films and perform Q & A sessions after each screening. Plus we will be having related film workshops and merchandise stalls in place for attendees to dip into throughout the festival.” Justin added.
Phantasmagoria is being supported by Swin City Comics, Frequency Magazine and Steel Shark Productions.
Details of Phantasmagoria can be found at www.phantasma-goria.co.uk and to book tickets call the Swindon Arts Centre on 01793 614837 (10.30 – 5.30pm Mon – Fri; 10 – 1pm Sat).