PhantasmaGoria the genre specific film festival for the South West region is once again taking place at the Arts Centre in Swindon’s Old Town, over the weekend of the 14–16 August, bringing the opportunity to view never seen before films, premieres and to talk to the films' directors, producers and cast.
Now in its 2nd year, the interest from film makers has grown with over 50 features being submitted and over 60 short films, for organisers to view and select.
“The principal aim of the event is to engage with a wide range of fans who might otherwise be unable to see the films screened, or hear from any of the special guests who will attend the event, anywhere else within the South West region”, commented Justin Richards, the event programming director. “We are striving hard to create an annual film event and look to be the initial stepping stone to creating a series of film related events across the year.”
PhantasmaGoria promotes independent cinema and up and coming film makers who would otherwise not have the chance to have their films screened in front of an audience. This year there are additional workshops planned to help develop a community and interactive feel to the festival.
The organisers had been in discussions with some big names and were hoping to host an appearance from Christopher Lambert (Highlander) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), but due to their future filming schedules and post production on the film due to be shown being delayed, the pair will now not be appearing.
The festival is still full to the brim with named stars, including Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars), Chee Keong Cheung (director of Underground and Bodyguard: A New Beginning), Uwe Boll (director of Rampage, Stoic), Michael Armstrong (director of the controversial film Mark of the Devil), Neil Jackson (Blade, PUSH), and many more.
“Smaller film festivals of this kind allow the audience to get up close and personal with the film directors, producers and cast. We were disappointed that we are not able to host Christopher Lambert and Kevin Sorbo but we have a great line-up of some big names from TV and film that people will recognise,” Justin remarked.
Tickets are now on sale and are just £4.50 per film and day or weekend tickets can also be purchased from Swin City Comics on Morley Street in Swindon Town Centre or from the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town. Call 01793 614837 now or log on to www.phantasma-goria.co.uk for more details of all the films and events happening over the weekend.