Their opening night is a week away, and my trip to Montreal doesn’t start for another five days after that, but what can I say, I’m really excited!

this year's poster is Icarus-tastic

this year’s poster is Icarus-tastic

So, what am I looking forward to most?

1) The movies, obviously! There are a lot of great films playing throughout the fest, but here are my top five most anticipated, which happen to be playing during my week there:

  • The Machine (I’m pretty sure it’s about a robot babe, so I’m sold already)
  • Big Bad Wolves (I’ve never seen a horror film in Hebrew, but I can’t wait to see this one, which was one of the most buzzed about films in the Cannes market, at least among my horror-fan/genre-programmer pals)
  • L’Autre Monde (a Richard Stanley documentary about mystical stuff? sure!)
  • Rewind This (how can I resist a doc about ye olde VHS? I CANNOT)
  • The Complex (new film by the director of the original Ringu – I’m in)

2) Seeing international pals. It’s a blessing to have good friends from all around the world, and it’s an even greater blessing to be able to take a short, cheap train ride to Montreal and see dozens of them all at once.

3) The BUSINESS. I’m obviously super excited about all the stuff that I talked about in my last blog post, including the premiere of The Demon’s Rook and the Frontières International Co-Production Market. I hope it’s really  informative and interesting and fun and fruitful. If last year’s inaugural edition is anything to base my expectations on, it will be – and more.

4) The amazing Fantasia gang. Seriously, the programmers and staff at this festival could not be more smart, funny, delightful, welcoming and genuinely enthusiastic. What a bunch of super great adorables.

5) Eating all the foods. Montreal has some delicious snacks to offer. I intend to have four of each.

6) The fact that this year, unlike every other time we’ve gone to Fantasia, Colin will be travelling without any TIFF programming tasks hanging over his head (which makes for a stressful and work-filled trip), because by the time we leave town, his slate of films for this year’s fest will be fully locked. A July getaway and we aren’t packing TIFF screeners? A very rare summer treat.

I only wish I’d been able to extend my trip by a few days in order to spend more time with my Montreal pals who aren’t Fantasia staffers or film types. Alas, the schedule is tight.