7th Annual Film Festival Winners of Audience Choice Award Announced

We would like to announce the winners of our Feature Film Audience Choice Award for 2016.

The winners are:

  1. Train to Busan (Gold)
  2. A Dark Song (Silver)
  3. I Am Not A Serial Killer (Bronze)
  4. The Wailing (Honourable Mention)


Thank you to all the audience members who voted on the films they saw at the festival.

We would like to thank Saskatoon for making the festival great once again. We had a good turnout for all the movies and the ratings the films received were excellent. We can't wait until we can announce our next midnight screening and also the 2017 Festival (hint.... keep part of November free most likely).

Pre-Festival Party

Pre-Festival Party
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival and Bartari Video Game Bar are inviting everyone out to a night of food, drinks, video games and crazy fun the night before the festival officially kicks off. In addition to the free video games we've been given access to show Saskatoon's home grown cult B-movie INSTRUMENTS OF EVIL on the TVs for anyone and everyone to check out also.

Under the Shadow - Wednesday 6pm

Under the Shadow - Wednesday 6pm
Tehran, 1988: the Iran-Iraq war rumbles into its eighth year. The bombing campaigns focused on the city, coupled with the country’s bloody revolution, slowly tear a mother and daughter apart. As they struggle to stay together in the midst of these modern terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment, threatening their grip on reality.

Eyes of My Mother - Wednesday 8pm

Eyes of My Mother  - Wednesday 8pm
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.

Creepy - Wednesday 9:30pm

Creepy  - Wednesday 9:30pm
After a traumatic incident, criminal psychologist and former police detective Takakura moves to a new neighborhood with his wife Yasuko to make a fresh start. Upon meeting their new neighbors, the Nishinos, Takakura senses something odd about them. Then he is approached by the Nishinos’ daughter, whose shocking whispered confession shatters the serenity of his new life: “That man in my house is not my father… He’s a total stranger.”

The Master Cleanse - Wednesday Midnight

The Master Cleanse - Wednesday Midnight
Down, out, and heartbroken, Paul attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life but soon discovers that the cleanse releases more than everyday toxins… a lot more. THE MASTER CLEANSE is a humorous, weird, and soulful fantasy that examines how we deal with the things that weigh us down in life, ultimately asking the all-important question: given the opportunity to literally face your demons, what would you do?

The Unseen- Thursday 6pm

The Unseen- Thursday 6pm
In a small town in the Canadian Rockies, no one knows much about Bob. He works at the lumber mill and goes home every night alone. Some townsfolk know him from his brief stint in pro hockey, but otherwise, he’s a ghost. Bob’s only connection is a tenuous one to his ex-wife and daughter – neither of whom he has seen since abandoning them a decade earlier. When his ex-wife contacts him to tell him that their daughter is on the wrong path and subsequently goes missing, Bob puts himself at risk to find her – which reveals the terrible thing he’s been hiding from the world.

What the Hell? Short Films - Thursday 8:15pm

What the Hell? Short Films - Thursday 8:15pm
This year’s block of short films is dedicated to some of the most bizarre, messed up weird films from around the world. The programming team has put out the call to challenge the audience. Are you ready to have one of the weirdest and one of the most fun times in the cinema this year?

Demon - Thursday 10pm

Demon - Thursday 10pm
Newly arrived from England, Peter is set to marry his fiancee Zaneta at her family’s ramshackle country house in rural Poland. As the ceremony proceeds, Peter begins to come undone, and a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure from Jewish folklore, takes a toehold in this present-day celebration – for a very particular reason, as it turns out.

Trash Fire - Thursday Midnight

Trash Fire - Thursday Midnight
When Owen is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.

Danny Says - Friday 6pm

Danny Says - Friday 6pm
Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient.

I Am Not A Serial Killer - Friday 8pm

I Am Not A Serial Killer - Friday 8pm
Sixteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.

Teenage Cocktail - Friday 10pm

Teenage Cocktail - Friday 10pm
Feeling confined by their small town and overbearing parents, Annie and Jules hatch a scheme of running away. The only issue is, they need the money to get there. Jules suggests the couple try webcam modelling. Although she’s nervous at first, Annie can’t argue when the money starts rolling in. But as the girls soon find out, consequences can blindside you. Sometimes violently.

The Greasy Strangler - Friday Midnight

The Greasy Strangler - Friday Midnight
The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’

The Wailing - Saturday 12pm (Noon)

The Wailing - Saturday 12pm (Noon)
In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.

A Dark Song- Saturday 3pm

A Dark Song- Saturday 3pm
A Dark Song follows Sophia, a young woman who insists on renting an old house in the remote countryside so that she can hire an occultist named Solomon. She needs him to perform an ancient invocation ritual, the Abramelin, to summon up Sophia’s Guardian Angel so her wish can be granted. She wishes to talk to her murdered child, a desire that consumes her.

48 Hour Challenge - Saturday 5pm

48 Hour Challenge - Saturday 5pm
Join us in supporting local film makers by watching the results of 48 hours of hard work as 6 teams compete for the best film of the 48 Hour Challenge!

Headshot - Saturday 7pm

Headshot - Saturday 7pm
A nameless man wakes up in a hospital with severe head trauma, not knowing who he is or what happened to him. Assisted by devoted student doctor Ailin, who nicknames him “Ishmael” after the character in Moby Dick, he recovers and tries to regain his memory. Naturally, Ishmael’s past is about to catch up with him, in the form of Lee, a drug lord and gang boss whose tentacles reach deep into the police and the penal system. When Ailin is kidnapped and Ishmael sets out to get her back, he finds himself pitted against an array of skilled fighters who may have been his former colleagues.

Train to Busan - Saturday 9:30pm

Train to Busan - Saturday 9:30pm
Train to Busan is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes… or so everyone hopes.

Sadako Vs. Kayako - Saturday Midnight

Sadako Vs. Kayako - Saturday Midnight
The evil spirits of Ringu and Ju-On curses are forced to battle when an exorcist deems it the only way to save two girls’ lives.

Sponsors & Partners

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