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Today we announced that Fantastic Films Weekend will not be continuing. Our annual celebration of horror, science fiction and fantasy films has welcomed some great guests and amazing fans. Here’s a message from the Fantastic Films Weekend team, plus some memories from the past 11 years.
We’re proud to have had 11 years of fabulous films, guests and fans at the Fantastic Films Weekend. Over the years our festival directors and guest programmers have brought incredible interviews, frightening features, shocking shorts and anarchy from the archive.
The festival has celebrated the work of Terence Fisher, Nigel Kneale, Richard Matheson, George A. Romero and Douglas Adams among many others, and has paid tribute to those essential people behind the scenes of horror and fantasy films, such as Hammer make-up maestros Roy Ashton and Phil Leakey. Fantastic Films Weekend has also welcomed numerous special guests including Jenny Agutter, Mike Hodges, Jonathan Miller and Harley Cokeliss.
And of course, the festival could not have enjoyed so many great years without our amazing Fantastic Film Weekend fans. A huge thanks to all of you for your support, for travelling long distances, buying passes, and being so happy and enthusiastic to be terrified and amazed year after year!
Although the weekend event is not continuing, fans of the fantastic can take delight in our Bradford After Dark strand of the Bradford International Film Festival (11 April – 21 April), which features horror films and chillers, and we will continue to support our chums at Fanomenon in Leeds and Celluloid Screams in Sheffield.
This week, we’re delving into the festival archives to pull together as many Fantastic Films Weekend photographs, videos and podcasts as we can, which we’ll share on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks – we hope you’ll do the same and share your favourite Fantastic Films memories.