Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has announced the final batch of titles in its animation line-up. The event runs August 5–25, mostly virtually, with screenings geo-locked for Canadian viewers. There will be select films screening in Montreal.
Fantasia’s lifetime achievement award is going to special effects legend Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park), whose experimental stop-motion feature Mad God (pictured top right), 30 years in the making, will get its North American premiere at the festival. Tippett will give a virtual masterclass, and Worse than the Demon, a documentary about the artist by his daughter Maya, will get its world premiere.
Mad God isn’t the only new addition to the feature lineup. Fantasia will host the North American premiere of The Deer King (top left), the buzzy anime title from Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) and directors Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji. After premiering at Annecy, the fantasy film was snapped up for North American distribution by GKIDS.