Austin, TX – Friday, August 16, 2013 –Fantastic Fest, The Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest are thrilled to present the Fantastic Fest 2013 Bumper Contest. Every year Fantastic Fest hosts a bumper creation contest where we invite the Fantastic Fest community to create the most outrageous and entertaining video possible.  They use as many entries as they can and play different bumpers onscreen before every single screening during the festival with two goals in mind: 1) to represent the creativity (and often twisted sense of humor) of the Fantastic Fest community and 2) to ensure that unlike other festivals, the audience at Fantastic Fest won’t have to sit through the same six or seven bumpers over and over again.

Your bumper can be almost anything you can imagine, but there are three ground rules:

  • The theme this year is Intergalactic Fantastic. Feel free to interpret that in whatever manner you choose.

  • The video must be between 15 seconds and 45 seconds.

  • The last line of dialogue or narration in the video must be, “That’s fantastic!”

Check out some bumpers from previous festivals for inspiration!  – MORE AFTER THE POSTER

All 2013 Fantastic Fest bumper videos selected by our programming committee will be screened in front of an unsuspecting audience during Fantastic Fest (September 19-26, 2013). Each of those audiences will include visiting filmmakers from around the world, press from the likes of Badass Digest, IFC, TwitchFilm, Fangoria, SlashFilm, Film Threat, Ain’t It Cool News, Variety and more, plus a legion of the most devoted and intelligent genre film fans on the planet.

And as if that weren’t enough, there are more prizes!

The Fantastic Fest programming committee will select the Top 4 bumper finalists, and members of the Filmmaking Frenzy voting community will select the 5th finalist. The Top 5 bumpers will play at the Fantastic Fest 2013 Awards Ceremony, and the audience will select the grand prize winner. That winner will receive two VIP badges to Fantastic Fest 2014! These VIP badges are always sold out by the end of the previous year’s festival, and they are seriously hot ticket items. VIP Badges include an exclusive limited edition t-shirt and poster, plus a souvenir Fantastic Fest shoulder bag filled with tons of fun swag. The main benefit of the VIP badge, however, is guaranteed admission to the movie of your choice at any given showtime for next year’s Fantastic Fest.

To submit your film and for all information, go to

Fantastic Fest runs from September 19 through September 26, and because we need time to build the festival’s preshow, All film entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on September 10 to be eligible. Any videos we receive after that date can’t be guaranteed to play during the festival and won’t be eligible for any prizes. Good luck and be fantastic!

Look for more film & event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.


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