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Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival announces first six films

Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival announces first six films: Machete, Rare Exports, Mortal Fools, Lunopolis, I Heart Doomsday, Evil in the Time of Heroes

Sydney, Australia, September 16, 2010 – Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival announces the first six feature films of this year’s program.

Festival director Dr. Dean Bertram is sure that “Sydney film fans are going to go crazy for the festival’s line-up this year. It covers an amazing gamut of genre films. Audiences will see a dark twist on the Santa legend, machete-wielding vigilantes, out-of-this-world conspiracies, a love-mad evil genius bent on world annihilation, cyber-Shakespeare, and Greek zombies. And that’s just from the first half dozen films that we’re announcing!”

The six feature films, all of which are Australian premieres, are: Robert Rodriguez’s (director of Sin City, Spy Kids, Grindhouse) highly anticipated, no-holds barred MACHETE; the Finnish dark fantasy and internet buzz sensation RARE EXPORTS, Australian Sci-fi come Shakespearean comedy MORTAL FOOLS; The X-Files meets The Blair Witch Project in the mind-bending conspiracy mock-doc LUNOPOLIS; a megalomaniacal super villain uses his evil powers for love in I HEART DOOMSDAY; and a frenetic-paced, gore-filled, zombie comedy from Greece EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES.

“I’m really proud of the scope of this year’s films”, adds Bertram’s co-director Lisa Mitchell. “The festival is showcasing an international program that ranges from amazingly creative independent films made by young filmmakers, to spectacular blockbusters. And I’m looking particularly forward to the Q&As and filmmaking forums, where the festival’s audience gets to interact with visiting filmmakers.”

The second annual Fantastic Planet Film Festival runs from October 29 to November 5, 2010 at Dendy Newtown Cinema and other Sydney venues.  For more details visit the festival’s official site: www.fantasticplanetfilmfestival.com

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