Get ready for loads of fantastical excitement at Fantasporto, one of the best fantasy and science ficton film festivals in the world. Beginning on February 22nd and running through March 6th, Fantasporto will show some of the genre’s best new films from Rivoli Theatre in Porto.
The city is flooded with everything fantasy and science fiction related and the excitement is palpable during the festival. While all kinds of films are presented over the next weeks, fantasy definitely takes a front seat during Fantasporto.
The festival was established in 1980 in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city by film critics Mário Dorminsky and Beatriz Pacheco Pereira and the artist and painter José Manuel Pereira. The first Fantasporto took place the following year on a non-competitive platform showing the best fantasy film productions from all over the world including the first Chinese animated feature.
All the great classics have been screened at Fantasporto including some of the classics from big names like Méliès, Manoel de Oliveira, Murnau, Quentin Tarantino, and Spielberg. Over the years, the festival blossomed into a popular annual film event and in 1991 debuted Directors Week and Orient Express. Fantasporto has also been known to screen many unreleased productions as well as ones that were never to be seen again. Fantasporto has been an inspiration for many other world film festivals and has been featured in acclaimed publications such as International Film Guide and Variety magazine.
From the start the festival pioneered the cross of film with the arts and sciences. Fantasporto has always featured art exhibits, books readings, performances, and workshops alongside film screenings. Since 2009, the Special Programme has been running parallel to the main event and highlights unique themes like architecture, Fine Arts, or Robotics. The Special Programme usually includes fascinating performances, lectures, demonstrations, and films.
The festival closes with the Vampire’s Ball, a costume party and closing ceremony. Festival-goers usually dress up as a movie character while dancing and socializing to movie soundtracks.