Montreal's renowned Fantasia Film Festival is going virtual this year. Like all of Montreal's anticipated summer festivals, it was unlikely that Fantasia would be able to go ahead as planned due to the ongoing health crisis. Festival organizers, therefore, came up with the innovative solution of hosting an online film festival, to the delight of film lovers everywhere.\nTaking place from August 20 to September 2, 2020, Fantasia will present its 24th edition on a cutting-edge digital platform that will showcase the films in real-time.\n"While we’re saddened not to be able to put on the larger-than-life physical event that we’d been planning for this year, we’re extremely excited to be working with Festival Scope and Shift72 on an unconventional virtual edition," said Fantasia co-director Mitch Davis.\n"They’ve enthusiastically embraced every challenge we’ve thrown their way, particularly when it comes to making so many of our screenings be real-time, live events instead of the usual streaming approach."\n"It’s going to make things so much more exciting and will go a long way towards keeping the intensity and engagement of the in-person experience vibrant in an online realm.”\nFantasia will feature a lineup of genre films and cult classics that long-time fans have come to expect.\nWhile festivals goers won't be able to see the films in the theatre, Fantasia's online festival aims to bring the full cinema and movie festival experience into your home.\nFANTASIA’S 24TH EDITION TO TAKE FLIGHT AS A CUTTING-EDGE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL\n\nGiven the continuing uncertainty related to...Posted by Fantasia International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 29, 2020\nThe festival's famous "filmmaker intros, audience-involved Q&A’s, live panels, workshops, short film showcases, juried competitions, and audience awards" will still be featured, offering a seamless festival experience.\n"This year’s online edition will be engaging and exciting for attendees as the festival has planned premieres to replicate the physical event, adding a sense of exclusivity and familiarity," said Festival Scope CEO and Co-Founder Alessandro Raja.\nKing-Wei Chu | courtesy of Fantasia International Film Festival\n \n Julie Delisle | courtesy of Fantasia International Film Festival\nAlong with its classic offerings, this year's Fantasia Festival will feature exclusive world and international film premieres, as well as selected titles from the cancelled Tribeca and SXSW festivals.\nView this post on Instagram ⚠️ In light of the City of Montreal’s latest public health recommendations, #Fantasia2020 (previously scheduled to start on July 16th) is postponed until later in the summer. More details on our website and Facebook page. Stay safe! – ⚠️ À la lumière des dernières recommandations de santé publique de la Ville de Montréal, notre édition 2020 (qui devait commencer le 16 juillet) est reportée à plus tard cet été. Plus de détails sur notre site web et page Facebook. Soyez sages! A post shared by 📽️ Fantasia Festival (@fantasiafestival) on Apr 9, 2020 at 8:28am PDT\nAll film screenings will only be available to Canadian audiences from every province.\nView this post on Instagram 🎬 It's a wrap on #Fantasia2019! We would like to express our sincere gratitude and congratulations to every single member of the #FAMtasia, including all staff, volunteers, filmmakers, guests, and (of course) audience members, who have made this 23rd edition another success story! Stay tuned next week to find out which films have earned this year's Audience Choice Awards, and for more news on Fantasia 2020! 🎉 – 🎬 Fantasia 2019 est terminé! Nous tenons à exprimer notre sincère gratitude et toutes nos félicitations aux membres de la famille Fantasia, y compris tout le personnel, les bénévoles, les cinéastes, nos invités, et (bien sûr) les festivaliers, grâce à qui nous célébrons une excellente 23e édition! Restez à l'affût la semaine prochaine pour découvrir quels films remportent les fameux Prix du Public, et pour des nouvelles sur #Fantasia2020! 🎉 – 📸 by/par Vincent Fréchette #Montreal #Festival #FilmFestival #FantasiaFest #FestivalLife #Canada A post shared by 📽️ Fantasia Festival (@fantasiafestival) on Aug 2, 2019 at 5:38pm PDT\nThe Fantasia Film Festival will announce its first wave of movies later in May.\nStay tuned for more news.\nThis article's cover image is used for illustrative purposes only.