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Farewell Fantastic Films Weekend

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Today we announced that Fantastic Films Weekend will not be continuing. Our annual celebration of horror, science fiction and fantasy films has welcomed some great guests and amazing fans. Here’s a message from the Fantastic Films Weekend team, plus some memories from the past 11 years.

Farewell Fantastic Films Weekend

We’re proud to have had 11 years of fabulous films, guests and fans at the Fantastic Films Weekend. Over the years our festival directors and guest programmers have brought incredible interviews, frightening features, shocking shorts and anarchy from the archive.

Jeremy Dyson - FFW Patron and guest

Jeremy Dyson – FFW Patron and guest

The festival has celebrated the work of Terence Fisher, Nigel Kneale, Richard Matheson, George A. Romero and Douglas Adams among many others, and has paid tribute to those essential people behind the scenes of horror and fantasy films, such as Hammer make-up maestros Roy Ashton and Phil Leakey. Fantastic Films Weekend has also welcomed numerous special guests including Jenny Agutter, Mike Hodges, Jonathan Miller and Harley Cokeliss.

Harley Cokeliss - guest at FFW 2012

Harley Cokeliss – guest at FFW in 2012

And of course, the festival could not have enjoyed so many great years without our amazing Fantastic Film Weekend fans. A huge thanks to all of you for your support, for travelling long distances, buying passes, and being so happy and enthusiastic to be terrified and amazed year after year!

Jenny Agutter - FFW guest in 2008

Jenny Agutter – guest at FFW in 2008

Although the weekend event is not continuing, fans of the fantastic can take delight in our Bradford After Dark strand of the Bradford International Film Festival (11 April – 21 April), which features horror films and chillers, and we will continue to support our chums at Fanomenon in Leeds and Celluloid Screams in Sheffield.

Christopher Frayling interviews Jonathan Miller at FFW in 2011

Christopher Frayling interviews Jonathan Miller at FFW in 2011

This week, we’re delving into the festival archives to pull together as many Fantastic Films Weekend photographs, videos and podcasts as we can, which we’ll share on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks – we hope you’ll do the same and share your favourite Fantastic Films memories.

Peter Sasdy - guest at FFW in 2011

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Piers Haggard - guest at FFW in 2008

Piers Haggard – guest at FFW in 2008

Brian Aldiss - guest at FFW in 2007

Brian Aldiss – guest at FFW in 2007

Peter Duffell - guest at FFW in 2008

Peter Duffell – guest at FFW in 2008

Harry Kumel - guest at FFW in 2008

Harry Kumel – guest at FFW in 2008

Mike Hodges - guest at FFW in 2009

Mike Hodges – guest at FFW in 2009

John Hough - guest at FFW in 2007

John Hough – guest at FFW in 2007

  1. jmmi

    Genuinely Gutted. This festival has been the highlight of my cultural year since 2006.
    Thank you FFF organisers/NMM staff for many hours of gory pleasure.

    1. Emma Thom

      Thank you for saying so – I’ll be sure to pass on your lovely comment to the team.

  2. Jamie

    Great, right at the moment that I first hear about it! So who is going to screen the 35mm versions of horror classics now that you’re not going to? I want to see ‘The Thing’ in 35 or 70mm!!

    1. National Media Museum

      Hi Jamie

      You could try our friends at Fanomenon (Leeds), Celluloid Screams (Sheffield) and Grimm Up North (Manchester). We also have a horror strand at Bradford International Film Festival – but I’m afraid there are no 35mm screenings this year. If you’re interested in large formate film making, you may want to visit Widescreen Weekend at BIFF.

      Emma

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