Ithaca, N.Y. — 30 movies. 5 days.

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And, say the organizers of the Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival, endless hours of conversational fodder.

“I’m super excited,” says Artistic Director Hugues Barbier.

“I can talk about it for hours.”

This is the third Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival.

New this year are musical and art acts to accompany the movies, says Barbier.

Barbier, from France, explains that the “fantastic” designation comes from the parlance more generally understood by European cinephiles.

“It’s the new horror,” Barbier says. “…When I came up with that name of fantastic people didn’t really get it, but in Europe it’s what we name for horror.”

What’s playing this year?

Tonight the festival begins with “When Animals Dream,” at Cinemapolis.

The festival is funded by grants, private donations and ticket fees.

Here are the trailers of some of the other Fantastic movies you may want to check out this week … including:

A Belgian movie about a camping horror:

A young man who goes to Italy after his mother’s death:

And a New Zealand vampire comedy (really!):

See here for a full list of showtimes. And we’ll see you at the show(s).

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.