Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

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In July of 2012, the Fantasia International Film Festival will celebrate its 16th edition. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Fantasia is a cultural and professional destination point, and since its first edition in 1996, the festival’s ever-growing popularity has attracted the attention of the international film industry alongside a legion of attendees from across the world. Every facet of the filmmaking chain is represented with in-person delegates at the festival: directors, actors, producers, studio representatives and distributors, who get to experience their films with its legendarily enthusiastic, taste-making audience.

Fantasia is at the vanguard of international genre cinema, thanks to its distinct programming, its prominent media coverage and the record-breaking attendance by passionate film fans. Over 100,000 festival-goers attended Fantasia in 2011, and the festival has attracted over a million spectators over its duration.

  • An innovative concept and programming
  • A strategic niche that differentiates it from other film festivals
  • A distinctive marketing approach
  • A varied national media plan
  • Solid support and interest from the media and the international film industry.
Our partnership with Fantasia allowed us to reach both film lovers as DVD buyers and deploy during the festival an effective promotion with results reaching beyond expectations

Pierre Linteau – HMV

One of the best Genre film festivals in the world

Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News, 2011

Audience Demographics

Fantasia has continued its expansion into bigger films, more ambitious presentations and a wider scope, all while maintaining the edge that’s made it the liveliest major film festival in town.

The Gazette, 2011

Our 2011 Edition at a Glance

  • 102,000 festival goers in 2011
  • 23 % tourists and excursionists (source : Admission Network, tickets bought outside of Montréal)
  • 376 films (134 features and 242 shorts) from 31 countries, including 114 feature film premieres (85 %)
  • The creation of a media screening room for press and industry attendees
  • Between July 7th and August 7th, more than a million pages were visited by 200,000 single visitors on fantasiafestival.com;
  • The Fantasia Film Festival partnership with iTunes showcasing 115+ titles
  • An expanded Symposium section with 12 panels and master classes
  • The screening of the silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA accompanied by a live 30-piece symphony orchestra
  • Outdoor screenings
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to John Landis as well as the Canadian producing team of John Dunning & Andre Link
  • 205 international guests (actors, filmmakers and producers)
  • More than 200 media accreditations, including 48 working for foreign press;
  • 114 industry representatives (distributors, festival programmers and studio representatives);
  • 148 local filmmakers
  • 22 prestigious jurors spread over 6 juries.
Events like this one bolster the entire industry

Sheila de la Verande, TÉLÉFILM CANADA

No wonder the world’s film journalists focus on what has become the largest North-American event of its kind

Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal

Few cultural events can trigger the intense satisfaction that accompanies The Fantasia International Film festival. An enthralling maelstrom of genre films, this celebratory cinematic gathering exercises an atypical power of attraction that extends the city’s radiance well beyond its borders.

Charles Tremblay, Tourisme Montréal

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Fantasia film festival offers an unprecedented promotional opportunity for reaching loyal, enthusiastic, educated adult consumers. This powerful and unique opportunity guarantees high visibility, not only among Fantasia’s large and sought-after audience but also through a targeted provincial and national advertising campaign.

  • Prominent visibility reaching with a media blitz including television spots, a strong Internet presence, subway and bus shelter posters, and a high-profile print campaign
  • Logo placement on the cover of our program guides on sale across the province, notably through SuperClub Vidéotron and HMV
  • Advertisements strategically placed in our program guide
  • Your ad on our free complimentary DVD included with each program guide
  • The privilege of sponsoring specific films
  • Commercials on our big screens before selected films
  • Logo placement on our transit advertising campaign in the Montreal subway system and strategically located in some 50 bus shelters across downtown Montreal
  • Visibility and links on our Web site
  • VIP passes and tickets to Fantasia for your clients and/or employees
  • Your logo on our eye-catching, full-colour banner, located in the centre of downtown Montreal
  • The possibility of realizing promotional activities during the event

Advertising Opportunities

Fantasia’s official program is composed of more than 380 color pages printed on glossy paper. In 2011, more than 140 advertisers and sponsors, many of which have been with us since the earliest edition, have taken advantage of this advertising opportunity. The program is on sale for $5.00 (suggested retail price) throughout Québec, available in chains such as HMV and SuperClub Vidéotron, and includes a DVD of the trailers of films presented during the festival as well as our sponsors’ publicity spots.

One of Canada’s hottest film events


One of the most exciting genre film festivals in the world.


2011 Fantasia Sponsors & Partners

Lead Sponsor


Associate Sponsors

Ubisoft Divertissement and Sympatico.ca

Governmental Partners

Téléfilm Canada, Sodec, MAMROT, Ministère de la culture, des communications et de la condition féminine, Tourisme Québec, Le Bureau des festivals et des événements culturels de la ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and le Conseil des Arts de Montréal

Partner Sponsors

Anchor Bay Canada/ Starz Entertainment, Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), La Boîte Numérique, BOS, Les Brasseries McAuslan, Cinéasie, la Cinémathèque Québécoise, Club 1234, Comiccon, Concept Audio Visuel, Entreprise Vidéo Service, Guru, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada), HMV, Irish Embassy, Jet Film, Korean Film Council, Le Quartier des Spectacles, le réseau Admission, la Société des arts technologiques (SAT), La Régie du Cinéma, Semantikos, Post-Moderne, Sartec, SuperClub Vidéotron, Umen Digital, l’Union des Artistes and La Vitrine.

Media Sponsors

Canal D, CBS Affichage, MusiquePlus, Radio-Canada, Z Télé and CJLO.

2011 Partners advertisers

More than 130 advertisers.

The most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.


Faced with the profusion of what the Fantasia Festival has to offer, it only remains to let oneself be guided randomly from screening to screening, into a visibly thriving cinematic world.

Le Monde, August 2011

At the moment, [Fantasia is] Montreal's most dynamic festival, striking a real chord with the specialized people from around the world.

La Presse, 2011

Fantasia certainly has no reason to envy any other Montreal festival.

Voir, 2011

(...) the festival has grown into one of the world’s largest genre film fests (...). Fantasia has without a doubt become one of Montreal’s premiere events.

Kyle Reese, Sound On Sight, 2011

A world-class event where one can see the most talked-about titles from the international film festival circuit, as well as discover obscure curiosities from the next generation of cinema greats. It's hard to imagine a Montreal summer without Fantasia

Kevin Laforest, Hour, 2011

Fantasia has continued its expansion into bigger films, more ambitious presentations and a wider scope, all while maintaining the edge that’s made it the liveliest major film festival in town.

The Gazette, 2011

I think it’s the most unbelievable film festival that I’ve ever been to. What a great opportunity for filmmakers to show their work. I’m thrill about this festival. I truly am.

Ted Kotcheff, Director of WAKE IN FREIGHT and FIRST BLOOD

For me Fantasia is the best genre film festival in the world, and it holds some of my dearest memories. Every screening at Fantasia is a special event, the crowds are rabid for films and each screening is like a rock concert.

Rob Cotterill, producer of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

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