New York City’s IFC Center has proudly announcesd that it will host this year’s inaugural edition of What the Fest!? The four day long film festival will showcase genre films, science fiction films, thrillers and more. Noted Programmer Maria Reinup will serve as creative director. Reinup previously served as Director of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and the Black Nights Film Festival.
Read on for all the details!
What The Fest!? Details from the Official Press Release
What the Fest!? will take “genre film” into a broader, more inclusive scope, celebrating not only horror films but also cerebral shockers, retro-format delights, and all-around singular cinematic experiences. What The Fest!? will be more than just film screenings; it will be a must-experience event that brings people together to have a blast.
The festival is programmed by Creative Director Maria Reinup, a veteran film programmer who believes that festivals are at their best when giving audiences an experience they can’t find anywhere else. Working in the film industry for the past decade in her native Estonia and around the world, Reinup has served as Director of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, the only genre film festival in the Baltics, for seven years.
Additionally, she programs the Black Nights Film Festival, the only A-list art house festival in Northern Europe. Over the years, she has also worked for several other notable film festivals and has produced and directed short films and music videos.
Director Maria Reinup
“I’m very excited to see our ideas come to life at What the Fest!? and am thrilled to work with such an experienced team. We’re all looking forward to making this new festival into something special for NYC audiences.”
You said it, Maria!
John Vanco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IFC Center
“Much of the most innovative and exciting cinema on screens today comes out of the world of genre films and we’re thrilled that we’re showcasing such weird and wonderful cinematic voices with What the Fest!?” Smart, adventurous audiences are hungry for this kind of work, and our new fest will keep them on their toes and upend their expectations.”
For more information about the festival, check out www.whatthefestnyc.com. Festival films and programming are currently unannounced. More details are coming in the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted on the details. The festival runs from March 29 through April 1, 2018.
What do you think? Will you be keeping your eye on What The Fest!? Anyone going to make it to the show? Tell us in the comments!