Recap From Fantastic Fest Day 8!

All fantastic things must come to an end.

photos by Jack Plunkett and Arnold Wells

Read the recaps from Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six and Day Seven!

Make sure you read our jury award winners, and congrats to them all! What a knockout lineup we had this year, thanks to the tireless work of our brilliant programmers.

Today we leave Fantastic Fest 2015 behind us, and this has been one of the most triumphant festivals in recent memory. Thanks to our incredible volunteers and staff, our director Kristen Bell and founder Tim League, and most especially thanks to the fans for making this year such a lively success. 

Yesterday we wrapped up Fantastic Arcade with a tournament and the Starcade 2015 awards ceremony

And our closing night film was S. Craig Zahler's cannibal western BONE TOMAHAWK, an enormous crowd-pleaser and the perfect way to close out  our festival. Zahler was in attendance along with stars Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and Richard Jenkins, as well as producers Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller.

And finally, we had our western-themed closing night party at the cowboy town of Star Hill Ranch in honor of BONE TOMAHAWK. There was meat, beer, a tattoo station, spontaneous poems by Typewriter Rodeo, karaoke, horror movies in the chapel, our annual dunk tank and slapshots tournament, a mechanical bull, the return of last year's fave Cracker the donkey and much more!

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