2012 Fantasia: Fantasia by the Numbers

How big is this year’s Fantasia Film Festival? Funny you should ask…

Years Fantasia has been around: 17

Number of Fantasia Festivals: 16

Year we had no Fantasia (Annus Horribilis): 2002

IQ of the Management of Imperial Cinema in 2002 and 2003: Impossible to measure.

Years Fantasia has been at Concordia: 10

Percentage of Journalists who wanted to ask Concordia Director of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs Dr. Clarence Epstein when they were going to finally replace the chairs in Hall Theatre: 100%

Percentage of Journalists who asked Concordia Director of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs Dr. Clarence Epstein when they were going to finally replace the chairs in Hall Theatre: 0%

Number of presenting sponsors of Fantasia 2012: 2 (Ubisoft Entertainment & Sympatico.ca)

Number of years Ubisoft Entertainment has sponsored Fantasia: 9

Number of partner sponsors of Fantasia 2012: 25

Number of media sponsors of Fantasia 2012: 7

Number of advertisers of Fantasia 2012: (Close to) 150

Price for a Fantasia 2012 ticket: $9

Price for 10 Fantasia 2012 tickets: $80

Price for 10 Fantasia 2012 tickets when you show your OPUS card: $75

Number of tickets expected to sell: (over) 100,000

Number of unique vistors expected at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival web-site in July: (over) 200,000

Number of page views expected at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival in July: (over) 1,000,000

Number of feature films at Fantasia 2012: 160

Number of short films at Fantasia 2012: (over) 300

Number of films from Asia: 70

Number of films from Japan: 34

Number of films from South Korea: 12

Number of films from Taiwan: 5

Number of films from the United Kingdom: 4

Number of films featuring Stephen McHattie: 3 (A Little Bit Zombie, Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, and The Tall Man)

Number of films by Takashi Miike: 2 (Ace Attorney and 2012 Fantasia Official Opening Film For Love’s Sake)

Number of films starring Jeeja Yanin: 1 (The Kick)

Number of films in the NEW Axis International Animation spotlight: 12

Number of films in the Camera Lucida spotlight: 10

Number of films in the Documentaries From the Edge spotlight (Fantasia 2012): 10

Number of years of the Documentaries From the Edge spotlight: 6

Number of films in the Documentaries From the Edge spotlight (Fantasia 2011): 5

Number of countries in the spotlight this year: 3 (Philippines, Denmark and Norway)

Number of films of Satoshi Kon that played at Fantasia: 2 (Perfect Blue and Millenium Actress)

Number of awards named after Satoshi Kon: 1 (The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation)

Number of times that the The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation has been presented before Fantasia 2012: 0 (This is the first year of the award.)

Number of filmmaker special guests travelling to Fantasia 2012: 125

Number of filmmakers coming to Fantasia 2012 to present projects during the Frontières International Co-Production Market: 55

Number of film projects in the Frontières International Co-Production Market: 14

Number of film projects in the Off-Frontières section of the Frontières International Co-Production Market: 10

Number of short films being produced based on Fantasia 2012 selections that will premiere at Fantasia: 3

Number of legs of actor Eddie McGee, star of The Human Race: 1

Amount star Eddie McGee and director Paul Hough tried to raise on Kick Starter to finish The Human Race: $6,200

Amount star Eddie McGee and director Paul Hough actually raised on Kick Starter to finish The Human Race: $7,926

Number of books written by film scholar David Bordwell – who is being presented with a special Lifetime Excellence Award: (over) 15

Number of films directed by Jennifer Lynch: 4 (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Hisss aka Nagin: The Snake Woman, Chained)

Number of documentaries based on the film Hisss directed by Jennifer Lynch: 1 (Despite the Gods)

Number of months Hisss was supposed to take to film: 3

Number of months that it took to film Hisss: 9

Number of books being launched at Fantasia 2012: 1 (House of Psychotic Women by Kier-la Janisse)

House of Psychotic Women hardcover prize: $49.95

House of Psychotic Women softcover price: $29.95

House of Psychotic Women number of pages: 360

House of Psychotic Women number of full color pages: 32

Number of films being presented in the House of Psychotic Women spotlight: 3 (Possession, Christine F., Dr. Jekyll et les Femmes)

Number of artists featured in the If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror poster series: 16

Number of days that If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror poster series will be featured at the Cinematheque Quebecoise before going on tour: 10

Number of theatres presenting films at Fantasia 2012: 3 (Concordia Hall Theatre, J.A. De Seve Theatre, and Cinematheque Quebecoise)

Number of days of Fantasia 2012: 22

Length of the 2012 Fantasia TV spot: 30 seconds

Number of pages of the Fantasia 2012 program book: 396

Number of wrist sprains that will be caused by the Fantasia 2012 program book: Impossible to measure

Number of dimensions that the 2012 Fantasia Festival Official Closing Film ParaNorman will be presented in: 3

Number of times that 3D films have been presented in the Concordia Hall Theatre before ParaNorman: 0

On a scale of 1 to SQUEEE, how excited Sound on Sight staff are about the return of Fantasia: SQUEEE to the power of SQUEEE. (SQUEEESQUEEE) Mathematically, this is referred to as a SQUEEE-plex.

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By Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is the Festival Director for the YoungCuts Film Festival (www.YoungCuts.com) Every year, we present our Top 100 Great Short Films by the World's Best Young Filmmakers 25 and under. We are now accepting submissions for the 2013 Festival. On his blog (www.Llakor.blogspot.com) he very sporadically writes about YoungCuts, films, comics and his odd involvement in professional wrestling.

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