Cinemafantastique 5 Update.



I would like to thank everyone who has been inquiring into when we will be accepting entries into Cinemafantastique 5! Some of you may be aware that we started an indie, genre distribution company Darkside Releasing and we are trying really hard to get the filmmakers films that have signed with us out to the world to see via Blu-ray , VOD etc. and well to be frank it is a shit ton of work for 2 people; one of those still working their full time ‘day’ job.

So unfortunately for 2019 we haven’t been able to plan for a festival that would be able to showcase the films in the way we would like. That being said we are hoping to be back in 2020 for the full day or two festival, and we are still toying with  ‘Pop ups’ at smaller venues because we are crazy like that.  We will let everyone know when we open on FilmFreeway for entries as we no longer accept through email or another platform at this time.

We would still love to promote any other festivals and events that are happening out there, so please drop us an email to or be in touch through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you would like us to shout out your event!!

Thank you again for all your support!!


Welcome to the Jungle – Darkside style!


#DarksideReleasing is being gleefully represented at The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival on Saturday’s “WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE” set on March 30th – featuring the North American premiere of our newest film, the ass-kicking THE BLACK FOREST (A Mata Negra) along with the final theatrical presentation of AMAZON HOT BOX with Tristan Risk David Aboussafy!!!

BADASS V runs March 29-31 in #Vancouver, BC.

A Mata Negra – The Black Forest – Trailer from Darkside Releasing

Amazon Hot Box – Trailer from Darkside Releasing

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Vancouver International Women In Film Festival Vancouver!! March 5-10, 2019


We are delighted once again to be Community Partners with Women In Film + Television Vancouver for this awesome festival showcasing the very talented female filmmakers from around our globe. The festival is running March 5-10 at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver, as well as film screenings, the festival offers a variety of ancillary programming including workshops, pitch sessions, panel discussions, artist talks, receptions, an awards ceremony and more.  You can check out the full film line-up and schedule over at Women In film + Television Vancouver.

For our Community Partner film this year, we have a talented director that has played numerous times at Cinemafantastique Film Festival over the years….drum roll please….!

From Vancouver Gigi Saul Guerrero’s  film  LA QUINCEAÑERA !!! Running time 70min.


Alejandra’s life is about to change forever on the night of her quinceañera, a coming of age ceremony held on a girl’s fifteenth birthday. In this daring revenge tale, a young girl will learn the limits of resilience and strength as she is thrust into the most extraordinary of situations over the course of 24 hours. The director has been praised for innovative work in the horror genre and this work reflects her recognizable style of Tex-Mex grit with a touch of grindhouse and gore.

Don’t miss this BC PREMIERE screening on Saturday, March 9, 9:30 pm. There will be a Q&A with Gigi after the screening as well!! Checkout the trailer below. We will also be giving away 2 TICKETS to the screening via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so be sure to like and follow so you know when that is happening!

Check out La Quinceañera’s  Facebook event page   and tickets are available now at Vancity Theatre – La Quinceanera

Also screening before La Quinceañera will be the North American Premiere of the short film Hearth by Quebec Director Sophie B. Jacques. Running time 11min


A tension filled drama that follows Emillie as she returns home after renting her house to strangers. Will she discover what actually happened during her absence?

See you at the Festival! #VIWFF2019




Finnish Hillbilly Horror “Kyrsya-Tuftland” coming this week from Darkside Releasing!


Kyrsya-Tuftland Blu-ray Spine #6 ~ Feb. 19, 2019

In addition to the Valentine’s day release of UK’s Lonely Hearts, the Finnish Hillbilly Horror Kyrsya-Tuftland hits Blu-ray in Canada on Feb. 19th – from Vancouver’s Darkside Releasing!

Darkside Releasing is extremely proud to present this amazing backwoods art-house horror film to audiences across Canada this long weekend!”

And, if you happen to be in the Vancouver area on Saturday the 16th, you’ll have a chance to meet the Darkside Releasing crew and pickup early copies of Kyrsya-Tuftland and the re-issue of the erotic giallo Odissea della Morte starring Momona Komagata (Peelers), Tristan Risk (Rabid, Amazon Hot Box), Dan Ellis (Bloodshock) and Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, Cat People) at Netherworld Collectibles in New Westminster – with special appearances by Tristan Risk and Mike Kovac (star of the zombie shoot-em-up Yesterday, also from Darkside Releasing).

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Darkside Releasing at the EFM – and our 2019 Market Lineup! (So far…)


DARKSIDE RELEASING IS PROUD to be representing these new genre films for their European Film Market premiere, Feb 7th – 12th in Berlin! James Bickert’s Amazon Hot Box, Trash Arts’ and HB Films’ Lonely Hearts, Diana Galimzyanova’s Russian film noir The Lightest Darkness (the first Russian film noir by a female director), and the brain-shattering supernatural scare-fest The Black Forest aka “A Mata Negra”, one of the best feature films from last year’s Blood Window initiative in Argentina. Darkside Releasing will also be bringing a resurrection of Rob Grant’s 16mm zombie gore-a-thon Yesterday to the markets throughout 2019! We are truly excited to be premiering these titles in Berlin this year, and we’re looking forward to a very exciting 2019 with these amazing genre films – from #DarksideReleasing!

FIND US at the EFM this week in Berlin! or come directly to the Canadian Pavilion inside the MGB…

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