[Fantastic Fest '12] 2012 AMD Next Wave Competition Films Announced!

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Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce the 2012 AMD Next Wave competition, which recognizes outstanding new talent in genre film directing. Eight films from seven different countries have been selected to compete in the latest installment of this annual international competition.

These up-and-coming filmmakers are at the beginning of their movie careers and may well become the next generation of talent to shape the film industry for decades to come. The winning filmmaker will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and AMD based computer hardware featuring their latest Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD Next Wave awards will be the final presentation at the annual Fantastic Fest Awards presentation on Monday, September 26th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

The winner of last year’s AMD Next Wave competition, Bullhead, was acquired by Drafthouse Films and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Michaël R. Roskam was heralded for his incredibly artful and original vision and has been compared to a young Martin Scorsese.

Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. See below for the AMD lineup of films at this year’s festival, and to check out dozens, upon dozens of stills from the films!

COMBAT GIRLS (2011)
North American Premiere
Director – David Wnendt, 103min
The debut feature from director-writer David Wnendt is a bleak tale of two girls who, for very different reasons, get swept up in the resurgent Neo-Nazi movement in Germany.

CONSPIRACY, THE
World Premiere
Director – Christopher MacBride, 85min
Two young documentary filmmakers are drawn into a shadowy world of secret societies when the subject of their film simply disappears. Have his investigations led to his demise?

CRAVE (2012)
U.S. Premiere
Director – Charles de Lauzirika, 113min
CRAVE follows a mentally unstable crime scene photographer on his descent into violence and madness. CRAVE won the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature at the 2012 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival.

ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY (2012)
U.S. Premiere
Director – Eron Sheean, 101min
Plagued by the memory of the infant son he could not save, geneticist Geoff Burton plunges into a web of intrigue, jealousy and lies in this icily precise thriller.

FLIMMER (2012)
North American Premiere
Director – Patrik Eklund, 99min
Oscar-nominated short film director Patrik Eklund’s feature debut showcases the wry wit that made his shorts so hugely popular in this tale of a small town telecom company plagued by anti-radiowave anarchists.

F*CK UP (2012)
North American Premiere
Director – Øystein Karlsen, 135min
Clearly it’s all the moose’s fault. Jack had everything under control until his best friend crashed into a moose on the Swedish border. With a trunk full of cocaine. Now it’s all gone to shit.

KING OF PIGS, THE (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director – Yeung Sang-ho, 97min
THE KING OF PIGS is an emotionally punishing animated indie film about a group of friends whose brutal childhoods continue to haunt them as adults.

PLAN C (2012)
World Premiere
Director – Max Porcelijn, 95min
Detective Ronald Plasmeyer has a problem in need of a solution: A ten thousand Euro debt to the Chinese mafia. Plan A didn’t work. Plan B made things much, much worse. Now it’s time for Plan C.

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  • Blood-Sicles

    Really excited for this year- hoping for at least a few more horror films in the next announcement. A few foreign horror flicks and a sneak preview of Sinister doesn’t cut it for me. Would kill for Lords of Salem.