LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest Celebrates Its Sixteenth Edition

The LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest, dedicated to fantastic genre cinema and an inclusive environment for all audiences, celebrates its sixteenth edition dedicated to villains from October 19 to 26 at Caribbean Cinemas in Plaza Guaynabo.

For more than a decade, the LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest has been the only film festival in the Caribbean area at the forefront of the fantastic genre, science fiction,
thriller, anime, adventure, black humor, bizarre, animation, and famous cult films, both feature films and short films.

On the way to this year’s Festival, the film “Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time” remains available for one more week in Caribbean Cinemas, the fourth and definitive finale of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. It will have limited functions on October 6-12 in the following theaters: Plaza Escorial and Plaza las Americas. You can now purchase tickets by visiting theaters or through

This year, the LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest, in addition to reaffirming its commitment to the cinema of Puerto Rico, for the first time there will be a grand prize, courtesy of Party City, where a winner will be chosen at random for a trip for two people to New York, with stay and tickets to enjoy VIP seats to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway. Throughout the week, those who attend the Festival will have the opportunity to participate. The winner of this award will be selected live during the Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 26 at the Caribbean Cinemas in Plaza Guaynabo.

Among the different ways to participate, donations of non-perishable food, first aid kits, and hygiene items, among others, will be accepted, which at the end of the Festival will be delivered to a non-profit organization as part of the commitment not only to the cinema but with the community. Rules and opportunities to win are available at

With representation from 23 countries, including Puerto Rico, the Festival has a total of 145 film projects that will be screened in the movie theater. In addition to having a great variety within the billboard from feature films, and short films, the Festival has LUSCA Campus, where there will be workshops free of charge for all audiences thanks to the Film Industry Development Program, the Youth Development Program, and the Department of Economic Development and Trade. Links to reserve your space for the workshops will be available through Eventbrite at

“We always seek to work on this type of initiative that inspires youth to explore their skills and talents, especially within creative industries, such as cinema. At Lusca we are committed to the youth of our country, we promote an attitude focused on innovation through creativity and artistic expression.” expressed the Executive Director and Founder of the event, Zoilo Rodríguez.

As part of the varied cinematographic offer, this year films such as “Hideout” (Taiwan), “Damaged” (Argentina), “Dead Bride” (Italy), “Super Z” (France), “Showdown in Yesterday” ( Canada), “New Religion” (Japan), “Feed Me” (UK), “Once Upon a Time in the Future” (Turkey), “Opal” (Martinique), “Planet B234″ (USA), ” Travels Inside Foreign Heads (France), “The Eye and The Wall” (Guatemala) and “Guns of Eden” (United States), whose Festival route ends in Puerto Rico before its DVD release.

The complete film selection and schedules are available at

You can also enjoy the Puerto Rican documentary: “The Biggest Dream” by director Andrew Hernández. This documentary deals with the different discoveries that over the years occurred at El Radar de Arecibo. In addition, there will be a total of 45 local short films in six batches of BoriShorts. Plus a virtual conversation with the great Joseph Lando where they will have the premiere in Puerto Rico to present the trailer for “El Poder de Shakti” remastered version.

“The world needs people who love what they do. We love what we do and we do it for you and for you. For each filmmaker who celebrates that his short or film was chosen, for each artist who manages to expose his talent, and for each person who visits us that we managed to show that in Puerto Rico #WeDoFilm”, said the producer of the festival, Yalira Crespo, who assures that the varied selection of proposals will be an attraction for all kinds of fans of the genre.

As in other years, the Festival will feature a variety of events. In celebration of its 50 years, there will be a special screening on Thursday, October 20 of “The Godfather” accompanied by a talk with film analyst Juanma


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