Fantasia Fest started in 1996, when it just screened Asian films from Hong Kong and Japan. Then, in 1997, they expanded the focus to bring in more genre films from around the world and since then, they've featured many North American premiers and some world premieres. Based in Montreal, Quebec... they're now one of North America's biggest genre film festivals and 2008's festival will take place July 3 - 21.
I'd like to give you some insight into the festival. You know, a little something from them to you, passed through me... but they never got back to me after I emailed them, three times. A fourth email will go out after I post this. I'm not going to hold a grudge or anything and I still want to pass on information, so a lot of this is just cut and pasted from their site and other sources. If they get back to me, I'll come back and update this.
Anyhow, they're currently accepting entries and they're on the look-out for features, as well as shorts. They predominantly look for fantasy/action/horror, but will also consider 'out there' films, whose sheer individuality puts them in a genre of their own. Any film that's been produced in the past 18 months is elegible for both their official jury competition and their public's prize. Also, they do not charge submission fees, so there's really no reason to not submit your film. There's an online entry form, which can be found here and you should send your screener(s) on DVD or VHS to their office. You have until May 5th, 2008 to enter.
Like I said, I wish I could give you a bit more insight, but they haven't got back to me and their about us section on their old site is all in French and for all I know it's just obscenities directed at English speaking Canadians... there is a button that is supposed to switch it to English, but it just goes back to the French - Sacre Bleu! Zut Alore! Having said all that, I can vouch for the city of Montreal, it's a great place for festivals, night life and strip-bars... you know, if that's your thing. Not to mention, I'm sure the festival is a great place to network and meet like minded individuals...
Here's a link to their site.