For 11 years, the FantAsia Film Festival in Montreal has been the premiere showcase in North America of fantasy, horror and action films from around the world. Every July, sold out crowds of 900 line up around the block before each screening; the festival itself lasts approximately 3 weeks. Shot during the 2 year of the festival in 1997, In the Belly of the Beast chronicles the intense struggles that five filmmakers in attendance went through to complete their films. Crew rebellions, corporate embezzlers and bankrupt studios are just a few of the memories conjured up during candid interviews, while the camera captures the latest challenge: the public acceptance - or rejection - of their films.
Did You Know?
The interview with Montreal filmmaker Demetri Estdelacropolis
was unintentional. Director Alex Chisholm
had interviewed several fans in attendance at random throughout the festival, and believed Estdelacropolis was one until he identified himself midway through his on-camera interview. See more
A 91-minute rough cut screened in Montreal in 1999. See more
References Voice of the Moon