2009 Tickets and Badges2010 FANTASTIC FEST BADGES:
Regular and VIP Fantastic Fest badges will go on sale at 10AM CST
Monday, September 28. VIP Badges are $285 and guarantee you admission
to any show at Fantastic Fest. Film badges are $170 and guarantee you admission to a show at every timeslot, but does not guarantee your first choice.
Click here to purchase a 2010 VIP badge. Click here to purchase a 2010 Film Badge.
2009 V.I.P. BADGES:
V.I.P. Badges are available for $270 and include an exclusive limited-edition t-shirt and poster, plus a souvenir Fantastic Fest shoulder bag filled with seriously fun schwag. The main benefit of the V.I.P. badge, however, is guaranteed admission to the movie of your choice at any given showtime. VIP Badgeholders must arrive 20 minutes before showtime or else your seats may be given up. V.I.P. badge holders will also receive guaranteed admission to all panels and parties. VIP Badges are currently sold out, additional badges may become available but will first be offered as an upgrade for 2009 Film Badge holders. Any announcements about 2009 VIP badge availability will be announced via the Fantastic Fest blog and twitter feeds.
2009 FILM BADGES:
Film Badges are available for $150 and guarantee you a seat at all time slots during Fantastic Fest (just not necessarily your first choice film in each time slot. Most films screen more than once, so you should be able to see everything you want, with the exception of the high profile opening and closing films. We are attempting in 2009, however, to open up the high profile films to more timeslots/screens so that more regular badge holders will be able to attend. The Film Badges also includes access to all of the Fantastic Fest parties, including the opening and closing night parties. Film Badges are sold out.
2009 2ND-HALF FESTIVAL BADGES:
The busiest time of the festival is always the first half. The majority of the industry folks, distributors and buyers are in town for opening weekend and then leave on Monday morning or Sunday night. The way the festival is programmed, we try to play almost all of the films in the first 4 days and then again in the second 4 days, so if you purchase a 2nd-half festival badge, you will still get the chance to see just about everything from the festival line-up. If you purchase the 2nd-half badge, you can check out the BSide Community pages
to see which movies are getting the biggest buzz. Also, with fewer folks in attendance, the lines will not be nearly as bad. 2nd-half festival badges are good for any screening Monday-Thursday, September 28-October 1. 2nd-half festival badge-holders will be seated at the same time as the regular badge holders for the second half of the fest. The 2nd-half festival badge also includes access to all of the Fantastic Fest parties in the 2nd-half of the fest, including the closing night party. 2nd Half Badges are sold out.
2009 DAYTIME-ONLY BADGE:
The cheapest badge option is the "daytime-only" badge. This badge allows you access to any screening starting before 6:00 PM, any day of the festival. This is the perfect badge option if you have limited funds, but want to sample and get a taste of some of the movies of the festival. We will be offering approximagely 50 screenings at these early timeslots, and each and every film in the 2009 line-up will be something special. This badge does not
include access to the evening parties. Daytime Badges are sold out.
2009 INDIVIDUAL SHOW TICKETS:
Due to increased sales of festival badges, individual show tickets will mainly be available day of show in person at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. It is unlikely that individual show tickets will be available for high profile screenings such as our opening and closing night films and secret screenings. These shows will likely be limited to badge holders only. Closer to the festival, a limited number of individual tickets to select shows may become available online, particularly for daytime screenings and screenings in the second half of the festival. Each day of the festival will feature a blog entry on the Fantastic Fest homepage
to let you know what individual tickets are currently on sale.
About Badges, Tickets And Lines
Please read all of the
following information very carefully, as there are some new procedural
changes in effect for the first time at Fantastic Fest 2009.
Hours of Operation
September 23rd 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
September 24th 1:00 PM - midnight
September 25th – Wed., September 30th 2
hours before first screening of the day – midnight
*All badge pickups are at Alamo
South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.)*
holders may pick up their badges at any of the times listed above. You may only pick up your own badge! No exceptions! Please bring a valid picture ID when picking up your badge.
town guests, if we are picking you up at the airport and you filled out your
information in advance, we will have your badges ready for you on the shuttle
bus. Please note: If your first show is at the Paramount, you must first
swing by South Lamar to pick up your tickets and badge in advance. You will not be admitted to the Paramount
Hours of Operation
- Wednesday, September 23 5:00
PM – 10:00 PM (VIP Badges Only)
- Thurs., September 24 –
Thurs., October 1 2 hours before first screening of the day – midnight
*All ticket pickups are
at Alamo South Lamar (1120 S. Lamar Blvd.)*
VIP badge holders are still guaranteed
to get into any show they desire, but we are asking that they commit
to their schedule no later than 2 hours before the first show of the
day. At that time, tickets are made available to other badge holders.
A point of clarification, VIP badge holders do not have to arrive
at the theater each day 2 hours before the first show of the day. VIP
badge holders, and VIP badge holders alone, can pick up tickets for
the following day's screenings throughout the festival.
This system still offers VIP Badge holders
their guaranteed admission, but eliminates the problem of other badge
holders waiting all day and missing potential screenings so they can
be first in line for the big movies that they may or may not be able
Press Badges may pick up tickets starting
2 hours before the first show of the day for that day’s shows only.
Regular, Daytime and Second-Half badge
holders may pick up tickets starting 90 minutes before the first show
of the day for that day’s shows only.
All badge holders can only pick up
one ticket for each time slot during the festival. You can't pick
up tickets for multiple movies at the same timeslot and decide later.
The only exception to this rule is if you receive a standby ticket.
We will be printing a small number of standby tickets for each screening
as there are always going to be people who pick up tickets and then
don't show. If you receive a standby ticket for any screening, you will
also be able to choose a ticket for another film in that same timeslot
in case you do not get seated on standby.
All badge holders are allowed to pick
up a maximum of two sets of tickets – your own and one other
guest, provided you bring both badges with you to the box
office. Both badges will be scanned at the box office.
If you decide to have a buddy pick up your tickets for you, please remember
that it is your choice and your responsibility to get your badge and
your tickets from them before you will be allowed into the theater.
Any badges reported lost or stolen will have the barcode deactivated
immediately and a new badge will be issued one time only with a valid
ID. If anyone is caught trying to pick-up tickets with a badge
that was reported lost or stolen, their badge will be revoked without
refund. One strike and you are out, so don't do it. Your barcoded badge
will be scanned each time you pick up tickets to assure you aren't breaking
Everyone needs a ticket and a badge for each screening. Tickets are
non-transferable. When you pick up tickets, they will be barcoded as
well and you must show both the ticket and your badge for admission.
No ticket, no badge, no admission.
BOARDING BY GROUP AT THE ALAMO
The tickets for each show are numbered and we will be entering the theater
by group number, like on Southwest Airlines. The benefit to this is
that hopefully we will greatly reduce waiting in line at the festival.
Once you pick up your tickets, you know you have a seat and you know
approximately when you will enter the theater relative to the rest of
the audience. We try to begin “boarding” each theater at least
30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
We have a patio area outside of the lobby and we encourage people to
sit outside while waiting for movies. Food and Beverage service will
be available on the patio from the bar located in the lobby throughout
most of the festival and we will announce "boarding" for all
groups in the lobby and on the patio.
We will have a small standby line for busy shows, as there are always
going to be people who pick up tickets and don't show up. Standby tickets
will also be numbered so as to avoid waiting in line. Fifteen
(15) minutes before showtime, we will count the seats and begin letting
in first standby ticket holders and then individual ticket holders.
Seating for all festival screenings
at the Paramount is reserved, so VIP badge holders will have first shot
at the best seats available.
For the FUTURE OF 3D panel (Sun Sept 27 at 9 AM), VIP and Regular badgeholders can pick up their tickets the night before at South Lamar.
Are we able to get tickets for two
movies whose times slightly overlap, say one movie ending at 10pm and
the next one we want to see starting at 9:45pm?
We've tried to avoid this in the scheduling so this doesn't happen,
but yes, you can book one ticket per timeslot, which in the evening
are around 6:30-7:30, the next at 9:30-10:15 and the next around midnight.
Can we walk out of a screening we don't like and still get into another
screening in the same timeslot? If I start watching a movie at 6pm and
after 20 minutes I am no longer interested, can I leave and get into
a screening that starts at 6:30pm?
Yes, you can, subject to availability. You just can't pre-reserve
for more than one movie at a given timeslot.
What if you want to change screenings after you have gotten a ticket?
You can go back to the box office and exchange your ticket at any
time before the show.
When regular film badge holders request
their tickets, will non-badge holders also be allowed to purchase tickets
Non-badge holders can only get tickets 15 minutes before showtime,
How soon will I be able to go and sit
down in the theater before the film starts?
We strive to begin
“boarding” each theater about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled
start time. That being said, this
is a festival. Q&A’s are going to run long sometimes.
Special guests may decide to show up totally unannounced (even to the
festival staff). Tim League is going to accidentally book himself
to be in two places at once (and even he’s not
that good). Please bear with us and keep your ears open.
We will do our best to use the P.A. system to keep everyone informed.
My next screening is in the same theater I am sitting in now.
Can I just stay here and wait or do I have to go back to the lobby again?
In the first couple of years of Fantastic Fest, we allowed VIP badge
holders who were staying in a theater to watch the next film to keep
their seat. That posed some problems in getting the theaters cleaned
in a timely manner, so now we ask that everyone exit the theater in
between shows so we can effectively clean. However, since most folks
will already have their ticket to the next show, you'll be able to reenter
the theater in the order of your ticket number. If you have low-number
tickets to back to back shows (and most VIP badge holders will), you'll
be entering the theater in the first group and will get your choice
My next screening is
in the same theater I am sitting in now. Can I “reserve” my
seat so that when I re-enter the theater with my next boarding group
I am guaranteed to sit in the exact same seat again?
No. You already have a ticket. You will get in.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
So, who are the Reserved seats for anyway?
Sometimes you will notice Reserved signs on the seats in the theaters.
Those seats are reserved at the request of the filmmakers, production
company and/or distributors of that particular film (come on, it is
their film after all). We try to communicate with these
Very Important Visitors (VIVs) to our festival to get the count right
so as not to take up seats unnecessarily. Thank you in advance
for your understanding.