Montreal-based Fantasia International Film Festival has announced that it will present John Carpenter with a Lifetime Achievement Award during this year’s virtual edition. Past recipients of the award have included John Landis and Joe Dante.
Carpenter will also host an online Master Class as part of the festivities.
The director began his career with a series of shorts throughout the 60s before making his feature directing debut with Dark Star, a comedic science fiction film. This was followed by the classic Assault on Precinct 13 in 1976. Two years later, Carpenter’s Halloween would strike horror gold.
He would go on to direct a string of classic genre films including The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness. Carpenter set himself apart during that time as a composer, often supplying the soundtrack for his own films.
Fantasia Fest was founded back in 1996. The film festival, dedicated to screening the best in genre filmmaking, will run its first ever online edition–in response to Covid-19 concerns–beginning August 20 through September 2, 2020.
This year’s festivities will also include a tribute panel to Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) who sadly passed away this year. Panelists for the tribute include Gordon’s frequent collaborators Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton among others.
For more information about this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival and the John Carpenter tribute and master class, visit their official website.