Guillermo del Toro talks about his love for Fantasia


​​Director ​Guillermo del Toro​ (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pacific Rim”) arrived July 15 at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal to a packed schedule.  He introduced the documentary “Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex,” delivered a sold-out masterclass, and accept the ​festival’s Cheval Noir Award. Some of the previous recipients of this prestigious award have included Andrzej Zulawski, Ken Russell and Tobe Hooper.

The director also appeared at a press conference where he spoke of the importance of festivals like Fantasia.  “What I love about our genre is that we truly love it.  We are not here because it’s prestigious or chic. We’re not here to be seen.  We’re not here because it gives us cache.  We’re here because we’re f***ing nuts,” del Toro said to much laughter.

“This festival is a rarity in the world of festivals,” del Toro added.  “It’s a festival that is genuine to itself.  And its core remains fueled by love and by people that love it…you can choose to go to a church or a shrine.  This is a shrine.  This is where the faithful come to pray.  So that’s why I’m here.”

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The Fantasia International Film Festival runs through Aug. 3.  For more information, go to