Fantasia 2013 started with a change of venue (the Concordia Hall theater is gone for now, under construction), and we were welcomed back to the Imperial theater on Bleury Street. It’s an old new home since the festival started out showing films at the Imperial way back when.
On March 16th at 1PM, the tickets for the festival go on sale, and the first movie is already sold out by 1:03PM: Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) becomes the festival’s first point of contention as people who stood in line for hours and were in front of the line fail to get any tickets: some blamed the Admissions system which let some festival-goers order their tickets online; others grew weary of big sponsors like Ubisoft obtaining thousands of tickets in advance. In any case, this problem will somewhat define the festival this year, a case in point of how popular Fantasia has become, for better or for worse.
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