I may not be able to attend Cannes this year, but at least I can look forward to the film festivals taking place in Austin this fall. One of my favorites is Fantastic Fest, the sf/fantasy/horror festival that takes place Sept. 20-27 at the Alamo Drafthouse on S. Lamar. (Single-venue festivals are so relaxing.) Fantastic Fest, now in its third year, has just released the first list of films in its lineup. Although the big splashy premieres haven't yet been announced, the festival has already sold out of VIP badges for 2007.

The features announced this week are from all around the globe: animated films Aachi and Ssipak from Korea and Princess from Denmark; the Canadian thriller The Entrance; a spooky-looking New Zealand horror film called The Ferryman that stars John Rhys-Davies; a documentary about French artist Jean Giraud, Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures; the Russian drama The Sword Bearer; and the surreal Japanese film Wicked Flowers, which Scott Weinberg reviewed at the Philadelphia Film Festival. American films include New Line's Flight of the Living Dead (no snakes, just zombies) and Trick 'r Treat, the directorial debut from screenwriter Michael Dougherty (X-Men 2, Superman Returns). I've listed the short films selected for Fantastic Fest after the jump.

[Thanks to Blake at Cinema Strikes Back for the tip -- check out his entry for mini-reviews of the films that he's seen already as well as some arresting stills.]
Fantastic Fest Shorts: