There aren't many examples I will share for you as this is a logo that I would like to see pure originality in, and something we can hang our own hat and identity on. Remember, this is a logo for a film festival for films of a fantastic nature, such as fantasy films, science fiction and horror. We want something that will last for years, and not be trendy or cool for only a couple of years. We want an image that will stand the test of time, and will look good on posters, t-shirts and more!
We would definitely like to see the idea of fantasy, or elements of fantasy or the fantastic, incorporated into the logo if you as the designer feels that is the best idea to pursue.
A great mascot would be the Cthulhu, as this is a film festival of all things Fantastic, such as fantasy, sci-fi and horror. We can't emphasize that enough!
Feel free to ask any questions you may have.