One of the film festivals I became immediately impressed with when I moved to Los Angeles was the Shriekfest Film Festival. Being unfamiliar with a lot of the more genre-focused festivals, I found Shriekfest and festival founder Denise Gossett’s passion for supporting independent filmmaking refreshing amidst a city filled with people who generally are motivated by their own selfishness.
And the genre-themed pool at this year's Tribeca Film Festival has expanded by one with the US premiere of writer/director Gerardo Herrero's short film Picnic, which is described as "psychological" in nature.
Can’t make it to the Tribeca Film Festival? Don't despair. Just like last year, Tribeca 2011 will have an online component, allowing you to watch some of the films from this year's fest in the comfort of your own home. The only catch? Just one of them is a horror film: Rabies (aka Kalevet) directed by Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales.
Famous Monsters of Filmland has announced a change in date and venue for its first annual Imagi-Movies Film Festival. The three-day event will be held at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, CA, located at 9036 Wilshire Blvd., from April 8-10, 2011, celebrating the legacy of Forrest J Ackerman, America's #1 sci-fi fan. From the Press Release:
The 2nd Annual Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival is calling for entries for its 2011 edition. Based on the success of the inaugural event, co-founders Gregory Lamberson and Emil J. Novak have expanded the programming from four nights to five; the festival will run in late October with dates to be announced. The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2011.
One film making its North American debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival that we're extremely intrigued by is the Israeli slasher Kalevet (aka Rabies) from co-directors Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales. Synopsis:
Yes, here are more photos and a trailer from another entry in the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's Cinemania program. You can't say we didn't warn you! Prepare to enter The Bleeding House from writer/director Philip Gelatt. Synopsis:
It was last November, 2010, when we got our first look at The Vicious Brothers' new cinéma-vérité style feature film, Grave Encounters. With the flick set to make its world premiere at Tribeca 2011, we have a new still to share.
Strap in, kids. The powers-that-be at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival have released several stills from the entries in their Cinemania program (i.e., science fiction, horror, exploitation, and fantasy), and of course we have them all for you right here. First up is Beyond the Black Rainbow, directed and written by Panos Cosmatos. Synopsis:
Dread Central recently showcased The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s upcoming program Shinjuku Outlaw: 13 Films By Takashi Miike here. The visionary director was slated to make a rare US appearance at the festival to introduce a few of his films as well as conduct a Q&A.
Anyone who knows anything about modern Japanese cinema will tell you that no one makes as interesting a film as Takashi Miike.
Charles Band's Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong has completed photography, and it’s going to be a 3D and Sniff-O-Rama blast! Look for a limited national theatrical release on 4/20/11 - National Pot Day. Don't want to wait that long? If you live in or around Chicago, then you'll want to check out its premiere at the Portage Theater on April 9th with some surprise guests.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival has announced the dates of its sixth annual edition and also provided info on the fest's call for entries process. For 2011, in response to overwhelming fan demand, the festival of thrills and chills returns to the Halloween season for the first time in three years.
It isn't often that you find a horror film festival focused on the female of the species, but that's exactly what the Viscera Film Festival does, and the fourth annual event will be taking place in Los Angeles this coming July 17th, 2011. And if you happen to be a female filmmaker, submissions are open now through February 28th.
As you no doubt noticed, Uncle Creepy has been busily bringing you early news and photos from several of the recently announced films that will be playing at Sundance 2011, both in competition and out. But he hasn't quite covered everything yet so here's a list of all the even slightly genre-related offerings that are a part of the upcoming Sundance film festival (running January 20-30).