Now in its 10th year, the Shriekfest International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival took place this past weekend at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Celebrating the independent spirit of filmmaking, the festival screened 36 films and had 32 screenplay finalists and 12 original song finalists. On Sunday evening winners were announced to a packed theater and then those in attendance hit the after-party at Boardners in Hollywood.
Shriekfest winners included Ashes, directed by Elias Matar, which took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film. Transfer (review here), directed by Damir Lukacevic, took the Best Fantasy Feature Film award; and Serum 1831, directed by Anand Kanna, took the Best Short Film prize. Rise of the Appliances, directed by Rob Sprackling, took the Best Super Short Film prize, and Best Webisode honors went to “Shady Texas”, directed by Jack Daniel Stanley (who also took home Best Original Song in the festival for his submission “Rekindled”).
The winner of the Best Horror Feature Screenplay went to Dead Crows, written by Chris Todd, and the winner of the Best Short Screenplay went to Carbon Dating, written by Louis Rosenberg.
Festival founder Denise Gossett was elated at the response Shriekfest received from local horror fans as well as the global response the festival is now garnering, including submissions from India and Australia. “The response this year was amazing! We had such great turnouts with over 350 people at the opening night party alone. Our closing night film, Ashes, even sold out two theatres, which is a testament to the independent film community that comes out to support these films. I always knew Shriekfest would be successful, but I had no idea I’d be doing it this long. It’s a lot of work and long hours, but when you get done, all the hard work feels worth it.”
For more information on the festival, check out Shriekfest Online. Below are some pictures of the Shriekfest after-party and a video that celebrates ten years of Shriekfest films.
Shriekfest 2010 – Event Video
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