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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #168: Getting in Bed with Film Festivals; Panel at San Diego Film Week

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Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the curtain of film festivals? If you are a filmmaker, have you thought about some of the things you should do to increase your chances of acceptance into festivals? Those questions and more are what this episode is all about.

This was recorded live on Saturday, February 11th, during our panel at the first San Diego Film Week, an event designed to spotlight San Diego-based filmmaking and film festivals. Horrible Imaginings was invited to showcase some of our program during the event, and we were also invited to join a panel.

I was joined on stage by Beth Accomando of Cinema Junkie Podcast and my partner in crime in Film Geeks SD, as well as Brian Hu from Pacific Arts Movement‘s San Diego Asian Film Festival and Moises Esparza from Media Arts Center San Diego‘s San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Photo by Leirigh Films

I am excited about two things about this panel. One, this is information we can provide not just to panel attendees, but to any aspiring filmmakers or even film lovers in general who are curious about festivals. Making this a podcast was a no-brainer.

Two, our audience was comprised mostly of film students, many in high school, who genuinely want to learn more about this side of the film industry. I have to thank Jodi Cilley and San Diego Film Week for encouraging young people to attend events like this. They were engaged and, as you will hear in the podcast, asked some excellent questions! As an educator myself, this was pretty damn exciting.

The outline of tips (LOTS of details in the conversation!):

  • Research festivals
  • Make sure your film fits
  • Prepare a press kit
  • Take the time to step away from your film and come back to it with fresh eyes so you can make it the BEST it can be. Show it to a test audience!
  • Rejection is an unfortunate part of the process–how to handle this difficult aspect

I hope you find this podcast informative and helpful! As always with live panels, we probably missed a lot so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments!

Also, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! We have been on Film Freeway‘s Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals list for six months running now–don’t miss joining the family!


Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks!

Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 186: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Genre Fan Highlights

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Us horror fans know that we love a stigmatized genre. We have felt the chastisement of those around us for this love. But we also rest well on the knowledge that horror is embedded in the history of human storytelling. It is of utmost importance, and that any contempt thrown our way is born of fear and misunderstanding. The truth is that the art of cinema, be it horror or otherwise, yields some awesome and sometimes uncomfortable truths about ourselves. That is the strength of the art of film, and why I think a steady diet of all kinds of films is important.

Equally important is knowing our roots, which in movie terms means becoming familiar with the history of movies. It is why I am such a fanatic for classic films and why I spend a week out of every year gleefully consuming the magic on screen at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. One of the things I love about TCM is that the curators of this festival understand the importance of cult and genre cinema to the art of cinema at large, so there are always some delicious options for genre fans. So many, in fact, that I was unable to see everything that was offered. Some of these were more traditionally thought of as horror films, and some are horror adjacent cult or psychedelic films, noirs, thrillers, or crime films. You will hear parts introductions from the likes of Simon Pegg, John Carpenter, and Mario Van Peebles. This podcast is going to highlight some of my favorite moments.

Give it a listen to hear about some great times, some great films, and get some great clips from some great film lovers! I hope to see you there next year!

As an added bonus, check out this interview with Simon Pegg from the festival:

In other news, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival was just added to Movie Maker Magazine’s 2018 List of Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee! You can submit your film to us now, only on Film Freeway!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 185: Seed&Spark Seeks COMMUNAL NIGHTMARES

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The Horrible Imaginings Podcast is ending our hiatus to bring all you creatives some important news about an opportunity for funding and visibility for your next horror project! The platform Seed&Spark has teamed up with 3311 Productions and The Orchard to seek out and help make new projects a reality. Check out the video for the new crowdfunding rally they are calling “Communal Nightmares:”

Communal Nightmares Rally Video_VIMEO from Seed&Spark on Vimeo.

In this episode, I am joined by Christina Raia, Seed&Spark’s Director of Crowdfunding & Outreach, to learn more about this project, the philosophy behind it, as well as some tips that hopefully will be helpful to any filmmakers aspiring to be successful in this endeavor. Christina is a filmmaker herself, and has had two of her short films selected at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, and she is extremely smart when it comes to her craft, her art, and the ways she has gained an audience for herself. We are so happy to have her!

Christina Raia discusses her film “Night In” at Horrible Imaginings 2017

So what are you waiting for? Give the episode a listen, and spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! May 1st is the deadline! Here is the website to submit your project: “Communal Nightmares

In other news, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival was just added to Movie Maker Magazine’s 2018 List of Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee! You can submit your film to us now, only on Film Freeway!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #184: M.F.A. Director Natalia Leite Subverts the Rape-Revenge Subgenre

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Rape Revenge films are perhaps the most replete with conflict for conscientious audience members who find themselves, for one reason or another, drawn to them. Whether people feel comfortable admitting it or not, this especially dark and often nasty subgenre is a lucrative one, with thousands of imitations and similar stories released worldwide. Some of the most notorious have been remade, including the Day of the Woman or I Spit on Your Grave remake launching a franchise of three films, and a sequel to the 1978 original, starring Camille Keaton and directed by the original’s Meir Zarchi set to come out this year.

The profitability of rape revenge films has a lot of angry detractors, as well as a lot of supporters, a fact attributable not only to the sensationalistic and brutal nature of these movies, but also to the stark duality in their simple narrative structures. Are they about the rape or the revenge? How much time is devoted to each of those violent acts? These things have been discussed often, but one question that should always be asked is who is telling these stories and why?

Earlier this year saw the release of a film that is listed as a psychological thriller, but is certainly a rape revenge film. It is called M.F.A., and it is written by Leah McKendrick, a woman also has a role in the film, and directed by Natalia Leite. In this film, Francesca Eastwood plays Noelle an art student who suffers a brutal rape at the hands of a fellow art major. Her experiences following this trauma lead to Noelle taking matters in her own hands. I am happy to say that Leite has decided to take some time to join me to discuss her thoughts behind this challenging project, and most importantly why it is important that women take charge of telling these stories.

This episode will be in two parts, the first part being spoiler free before delving more deeply into the story of M.F.A. There will be plenty of warnings before we go too far into spoiler territory, but really you should check this film out anyway. It is available on blu-ray and VOD right now. Be sure to leave it a review! Now get to listening!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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