Shriekfest Film Festival
And the praise continues to come in for director Mike Flanagan’s stunning atmospheric thriller Absentia as the film nabbed the Grand Jury prize during the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival awards ceremony last night, closing out the Shriekfest’s four-day celebration of the world of independent horror.
Other winners of the night included Henry Barrial’s Pig, which was named the Best Sci-Fi Feature Film of Shriekfest, Tammi Sutton’s Isle of Dogs took home the Best Thriller Feature Film award, and Travis Betz’s The Dead Inside was chosen as the Best Supernatural Feature Film during the festival.
In terms of short film winners, Karl Holt’s Negative Image won the Best Short Film prize, and Certified by Luke Asa Guidici took home the best Super Short Film award. Screenplay awards were also handed out during the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival with the Best Horror Feature Screenplay honors going to “Shut In” by T.J. Cimfel and David White. “Time Wreck”, written by Larry Whatcott, was named the Best Sci-Fi Feature Screenplay of the festival as well.
Held this past weekend at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival screened almost 40 films and had 40 screenplay finalists with nine original song finalists. Celebrating its 11 festival years, Shriekfest was recently named “LA’s Most Successful & Entertaining Horror Film Festival” by LA Weekly and was named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee.
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