A lot of cool events take place in big cities, but we know horror fans live in small towns, too, so when news came of the Dark Carnival International Film Festival announcing its 2013 shows dates, call for entries, and new haunted(!) location, we thought we’d help get the word out.
From the Press Release:
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – join us August 30-31, 2013, in Columbus, Indiana, for the Greatest Show Unearthed!
Founded more than seven years ago, the Dark Carnival International Film Festival strives to be the premier event for screening the best independent horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films. Our mission is to put fans and filmmakers first and present fantastic films from the four corners of the globe. Many of the movies at Dark Carnival have been picked up for distribution by major players in the industry, and our event has provided numerous networking opportunities for visiting filmmakers who have traveled from as far as Spain, the UK, Toronto, New York, and LA.
Since 2007 Dark Carnival has screened nearly 200 films from more than a dozen countries all over the world and from almost every state in the US. In the past seven years we have gained a reputation as a festival that values indie filmmakers and that loves genre films as something much more than a business niche.
The Dark Carnival International Film Festival is a different show every year. Screenings showcase a mix of 25-30 short and feature films. Events have included outdoor drive-in film screenings, filmmaking seminars, panel discussions, VIP award banquets, and filmmaker Q&A’s. The festival has also offered a variety of after-hour events, including costume contests, dance parties, carnival sideshows, horror hosts, burlesque dancers, live fire shows, and more!
Festival passes go on sale spring 2013, and a limited number of vendor tables are available.
While other similar film festivals often screen their movies in hotel conference rooms, from the very beginning we’ve been proud to showcase festival films in some amazing theater venues. During our first six years, Dark Carnival was held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, a restored 1930s era movie house.
For 2013 we’re excited to move to our new location – the historic Crump Theater in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Originally opened in 1889, the Crump is the oldest theater in the state – and is also recognized as one of the most haunted places in the Midwest.
Call for Entries:
The Dark Carnival International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for 2013, and festival organizers are looking for original, cutting edge independent films in the horror, fantasy, and sci-fi genres. Both short and feature-length films are accepted as well as documentaries, animation, experimental, music videos, and trailers. The early bird deadline for submission is June 30, 2013.
2013 promises to be a special year for the event. This year’s festival theme will take advantage of the Crump Theater’s spooky reputation as a favorite location for ghost hunters from around the country, and festival organizers are hard at work planning our best show yet!
Visit the official Dark Carnival website for more information.
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