Horror filmmakers around the world can still submit their projects for the Screamfest Film Festival 2014 program, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-23. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014.
Screamfest is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. It has been celebrating the genre for over a decade, and the festival has grown significantly since its 2001 debut. Executives from major film companies and distributors in Los Angeles regularly attend the festival looking for acquisitions.
“Screamfest draws the best and the brightest in the ever-growing horror genre market,” says Rachel Belofsky, Founder, Screamfest. “We’re so excited to screen this year’s submissions and are looking forward to discovering the next big hit in horror.”
The festival’s biggest success story is the discovery of Paranormal Activity. It premiered at Screamfest, was subsequently acquired by Paramount, and has since gone on to five sequels.
Other notable horror premieres include Marcus Dustan and Patrick Melton’s The Collection, Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat, 30 Days of Night, David Arquette’s The Tripper, and The Human Centipede, which was later spoofed on “South Park.”
American Mary, directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska, swept the awards in 2012 and received distribution from the festival screening. The filmmakers have gone on to direct See No Evil 2 for WWE Films and Lionsgate. The majority of films screened at Screamfest garner distribution, including last year’s opening film, Beneath, which was acquired by IFC Midnight.
Notable foreign films that have premiered at Screamfest and were later made into studio remakes include Ju-on (The Grudge), A Tale of Two Sisters, Let the Right One In, and En Osynlige (The Invisible).
The festival runs in Los Angeles from October 14-23, 2014 – just in time for Halloween!
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