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2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and Lineup





2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and LineupThe full list of judges and the lineup of the 2013 Viscera Film Festival have been revealed along with the name of this year's Inspiration Award recipient. It all happens on July 13th at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
The festival’s gala celebration will spotlight emerging female horror directors from around the world, including the UK, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and the US and will serve as host to four world premieres and two Los Angeles premieres.

This year’s Viscera Film Festival lineup was carefully selected by an esteemed panel of industry judges who had the difficult task of selecting winners from the record-breaking number of entries for the 2013 festival and tour season, ultimately proving that innovative and dynamic short-form storytelling is still alive and well within the horror community.

"This year we had over 200 amazing entries,” says programmer Heidi Honeycutt. “It was mind-blowing. So many new filmmakers are taking a crack at horror and making some truly unique and amazing films. Unfortunately, we can only program about a dozen shorts, so we have to turn away a lot of great films. It's incredibly heartening to see so many new women making horror films and so much enthusiasm and dedication. The 2013 lineup is truly the best we have ever had, and I can't wait to show our audiences what women are making these days. They are going to be shocked at how good these films are!"

This year’s panel of judges for the prestigious 2013 Viscera Film Festival includes Rachel Talalay (FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE), Jeffrey Reddick (FINAL DESTINATION series), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Trent Haaga (CHEAP THRILLS), Anthony Masi (HIS NAME WAS JASON), Brea Grant (“Dexter”), Andrew van den Houten (Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN), Elizabeth Stanley (TRAILERS FROM HELL), Anthony DiBlasi (DREAD), Shade Rupe (“Dark Stars Rising”), Jim VanBebber (THE MANSON FAMILY), Drew Daywalt (LEPRECHAUN’S REVENGE), Kier-La Janisse (“House of Psychotic Women”), Chris Alexander (BLOOD FOR IRINA), John Skipp (legendary splatterpunk author), David DeCoteau (SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA), Alan Spencer (SLEDGEHAMMER), Barbara Peeters (HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP), Jennifer Thym (Viscera Winner 2012, Best Cinematography for BLOODTRAFFICK) and Mae Catt (Viscera Winner 2011, Best Director for 12-15-96).

Also serving as a judge this year is pioneering female filmmaker Jennifer Lynch (CHAINED, SURVEILLANCE), who will receive the 2013 Inspiration Award during the festival screening. The carpet ceremony starts at 5:00 pm, and the screening kicks off at 7:30 pm with a speech by Ms. Lynch.

Barbara Stepansky, the Viscera Organization’s newly named Chief Operations Officer says, "I'm thrilled to have joined the Viscera Organization as the new COO. I've been a part of the festival in the past as a filmmaker, and it’s an honor to now be a part of the organization as a key staff member. I’m really looking forward to the 2013 festival; we have a fantastic lineup, and it’s really exciting to see how rapidly Viscera is expanding in its ways of supporting our genre fans and filmmakers alike.”

The July 13th carpet ceremony is a co-presentation brought to you by American Cinematheque and Viscera Film Festival, and they intend to make it one hell of a fun party. Check out the official Viscera Film Festival website for more information regarding the Viscera Organization and all of its services. To RSVP, visit the official 2013 Viscera Film Festival Facebook event page.

2013 Viscera Film Festival Official Selections:

Anniversary Dinner - USA
Directed by Jessi Gotta
Synopsis: A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that 'Til Death Do Us Part' was just the beginning.

Dead Crossing - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE - Canada/Mexico
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
Synopsis: A Mexican family attempting to cross the border with a group of immigrants encounter a vicious and terrifying secret involving the way the United States deals with illegal immigration.

Eternal Springs - WORLD PREMIERE - USA
Directed by Kate Rhamey, Allison Rohm
Synopsis: Erma, a deranged old woman who thinks she's eleven years old, captures young women to be her dolls.

Eternal Springs - 2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and Lineup

Halloween Bash - WORLD PREMIERE - USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A mean girl bent on playing tricks receives a mysterious Halloween treat.

In the Dark - USA
Directed by Helen Truong
Synopsis: As the only survivor of a psychological experiment that killed her fellow participants, a woman must find the courage to face a terrifying truth -- one that will finally set her free or trap her forever.

My Brother’s Keeper - UK
Directed by Jen Moss
Synopsis: Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo (Alex Esmail), Jess (April Pearson) isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism.

No Place Like Home - WORLD PREMIERE - Japan
Directed by Nicholas Humphries
Produced by Mai Nakanishi, Christine DeJoy
Synopsis: What happens when Dorothy's desperate wish to go home faces a most unexpected turn where she finds herself in zombie apocalyptic Kansas?

No Place Like Home - 2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and Lineup

Orange County Hill Killers - USA
Directed by Katie Downer
Synopsis: Storytelling and reality are blurred when four teenagers enter the infamous Blackstar Canyon.

Outbreak - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE - USA
Directed by Maddison Lopez
Synopsis: A toxic plant explosion releases a fume that does strange things to nearby high school students. Everyone's trying to get out alive.

Phantom Limb - WORLD PREMIERE - USA
Directed by Lark O. Arrowood
Synopsis: Jeffery has always suspected that something was wrong with his body. We find him in the eye of the storm, on the verge of collapse. He is disheveled and beginning to suspect that he has made a grave error.

Self-Portrait - Canada
Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic
Synopsis: In the process of taking off her make-up, a young woman reveals her true face.

Slumber Party - USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.

Slumber Party - 2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and Lineup

The Meeting - US Premiere - Canada (**This film was made by a member of the Viscera Staff.**)
Directed by Karen Lam
Synopsis: In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins and hope for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer pops in and threatens to join the group...

Although Viscera’s primary mission is to promote female filmmakers, the organization doesn’t believe in exclusion or domination, but in equality. Many men are co-directors/co-producers of the films programmed. Even scary little monsters (filmmakers age 18 and under) can gain support in their budding careers via Viscera's Fresh Blood category.

The Viscera Film Festival will also be kicking off an international tour for the selected short films as well as a handful of tour selections that aren’t screening at the premiere event. This past year, the Viscera Tour landed at over 20 venues around the world ranging from independent movie houses to universities, screening an eclectic program of shorts that have been curated by the Viscera Organization since 2007. The tour provides an outlet for up-and-coming female filmmakers around the world to have their work shown on the big screen and to industry professionals.

"This year's incredible lineup proves, yet again, that women are equal to men in every facet of storytelling, particularly in horror,” said Lori Bowen, Viscera’s Director of Operations. “It's so wonderful to see so many women at the helm, putting their stories up on the screen and sharing their unique visions with the rest of the world. I'm honored to be a small part of the Viscera Organization's hugely important mission to help get their voices heard."

Other films that will be joining the 2013 Viscera Tour include:

Estigma - Spain
Directed by Sara Ibáñez Mayor
Synopsis: A girl commits murder in a bath, but the crime may not be over... still.

Fashion Victim - Canada
Directed by Caroline Trudel
Synopsis: A woman awakens in her party dress and heels. The sounds of distress she hears make it clear she needs to find a way out fast. Will her attire impede her ability to escape? Will she be fashion’s latest victim?

Racist Zombies - USA
Directed by Jennifer Treuting
Synopsis: The only thing worse than zombies is racist zombies. A comedy short by The Charlies.

Shelter - USA
Directed Eve Edelson
Synopsis: A battered woman finds an unusual way out of a very unusual relationship in a night of cosmic justice in an animal shelter.

Official sponsors for the 2013 Viscera Film Festival include Cat & Fiddle, The Redbury, Diabolique Magazine, Final Draft, Fangoria Magazine, Evil Supply Company, Too Fast Brand Alternative Apparel, Mago's Magic Shoppe, The House of Mirthquake, Joshua Hoffine, Irene Langholm, The Homicidal Homemaker, The Art of Kamille Freske, Solocosmo: Art by Jessica Grundy, The Shoggoth Assembly Special Effects, SoulFX Studio, Jungle Software, Sony Creative Suites, and The Poisoned Apple.

2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and Lineup

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