Diary of the Dead Kicks Off RIOFAN!

RIOFAN Loves Horror!I am not sure how many readers we have from South America, but RIOFAN (Rio Fantastic Film Festival) is something worth talking about regardless because George A. Romero’s “>Diary of the Dead (review) will be kicking off the film festival in Brazil on April 30th!

The festival’s current website is in Portuguese, but we’ve been informed that it will be updated soon to include English. Click here to check it out.

RIOFAN will screen more than 180 films, including short and feature-length movies. Nine titles will compete in the International Jury Competition, while six are featured in Visions – a competitive section for films with an experimental, innovative approach to the fantastic.

All films featured in Panorama and the Midnight Screenings will compete for the audience award for best film.

A retrospective of Brazilian horror and fantasy shorts, the RIOFAN Classics section, and a special showcase of H. P. Lovecraft inspired films are also highlights of the event.

The awards will be announced on May 8th. That night, José Mojica Marins will receive his award for career achievement and will host a special screening of A Praga (The Plague), considered lost for several years. Mojica will also present an exclusive preview of Encarnação do Demônio (Embodiment of Evil), the last entry on his Coffin Joe trilogy, which is due to open in August in Brazil.


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Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.