The San Diego horror scene is coming into its own these days, and one of the reasons why is the city’s Horrible Imagining Film Festival, which is celebrating its 7th year in September. If you live in or near the area, it’s an event you don’t want to miss!
For 2016 HIFF is expanding to five days and will be housed in historic Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts. Saturday night even features a Horror Picnic on the Lawn! Read on for the early details!
From the Press Release:
The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has announced the program for its 7th year of bringing horror and suspense cinema to San Diego—and this year they are extending the event to five days! Starting on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing through Sunday, September 11th, they will “Usher in the Season of Fear” at Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts. There will be over 70 international feature and short horror films, as well as readings, panels, discussions, performance art, and more.
Film blocks will highlight the diversity of the horror genre, with themes focusing on animation, comedy, science fiction and creature feature, supernatural, and more. Features such as Sion Sono’s Japanese comic mayhem film Tag on opening night, the highly anticipated Elijah Wood-produced The Greasy Strangler (including a Q&A beforehand) on closing night, LA Film Festival winner Beyond the Gates on Saturday (with a Q&A afterward), and more should provide a unique and unforgettable experience to audiences. Saturday night also includes a Horror Picnic on the Lawn with performance art from the Horror Cabal of Anna Yanushkevich and terrifying campfire-style readings from horror authors.
“Every year we seek ways to enhance the experience and meet our mission to expand and elevate how we watch, discuss, and reflect on art within the horror genre,” said festival founder Miguel Rodriguez. “This will be our seventh year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. I think we are closer than ever to meeting that mission statement, including literature, performance art, virtual reality, filmmaker networking, and so much more!”
This is San Diego’s premier celebration of horror—a genre that has been an important part of storytelling since humans started telling them. Monsters, shadows, and things that go bump in the night are the guests of honor on the gorgeous cinema screen—prepare for Halloween early!
A look at the complete schedule, times, films, descriptions, trailers, and more can be seen at hifilmfest.com. Tickets and full festival passes are also available for purchase online.