Director Ivan Villamel’s Mr. Dentonn has now broken a world record and become the most awarded horror short in history. It’s accumulated 500 official selections in film festivals and 120 awards, in addition to more than 1,500 screenings around the world, which certainly sound like achievements to be proud of.
Read on to learn more about this overachiever!
Mr. Dentonn, directed by Ivan Villamel, produced by Harmonica Films & Mordisco Films, and starring Irene Aguilar, Kaiet Rodriguez, and Ander Pardo, has broken records in its genre, becoming the most awarded and selected horror short film of all time worldwide, with 500 official selections and more than 120 international awards, in addition to more than 1,500 screenings around the world. It has been part of numerous festivals in the fantastic/horror genre, including International Film Festival of Sitges, Screamfest Horror Film Festival Los Angeles, Fantasia International Film Festival, and more plus an impressive list of achievements including screening at Oscars qualifying festivals (Cleveland International Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival), three times nominated for the prestigious Silver Meliès for the Best European Fantastic Short Film.
Its tour of festivals makes Mr. Dentonn an exception within the genre of horror, achieving that historical mark of most awarded and selected horror short film in history. Its creators are already working to find funding for the feature film project Dentonn in order to fully develop the mythology of the character.
The film is a tribute to the fantastic cinema of the 80’s and was influenced by the first films of John Carpenter and those of Amblin. The short was shot with each visual and sound element based on the aesthetics of the cinema of that time and reflects on how children are defenseless when adults do not listen to them and do not pay attention to them, as the adult world affects children. It uses the classic figure of the boogeyman to show to the audience a very original version of the myth, making him a thief of souls. This small 10-minute film, for all ages, is evocative and imaginative.
On a cold winter night Laura reads her brother, David, the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly a shiver runs through Laura’s body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him…