2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


SHORT FILMS
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"ABSCESSED"
Directed by Isaac Rodriguez
 
A man with a terrible toothache discovers he may be dealing with something else besides cavities.

 
"CEMETERY TALES: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS" 
Directed by Chris Roe  
   
Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock...
 
 

"CLOSURE"
Directed by Alex Cassun

In the hospital following a violent raid on his compound, a serial killer is interrogated by the US Marshal who nearly took his life.
 


"GOOD MAN: HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER"
Directed by Daniele Zinelli

A Priest will face the hard choice whether to save his soul or reliability. What on earth will he do?
 
 
 
"IT WHISPERS"
Directed by Madison M. Bowman

An evil envelopes the Henderson household and causes a loving wife and mother to do the unthinkable. Who will survive after it whispers?
 
 
"JAC KESSLER'S POPSY"
Directed by Jac Kessler

Briggs Sheridan can't chase his gambling-dragon fast enough, and when it looks to cost him more than a few broken limbs, he unwittingly puts more skin in the game than intended.
 
 

"JUDITH BASIN"
Directed by George Dibble

In the brisk evening hours a call goes out to all officers in the area to be on the lookout for a missing person. Officer O’Brien responds to the highly remote area only to discover the vehicle still running and abandoned. A trail of debris leads the officer to the tree line where he calls for backup and enters the forest alone in search of the missing individual. Backup is miles away and the next minutes of his life will be defined by horror as he finds more than he expected in the forest of Judith Basin Montana.
 
 
"LONELY HEARTS"
Directed by Dennis Cahlo

Celeste, a lonely outcast, searches for love and understanding online and meets a charming man who has a much different date night in mind.
 
 
"MOMMY'S LITTLE MONSTER"
Directed by Patrick Green

A mother and son on the run, escape to an isolated mountain cabin where their fears catch up with them. 
 

 
"NIGHT OF THE FLUFFET"
Directed by Raymond Wallace

A cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing a wild Fluffet into your home. 
 
 

"POWER OF PRAYER"
Directed by Andrew Damon Henriques

A lone cowboy comes across an innocent girl as two men try to rape her. After he saves her, they swear they'll be back with more men and guns. When he brings her back to her kin, he learns that they are pacifists. They claim they "don’t not need guns; they have the power of prayer.” When the gunmen return, the cowboy tries to fight them. The kin try to stop him and use the power of prayer in a way he never expected.
 

 
"SNOW WHITE"
Directed by Leo Ginsburg

Richard wants the best hitman "Snow White" dead. Therefore he hires Frank. But Frank is "Snow White". And what does the best assassin? He executes the order.
 
 
 
"SWIPE"
Directed by Niels Bourgonje

A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him to the left moments ago. She starts to fear that the man is dangerously close to her.
 


"THE BARBER"
Directed by Sergiy Pudich

The brutal biker comes to the barbershop when it was already closed, but the barber still agreed to make the last cut...  
 
 
 
"THE COLLECTOR'S CHEST"
Directed by Corbin Rowell & Steve James

A young couple procures a mysterious chest, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
 
 
 
"THE FUNHOUSE WALTZ "
Directed by Carvin Knowles

In a forgotten, abandoned carnival funhouse, the sins of the past are doomed to repeat their dark secrets for all eternity.
 


"THE HOLLOW HOURS "
Directed by Shane Anderson
 
 A haunted clock brings out the anxieties plaguing a newly-moved-in couple.
 


"THE KILLER OF GRASSY RIDGE"
Directed by Johnny K.

  Deep in the Shenandoah backcountry, a killer stalks for prey. 
 
 

"UNCLE DADDY"
Directed by Conrad Schapansky

An innocent mushroom foraging adventure goes awry when 3 friends stumble upon a remote family that will do anything to survive and thrive after nuclear testing left them stranded deep in the woods.
 
 
 
"VIRTUAL WRAITH"
Directed by Pete Jacelone

A teenager battles an artificially intelligent entity that resides in his new virtual reality video game.
 
 

"YOU UP? "
Directed by Flaminia Mereu

A dark comedy about insomnia where Nina, a young nurse, is trying to sleep at night, and being tormented by the personification of insomnia, an annoying clown-like creature named Sonja. Sonja is Nina’s subconscious who lives under her bed and comes out after dark as soon as Nina lays her head down to sleep. 




"GIVE US YOUR WORST" CONTEST FINALISTS
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"EAZY PREY"
Directed by Andrew Hass

Looking to add members to the church of Hemotology, Hemo and his two followers, Destiny and Eyesov, search the city for an easy mark. They think they have found the perfect new member. As they move in for their conquest, happenstance foils their plans. 
 
 

"IN THE WITCH HOUSE"
Directed by Zachary Laney

A father and son have strange dreams.
 
 
"REAPER ISLAND: REDUX"
Directed by Nolan Schmidt

When a girl comes to an island, she comes across a man who "haunts" the place known as the Reaper. After the help from a survivor, they plan to take down the Reaper.





FILM TRAILERS
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I SCREAM ON THE BEACH
Directed by Michael Holiday

Halloween 1986: In the small English seaside town of Mellow Coast Emily (Hannah Paterson) is trying to discover the truth behind her father’s disappearance 10 years earlier, but as she searches for answers, and she gets closer to the truth, her friends start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown killer. 
 


MANG XIA
Directed by Shi Lei 

The story is adapted from a legendary novel of the Tang dynasty. During the reign of Zhenyuan, 23 lang caughts two fish demons but let it escape accidentally. Several years later, Xie Xiao’e, 14 years old, sailed with her family and relatives. On the way they met the fish monster into the fantasy bandits, all were killed but Xiao’e, she was the only one who escaped from the river with serious injuries. Xiao’e was coma and drifting for several days, a fisherman rescued her and sent her to the Taoist temple. 

PARASITO
Directed by JD Davis & Daniel Amador

During a night of mischief a group young adults mistakenly conjure a parasitic demon known as Parasito. What began as the “Game of Shadows” soon turned into demonic possession. The group soon learns...some games aren’t meant to be played.

THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER
Directed by Brian Karl Rosenthal

A pair of movie geeks must band together with a motley crew of strangers inside one of the last remaining video rental stores and attempt to survive-- perhaps even stop the supernatural apocalypse happening just outside their doors.
 
 

VOLKOV ORIGIN
Directed by George Dibble

In the late evening hours, Dr. Angela Perkins finds that she has a new assignment. To dive into the mind of Horton House Penitentiary's newest and most mysterious tenant, Andre Volkov . No one can anticipate the impact that her visit will have on both of their lives as she begins her quest for the truth within his answers. 
 
 


FILM POSTER FINALISTS
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BENNY B.
Submitted by Michael Hogan

GOOD MAN
Submitted by Daniele Zinelli

LECTION
Submitted by David Axe
 
NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING
Submitted by Michael Hogan

THE MADNESS IN THE GROOVES
Submitted by J. Dylan Mehring
SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
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LAB PARTNERS
Written by Tommy Britt

Preeti and Daniel have won the Future Physicians essay contest, but when they struggle to raise their creative writing grades, the nightmare begins.
 

LAST CALL
Written by Joseph DiFrancesco

A narcissistic man leaving his office on New Years Eve “nearly” slips and falls on icy steps enroute to a local dive bar. Once there, he sits and drinks with a stranger who shares his taste in all the finer things life has to offer. As the night progresses, it becomes evident our sophisticated gentleman is not where he thinks he is. And that this stranger has been waiting for him all his life.


MALEVOLENT DOLLS
Written by Vashmere Valentine

A innocent child unwilling stumbles onto a collection of evil dolls in her new home that want to claim her as one of their own.
 

NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING
Written by Michael Hogan 

Trying to make it to her mother's house by Christmas morning, a single mom, her young son, and her overly-testosteroned boyfriend drive through the desert late at night. Too tired to continue, the decision is made to stop and catch some sleep as a seedy motel comes into view. Soon after, karma and a hungry toilet catch up to the boyfriend when he forces the boy to sleep alone in his own room.


ZASHA
Written by Margarita Zhitnikova & Jeffrey Weber

An unemployed chef thinks they found their dream job at a gourmet plant based food start-up, but the VC and their clientele have unimaginable hidden motives.


FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
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HOUSE IN HAUNTED WOODS
Written by Drew Henriksen

A young couple buys an abandoned house as an investment, with plans to live by their agoraphobic uncle. After the purchase, the house seems to improve on its own. As people begin to disappear in the woods surrounding it, the ghosts make their presence known. 


IN COUNTRY
Written by Scott Peterman & Cat Davis

During the waning days of the Vietnam War, a squad of Special Forces soldiers embark on an illegal mission over the Cambodian border where they encounter a race of monstrous creatures living deep in the jungle.


METH GATORS
Written by Jordan Miller

A corrupt Sheriff working with an enigmatic tribe of experimental chemists known as "The Psychonauts" produce a new drug with unexpected results. When the batch is carelessly dumped into the sewer, it transforms a group of displaced alligators into foaming, enraged creatures with unstoppable aggression. An unlikely group of survivors band together against the barrage of chemically altered reptiles and the autocratic Sheriff who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks.


SOUL PASSAGE
Written by Patrick Mediate & Kristin Ilagan

Nick Faulk, a clever ex-NYPD cop turned small town detective on the verge of retirement is forced to take on one last case when his teenage daughter is abducted on a school field trip. His investigation leads him from Suburbia to the underground world of Haitian voodooism where he discovers that the kidnappers’ intentions are darker and more sinister than he could have ever imagined. In a race against time, he must suspend his conventional beliefs and accept the world of the supernatural in order to fight to save his daughter's life.


TRASHCOLLECTOR
Written by Eric Clairmont

A throwback to 80s slasher movies with an interesting twist.


LOGLINE CONTEST
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CHILDISH WENDIGO 
by ShinTa Yang

DARK MATTER
by Vincenzo Pandolfi 


LOGLINE
by Frank Maestas 


TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
by Salena Oneal

TWITCH
by Adam Lapallo 


FIRST 10 PAGES SCREENPLAY CONTEST 
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CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A VAMPIRE
Written by Michael Hogan
Website 

BARTHOLOMEW, a millennial (in vampire years) vampire in Romania is given an ultimatum by his aging mother, ANTANASIA, to either replenish their dying breed by impregnating the last virgin vampire…or lose his head. There is a reason why the last young female vampire is still a virgin making both options equally unpleasant. So, with the assistance of his familiar, GARRIDAN, Bartholomew sneaks out of the family castle and heads for Hollywood; the source of his beloved “talkies”.



DEAD LOVE: REVENGE OF THE LESBIAN STRIPPER ZOMBIES
Written by Logan Fry

Two Akron strippers discover they’re in love; but the boss at the strip club where they work likes to get a little snatch on the side. When Tara, one of the strippers, refuses, the boss cuts her head clean off. Tara’s friend, Joy, walks in, so the boss has to kill her, too. Pondering his next move, the boss decides to take the girls to a local farm cemetery. It’s fast, cheap and no questions asked.
 
No spoilers here, but as a trick of fate, the girls come back as zombies, bringing the other occupants of the cemetery with them. Not a happy outcome for either the bar owner - or the operater of the farm cemetery.

The film is not a Christmas story
 


KISSING IN A GRAVEYARD
Written by Chris Fischer

A shy medical student meets an intriguing and morbid classmate. They form a friendship and deadly combination. 
 


MISSION BROWN
Written by Lisa Defazio, Ray Matsen

A typical couple and their cat named Neville - In a neighbourhood near you.



SCARSDALE MANOR
Written by Kevin McGuiness

Set in 1961, Scarsdale Manor opens with the grisly discovery of the mutilated body of Crawford Smith, a washed up Hollywood star who has been brutally murdered in his summer house. Interrogating Smith’s agent, Vera Stern, Detective Barry Norris attempts to piece together the circumstances that surround Smith’s death. As Norris interviews Stern he learns that the actor recently underwent extensive cosmetic surgery in order to resurrect his failing career. 


SMILE YOU'RE ON CAMERA
Written by Frank Maestas 


THE MASTER'S SON
Written by Guy Quigley
Website

Unsuspecting young guests at a luxury mansion, unwittingly take an elevator ride to hell in the company of the Devil. Three of the young people disappear into thin air; the fourth ends up naked and mutilated in a forest. 


TWITCH
Written by Adam Lapallo

An aspiring zoologist develops an unusual relationship with a feral stranger in the woods. This "werewolf" forces her to reconsider how she perceives human nature and begs the question, do we control our primal urges, or do they control us?



























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