OFFICIAL SELECTIONS



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 live festival event for The Magic of Horror was canceled. To make it up to the selected film-makers, writers, and artists, we are dedicating the first day of this year's festival to showing those great projects!
 

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Official Selections - 2021
Official Selections - 2020
Official Selections - 2019
Official Selections - 2018
 
Winners - 2016 - Present
 
 
 
 
 
2021 SELECTIONS 

BEST FEATURE FILM (Film Screening)

THE WHOOPER RETURNS
Directed by Samuel Krebs
 

An estranged family must defend their infamous "haunted" childhood home from a band of malevolent cosplayers.

In 1979, a film was released based on the horrifying events that tormented the Schepp family in their Pennsylvania home. Forty years later, the estranged family returns to bury the past when an eccentric stranger lays claim to the house. A quarrel over inheritance soon turns deadly, and the Schepps find themselves faced with a new terror. Bonds are tested as demons descend from inside and out, hellbent on concluding the family's final chapter.

 
 
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FEATURE FILM FINALISTS (Trailers Screening)
 
 
DECLINE 
Directed by Sam M. Bell
 Ian lives a life full of hate, alone and lost he takes it out on the vulnerable people he sees around him, stalking the seedy streets of Portsmouth, looking for his next kill, never learning from his past, only fueled by it.
 
 
RESET 
Directed by David Sumner
 Danielle is your average college student getting ready to graduate. At a party she seems to become drunk, passes out and wakes up in the spare bedroom of a man named Edgar. Edgar seems nice but it soon becomes clear that his intentions are anything but benevolent. As she desperately tries to escape she finds that an heirloom may give her an unexpected advantage.
 
 
SLEEP. WALK. KILL. 
Directed by Justin Miller
 In a quiet suburban town, a group of neighbors must survive the night when their friends and family become sleepwalking monsters.
 
 
THE WHOOPER RETURNS 
Directed by Samuel Krebs
 An estranged family must defend their infamous "haunted" childhood home from a band of malevolent cosplayers.
 
 
YOUNG ALWAYS
 Directed by Ethan Emmert
 Plagued by reoccurring nightmares after having turned ten years old, the young men and women from four separate families seek to uncover the truth of their connectedness.
 
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SHORT FILMS (Screening)


BELFAST 1912 
Directed by Dominic O'Neill
Six unlikely souls gather for a seance in Edwardian Belfast. When a dark secret is revealed, their reality begins to unravel in this unsettling short horror film.
 
 
DEDICATION 
Directed by Selina Sondermann
Trying to escape her past, a young maid seeks supernatural help.

 
DON'T WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT 
Directed by Matthew Quaid
 A woman is woken up by a strange entity.
 
 
GRIME SCENE Z11 
Directed by Woody Graham Watts
Someone has to cleanup after a zombie apocalypse. Meet Gary Dale, Senior Technician in the Zombie Department. 
 
 
GRIMOIRE: BOX OF TRIANGLES
Directed by Sultan AlKazmi
After the tragic loss of their only child, Susan and Tucker's marital problems become the least of their worries when a long-dead family secret comes back to life.
 
 
HIDE OR SEEK
Directed by Brian Newell
 Andrew introduces his boyfriend to his childhood friends by playing a nostalgic - and terrifying - game of Hide and Seek. The game turns deadly when he discovers someone from his past hiding in the shadows, out for violent revenge.
 
 
HOLD YOUR BREATH
Directed by Jeremy Shipp
During a deadly home invasion, a terrified woman discovers she has an unexpected power. 
 
 
LAST DAY
Directed by Ben Harl
 Follow Andy on his.....well.....let's just say "interesting" last day before retirement!

 
MOSSOID
Directed by Jake Sedell
The hatching of a dark, fantastical dream.
 
 
PASTACHE
Directed by  Shivaan Makker
 After a home invasion, a depressed father must save his family, or they'll be premiered in the prime time news.

 
PAYBACK
Directed by Sidney van den Hout
A man wakes up in a room. He has no idea where he is. Who did this? He finds out soon enough.
 

 
SCRATCH
Directed by Stephen Spivey
 A young college student thinks his nightmares are getting the best of him, but he soon finds out his reality is far worse.

 
SCRIBBLER
Directed by Chris Schrack
Alone in her apartment, a woman learns that a certain object has something to say.
 
 
SIBILUM
Directed by Luigi Scarpa
 A mother and daughter in a quiet city flat. The sound of a coffee machine marks the passing of time on a quiet evening. Everything seems normal... but it is only the beginning.

 
STRIGOI
Directed by Adam Lapallo
 Three young women awaken to find themselves the captives of an elusive predator. One of them holds a secret.
 
 
THE DARKNESS BEFORE ME
Directed by Rachael Quinn
 Tony, a grown man, suffers an inexplicable fear of the dark. Seeking help, he finds himself on the couch of a less than perceptive psychoanalyst. What's really haunting Tony? Does he know? Can the doctor find it? Will the doctor find it? To understand what takes place when the lights go out, one must pay close attention while they're still on.
 
 
 
THE LAST LEAF
Directed by Sia Aleskovskaya
Haunted by dark visions and unable to protect her family, Cathy has a final chance to save her lover Sue and stand up against the mysterious gentleman that has haunted her since childhood.

 
WOODLAND CEMETERY
Directed by Niels Bourgonje
A photographer has the assignment to shoot Skogskyrkogarden, a cemetery located in the woods of Stockholm. There she sees an old woman placing a lantern on a grave. When the photographer shoots a picture of this very private moment, she soon finds out that this haunting image is more haunted than she bargained for.

 
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE ORDERS FROM THE MOON
Directed by Jaina Cipriano
 A short horror film about a tortured woman who must decide how deep into her own darkness she is willing to tread as a looming, omnipotent force promises her everything she has ever wanted.
 
 
YOU'RE IT
Directed by Herb Cremer and Joe Cremer
A group of children decide to play a game of hide and seek to alleviate their boredom but nothing could prepare them for the outcome of this twisted game.
 
 
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FILM TRAILER FINALISTS (Film Trailers Screening)
 
 
ASH AND BONE
Directed by Harley Wallen
A troubled teenager is taken to the peace and quiet of the country side by her father and step mother in an effort to calm down her wild streak. But after she crosses the infamous McKinley family, it becomes clear that sometimes danger lies hidden in the weeds, ready to strike at any moment.
 
 
MERGE
Directed by Miranda Bowden
 A woman is finally ready to merge with her split personalities but the consequences could be deadly. 
 
 
RUM GO!
Directed by Markus Thorington
 The familiar tale, of the oddest affair . . .
 
 
SEARCHERS BELIEVE
Directed by Bobby McCullough
 Three Paranormal Investigators set out to unravel the mysteries of
Paranormal occurrences.
 
 
THE LAST WOLVES
Directed by Iker Bilbao
 In 2236, a group who has renounced society, will face the extinction of the human race.


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MUSIC VIDEO FINALISTS (Screening)

 
BOUND
Directed by Nath Milburn
Thematically, “Bound” explores the uncertainty of luck and life and never truly knowing how it can, will, and can still shake out.
 
 
DDD
Directed by Eric Unusual
 DDD is the newest music video by Austin, Texas based artist Eric Unusual. DDD tells the story of one man seeking redemption, but unable and unwilling to change his ways.
 
 
GHOLU
Directed by Leo Nicholson
A day in the life of a complicated cannibal.
 
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MOVIE POSTER FINALISTS


FURY 
Ira Childs
 

CAN YOU BREATHE?
James C. Newman 
 

GUNGFLY
Olof Berghe 
 

HIDE OR SEEK
Brian Newell 
 

NOT IN THE DARK
Mathew Bonta
 
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SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
 
 
HORROR KID
Written by Billy McAfee
 A bullied farm boy must conjure up a monster to take revenge against his real life enemy.
 
 
I'M COMING FOR YOU
Written by Glenn Lissner
 Lisha thinks she is being haunted by a Shadowy Figure intent on choking her to death, but all is not as it seems. What she doesn’t realize is that she is already dead. Well, her physical self is dead, but her spirit self is trapped in her decomposing corpse confused about what happened to her and why.
 
 
SECRETS UNKEPT
Written by  Joseph DiFrancesco 
 A man is tormented by the secrets he keeps, and most of them are not his own.
 
 
THE FILMMAKER
Written by JaBre' Glass
 When an indie filmmaker becomes trapped inside of a horror film, he discovers that his fate may have already been written. By himself.
 
 
THESE FACES
Written by Jason Rice
 A young woman tries to ease her loneliness by talking to faces she sees in everyday objects, until she suspects the faces see her too.
 
 
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FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
 
 
LOCKRIDGE
Written by Mikeal Burgin
 A small-town sheriff must rely on a murder suspect to track down an unnatural, and territorial, creature in order to save her family from mortal danger.
 
 
MARIANA'S WEB
Written by  Taylor Salotti 
 Recently released from prison, Dani enters a room that she may never escape.
 
 
REVIEW
Written by Jonathan Zarantonello
 In a video message, a social media acolyte invites other women to have sex with her boyfriend, but only if they film their review after. A game of power dynamics intertwines the lives of several amused participants, then the videos leak and those lives are forever changed.
 
 
THE BLOODY BENDERS
Written by Brian Savage
 A doctor and his wife, crushed beneath the weight of their student loans, jump on a chance to have some of these loans repaid by moving to a small, middle of nowhere town in Kansas, where dark and terrible secrets await to be uncovered.
 
 
THE BODY FARM
Written by Mike Gerbino
 When a forensic pathology student working on a remote body farm discovers the corpses have begun to disappear, she is terrorized by an unseen force as she struggles to determine why.
 
 
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FIRST 10 PAGES SCREENPLAY FINALISTS
 
 
ALHAZRED: SANDS OF MADNESS
Written by Clemente Esparza, II
 
 
PLATOON Z
Written by  Vicky Dupuis
 
 
THE HONOR KILLING
Written by Guy Quigley
 
 
 
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LOGLINE FINALISTS


DANS LE BAYOU
Myah Hall
 
 
PLATOON Z
Vicky Dupuis
 
 
RESTLESS PEAK
Robin Johnston 
 
 
 
 























































































































































































































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