Winning HORROR Short Screenplay – RED, by Heath Harris

Watch the winning short screenplay for OCTOBER 2017.

 

It is Christmas Eve. John (40s) drives his wife and son (Michael) up through a snowfilled wilderness. They reach a solitary rental cabin in the woods. Completely alone, Michael worries that Santa Claus will not come, however his father, John, reassures him that Santa knows exactly where he’s going.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Damien: Cameron LeRoy
John: Jim Canale
Natalie: Regan Brown

Get to know the winning writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

Red is about a family of three that goes to spend Christmas in a secluded cabin, cut off from the world. The husband, John and his wife, Natalie are having marital issues and Christmas Eve goes from bad to worse as tensions rise. Natalie puts their young son, Damien to bed. He is woken up during the night to find that his mother is missing. John tells Damien to go back to sleep so Santa doesn’t find him. John tells Damien to close his eyes immediately if he sees Santa otherwise Santa will be very angry. Damien, after peering out of his window, sees a figure carrying a sack outside, and excitedly runs out to meet Santa Claus. Damien finds the sack to be containing his mother’s dead body. As John approaches, covered in her red blood, Damien instantly shuts his eyes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because I believe it is scary, haunting and atmospheric and would be a fun themed watch during Christmas time for horror fans. I also think it raises the topic of domestic abuse and violence within households.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Christmas Murder

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Ex Machina

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 6 months.

How many stories have you written?

During the course of my MFA program I’ve written about 8-9 stories.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

All I Need – Radiohead

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main problems I was having were logic problems, making sure there were no plotholes and making sure that everything in the story could potentially happen in real life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love painting and drawing.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I think FilmFreeway is a great site and is very easy to use and helps me find many festivals that I wouldn’t otherwise know existed.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I loved the feedback I received, I thought it was so well thought out and well written. I love horror and was excited to find a festival dedicated to horror and horror writing.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

 

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September 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Horror Screenplay to the Festival Today: https://festivalforhorror.com/

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th)
September 2017 Reading
by Mike Mead

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern

festival posterNO WAVE, 11min, Canada, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Toronto Short Film Festival – Thursday October 26, 2017

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us atfestivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 50 out of its last 52 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp! 

FIRST ACT PROGRAM


GIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
Directed by David Jeffrey

When a deranged killer sets his sights on an unsuspecting sorority, he realizes he’s not the craziest one in the house.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film! 24


SPEECHLESS, 7min, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Dustin Demoret

What is behind the door and why does it want to get in?

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film! 24


ANTICA, 11min., Canada, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Vasili Manikas

A aging labourer loses control of his warehouse.

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LIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror
Directed by Mia’kate Russell

For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


MILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy
Directed by Jonathan Brooks

On the verge of his day getting really out of hand, Richard tells the wrong milk man to fuck off. A misunderstanding which ultimately leads to paranoiac terror and lactose based bloodshed.

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MY BODY, 6min, Germany, Horror
Directed by Daniel Mohle

A dead girl is lies on the floor of a man’s living room and a spider crawls through the shadows of his house. Grief and guilt grow in the eyes of the man while he gets more and more paranoid.

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STUDDED NIGHTMARE, 9min., Canada, Horror
Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc

When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

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THE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
Directed by Rodrigo Atienzar Jimenez

May is afraid of the dark and she has a plan to catch it. But she’s forgetting a small detail: when night falls, darkness is everywhere…

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The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm on Thursday October 26, 2017

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm

Get to know the short film: SPEECHLESS, 7min, Horror/Thriller

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

What is behind the door and why does it want to get in?

Details

  • FILM CATEGORY
    Narrative Fiction, Short
  • PRODUCTION LOCATION
    U S A
  • FILMING LOCATION
    U S A
  • FINANCING
    10000 USD
  • MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE
    English

 

Details

  • FILM CATEGORY
    Narrative Fiction, Short
  • PRODUCTION LOCATION
    U S A
  • FILMING LOCATION
    U S A
  • FINANCING
    10000 USD
  • MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE
    English

Director’s BIO: Jonathan Brooks

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Jonathan Brooks is a writer and director from South Wales. With a ten year background in entertainment, factual television and promos Jonathan moved towards a career in commercials in 2011 after winning a competition to create a television advert for the recruitment company Reed.

The advert was a big success and Jonathan has been directing and co-directing national TV adverts for Reed and other companies alongside his creative and business partner Mat Laroche. They started Chips Films in 2012 producing and directing brilliant online content for companies including Volvo, Mazda, M&S and Dyson.

Jonathan has written and directed a number of successful short comedy films. “First Press” (co-directed with Mat) was shortlisted for the Virgin Media Shorts in 2011. “The Devil’s Apricot” (written & directed by Jonathan) won Judges Commendation at the Reed Short Film Awards 2012 and both the Picturehouse Picks Award and Runner Up Best Short Film at the Cofilmic Film Festival 2012. His latest short film, Milk Man was recently completed and is a short version of feature film of the same name.

Get to know the short film: MILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

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Synopsis

“Milk Man” is a short film written by Jonathan Brooks and Adam Davidson, its a black comedy horror movie somewhat inspired by the classic B-thriller/slasher genre films of the seventies and eighties.

The film follows the grizzly comeuppance of a cocky philanderer called Richard who we quickly learn has been having an affair behind the back of his pregnant wife. Richard

Cast & Credits (11)

  • Jonathan Brooks

    SUBMISSION CONTACT, DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, EDITOR, DIGITAL EFFECTS

  • Laura Ruddock

    PRODUCER

  • Adam Davison

    CO-WRITER

  • Ed Akzel

    THE MILK MAN (LEAD ACTOR)

  • Richard Glover

    RICHARD (LEAD ACTOR)

  • frances millar

    KAREN (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

  • Rachel Stubbings

    MEG (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

  • Jonathan Iles

    CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP

  • Stuart Mackay

    PRODUCTION DESIGNER

  • billy payne

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

  • giulia scrimieri

    COSTUME DESIGNER


Technical Details

PICTURE FORMAT
Color
ASPECT RATIO
2.35 (SCOPE)
SHOOTING FORMAT
2K
EXHIBITION FORMAT
DVD, .MOV (Quicktime), BLU-RAY, DCP
SCREENER FORMAT
Secure Online Screener, DVD, BLU-RAY

Get to know the short film: MY BODY, 6min, Germany, Horror

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Mybody finalA dead girl is lies on the floor of a man’s living room and a spider crawls through the shadows of his house. Grief and guilt grow in the eyes of the man while he gets more and more paranoid.

Project Links
  • Daniel Möhle
    Director
  • Daniel Möhle
    Writer
  • Daniel Möhle
    Producer
  • Heiko Büter
    Key Cast
  • Sabine Gießler
    Key Cast
  • Michael Donner
    Music Composer
  • Vincent Goode
    CG Artist
  • Mauro “Kenji” Serra
    Sound Designer and Audio

Director’s BIO: Rodrigo Atienzar Jimenez

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Director Biography

Director the darkness keeper

Hi, I’m Rodrigo. I got seriously infected by the virus of cinema in 1986 , when my father took me to see the filming of ” Amanece que no es poco ” . Since that day , the cinema has been my obsession, as a spectator and creator . This is my fourth short film after “Garand ” , “Girl in Landscape” and ” Holy Gloria” Shall we shoot a film?.

Director’s BIO: Jean-Claude Leblanc

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

http://www.jeanclaudeleblanc.com/

JCL is a Vancouver based product design studio that is inspired by natural materials and old world techniques. Working with artisans and manufacturers using traditional methods such as slip casting and stonework results in dynamic and inimitable pieces rooted in the past with a nod to the future.
Born in Canada, Jean-Claude LeBlanc grew up in a rural bilingual town in Saskatchewan. His Mother made art for their home using local materials such as wood, flowers, and wool. Working at his Father’s lumber mill, he gained valuable knowledge about the manufacturing process and developed a hands on approach to creating.
In the late 80’s, LeBlanc moved to the city and discovered skateboarding. Customizing and personalizing his style and gear became his obsession, shaping his vision to this day. LeBlanc’s interest in design grew as he discovered the work of fashion designers and architects, most notably, RAIC Gold Medal receiver Peter Cardew, who later became his mentor and Architect on several projects including the Lieutenant Governor Award-winning ‘LeBlanc House’.
With no formal design education, LeBlanc has started several companies ranging from residential construction to fashion design. His clothing brand Blanc & Noir compelled LeBlanc to travel extensively, visiting manufacturers in Japan and Italy to resolve details and further his knowledge on how things are made. This exposure to technology and craft focuses his work towards projects which allow him to create objects which are both raw and enduring.

Get to know the short film: STUDDED NIGHTMARE, 9min., Canada, Horror

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

CauchemarcapitonneposterWhen J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

Jean-Claude Leblanc
Director
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