2016 Horror Short Films from the Festival

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festival posterO, 29min, Norway, Horror/Mystery
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festival posterBURNT, 13min., UK, Thriller/Crime
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festival posterGILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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LE PARDON, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery

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festival posterSAVE, 4min, Germany, Horror/Drama
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festival posterMAYDAY, 13min. France, Horror/Fantasy
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DRAWN TO FEAR, 7min, USA

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festival posterFOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada
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KADDISH!, 6min, France

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festival posterDON’T LET THEM IN, 13min, USA
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festival posterPREFERENTIAL OPERATION, 20min, Spain
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festival posterA FILM BY VERA VAUGHN, 10min, USA
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festival posterDO NOT DISTURB, 13min, UK
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ACTORHOWELL, 4min, UK, Horror/Comedy
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORMINE, 29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller
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ACTORBLACK BALLOON, 12min, Israel, Drama/Horror
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festival posterTHE ART OF GESTURE
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16min, France, Horror/Thriller


festival posterVICIOUS
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12min, UK, Horror


festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family


festival posterSILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW
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14min, UK, Horror/Thriller


festival posterBALLERINA
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5min, USA, Horror/Thriller


festival posterCANTATA IN C MAJOR
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7min, USA, Horror/Musical


festival posterTIME TO EAT
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4min, USA, Horror/Comedy

2016 Horror Screenplays from the Festival

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ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLOOD DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Myka J. Friscia
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE WORK OF ZOMBIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Semler
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – YOU’VE CHANGED
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sam Sexton
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PROVING GROUNDS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Boyd
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COLLAPSE
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CRIME CYCLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Donald R. Brown

ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO
October 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – TOGETHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Jade Syed-Bokhari

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – IF I DIE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: OLD BONES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATCHSTICK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Fardy

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ELAN VITAL
July 2016 Reading
Written by Maroun Rached

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR
July 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Milek

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York

ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATH’S LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – EXISTENTIAL QUANDARY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Brandon Maline
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LONG IN THE TOOTH
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Wasserman

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – IX
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Irizarry
ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – MATSQUI MASSACRE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C. Royal

ACTORShort Screenplay Screenplay – WALL IN THE GARDEN
April 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos

ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – THE SHOT
February 2016 Reading
Written by Michael DeMattia

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – ROAD TO TEXAS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Emanuel Ruggeri

ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

2016 October Horror Films, Screenplays & Stories

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ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO
October 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – TOGETHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Jade Syed-Bokhari

ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CRIME CYCLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Donald R. Brown


festival posterMAYDAY, 13min. France, Horror/Fantasy
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LE PARDON, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery

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festival posterSAVE, 4min, Germany, Horror/Drama
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festival posterBURNT, 13min., UK, Thriller/Crime
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festival posterGILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterO, 29min, Norway, Horror/Mystery
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) Directed by George A. Romero

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DAWN OF THE DEAD, 1978
Movie Reviews

Directed by George A Romero
Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Review by Anthony Suen

SYNOPSIS:

After news of a zombie plague sweeping America becomes public, panic sets in as the living are in chaos and the dead start appearing around every corner. A team of news reporters and police officers escape to a zombie-infested shopping mall and attempt to survive the impending crisis as long as possible.

REVIEW:

The commentary Romero provides in his Living Dead series is stuff worthy of academic study. In each of his films he tackles several issues relevant to the public during the era, and integrates them seamlessly enough into his films that the true fear factor can appear in many ways other than the shambling dead invading the city streets. In Dawn of the Dead, Romero’s second of the trilogy, he follows up his original masterpiece with an amazing sequel. He certainly does not disappoint, and created a classic that has survived the test of time.

In comparing Dawn to Night, much can be said on the improvements it did to its predecessor. The special effects, most notably, have been revamped to disturbing effect, and colour has been introduced into the film for visual appeal. Visual appeal is only one of the aspects this film possesses that proves its worth in film history. The film is thick with social commentary, character development and the classic zombie touch. It’s a film with lots to boast about, but still remains a modest achievement in the horror. Romero crafts it expertly and precisely in order to carry on the legacy that the film is able to hold to this day. It was no easy task, yet Romero succeeds with demonstrating his expertise in many different ways with this second instalment.

The most relevant point that this film brings to focus, and probably what makes it such an accomplished work, is its reflection of American consumerism in the late 70’s, and foreshadowing the boom of capitalism and consumer spending to dominate the 80’s. The setting is almost entirely pictured in a shopping mall, with plenty of untouched stores and large glass windows advertising bright clothes and accessories the world seems to not need any longer. Yet, with all the zombies that roam in this place, our characters are driven to seek refuge in a familiar landmark, and indulge in their consumerist fantasies by binging on the endless products that surround them. Romero mocks the consumerist nature eloquently by using his zombies as shadows of our former selves. Possibly the creepiest thing about these zombies trapped in the mall is the similarities between them and us. Even with no brain power, no intelligence to speak of, they find their way back to what they know best. As inhuman as they are, they are just shadows of us. By doing this, Romero creates fear in his audience with ways that you usually don’t find anymore.

As with his previous film, Romero maintains the touch he provides to all his films, past and future. Previously, the low budget and independent funding of his first production prevented any true effort in visual effects, yet the film still succeeded in countless ways. Having already proved his worth in the horror business, Romero gets a second chance with Dawn. His special effects artist Tom Savini works wonders in the film, with pure visceral gore dominating the visual aspects. Exploding heads and detached limbs are only a few of the weapons Savini possesses in his arsenal, and throughout the Living Dead series he continues to make audiences queasy with his mastery. Despite the visual feast provided by Dawn, the style and taste of horror gore has evolved through the years, and Savini’s style has grown stale to contemporary horror. His workings are still praised and imitated, but rarely ever successfully re-created or appreciated by younger, more conditioned audiences. However, Dawn of the Dead has not only become iconic for its social significance, but also its rawness of gore and effects.

Dawn is a perfect example of Romero’s dedication to what he creates. While it’s only his second of the series, the elements of zombie cinema represented have retained their significance and influence. Each of his films has specific commentary and classic visuals, yet his trilogy seems to offer something different each time. This film solidifies the zombie genre, and is the base of which most modern zombie films are built upon. While Romero gained cult success after the fact with Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead caught the mainstream eye and is a mainstay in classic horror cinema.

While its praise is much deserved and its importance in cinema is undeniable, modern audiences may find themselves weary of its datedness and taste. It’s unfortunate that we’ve been conditioned my contemporary horror so much that certain classics can’t retain their appeal to all audiences as the years pass. Though this can be said for any classic horror flick, Dawn is part of a trio of films that are kept sacred by devoted and loyal fans, whose dedication has provided zombie pop culture with expanding identity. Dawn of the Dead is the bolded text in zombie history as the turning point in the fame that zombies have encountered during recent years. It was the catalyst, and possibly its greatest legacy that it holds, not only because of its cinematic importance, but the cultural one it has formed along the way.

This film is a horror fan’s film. It’s a Romero fan’s film and a zombie fan ’s film. It’s a movie buff’s film. Whether it’s a Living Dead series marathon, or a zombie gore-fest, or a horror fright-night, this film belongs there. It belongs in DVD collections and stashes of classics. It’s only part of Romero’s achievements and is a trophy that can be seen by everyone. This is his legacy, the zombie genre’s legacy, and horror’s legacy on film. It’s an example and a masterpiece and one of the greatest horrors to come along in cinematic history.

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