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Scheduled time allows for a short Q&A at the end of each screening or block, provided a member of the production is present.Click poster for film trailer (when available).

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Thursday
Screening Room A

Time / Name

Description

6pm-6:25pm
Horror Hotel Welcome Reel

6:25pm-7pm
"I'm Not Your Friend"
Foreign Horror Short

Manuel and Claudio must get rid of their business partner's body who Claudio has just killed in a moment of rage. However, an unexpected encounter with a kid will complicate things dramatically. The murder and its troubled aftermath get Manuel to reflect on the unpredictability of life, and on how a single event can have huge and disastrous consequences.

7pm-8:35pm
"Stay Out, Stay Alive"
Horror Feature

Five friends are consumed by madness and greed after they discover an abandoned goldmine.

8:35pm-9:10pm
"The Return of Warren Murphy"
Fantasy Short

For many, death is considered to be the end, nothing but an eternity darkness. Warren Murphy now knows different. After Warren is murdered by his wife and buried in the back yard a dark stranger is sent from another realm, and allows Warren to put the wrong things right.

9:10pm-9:35pm
"Lonely Hearts"
Horror-Comedy Short

Alone and down trodden, a woman tries to find a connection online only to get much more than she bargained for.

9:35pm-9:50pm
"Blood and Guts"
Horror Short

A visceral experience in the "Action-Horror" genre. With scene to scene tension and a gripping score, a sense of dread is ever-present in the audiences mind. The film maneuvers through tropes of the monster films that have come before with efficiency culminating in a dual of Man and Beast.

9:50pm-10:20pm
"The Things with the Glowing Green Eyes"
Horror-Comedy Short

The usual suspects of a town hall meeting share their unexpectedly common accounts of a civic problem worse than paid parking.

10:20pm-midnight
"The Cannibal Killer"
Horror Feature

This is a fictitious, yet mostly historically accurate account of Jeffrey Dahmer's life as a serial killer, as narrated by Jeffrey Dahmer (Giancarlo Herrera) using many actual quotes. The story explores the psychodynamics of Jeffrey Dahmer's relationships with his victims both pre and postmortem.

Friday
Screening Room A

Time / Name

Description

6pm-6:30pm
"
Welcome to Helltown"
TV Pilot

SHOCK! Ghost stories. BOO! Local legends. GAG! Everything you’ve heard is true. In Helltown. Allow the Genuine Nerd from Cleveland, Ohio, Toby Radloff (American Splendor), to guide you through three weird tales that could only happen in Northern Ohio… on the Fourth of July. Welcome to Helltown.

6:30pm-7pm
"
Sand Road"
Horror Short

A group of friends who have just committed fraud with a fake charity camp out at an abandoned farmhouse in Holland Landing, and are judged one by one by the spirits lurking there.

7pm-8pm
"
CLEVELAND HORRORS" BLOCK
(films listed alphabetically)





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Beyond the Light: When a woman find a ritual in an old book and decides to give it a try, she opens a doorway to another world.

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Benny: Insane party clown "Benny" kidnaps child from her birthday party.









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Here They Stay: Three college coeds who made a few questionable choices get more than they expected from this one.








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Monsters: Monsters are real and they live among us.









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Resurrected: A grieving couple solicits the aid of a witch to resurrect their dead daughter but the child who appears has more sinister plans.







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Return to Sender: When a young couple starts receiving disturbing mail from an unknown sender, their seemingly ideal relationship begins to unravel.

8pm-9:30pm
"
Deadly Promises"
Suspense-Thriller Feature

Secrets are meant to be kept. After all, a promise is a promise...

9:30pm-10pm
Cleveland 48HFP

10pm-10:20pm
"
Granny"
Fantasy Short

A tale about clichés, grandmothers, superheroines and villains.

10:20pm-midnight
"
The Curse of Willow Song"
Horror Feature
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pending availability*

After three years in prison, Willow Song is released on parole with the strict condition that she is to have no contact with her former gang life or her gang leader brother, Mission — her only surviving relative. Her tenuous life on parole is put into serious jeopardy after a series of setbacks. Willow is again plunged back into her former world including her dark shadow self that may be more real than fiction.

Saturday
Screening Room A

Time / Name

Description

11am-12pm
"
KILLER SHORTS" BLOCK



Films listed alphabetically



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Come In: A faceless stranger lures 3 gay friends to an eerie, vacant house under the guise of a hookup app, resulting in a terror no one had anticipated.








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Deathyard: The Lively Farm in Hendersonville, NC, is known to locals as a cursed and dangerous place. When two young thrill-seekers set out to do some snooping of their own, they find themselves on the run for their lives. Will they make it out alive? Or will they find themselves the latest victims of The Livelys and their DEATHYARD?



-Killer Confidence: After being dared to burgle an abandoned house, Jamie meets Mike.

-SKINNER: Richard has been looking for someone very special to help construct his grandmother. Benjamin is his name and he is Skinner's next victim.

12pm-12:30pm
"
Occurrence at Mills Creek"
Suspense-Thriller Short

Cassandra awakens to a nightmare as her pleas to be seen and heard by her sister Clara are taken as supernatural occurrences.

12:30pm-1:10pm
"
Circles"
Sci-Fi Short

A small band of abductees must befriend a group of aliens in order to save both races from extinction by a cold, calculating, inhuman presence.

1:10pm-3pm
"
A Stranger Among the Living"
Suspense-Thriller Feature

A young teacher finds himself haunted by the undead after narrowly escaping a school shooting.

3pm-3:25pm
"
Crazy for the Blonde"
Horror-Comedy Short

Two serial killers compete for the same victim, a blonde-haired woman who has plans of her own.

3:25pm-4:40pm
"
THRILLS & CHILLS" BLOCK



Films listed alphabetically.

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BrakeDown: A pair of young girls driving along in a sketchy area, upon hearing engine noises, decide to pull over to investigate the problem when a young man out of nowhere offers some unwelcomed help.

-The Damned Thing Is Of Such a Color!: While visiting uncle Hugh's remote property in Ohio's countryside, Dr. William Harker encounters an entity that attacks human senses.


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The Empty House: In the town of Blairsville sits - the empty house. Julie has just arrived for a big-money job before her baby is born. But not all is right with the couple who called her here.







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First Job: A bright teenager is forced to make a choice between his best friends and his duty to family and traditions when his father requires him to join the family business. Motivated by obligation and his own ambition, he joins his father for his first job, a job unlike any other.





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Stalag III-C: In the final days of World War II, US paratrooper Joe Boyd leads a daring escape from a Nazi POW camp, only to face a more horrifying evil beyond the prison walls.

4:40pm-5pm
"
In the Dark"
Horror Short

Hunkered down in their beds, four kids take turns reading to each other from Stephen King's IT via walkie talkies, but one of them starts to suspect that he might not be alone in his room.

5pm-6:45pm
"
Killer Therapy"
Horror Feature

Brian is a disturbed child with sociopathic tendencies dealing with a father who doesn’t love him, a mother unconvinced of his violent nature, and a newly adopted sister he believes is there to replace him. After a series of escalating violent incidents, he is bounced around from failed therapist to failed therapist, maturing into a young man still unable to escape his anger issues. When his life eventually falls apart by his own choices, Brian blames his series of failed therapists, embracing his dark nature and taking his revenge on everyone who ever wronged him - one by one, finally understanding that accepting who you are inside can be the best therapy.

6:45pm-7:45pm
MICRO BLOCK #1
(films listed alphabetically)







-1st-5th place film scores (Markus Martincic, Mauricio Ribeiro, Darko Pavor, Ricardo Raymundo, Stefano Panizzo)

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Bonus Material, horror: A film director's bonus material for his DVD leads to his death.


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The Demon, suspense-thriller: An experienced exorcist helps a desperate mother save her daughter from being eaten by a vicious demon.


-Dance with the Dead, music video




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Don't Sneeze, horror-comedy: Brian, a guy enjoying some "alone time", sneezes at an inopportune moment and is shocked by the consequences.







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Dr. Dour & Peach, web episode: Dr. Dour, the noted ethno-crypto-zoo-musicologist (it's a small field, but a rewarding one) has returned home after a long trip with a mysterious relic. His plucky assistant Peach is disheartened to find that it contains a spell he plans to use to resurrect his tragically-deceased wife.


-Horror Hotel, trailer

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The Interview, suspense-thriller: Casius gets more than he could have ever imagined after he gets the job interview he's been searching for.


-Mystic Pines, trailer: Two cops are thrown into a whirlwind of terror as the small town of Mystic Pines, Ontario is struck by a series of murders by a psychopath wearing a mirror for a face. As the case unravels, it becomes clear that the town has a secret evil they don't want uncovered.


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Project Darwin, trailer: When the Government decides who lives and who dies, one of their targets will do anything to fight the system and stay alive.


-A PSA on Child Behavior Management, horror-comedy: What happens when bad children are not stopped?


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Skylight, experimental: What do you do when nobody's watching?


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Winter's Blood, horror: After being pursued through the snow by a masked stranger, a woman becomes entangled in a dark year-end ritual.

7:45pm-8:10pm
"
Sunnyvale"
Sci-Fi Short

Sunnyvale, a "happy healing home" uses cutting edge technology to free its patient's minds... But happy comes with a cost.

8:10pm-9:45pm
"
Stay Out, Stay Alive"
Horror Feature

Five friends are consumed by madness and greed after they discover an abandoned goldmine.

9:45pm-10:10pm
"
Circle of Stone"
Fantasy Short

When rural cops respond to a call for help from one of their own, their search through the woods reveals what happened to a young girl stolen away sixty years before. They find themselves stuck in a supernatural world with their only escape to fight their way out.

10:10pm-midnight
"
Death Drop Gorgeous"
Horror-Comedy Feature

A dejected bartender and an aging drag queen try to survive the eccentric and hostile nightlife of a corrupt city as a masked maniac slaughters young gay men and drains them of blood.

Screening Room B

Time / Name

Description

11:30am-1:10pm
"
Night of the Wicked Clown"
Horror Feature

On Jonathan's 7th birthday, he witnessed a violent act toward his mother that triggered a mental collapse. He was found days later alone in his home with the corpses of his mother and her lover. After ten years in a mental health facility, Jonathan is coming home to join the only family he has left. On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, things begin to get wicked, as Jonathan's imaginary friend decides to come out and play.  

1:10pm-1:40pm
"
Grandmother"
Student Horror Short

Unforeseen circumstances draw two sisters home to a dying Grandmother and a sinister plot.

1:40pm-2:20pm
"
Agonia"
Foreign Horror Short

Lisa is kidnapped by men on the street in broad daylight, and is kept on a chain as a plaything for their sadistic sexual desires. After much suffering, a supernatural event turns the tables in her favor, giving her the opportunity to take revenge. Meanwhile, Lisa's tough girlfriend Andrea is searching for the missing girl, and gets dragged into a storm of cruelty and violence.

2:20pm-2:50pm
"
The Carting Call"
Suspense-Thriller Short

A female food carrier named Robin, delivers at night to make her rent by morning. She gets a request to deliver in an unfamiliar city where she walks into some trouble.

2:50pm-4:20pm
"
Bad Men from a Melting Moon"
Experimental Feature

A man believes he has been hit by a train. Preston is very lucky to have a genie who prevented him from getting killed. But after the accident, his genie suffered brain damage, and forces beyond his control are out to get him. A diverse cast and haunting score bring you deep into the dream-like world of this comedy / fantasy / semi-experimental tale.

4:20pm-6pm
"
Ragmork"
Experimental Feature

Viktor Graves, a troubled young man who isolates himself in rural Ohio, survives an attack by a feral man. Soon after, Viktor sees and hears in-explainable terrors surrounding him at every moment, shredding his sanity and leaving him to wonder...what is real and what is madness?

6pm-6:30pm
"
The Big D"
Horror-Comedy Short

An amateur journalist drags her cameraman brother along to hunt for Bigfoot. As their search deepens, her true motivations for finding Bigfoot are revealed.

6:30pm-6:50pm
"
Lamia: The Zombie Slayer"

In this "lost film footage", Lamia (from "Horror Hotel") first meets the voodoo priest Poppa Voodoo. Called in to play by an angry townsman (Joe Estevez) and aided by his assistant Pandora, he raises a horde of zombies that Lamia must put back in the ground.

6:50pm-7:20pm
"
Treater"
Suspense-Thriller Short

On Halloween night a man is paid an unexpected visit from a trick or treater with mysterious intentions.

7:20pm-8pm
"
SUPERNATURAL SHORTS" BLOCK


Films listed alphabetically.


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Look Twice: A night surveillance security guard spots a trespasser on the property; then regrets grabbing their attention once he realizes the intruder is paranormal.







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Missing Night: A woman has a harrowing experience in the woods one night when she encounters a mysterious craft.







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Ramona: A small town is forever changed after a teenage girl unexpectedly gives birth to an unusual baby.

8pm-9:30pm
"
Lady Usher"
Suspense-Thriller Feature

A suspense/thriller based on the short story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. This updated re-telling is written by award winning filmmaker George Adams and possesses the quintessential features of the Gothic: a large dreary house, strange macabre characters with doubled personalities and mysterious goings-on. In contrast, this has a plot that is bizarre, unexpected, and full of unforeseen disturbances. Part of the terror in this story is the vagueness of time and place and the haziness setting the tone for a story that blurs the real and the eccentric. This “genre” psychological suspense/thriller takes Poe's story and turns it on its head.

9:45pm-10:15pm
"
Vampire Foxes... from Space!"
Sci-Fi/Comedy Short

Vampire foxes from space come to Earth in an effort to replenish a dwindling blood supply on their home planet.

10:15pm-11:30pm
"
Fury Redux"
Horror Feature

In this reboot of the 2005 Indie Classic, Attorney Laney McCoy begins an affair with a much younger man, only to spin out of control in a jealous rage. Now, a horrible crime has been committed and it's up to her attorney to sort out the details of her disturbing story.

Sunday
Screening Room A

Time / Name

Description

11am-11:50am
"
DARK SPIRITS" BLOCK

Films listed alphabetically.

-An Appeal to the Denver Landmark
Preservation Committee: A homeowner attempts to make a case that his century-old condo building’s safety hazards aren’t THAT hazardous.

-Creepy Asian Doll: There's no escaping the terror when a man buys an old Asian doll at a yard sale.

-Knock Knock: Demonic voices made Jimmy kill when he was a child. He's grown beyond it and lives a happy life, but for how long?

-The Lesser Key of Solomon: Hans, coping with the sudden loss of his mother, must battle a dark force that manifests itself as his shadow. With the help of his friend Rand, Hans must comb through various books to find the right incantation and send the entity back into the darkness before it possesses both him and his mother.

11:50am-12:20pm
"
Trapped"
Student Horror Short

When her weekend hike goes horribly wrong, Katie must use every ounce of strength to survive -- but is it enough?

12:20pm-1:20pm
MICRO BLOCK #2








Films listed alphabetically.

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6th-10th place film scores (Alexander John McMillan, Manuel Parrilla Sanchez, Rob Johnson, Eric A. Cook, Vannick Eymery)

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Ariel's Story, sci-fi: On the run from a corrupt government, Ariel tells her viewers about what's coming.

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The Bet, horror-comedy: In today’s world, finding a date doesn’t require leaving your couch and with endless apps at our fingertips, our preferences can become restrictive. When a ‘woke’ attitude is used to pressure a young woman into a seemingly harmless bet, two strangers find themselves on an uncomfortable date that culminates in a violent confrontation.

-Deadly Promises, trailer: Secrets are meant to be kept. After all, a promise is a promise...

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Field of Graves, experimental

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Horror Hotel, trailer

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My Boyfriend the Boogeyman, web episode: A dark relationship.

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Picture Lock, horror: Mysterious things happen when a man buys a picture of a young woman at a yard sale.

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Strange Noises, suspense-thriller: Two teenage brothers house and dog sit their grandmother's home while she is in the hospital. Deme, the younger brother finds his grandmothers house unsettling, especially when he begins to hear strange noises.

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The Tale of Bunnyman Bridge, horror: An animated short telling the story of Bunnyman Bridge in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Unlocked, suspense-thriller: What was supposed to be a quiet night at home became anything but.

-The Way I Used To Know, music video

1:20pm-2:15pm
"
DIE LAUGHING" BLOCK


Films listed alphabetically.


-Numerus Duo: A young Catholic school girl encounters foul spirits.








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Possessions: Zeke decides to sell all his things and make a documentary about it. He discovers that some possessions are easier to let go of than others.







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What the Spell?: A girl and her BFF drunkenly cast a death spell on her cheating boyfriend. To their surprise it actually works, what the HELL do they do now?!

2:15pm-3:45pm
"
Lady Usher"
Suspense-Thriller Feature

A suspense/thriller based on the short story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.

3:45pm-4:45pm
"
MONSTERS IN THE NIGHT" BLOCK

Films listed alphabetically.

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Face Your Fears: A young woman terrified of the dark discovers a supernatural box that can cure her fears.

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Half-Cocked: Two brilliant yet shortsighted scientists find themselves ill-prepared when the experiment of their lives goes horribly right.





-Sleep Tight: Preston’s adoptive parents Daniel and Kate think that he is just going through a phase, but Kate fears it may be more because of Preston’s haunted past. Are the monsters in Preston’s closet his past coming back to haunt him? Or is it just another kid with an over active imagination? One thing is for sure, its going to be a night everyone will remember…

5:15pm

Award Ceremony

Screening Room B

Time / Name

Description

11:30AM-1:15PM
"Horror Hotel" Episode

Join Lamia and her motley crew for horror, history, and hijinks on "Horror Hotel".

1:15pm-2pm
"The Tell Tale Heart"
Horror Musical Short

A musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic horror story. A man is so disturbed by an old man's "vulture eye" he resolves to murder and dismember him. But the murderer is driven to madness and confession by the incessant beating of the victim's heart under the floor boards.

2pm-2:35pm
"The Trouble With Cameos Who Knew Too Much"
Thriller/Comedy Short

An innocent man is drawn into a comically terrifying web of suspense when Alfred Hitchcock and "Hitch's" films suddenly start making "cameos" in his otherwise mundane life. There are more than 50 Hitchcock "references" in this film. How many can you spot?

2:35pm-3pm
"What Was That?"
Horror Short

An entity persists in a house with a family of a mother and three children. The sequel to short film "WHAT".

3pm-3:25pm
"Harbinger of Dracul"
Fantasy Short

An extraordinary young woman flees from the persecution of her family. Her only hope is recruiting a team of mercenaries to assist her final conquest. The only question is, how long will she have to wait?

3:25pm-5pm
"Ragmork"
Experimental Feature

Viktor Graves, a troubled young man who isolates himself in rural Ohio, survives an attack by a feral man. Soon after, Viktor sees and hears in-explainable terrors surrounding him at every moment, shredding his sanity and leaving him to wonder...what is real and what is madness?

 
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