July 21, 2017

Horror Films In Hotlanta Film Festival 2017 Award Winners

Horror Films In Hotlanta Film Festival 2017 Award Winners:

1) The “Best Actor” Award:
Ryan Barton-Grimley in “Shanghai Faders” (Portland, Oregon)

2) The “Best Actress” Award:
Pamela Ricardo in “Restricted Diet” (Forest Park, Georgia)

3) The “Best Cinematography” Award:
Ignacio Aguilar, Cinematographer for “Mr. Dentonn” (Barcelona, Spain)

4) The “Best Director” Award:
Jean-Claude Leblanc for “Studded Nightmare” (Canada)

5) The “Best Ensemble” Award:
“Ivy” Directed by Itai Guberman (Australia)

6) The “Best Film Editing” Award:
Marcos Muñoz Flores for “Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” (Mexico) 

7) The “Best Georgia Horror Film” Award:
“Redneck Zombie” Directed by Drew Giles (Peachtree City, Georgia)

8) The “Best International Horror Film” Award:
“Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” Directed by Marcos Munoz Flores (Mexico)

9) The “Best Micro Short Horror Film” Award:
“Stay Awake” Directed by Helena Karadimos (Los Angeles, California)

10) The “Best Original Music” Award:
Iván Caride in “I See You Everywhere” (Spain)

11) The “Best Short Horror Film” Award:
“The Dark Hunger” Directed by Anthony Williams (Chicago, Illinois)

12) The “Best Special Effects” Award:
“Croak” Directed by Matt Barrett (Atlanta, Georgia) 
13) The “Best Supporting Actor” Award:
Sean Weil in “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” (Brooklyn, New York)
14) The “Best Supporting Actress” Award:
Sabrina Howells “Beneath the Surface” (Charlotte, North Carolina)
15) The “Best Visual Effects” Award:
“Vetus” Directed by Alan Chen (Australia)
16) The “Most Original Concept” Award:
“Little Red Riding Hood” Directed by Daniel Jenny & Stéphane Guenin (France)

17) The “Single Scariest Moment” Award:
“Hada” Directed by Tony Morales (Spain)
18) The “Best Feature Length Screenplay” Award: 
“The Man in the Middle of the Desert” Written by Greg Sisco
19) The “Best Short Screenplay” Award:
“Crazy For The Blonde” Written by Tom Bragg
July 9, 2017

“Horror Films In Hotlanta” 2017 Award Nominations

The “Horror Films In Hotlanta Film Festival” 2017 Award Nominations


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Nominations for the “Best Actor” Award

  1. Gerardo Ochoa Mohar in “Ven A Mi” (Mexico)
  2. Ryan Barton-Grimley in “Shanghai Faders” (Portland, Oregon)
  3. Michael Lorz in “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” (Brooklyn, New York)
  4. John Crosthwaite in “The Dark Hunger” (Chicago, Illinois)
  5. Troy Halverson in “Restricted Diet” (Forest Park, Georgia)

Nominations for the “Best Actress” Award

  1. Pamela Ricardo in “Restricted Diet” (Forest Park, Georgia)
  2. Sara Alvarez Bravo in “Ven A Mi” (Mexico)
  3. Jaimie Marchuk in “Mirror” (Portugal)
  4. Isabelle Haik in “Stay Awake” (Los Angeles, California)
  5. Maude St-Pierre in “Studded Nightmare” (Canada)

Nominations for the “Best Cinematography” Award

  1. Benjamin Shepherd, Cinematographer for “Vetus” (Australia)
  2. Luke Askelson, Cinematographer for “Phobia” (Denver, Colorado)
  3. Sarah Giroux, Cinematographer for “The Dark Hunger” (Chicago, Illinois)
  4. Ignacio Aguilar, Cinematographer for “Mr. Dentonn” (Barcelona, Spain)
  5. Marc Cartwright, Cinematographer for “Savor” (Hollywood, California)

Nominations for the “Best Director” Award

  1. Alan Chen for “Vetus” (Australia)
  2. Marcos Munoz Flores for “Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” (Mexico)
  3. Jean-Claude Leblanc for “Studded Nightmare” (Canada)
  4. Anthony Williams for “The Dark Hunger” (Chicago, Illinois)
  5. “Redneck Zombie” Directed by Drew Giles (Peachtree City, Georgia)

Nominations for the “Best Ensemble Cast” Award

  1. “Beneath the Surface” Directed by Michael Trainotti (Charlotte, North Carolina) 
  2. “Redneck Zombie” Directed by Drew Giles (Peachtree City, Georgia)
  3. “Ivy” Directed by Itai Guberman (Australia)
  4. “The Barber’s Cut” Directed by Mark Brocking (London, UK)
  5. “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” Directed by David E. Munz-Maire (Brooklyn, New York)

Nominations for the “Best Film Editing” Award

  1. Helena Karadimos for “Stay Awake” (Los Angeles, California)
  2. Marcos Muñoz Flores for “Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” (Mexico)
  3. “Studded Nightmare” (Canada)
  4. “The Dark Hunger” (Chicago, Illinois)
  5. “Mr. Dentonn” (Spain)

Nominations for the “Best Georgia Horror Film” Award

  1. “Scare BnB” Directed by David Bergen (Atlanta, Georgia)
  2. “Redneck Zombie” Directed by Drew Giles (Peachtree City, Georgia)
  3. “Restricted Diet” Directed by Candace Mabry (Forest Park, Georgia)
  4. “Croak” Directed by Matt Berrett (Atlanta, Georgia)

Nominations for the “Best International Horror Film” Award

  1. “Vetus” Directed by Alan Chen (Australia)
  2. “Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” Directed by Marcos Munoz Flores (Mexico)
  3. “Studded Nightmare” Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc (Canada)
  4. “The Barber’s Cut” Directed by Mark Brocking (London, UK)
  5. “Ivy” Directed by Itai Guberman (Australia)

Nominations for the “Best Micro Short Horror Film” Award

  1. “Ding Dong” Directed by Timothy Troy
  2. “Stay Awake” Directed by Helena Karadimos (Los Angeles, California)
  3. “Savor” Directed by Marc Cartwright (Hollywood, California)
  4. “Phobia” Directed by Chris Barron (Denver, Colorado) 
  5. “Little Red Riding Hood” Directed by Daniel Jenny & Stéphane Guenin (France)

Nominations for the “Best Original Music” Award

  1. “Vetus” Directed by Alan Chen (Australia)
  2. Yancey Wells in “Stay Awake” (Los Angeles, California)
  3. Iván Caride in “I See You Everywhere” (Spain)
  4. Eric Mauer in “Little Red Riding Hood” (France)
  5. David Rosen for “Croak” (Atlanta, Georgia)

Nominations for the “Best Short Horror Film” Award

  1. “Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” Directed by Marcos Munoz Flores (Mexico)
  2. “Studded Nightmare” Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc (Canada)
  3. “The Dark Hunger” Directed by Anthony Williams (Chicago, Illinois)
  4. “Shanghai Faders” Directed by AJ Gordon (Portland, Oregon)
  5. “Redneck Zombie” Directed by Drew Giles (Peachtree City, Georgia)

Nominations for the “Best Special Effects” Award

  1. “The Barber’s Cut” Directed by Mark Brocking (London, UK)
  2. “Ven A Mi (Come To Me)” Directed by Marcos Munoz Flores (Mexico)
  3. “I See You Everywhere” Directed by Rubén Méndez (Spain)
  4. “The Dark Hunger” Directed by Anthony Williams (Chicago, Illinois)
  5. “Croak” Directed by Matt Barrett (Atlanta, Georgia) 

Nominations for the “Best Supporting Actor” Award

  1. Nicholas J. Harden in “The Dark Hunger” (Chicago, Illinois)
  2. Nathan Caywood in “Beneath the Surface” (Charlotte, North Carolina) 
  3. Anthony Reynolds in “Croak” (Atlanta, Georgia)
  4. Sean Weil in “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” (Brooklyn, New York)
  5. Ander Pardo in “Mr. Dentonn” (Barcelona, Spain)

Nominations for the “Best Supporting Actress” Award

  1. Beatriz Cid in “I See You Everywhere” (Spain)
  2. Sabrina Howells “Beneath the Surface” (Charlotte, North Carolina) 
  3. Gita Amely in “Ivy” (Australia)
  4. Erika Kennedy in “Scare BnB” (Atlanta, Georgia)
  5. Irene Aguilar in “Mr. Dentonn” (Barcelona, Spain)

Nominations for the “Best Visual Effects” Award

  1. “Vetus” Directed by Alan Chen (Australia)
  2. “Phobia” Directed by Chris Barron (Denver, Colorado)
  3. “Studded Nightmare” Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc (Canada)
  4. “Stay Awake” Directed by Helena Karadimos (Los Angeles, California)
  5. “Mr. Dentonn” Directed by Ivan Villamel Sanchez (Barcelona, Spain)

Nominations for the “Most Original Concept” Award

  1. “Croak” Directed by Matt Barrett (Atlanta, Georgia)
  2. “Restricted Diet” Directed by Candace Mabry (Forest Park, Georgia)
  3. “I See You Everywhere” Directed by Rubén Méndez (Spain)
  4. “Studded Nightmare” Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc (Canada)
  5. “Little Red Riding Hood” Directed by Daniel Jenny & Stéphane Guenin (France)

Nominations for the “Single Scariest Moment” Award

  1. “Ding Dong” Directed by Timothy Troy
  2. “Studded Nightmare” Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc (Canada)
  3. “Hada” Directed by Tony Morales (Spain)
  4. “Stay Awake” Directed by Helena Karadimos (Los Angeles, California)
  5. “Mirror” Directed by Sara Eustáquio (Portugal)
July 6, 2017

Nominations for “Best Ensemble Cast” Award: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017

Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017

Nominations for the “Best Ensemble Cast” Award:

  1. “Beneath the Surface”
  2. “Redneck Zombie” 
  3. “Ivy” 
  4. “The Barber’s Cut” 
  5. “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir”
The judges of Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 are proud to announce five film nominations for the “Best Ensemble Cast” Award. Out of the 114 short horror film submitted, these films are recognized for having multiple actors that performed at a high level.

Beneath the Surface” features acting performances by Nathan Caywood, Sabrina Howells, Donna Thomas, Matt Iseman and Wayland McQueen.

Redneck Zombie” features acting performances by Keith Brooks, Babacar Ndiaye, Jae Hitch and Mookie Harney.

Ivy” features acting performances by Gita Amely, Zach Cohen, Einav Markel, Debbie Levin and Dan Shaked.

The Barber’s Cut” features acting performances by Lewis Georgeson, Alisa Arnah, David Whitford

June 28, 2017

“Horror Films in Hotlanta” 2017 Feature Length Screenplay Award Nominations

Nominations for the “Best Feature Length Horror Screenplay” Award
  1. “The Old Mill Town” by screenwriter Skip Shea
  2. “The Man in the Middle of the Desert” by screenwriter Greg Sisco
  3. “Hell is for Children – Dead-Souls” by screenwriter Tom Rico
  4. “Blood Knots” by screenwriter Gregg Malkoff
  5. “Vaccination” by screenwriter Ward Edmondson
Each of these five Feature Length Horror Film Screenplays have been recognized by the Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 judges as the best of the best for their outstanding creativity, stories and characters.
June 28, 2017

“Horror Films in Hotlanta” 2017 Short Screenplay Award Nominations

Nominations for the “Best Short Horror Screenplay” Award

  1. “Crazy For The Blonde” by screenwriter Tom Bragg
  2. “Diggum” by screenwriter Isaac Thorne
  3. “Pride Industries” by screenwriter Kay Phillips
  4. “Deep Trouble” by screenwriter Ward Edmondson
  5. “I-16” by screenwriter Margina Sisson

Each of these five Short Horror Film Screenplays have been recognized by the Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 judges as the best of the best for their outstanding creativity, stories and characters.

June 26, 2017

“The Barber’s Cut” Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

Director Mark Brocking’s “The Barber’s Cut” is an official selection of Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017. The high production value of this film and visual effects immediately catch your attention. Brocking delivers with a fun and horrifying circumstance that brilliantly conceived and executed. This film is screening at festivals all over the world and we are happy to screen it for the Georgia audience on July 17th, 2017.

Tagline: “Two cut off but living heads wake up in a fridge and manage to escape while trying to avoid a psycho barber.”

Director Biography: Mark Brocking has been working in the film industry since around 1990. He started his career in 2D animation working on features for Disney, Warner brothers and Spielberg among others. Around 2003 he entered the field of CG animation at Framestore, London working his way up to supervising animator on films such as Narnia “The Dawn Treader” and “Where the Wild Things Are”. He was nominated for a Bafta for his work as animation director on tv series “Primeval 2” in 2003.  Mark started writing and directing his short films in 2008 which has so far resulted in two films, “The Double Cross” in 2013 (Best shorts winner) and “The Barber’s Cut” in 2015.
He lives in London, UK with his wife and 2 children.


June 26, 2017

“Ding Dong” Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

“Ding Dong” directed by Timothy Troy is an official selection of Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017. What begins as an innocent situation turns into a frightening series of events. Timothy Troy does a great job of setting up a shocking ending to this short film. Yvonne Szumski delivers a great performance. Cinematographer Brian Levin’s visual style is interesting and adds a bit of mystery to the entire story as it unfolds. Tagline: “Alexis goes to bed, her husband out having a drink with the guys. The doorbell keeps ringing, but each time there’s no one there.”

Director’s Statement: “Ding Dong” really started from a simple, commonplace experience: who hasn’t lay awake in the night and listened to the unnerving concert that a house can perform? The creaks of the house’s bones, the strangle scuttling of an animal across a roof, the eerie whispers of the wind…
I started to wonder how to turn the typical sounds of a house into instruments to terrify. What if a monster could mimic those sounds as a means to lure out its prey?

I’d been looking for a simple, straightforward project to sink my teeth into, and this one came together with comparatively little fuss or trouble in the writing stage.

As a director, I feel my strengths tend to be in atmosphere and visual storytelling, which describes this film perfectly. I had a very strong concept of what I wanted this film to be, though I must give credit to the cast and crew for their invaluable additions. The entire cast and crew was drawn from the professional production community of Chicago, including multiple union members donating their time. As a great crew does, they improved innumerable things, from design to camera work to sound and editing. The best part of directing is seeing an idea come out even better than you had imagined it, and that can only happen when you have a great crew.

I firmly believe its my strongest work to date. Even now, after a few hundred viewings of the piece, it still feels confident in its choices. I feel like that’s the best place a director can be.

June 26, 2017

“The Old Mill Town” Feature Length Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

“The Old Mill Town” by screenwriter Skip Shea is an official selection of Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017. Skip does a great job of character development of Carol in this psychological thriller. Good tense moments and action lead up a great climax.

Tagline: “An old mill town is plagued by a brutal serial killer, Carol is on the run from a mysterious man in cowboy boots. She finds sanctuary at David’s farm. A kind and quiet man who has murderous secrets of his own.”

June 25, 2017

“Vaccination” Feature Length Screenplay: Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

“Vaccination” by screenwriter Ward Edmondson is an official selection to Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017. This story is a nice mix of science fiction, horror and apocalyptic societal meltdown. Edmondson creates an interesting yet flawed protagonist that you find yourself cheering for as the story moves. Good pacing and descriptions make this a special story which our judges feel, should be produced into a movie in the near future. Ward has gone out of his way to promote this story, which is the only screenplay in the Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 line-up that has a trailer already!

Tagline: “When a rogue CDC scientist discovers the only way to stop a horrible plague from killing half the world’s population is to to test on prison inmates, she does everything in her power to find a vaccination before they test on her incarcerated boyfriend.”

June 25, 2017

“Phobia” Horror Films in Hotlanta 2017 Official Selection

“Phobia” directed by Chris Barron is a powerful film that really does a good job of slowly increasing the fear of the viewer while watching a spider nightmare unfold before your eyes. Actress
Katharyn Grant delivers an excellent performance and the visuals by cinematographer
Luke Askelson are stunning. The secret to many horror films is the work, time, effort and energy put into the score and music, which were executed very well in this film by Cody Troyer.

Summary: “Fear is not in your head, it’s on your skin.A woman gives into fear and kills an innocent spider. Now she faces the grave consequences of her fear.

Director’s Statement: Fear and horror go together like veins and capillaries, so when looking for a concept to explore, phobias seemed like a great place to start. Phobias exist in spite of our rational mind, so we thought it would be fun to give our protagonist a real reason to be scared of a little spider.

Production Notes: The “Phobia” short film features a real baby tarantula! No CGI here, just a patient crew and very brave actress. The spider did do some stunt work, but she is unharmed and continues to live on the desk of our Director, Chris Barron.

About the Director: Chris Barron is an award-winning filmmaker with over 15 years of professional production experience. After graduating from New York University with a BFA in Film Production, he has shot documentaries, commercials, and branded content around the world. To each job, Chris contributes creativity, staunch professionalism, and the technical expertise necessary to deliver beautiful, dynamic imagery.

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