Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday... and Some Festival Updates

Today is Black Friday, so my guess is that most of you are waiting in line to buy shit at major retail stores right now. For your history lesson of the day, Black Friday actually has two meanings. One is a day of absolute stock market catastrophe, specifically September 24, 1869 (which preceeded "Black Tuesday", which stole the name). The other is today, the day after Thanksgiving, named so because it's a stressful and chaotic experience for retailers. Regardless, I was thinking that "Black Friday" is a cool title for a horror film, so I went over to and checked out how many films share the title... it turns out that are 6 films called "Black Friday". The first is from 1916 and it's a historical drama, the second is the horror film from 1940 with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and is about gangsters and brain transplants, the third is a drama short from 2001, the fourth is an action adventure from 2003 about a high-powered attorney who returns home from work to find his family held hostage, the fifth is an award winning film from Anurag Kashyap about the Bombay bomb blasts and, finally, the last one, which should be coming out soon, is from Ethan Terra and it's an indie horror starring Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Andrew Divoff and Tiffany Shepis!!! Now, why did someone not tell me about this? And why isn't it coming out this week? Need to know more...

Anyhow, December is around the corner and there's only one more festival that may be playing something horror related... it's the Beverly Hills Hi-Def Festival and they're basically just showing off the HD capabilities of the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. However, there's lots of shorts and features and it's only $10 to get in to see a whole program. You can go through a list of all the titles there and it looks like there'll be a few horrors... lots of indie shit, anyow.

Now, there's a lot of festivals that have deadlines in December, as it's the end of the year. So, if you want to get a snippet of what's coming up soon, you have a film that's just about finished or you're ready to submit, here's a list of festivals that have deadlines in December. I'm not going to say anything about them because there's too many of them. I'll just put up all the links. So, until December...

2009 Eerie Horror Film Festival

A Night of Horror International Film Festival

Anubis Digital Quick Bites Horror Film Contest

Bare Bones International Film Festival

Boston Underground Film Festival

Dam Short Film Festival

FilmGo Film Fest

Fresno Filmworks Film Festival

Heart of England International Film Festival

Sacramento Horror Film Festival

Sci Fi London: The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film

Show off Your Shorts Film Festival

Swansea Bay Film Festival

The Nickel Independent Film Festival


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