The Science of Horror Film Festival


DecadesOut, Inc., a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes programs that examine the intersection of the arts and science, and nonprofit film and theater production company EdibleBrains Productions announce the call for entries for the first international Science of Horror Film Festival in New York, highlighting the role of women in the horror and science fiction filmmaking process.

Eligible films can be of any budget, must be under 25 minutes long, have a connection with science or horror (such as inspiration, theme, plot or character), and include women in the filmmaking process.  This might include films with a female writer, director, producer, production designer, art director, director of photography, editor, key grip, key hair/make-up, gaffer, sound designer, etc.

Entries must be submitted via the Science of Horror Film Festival websiteby the April 15, 2011 deadline.  All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel, and winners in five categories — Excellence in Science, Excellence in Horror, Best Student Film, Audience Favorite and Best of Fest-The Science of Horror Award — will be announced on April 22.

The winning films will be shown at the first international Science of Horror Film Festival and party, taking place on Friday, the 13th of May 2011 at the 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan.  The festival will be located in the Center’s high-tech Studio A, which will be rigged with full lighting grid, sound, a 180-degree wraparound screen and six projectors hanging from the ceiling for high-impact, fright-inducing surround-screen viewing.  Ticket information will be available shortly.

Along with the public screening, winners receive cash prizes up to $500 and special video commentary from a panel including an icon of horror and/or science.  All entries will be posted on the new OverAirTV website in a special group dedicated to the festival, receive a filmmaker profile, and get an HD capable online presence on the festival website.  Entry fee is $25 per film, $15 for eligible students.  All entry requirements and award details are available at http://dedpro.com/horror/, questions can be emailed to festival@decadesout.org.

The Science Of Horror Film Festival is an ideal fit for the two nonprofit organizations.  EdibleBrains Productions focuses on spearheading the female voice in the genres of horror and science fiction, while DecadesOut addresses the development of theatre and film projects based on socially relevant topics with a humanitarian and scientific nature.

“Our joint mission with the festival is to examine how science naturally informs and enriches the science fiction and horror genres, as well as promote free thought and dialogue between science and society,” said Frank Kuzler, executive director, DecadesOut, based in Lower Manhattan.  “EBP is dedicated to exploring work that expands awareness and encourages the advancement of the female perspective, which dovetails neatly with our concentration on exploring global viewpoints by working with artists from diverse backgrounds.”

The Science of Horror Film Festival is part of the second DecadesOut Launch Pad Theatre and Reading Series, taking place May 12-15 at the 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center, featuring readings of new plays about science, horror, exploration and self-discovery.  Details about plays being presented at the Launch Pad Series will be announced soon.

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