Celebrating with a “Bloody Carpet” ceremony at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California the Viscera Film Festival is back for another year to celebrate emerging female horror directors from around the world. The festival will mark it’s debut on July 13, 2013 with 13 brand new short films from countries like the UK, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada and the US. Four of the short films will be world premieres and two are Los Angeles premieres.
The 13 films were whittled down from a list of over 200 shorts by a panel of horror industry vets serving as judges for this years festival. Among them include: Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Brea Grant (“Dexter”), Drew Daywalt (“Daywalt Fear Factory”), Jeffrey Reddick (“Final Destination”), Trent Haaga (“Cheap Thrills”), and many more.
Also serving as a judge for this years festival is Jennifer Lynch (“Surveillance”) who will be receiving a 2013 Inspiration Award at the ceremony for her years of work in the industry.
Along with the film festival attendees are invited to join a red carpet ceremony and an after party at the Cat & Fiddle. There will also be a “recovery” brunch the next day to work off hangovers. Though, personally, I work off my hangovers by being a social shut-in.
The short films that will be showcased at the upcoming festival are as follows:
Anniversary Dinner- USA
Directed by Jessi Gotta
Synopsis: A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ was just the beginning.
Dead Crossing- Los Angeles Premiere- Canada/Mexico
Directed by Gig Saul Guerrero
Synopsis: A Mexican family attempting to cross the border with a group of immigrants encounter a vicious and terrifying secret involving the way the United States deal with illegal immigration.
Eternal Springs- World Premiere- USA
Directed by Kate Rhamey and Allison Rohm
Synopsis: Emma, a deranged old woman who thinks she’s eleven years old, captures young women to be her dolls.
Halloween Bash- World Premiere- USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A mean girl bent on playing tricks receives a mysterious Halloween treat.
In the Dark- USA
Directed by Helen Truong
Synopsis: As the only survivor of a psychological experiment that killed her fellow participants, a woman must find the courage to face a terrifying truth– one that will finally set her free or trap her forever.
My Brother’s Keeper- UK
Directed by Jen Moss
Synopsis: Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo (Alex Esmail), Jess (April Pearson) isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism.
No Place Like Home- World Premiere- Japan
Directed by Nicholas Humphries
Synopsis: What happens when Dorothy’s desperate wish to go home faces a most unexpected turn where she finds herself in zombie apocalyptic Kansas?
Orange County Hill Killers
Directed by Katie Downe
Synopsis: Storytelling and reality are blurred when four teenagers enter the infamous Blackstar Canyon.
Outbreak- Los Angeles Premiere- USA
Directed by Maddison Lopez
Synopsis: A toxic plant explosion releases a fume that does strange things to nearby high school students. Everyone’s trying to get out alive.
Phantom Limb- World Premiere- USA
Directed by Lark O. Arrowood
Synopsis: Jeffery has always suspected that something was wrong with his body. We find him in the eye of the storm, on the verge of collapse. He is disheveled and beginning to suspect that he has made a grave error.
Self-Portrait - Canada
Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic
Synopsis: In the process of taking off her make-up, a young woman reveals her true face.
Slumber Party- USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.
The Meeting- US Premiere- Canada
Directed by Karen Lam
Synopsis: In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins and hope for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer pops in, and threatens to join the group.