Film festivals are the driving force of indie horror. It is an opportunity to get the hard work of a short or feature shown in front of a new audience and allows for great opportunities to network. Over the course of this past year, We Are Indie Horror has shared with you many festival announcements and reviews from said festivals. One that completely caught our attention was the Australian genre festival, Monster Fest. The lineup from this past year’s Monster Fest showcased a wide array of films from around the world including the USA’s festival hit Dog Eat Dog and Malaysian award winner Interchange
We Are Indie Horror is proud to bring you the information on the next Monster Fest. Since this past year was an incredible success, tripling in numbers that of previous years and more industry attendance and international media coverage than ever before, it is no surprise the genre film festival would be returning. The festival’s seventh year will be held November 22-26, 2017. The 22 and 23 will be the kick off to the festival which sees the return of the industry component, The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy
“There was an incredible, collegial energy at the festival this year,” says Festival Director Kier-La Janisse. “Filmmakers of all stripes mingled with academics and passionate audiences, exchanging ideas and hatching plans, and we were able to involve many of our Australian exhibition colleagues as panelists and moderators, from ACMI, Cinemaniacs and the Melbourne Horror Film Society to visiting programmers from Stranger With My Face and the Queensland Film Festival. It was an inspiring collaboration.”
The programming team over at Monster Fest have already been scouting films for the 2017 festival. Festival submissions will be re-opening in February. Please stay tuned to www.monsterfest.com.au for all the updates.