February 1st marks the start of Women in Horror recognition month, and this month is starting out with some incredible news. From the announcement on the official Etheria Film Festival facebook page, Heidi Honeycutt, former Director of Programming for the Viscera Film Festival, has teamed up with fellow former Viscera Board Director Stacy Pippi Hammon to revamp the Etheria Film Night. The Etheria Film Festival is Honeycutt’s female directed Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival, originally held in Somerville, MA in partnership with the former Viscera Organization and movie website/screening series All Things Horror. The content of Honeycutt’s all-female-directed action and thriller festival, Full Throttle, will now be combined with the new Etheria Film Night.
The Viscera Organization which curated and screened new short horror films directed by women, announced its closing a few months ago. Thanks to The new Etheria Film Festival, horror will now be included when they present a one-night showcase of the best brand new and innovative genre films directed by women at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California on July 12th, 2014.
Co-owner and Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt says,
“It’s time to expand our concept of what it means to be a genre film director. I am going to deliberately seek out films that will make people think, scream, feel, and rethink what it means to be a ‘female director.’ I want to see the number of women making great genre films go up; I want women to feel an unprecedented sense of equality in the film industry, and I think this is one small way we can help make that happen.”
Though the main event is being moved to Hollywood, CA, Etheria will continue to partner with All Things Horror to include Somerville, MA as the East Coast premiere location. The tour will include stand alone events, other festivals and university presentations around the world and will be under the direction of another Viscera alum, Director of Media and Distribution and co-owner James Morgart.
“The lack of women filmmakers in Hollywood is a social problem,” says Morgart. “A festival like Etheria where we plan to screen films internationally in varied commercial and academic settings assists in accomplishing three things: raises public awareness of established female talent and of the current social problem, cultivates aspiring talent, and encourages the public to demand more of their art and entertainment.”
The Etheria Film Night is open for submissions now through March 31st, 2014. Filmmakers can submit online at http://
The 2014 Etheria Film Festival will be co-presented by American Cinematheque on July 12, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California.