Australia’s premier Cult, Horror and Fantastical-based event MONSTER FEST is set to return for its sixth year, when it runs from November 24-27, 2016 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne, with help from the gang at Screen Australia. Cool to not only attendees, but aspiring filmmakers as well, the Australian event has now opened up film submissions for short, long or extended-form projects, which is always great news for any filmmakers out there wanting to get their work out there and into the eyes and heads of festival goers. The submission process has an Early Bird Deadline of April 29, a Regular Deadline of June 3 and a final, Extended Deadline of August 12, 2016. If you’re a filmmaker trying to get your films out and about, it’s a great idea to jump at this one!
Submissions for Monster Fest 2016 can be processed via Film Freeway, Without a Box and Film Festival Life. Details and submission guidelines are available at www.monsterfest.com.au .
Headed up by Festival Director Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women, founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Optical Publications) with programming support from genre scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study and Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria) and executive produced by Neil Foley and Grant Hardie of Monster Pictures, Monster Fest 2016 will feature Australian premieres alongside festival favourites and repertory classics, with international special guests, industry panels and events, exhibitions, vendor booths, parties and more.
“We’re already hitting the festival circuit, markets and schools, scouting new films, but I can’t wait for the submissions to start rolling in to see what unheralded discoveries await us,” says Janisse. “We’ll have more room for short films, including animation, and we’re officially opening up to expanded cinema proposals this year too. While we have featured such projects in an invited capacity before, this year we wanted to open it up and see what was out there in terms of genre-related media projects that might not be merely conventional time-based screenings. So presentations, installations, projects that rely on the participation of the artist to maneuver or manipulate the show, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. We’re definitely stepping it up for 2016 – it’s going to be an exciting year.”
Monster Fest was established in 2011 as the exhibition arm of Monster Pictures, and since that time has garnered a reputation for showcasing some of the finest new independent genre films in the world, giving Australian audiences an opportunity to experience them on the big screen, both at the annual festival in Melbourne and at satellite events throughout Australia year round.