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2020  Feature Films

A group of weekend warriors venture into a toxic wasteland, where an eccentric billionaire, presumed dead, may have buried a fortune. But instead of riches, they soon find themselves trying to survive in an upside-down world where mutant pig-men are the predators and people are what’s for dinner.

Barney Burman’s Wild Boar

When a celebrity couple famed for their YouTube scare-prank channel are invited to a friend’s converted church in the countryside for a weekend getaway, a series of startling events unfold that spiral them into an inexplicable nightmare.

Making Monsters

A chance meeting of two morose lovers sends them spiraling down a surreal rabbit hole. Their relationship is challenged by their pasts, their futures, their perception of time, and a vampire death cult.

Sunset on the River Styx

Dr. Bill Cortner, a gifted surgeon, revives the head of his recently decapitated fiancée, Jan Compton. Despite her pleas for a quick death, Bill vows to find Jan a new body by any means necessary—a task that takes him through the seedy underbelly of the city. All the while, Jan plots her revenge. This loving […]

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

Two brothers, petty thieves, suffer from fruitless business decisions. to climb out of their financial hole, they come up with a plan to scam the wealthy tourists who are visiting the country. They organize a guided tour of a local manor Valburga where unexpected gruesome legend lives.

The Curse of Valburga

When punk-rock band DUH finds themselves on their first tour with a man-eating hillbilly for a roadie, the “gig life” is paved with nightmares and half-eaten bodies. The new feature from the creator of 2016’s Funny Bone Award-winning short, “Larry Gone Demon.”

Uncle Peckerhead

Sometimes the past comes back to bite you. Two rival mob families are transferred from the Witness Protection Agency by mistake to same California city. In an effort to make the peace the son of one family must marry the daughter of the other. That is if the zombie apocalypse doesn’t get in the way. […]

Witness Infection

2020  Short Films

A man leaves his wife for a beautiful, young woman. When he moves in with her, it soon appears that she is not the person he expected.


When Dr. Lopez brings Vivian to the morgue to identify her son, she learns that there is no limit to what a mother will do – and no force she will not turn to – to bring back her child.


Today is February 3rd, known in Japan as Setsubun. Families celebrate by casting out evil spirits from their homes. But this family’s young daughter has other plans.


Dave and Owen test their fears and their friendship when confronted with how one properly drives through a tunnel.


Under a full-moon, lives are forever altered when a mysterious and violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility. Meanwhile, his lonesome owner goes out on the hunt, only to find her prey unexpectedly closer to home. A supernatural, genre-defying tale.


A dreadful sound is heard in a young man’s house. He realizes that the sound is coming from inside the air ducts and sees strange things in it. He decides to discover what is going on.


A ’70s summer camp with a history of misogyny is hunted by a vengeful, man-eating siren that lives in the lake.

Camp Calypso

Lewis ends up at a sketchy 24 hr dental clinic after having one of his teeth knocked out and his wallet stolen.

Central Dental

Rose, an icy photographer, encounters a mysterious old woman who plunges her headfirst into a psychedelic nightmare.

Death Walks On Nitrate

A boy sneaks into a perfect looking swimming pool at the height of a summer heat wave, but when he jumps into the water, he begins to uncover the horrifying reason why this pool is off-limits.

Deep End

Hoping to rid the world of injustice and tyranny, an alienated couple summon a vengeance demon through ritual sacrifice. Unable to control the monstrous force, they are quickly pulled into a nightmare of their own making.

Destroyer of Worlds

Don’t be dead. The dead are dumb. Be weird.

Disco Graveyard

Do you see what I see? A guard, a guard Stalking in the night With a plan to kill all in sight With a plan to kill all in sight   Festival Bumper Contest entry.

Do You See What I See (Bumper)

After finding a red pencil stuck into an old oak tree, Margo returns home to her everyday life of drawing. Margo’s husband, Tom, is subsequently in a mysterious accident, and now Margo must confront the reality and series of events that have transpired and begin to unfold.


With the deadline looming ahead, a small team of construction workers isn’t too happy to find an anomaly in the house they’re renovating. Especially one that breaks the laws of physics. But maybe there’s something to be gained from this? Like a finder’s fee… Or nightmare fuel.


A young woman terrified of the dark discovers a supernatural game that promises to cure her fear, if she faces it first.

Face Your Fears

A woman wanders in the big and empty parking lots following a man who she seems to want to ambush. From her gestures something furious and menacing emerges. Everything seems to draw back to a wood beyond her abandoned home, a place that hides the true nature of her actions.


A young woman’s brutal and transformative first night as a vampire.

First Night

A cutesy app turns into a nightmare for two sisters when they’re unable to end the game or control the rapidly escalating stakes.

Hide and Seek

Alice arrives at an old hostel in Rome to meet her childhood friend Nicole. Upon her arrival Alice begins to have unexplained malaises and strange visions, including the ghost of an old nun. Terrifying secrets hidden by time within the ancient walls will reveal the true nature of evil.

Infernal Requiem

After waking up to find himself kidnapped, bound and gagged, a man must face his captor’s vengeful designs.


Two sleazy tourists have the night of their lives at a Karaoke bar in the Azores.

Karaoke Night

Sinia tries to help the kids next door, but when their mother becomes a true danger, she does nothing. Stricken by guilt, she decides to check on the kids, but what she discovers pushes her over the edge into a chilling reality

Knock Knock

A harmless trick turns deadly when young siblings visit their grandmother for the weekend and play with forces beyond their realm of understanding.

Let Me Play

Lili (Lisa Smit – Netflix’s Ares) knows she has to nail this audition. The Man (Derek de Lint – Soldier of Orange) she auditions for knows this too. Thus begins an uncomfortable cat-and-mouse game about power, the misuse of power and female empowerment.


A former child actor, known for the 1980’s horror film “Little Willy”, has a mental breakdown in his mid 30’s while attending a horror convention.

Little Willy

Celeste, a lonely outcast, searches for love and understanding online and meets a charming man who has a much different date night in mind.

Lonely Hearts

A light-hearted comedy about the sweetest fiancé giving her boyfriend the best present ever.

Make A Wish

A potato-based killer intrudes upon a family in the middle of dinner. Based on a true fear.

Mashed Potato Face

Sometimes the smallest tummies have the biggest appetites. Festival Bumper competition entry.

Meal Time (Bumper)

A young couple traveling down an isolated road discover the scene of a mysterious roadblock.


Two inmates tunneling out of a hellish prison discover something more terrifying than death row.

Night Crawl

“NOM” is a dreamy trip to the entrails of immortality from the perspective of an old cyclist who starts a disturbing and cathartic odyssey with an uncertain end.

NOM (Nunquam Omnis Moriar)

Set in a small suburban town, high school student Dylan becomes worried when his popular down-to-earth best friend starts getting followed incessantly by the odd girl out. Her admiration seems harmless and innocent to his friend, but Dylan isn’t so sure…

Odd Girl

A young woman drops in to check on her grandmother. Upon entering the apartment she finds an unexplained mess and a mysterious religious statuette on a makeshift altar.


On a sunny afternoon, two old school friends, Jeanie and Esta, take a nostalgic trip to the junkyard where they used to drink as wayward teens. But this place is now tainted by tragedy, and Jeanie makes a horrific discovery when she raises her phone to take a photograph.

Ouzo and Blackcurrant

When too-woke-for-their-own-good college kids are terrorized by an unstoppable masked killer, the final girl must outsmart him to survive.


A young woman encounters an unexpected visitor in her bathroom.


On a desolate road at night, two lovers are pulled over and brainwashed by a sinister police officer.


When a wheelchair-bound teen is put to bed by his overly attached father, he complains about personal space. However, when the lights go out, he’ll soon discover that it’s not the bed bugs that bite!

Sleep Tight

Before going to bed, Tal’at, a young girl, tells a frightening tale.Her brother is too scared to get water from the kitchen, so Tal’at goes to get the water. But when she returns to the room, her mother and brother have disappeared.

Slow Death

This SXSW award winning short is reminiscent of slow burn horror of the 70s. J is trying and failing to move forward as the scars of old relationships keep her trapped inside her new home. While hanging a piece of art, she knocks a hole in her wall that reveals what might be a hidden […]


A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him to the left moments ago. She starts to fear that the man is dangerously close to her.


A lonely janitor must make a choice when a vampire attack leaves him the sole caretaker of an orphaned, and possibly monstrous, infant.


The Desolation Prize is a throwback to 60s style Hammer horrors, but with a modern edge. The film centers on Bobbi, a young woman who after spending the night with a reclusive man returns to work in a vintage clothing store with a vengeful, ghostly companion.

The Desolation Prize

Helene is spending what seems to be a romantic week-end in French countryside until she has an argument with her lover and gets furious. She decides to flee away and finds herself into rural landscapes, clueless. Nature takes back its rights. The hunt is open. Helene becomes “the doe .”

The Doe

As his coming of age looms, an inexperienced vampire with a taboo secret struggles to find his first victim.

The First Taste

In this hand crafted puppet film, a lone samurai and his odd companion, a cursed severed head, seek vengeance in a haunted world. From the creator of “The Mill at Calder’s End” and “The Narrative of Victor Karloch.”

The Haunted Swordsman

Haunted every night by monsters of unknown origin, an isolated woman finds a stranger in the woods and struggles between her safety and her sexual desires.

The History of Monsters

Vika is an intern in a social care company. When she goes out on an assignment to issue a social benefit to an elderly woman, she learns that there is no one living in the house. But it seems Vika is not the only one who is in the house and something sinister is watching […]

The Reflection

A traveling salesman checks into a roadside motel for the night and discovers something very strange occurring there. Both a character study and a cautionary tale, THE WAY STATION is one part Twilight Zone, one part Tales from the Crypt.

The Way Station

A young woman is about to be initiated into a modern coven. When things – inevitably – start to go wrong, however, the witchy influencers find that they are no match for the actual supernatural.

The Witches of Bushwick

A selfish man sells the soul of his unborn child to the devil in exchange for forcing his wife to make guacamole for him.

Unholy ‘Mole

Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship – in a society that grows ever isolating – is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants.


Truths revealed in a marriage counseling session lead to an unexpected reunion.

We Said Forever

Ryan and her BFF drunkenly cast a death spell on her cheating boyfriend. To their surprise it actually works!

What The Spell?