A Good Assistant – Director Natalie Sena – US
“A Good Assistant” is a 6 minute short film that tells the story of a young woman trying her best to do a good job for her demanding boss. In this dark comedy, her preconceived notions about her villainous boss lead her down a path that changes her life forever.
A Menacing Proposal – Director Diana Lee Woody – US
When Maggie tells Connor they need to talk, Connor assumes she is going to break up with him. So he and his best friend Jack devise a hare brained and disastrous scheme to get her to change her mind.
A Place to Stay – Director Andrea Banjanin – UK
An urbanite woman ventures to an eerie countryside mansion in search of her missing brother, who claims he is engaged to a young woman who lives at the property.
Blaze of Gory: SNOW – Director David V G Davies – UK
A horror retelling of Snow White written by a 12 year old girl
Call Girl – Director Jill Gevargizian – US
In one man's attempt to exploit his date night via video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing. Some people like to watch. Do you?
Chateau Sauvignon: terroir – Director David E. Munz-Maire – US
'Chateau Sauvignon: terroir' follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. While seeking an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth, his missteps put his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.
Connie – Director Cat Davies – UK
A comedy horror with a foul-mouthed, loud-mouthed, felt-mouthed star. Wannabe stand-up Dolly Diggs suffers from stage fright. To overcome her fear, she plans to become a ventriloquist and thinks she’s found just the puppet to help. But Connie is no ordinary puppet… She’s a living doll.
Don't Let the Light In – Director Jaysen P. Buterin - US, NC
For Sarah, it was just a job that started off like any other babysitting gig. But Sarah wasn’t the normal babysitter, and Jack wasn’t quite the normal boy that he appeared to be.
Fruit of Thy Womb – Director Farnoosh Rezapour – UK
Fruit of thy womb is short religious horror around a chiaroscuro tale about Mina, a young florist, who is seduced by Roman, a possessed priest; she ages radically as his spwan grows inside of her leading up to the moment she decides save herself and her baby from the fires of hell.
The concept was inspired by Henry Fuseli's painting: The Nightmare. It was shot on Super America 35mm and recorded on Nagra.
Gothic Truth – Director Kerry Everett - US NC
When a hardened criminal defense attorney meets and falls for the owner of a goth club, she is devastated when he becomes a client. In the law, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In a relationship, you are guilty until proven innocent.
Arts and Crafts – Director Nina Gielen – US
When Misha was small, he and his mother would spend hours creating their own toys and animals out of sticks and leaves. It’s been over a year since Misha’s mother died, and he now lives alone with his dad. Invoking her with cherished objects that link the two of them together, returning to look for her in the woods where they used to play, and even inflicting self-harm to get her attention have all failed to bring the mother back… So far.
Book of Nyx – Director Christine Stevens DeLorenzo – US
A whiskey-drinking Southern preacher - who dabbles in magic tricks - tries to save his Negro chamber maid from the noose.
CatZilla! – Director Mandy Looney and Mike Madigan – US
Daryll & Darylette's YouTube Drive-In Cinema unearths the long-lost cult classic 'CatZilla!' - An unidentified flying object (UFO) zaps three kitties into gargantuan proportions, who are hell-bent on wreaking havoc on the city of Detroit.
Dark Heat – Director Dan Sellers - US, NC
Dark Heat is the opening segment for the horror anthology feature, "Witching Hour II" and is a film noir, period, short film.
Free Variable – Director Lea McMahan – US
Being a teenager is a daily struggle, a daily grind. For seventeen year old Thomas, however, the stakes are higher. Not only is he failing calculus, but he's worried that he may slit his calculus tutor's throat at their next study session.
What if evil is in his blood? What if it's genetic and he has to fight it every single day? Thomas may not be prepared for the test.
Gingerbread - Director Melanie Comito – NC, US (Attending)
There's something terribly wrong with the babysitter! Another chilling tale from “The Witching Hour”
Grammy – Director Jill Gevargizian – US
When a little girl wakes up from an overnight at her grandma's house, she discovers there may be more to Grammy than meets the eye.
Hada – Director Tony Morales – Spain
Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth as fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.
In Search of Laura Fearn – Director Lisa Jodoin – Canada
When an acclaimed author’s wife disappears, he is forced to delve into his own mind for answers.
It Had Wings – Director Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp - US, NC
A widow, alone at home, sees something heavenly and wounded fall into her backyard. The old woman, coffee mug in hand, naturally tries to help. In this redemptive tale, written and narrated by Allan Gurganus, the ordinary goes briefly mythic. Kindness becomes what might save us yet.
KumalDirector Thirati Kulyingwattanavit – US
KUMAL is a short horror film that follows the gruesome encounter between two friends, Tom and Charlie, and a not-so-great blast from their past. As Tom and Charlie, both in their 20s, are catching up with each other on their walk down an old country road, they hear a woman screaming for help in the distance.
Director Haven Nutt – TN, US (Attending)
"Maskerade" is a short horror/psychological-thriller film shot on Super 8 based on a nightmare the director had in 2012. The story follows a young woman who is haunted by a series of unknown, unspeaking masked people. This day—her life—is an interminable dysfunctional experience. Haunted by the masked unknown, she lives amidst her mortified mind...
Moira 2.0 – Director Chelsea Stone – US
A short film about grief, pain and a dead woman's vow to avenge her own murder.
My Baby Shot Me Down – Director Daniella Daemy – UK
My Baby Shot Me Down is an experimental film shot on 35mm about domestic violence with a twist.
In the UK a woman is killed every 3 days as a result of domestic abuse.
My Baby Shot Me Down is about 5 women and their insatiable desire for revenge as they kidnap their men for crimes of domestic violence.
NASTY – Director Prano Bailey-Bond – UK
It’s 1982. Twelve-year old Doug's Father has mysteriously vanished. With his Mother distraught Doug takes the case into his own hands, leading him to discover his Dad's secret collection of illicit video nasties. Determined these videos will help him find his Dad, Doug embarks on a desperate quest, infiltrating the strange world of video nasties in an attempt to reunite his family through a
patchwork of horror.
Orientation – Director Hannah Abigail Scharlin-Pettee – US
A transfer student is placed in a haunted dorm room.
Director Thierry lledo – Egypt
A group of Egyptian and French tourists visiting the Pyramids, stop for the night at a hostel.
In the walls of this seemingly uninhabited place, their host is hiding a terrible secret. When the night comes...the nightmare begins!
Run, Ran, Run – Director Sanna Ekman – Sweden
Jennifer is out for a morning jog, spots a robber hiding a bag full of money. She steals it, but get stopped by the police.
Smile – Director Chelsea Robinson – US
A suffocating relationship between a teenage girl and her doll escalates into something sinister on Halloween night when her boyfriend pays a visit.
Steer – Director Becki Pantling – UK
A late night drive takes a dark turn, in our modern twist on an ancient Greek monster.
The Bulleteers – Director Kyle Roberts – US
When a quirky but deadly outlaw returns to town, it's up to a masked hero to gather a group of misfits to save the townspeople from the wrath of Todd.
The Last Course – Director Marielle Brinda – US
An awkward birthday dinner quickly takes a turn toward the dark side when a subservient daughter veers off recipe to fulfill her late brother's last wish. It is the classic ghost story reinvented to thrill while exploring the depths of family connection. This is actress, Amy Stoch's return to film as an uptight mother to three entertainingly damaged children. It's up to her to let go, take a bite, and join them on this disturbing and poignant journey.
The Within – Director Dennis Glasco – US
Invaders attack earth. Captain Matthews may have found what leads to ending the war but is he in for more than he bargained for?
TIK-TIK – Director Larica Perera – Canada
Fearful villagers gather at the beside of a woman nearing labour as they prepare for the presence of a sinister creature.
Wolves Alvaro – Director Rodriguez - Areny Spain
World War II. Arthur, British Royal Air Force pilot, flees cross-country after his plane crashes. He begins a fight for survival in which he will encounter more than German enemies.
Homeowner – Director Ryan Curtis – Canada
The ghostly figure that Mary has seen haunting her new house doesn't appear to be vengeful, or angry. In fact it doesn't appear to be anything but sad, so Mary isn't too concerned if it stays, she just goes about her life day by day all the while the ghost just sits there, waiting, ... patiently. What Mary doesn't know is, this isn't the lost soul of some long forgotten Victorian, in fact it's not the ghost of someone who is dead at all.
INFERNO – Director Dionne Copland – Canada
On a crisp fall evening in the mid-90s, the new girl at club INFERNO, Bambi, struggles to fit in with the other dancers. She prepares herself to finally become an integral member of the group, despite her nerves and inexperience. Meanwhile, Jason, arriving to celebrate his 18th birthday, is nervous, but wants to fit in with his boisterous, much more experienced friends. Bambi and Jason cross paths, with Bambi finally able to take the plunge, but this lap dance may be more terrifying than Jason originally expected.
Kaddish! – Director Emeline Castaneda – France
When, on his way back home, a man stops at a motorway service area, he did not imagine that by talking to his urinal's neighbor, it will trigger some terrible events.
María Fernanda in time – Director Xavier Pijuan – Spain
An overprotective mother produces an accident with terrible consequences in the space-time continuum in the scientific laboratory where his son works.
Mindless – Director Katie Bonham – UK
Mindless tells the story of Peter (Nicholas Vince) – a senile, middle-aged man whose house is mysteriously torn apart day after day. Is Peter a risk to himself or is something more sinister about to be unleashed?
Mr.Dentonn – Director Ivan Villamel Sanchez – Spain
On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.
My Obituary – Director Vanessa Hoar – US
Week after week, a college student finds his own obituary in the local paper; he embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind the lies.
Director Erik Axelsson – Sweden
We follow a Spanish news reporter as she covers yet another boring story... Within the next 24 hours everything has changed and the world will never be the same again.
Penta - Director Andrea Wolanin – US
Based upon an Italian folk tale, Penta questions femininity, humanity and the system of abuse. Our titular heroine is a robot created to do nothing more than be the perfect woman – but what does that mean? As she acclimates to the world around her, her changes startle her owner and spur a chain of grim events.
Sounds From Darkness
Directors Fred Tolfey and Giuliano Ramoscelli – France
Axèle is a former pop-rock singer whose career has ground to a halt. Her only of hope for greatness lies with the young singer she and her trusty sound engineer, Ivan, now manage. The supernatural slowly worms its way in, sewing division among the three characters by distorting their perception of reality.
Synesthesia – Director Alison Kohlhardt – US
Synesthesia is a short horror film that examines what can happen when we depend on our digital devices too much.
When Leslie puts more faith in the smartphone she never puts down than her marriage, she must decide who to trust with deadly consequences.
The Bunny Man – Director Eve Edelson – US
The legend of the Bunny Man has frightened the kids in Helen’s neighborhood for years. The grown-ups laugh it off, but when Helen starts losing sleep over it - hurting her grades and her chances at a scholarship - her financially strapped mother must Take Steps.
The Thicket – Director Angela Pritchett and Mariah Smith - US, NC
A group of friends go on a peaceful trip camping in the woods. What they do not know is something dark and old lives in the woods, and it is now after them.
Thornbird – Director Jonathan Stutzman – US
THORNBIRD is an award-winning experimental fairy-tale about a young girl who is transported into a dreamworld after finding a magic mask.
Time Benders – Director Paul Cavallo – Australia
Time. It's like a being. It has an immune system which prevents change. A young scientist puts this to the test when she falls in love with a man from the year 1788.