If you listen between the sounds of the day, or in the dead of night, you can already hear the screams of anticipation. Screams By The Sea, the Bournemouth-based film festival, celebrating indie horror and genre cinema, has announced its line up.
The fest is a feast of filmmaking, with five features, an hour of shorts, fascinating talks and a script pitch competition which will see the winning script produced by Silent D Pictures with a generous budget of up to £200K.
“In the South West, there’s an abundance of passion and talent fuelling the indie cinema scene, and our mission is to carve out a space to celebrate exciting new voices,” filmmaker and festival director Radi Nikolov told D&CFilm.
Talk cover special effects, marketing your script and how to keep your legals in order.
Held at PDSW in Bournemouth, moments away from the final resting place of Mary Shelley, the legendary writer of Frankenstein, Screams By The Sea honours the art of scary stories told through the lens, and celebrates the unique narratives that independent filmmakers bring to life on the big screen.
Murder Ballads or How to make it into rock’n’roll
Simon Callow stars in a directorial debut from Mitchell Tolliday,
Rock band Stack of Corpses needs a hit song and everyone thinks they know how to get one. A plot is hatched to steal a dead rock star’s song from under his widow’s nose. Through six chapters, interspersed with advice from rock legend Richard O’Keefe the band go from nobodies to superstars. But can they really hold onto their fame and how far are they willing to go to keep their secrets from coming out?
Watch Me Sleep
A masterful depiction of grief and the odd feeling that there’s something sinister in your childhood town.
“A man pays a company to install a camera on the inside of his mothers coffin, with terrible consequences.”
I Am Monsters!
In this autobiographical documentary, the legendary actor Nicholas Vince, explores why humanity is always so interested in the genre of horror and monsters.
“In the film version of his one man show, Nicholas Vince talks about the experience which led to the creation of the Chatterer in Hellraiser, stories from the set and the times he truly was a monster.”
A masterfully told British slasher film that brings back the memories of old cartoons by revisiting Punch & Judy sketches.
“A young woman celebrating her last night out in her hometown is stalked by a mysterious killer in a Mr Punch mask.”
How to Kill Monsters
A classic 80’s comedy horror filled with adventure, rubber monsters, and fantastic performances.
The sole survivor of a blood-drenched massacre must team up with a rag-tag bunch of rookie cops and lawbreakers to fight off an invasion of monsters from another dimension. With a menagerie of monsters realised entirely with practical effects and buckets of fake blood and guts thrown in for good measure, How To Kill Monsters will scratch the itch of genre fans craving a throwback popcorn horror movie that delivers thrills, kills and laughs in equal measure.
Further information, tickets, submission guidelines, and festival updates, here.
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