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Five Wins at Four Fests

We are proud to announce THE FAMILIAR has won the following festival awards:

. *Outstanding Vampire Short at the Vampire Film Festival;

. *Best Short Film at the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival;

. *Audience Award at the Mile High Horror Film Festival;

. *Best Horror Short and Best Screenplay at the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival

Thanks to the festival directors, promoters and most of all the audiences for all the support!

Six More Festivals

The last month has seen six film festivals ask THE FAMILIAR into their fold. The Sacramento Horror Film Festival will be playing Friday, October 22nd in the Historic Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, California. Winning the Maelstrom International Fantasy Film Festival’s Best Horror Short Film Award, The Familiar was automatically placed into the Indieflix Online Film Festival with results still being tallied. Voted as one of the foremost festivals in the United States, the Rhode Island Horror Film Festival will play us on October 23rd (along with our cinematic brother “Tinglewood”). Arizona’s International Horror and Sci-Fi Festival play the movie on October 16th and 17th as part of their Horror Shorts Part B Selection. Denver, Colorado will premiere the film in the Mile High Horror Film Festival Saturday, October 23rd at 2:30 pm. Finally, the Abertoir Horror Film Festival will showcase The Familiar’s Wales premiere in November.

About the Sacremento Horror Film Festival – created in 2007, the SHFF screens more films over fewer days than any other horror film festival thus providing a greater chance for exposure for the horror filmmaker. The festival screens all things horror including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, trailers, and animations. The SHFF was acclaimed for being “The Best Place for a Real Horror Show” in the “2008 Best of: Unauthorized” issue of the Sacramento News & Review. SHFF’s attitude and mantra is “Love Horror.”

About the Indieflix Online Film Festival –

About the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival – The Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival is an eerie-sistable salute to an often overlooked genre that will include numerous world premieres of shorts and features including the best of films submitted in competition from all over the globe.

About the International Horror and Sci-Fi Festival – the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival is a film festival dedicated to the genres of horror and science fiction that is held annually in Tempe, Arizona. The festival was founded in 2005 by Brian Pulido and Chris LaMont.

About the Mile High Horror Film Festival – The Mile High Horror Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the art and entertainment of independent horror films.

About The Abertoir Horror Film Festival –

More Awards and Nominations

This last month, The Familiar has won two more festival awards and garnered six festival nominations. In the winning circle, Seattle’s Maelstrom International Fantasy Film Festival gave the film the Audience Award for Best Horror Short and England’s Bram Stoker Film Festival awarded the film Best Short Film. As well as being one of Bram Stoker’s best received film, The Familiar had a standing applause that lasted several minutes.

The film was also nominated for six awards at the Buffalo Screams Horror Festival, including Best Horror Short, Best Director (Kody Zimmermann), Best Screenplay (Kody Zimmermann), Best Actor (Torrance Coombs), Best Actor (Paul Hubbard) and Best Cinematography (George Campbell).

The Familiar Wins Best Short Film at the Sitges Film Festival!

The crew of THE FAMILIAR is proud to announce that it won Best Short Film in the 2010 Sitges Film Festival Official Fantasic Competition Panorama. The Sitges Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya) is one of the most recognizable film festivals held in Europe, considered the world’s foremost international festival specializing in fantasy and horror movies. Founded in 1967, the festival normally takes place every year in early October in the Catalonian coastal town of Sitges, located about 34 kilometers West-southwest of Barcelona, Catalonia’s Capital. Among the most relevant attendees of recent Festival de Sitges are Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, Sam Raimi and David Cronenberg.

Thrillers, Chillers, Terror & Spain

Three more festivals have accepted THE FAMILIAR into their programs.  Philadelphia’s TERROR FILM FESTIVAL is from October 21st to 23rd, THRILLER! CHILLER! FILM FESTIVAL is from the 22nd to the 24th in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL is from October 7th to 17th in Sitges, Spain.

About SITGES FILM FESTIVAL: The Sitges Film Festival (Catalan: Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya) is a Spanish film festival that is one of the most recognizable held in Europe, considered the world’s foremost international festival specializing in fantasy and horror movies. Founded in 1967, the festival normally takes place every year in early October in the Catalonian coastal town of Sitges, located about 34 kilometers West-southwest of Barcelona, Catalonia’s Capital.




Festivals, Festivals and More Festivals

Three new festivals have opened their doors to our short film THE FAMILIAR.  We are pleased as punch to be part of Maelstrom International Fantasy Film Festival (MIFFF) in Seattle, Washington, The Vampire Film Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Eerie Horror Film Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Also official is The Familiar’s return to Europe in the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.  Director/Writer Kody Zimmermann will be attending Seattle’s Maelstrom Festival on September 19th.

About MIFFF: The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival(MIFFF), a three day international showcase of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema, will take place September 17-19th, 2010 at the SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall in Seattle, Washington USA.  As a genre film festival in Seattle, MIFFF ( is a unique entity. The Seattle Metropolitan Area is home to one of the largest film attending populations in the country. MIFFF is a venue that gives a voice to genre film fans through a wide spectrum of films and related programming.

About Vampire Film Festival: The mission of the Vampire Film Festival is to showcase the artistry of filmmakers who work in this supernatural genre, to further the mythology and lore of vampires and share it with the mortal world.

About the Eerie Horror Film Festival: Since 2004, the Eerie Horror Film Festival has screened hundreds of films at their annual event and have brought some of the most well known celebrities in the horror genre to the city of Erie, Pa.  Past guests have included Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog/Escape from New York/Swamp Thing), Jason Mewes (Clerks/Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back/Dogma), Dee Wallace Stone (ET/Cujo/Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Sid Haig (House of 1,000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects), Tony Todd (Candyman/Final Destination), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Pt. 7 – 10), Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974), Ed Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974), PJ Soles (Halloween 1978), Nancy Loomis (Halloween 1978), Brooke McCarter (The Lost Boys), and many, many more…  Their Expo room features vendors from all over North America, selling everything from horror related t-shirts to rare DVDs.  Each season the Festival raises much needed funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Food Bank of NW Pa., and hosts year round events throughout Erie County.  The 7th Annual Eerie Horror Film Festival & Expo takes place at the historic Warner Theatre in Erie, Pa, October 7 – 10, 2010.  For more information, please visit the official website: http://www.eeriehorrorfilmfestiva


About Bram Stoker International Film Festival: The Bram Stoker International Film Festival established in order to provide more opportunities and exposure for filmmakers, screenwriters, sci-fi and games developers working within the horror, science fiction and suspense genres, as well as to draw more attention to Whitby by means of our annual Film Festival.  Their international organization hopes to provide education and entertaining visual experience for the attendees of The Bram Stoker International Horror / sci-fi / Thriller Film Festival, which will showcase and celebrate the diversity of projects submitted to their competition year on year.


I’m a bit late writing this (it came in fast, and I’ve been pretty busy) but I just wanted to take a moment to say that The Familiar made it into the Strasburg International Film Festival in France.  We’ve officially gone to the Old World.

The date the movie played has already come and gone, but here’s the record that we were actually there.

Thanks, France!

The Familiar nominated for Best Make-Up

Congratulations to The Familiar’s make-up team — John Healy, Carly De Moissac, Grace Schoorl, Sam Armstrong and Ashley Van De Vooren — for being nominated for Best Make Up at the Action On Film Festival in Pasadena, California.

The Action On Film International Film Festival, aka The AOF Fest, aka Action On Film Festival is a film festival that was started in Long Beach, California in 2005 by writer, producer, director Del Weston. The film festival was originally part of the Long Beach International Martial Arts Championships and was underwritten by tournament producers Frank Trejo, Jr. and Steve Cooper. The festival operated in Long Beach at the Long Beach Convention Center from 2005 until 2007.

The original founders of the festival were Del Weston, Alan Bailey and Scott Buchan. The festival director is editor and producer Josh Neufeld who has held the post since 2005.

In 2008 the festival moved to its new home in Pasadena, California where it was hosted by the Laemmle Theaters and the Regency Theaters. The festival showcases over 400 films, shorts, documentaries, animation and experimental projects annually in the categories of action, comedy, drama, documentary, etc.,

Each year the festival recognizes outstanding actors and projects in nearly eighty categories including the Action On Film Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Familiar wins Best Fiction Film Award at Action/Cut

THE FAMILIAR won the Action/Cut Short Film Competition’s Best Film Award.

The Action/Cut Short Film Competition industry Jury Committees are
composed of working professionals within the motion picture world in
Los Angeles including directors, producers, writers, agents, and film
company executives.

The five judging parameters for all films competing in all categories
are scored on the following:

- Subject Originality 
- Content Realization 
- Visual Storytelling 
- Production Values
- Viewing Engagement of Work

The film industry association at Action/Cut is what separates this competition from all others, and they pride themselves on offering invaluable services that provide Hollywood access with professional contacts and feedback, and to open career advisory networking doors to the winners.

The winning films chosen for 2010 can be found at: