SUCCESS AT SCREAMFESTHere are a few highlights of a few of our Screamfest alumni successes.
We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased in our festival now have distribution.
David HolroydScreamfest Alumni
Vertical Entertainment wants you to see what you want to see when they release the David Holroyd-directed The Haunted on VOD platforms May 22, 2020. The Haunted had its World Premiere at Screamfest 2018.
In the film, “Arriving at an isolated house for her first night shift, young carer Emily (Sophie Stevens) is left alone to face a terrifying vengeful spirit in this disturbingly clever, psychological horror.“
'THE HAUNTED' is Writer/Director David Holroyd’s second feature film. “Suspense and supernatural terror are my natural territory.”
Read more at Bloody Disgusting
Daniel RobbinsScreamfest Alumni
IFC Midnight has obtained the U.S. distribution rights to Pledge, a college frat horror-thriller, which was directed by Daniel Robbins. The film, written by Zachary Weiner, had its U.S. premiere at Screamfest and will get a theatrical release in January.
Read more at Deadline
Brett & Drew PierceScreamfest Alumni
The IFC horror-thriller “The Wretched” is prospering during the restricted box office, finding a comfortable home in North American drive-in theaters. The movie topped the box office this week with an estimated $186K total across 59 locations, and seems perfectly content not to compete for attention.The Wretched had its Los Angeles Premiere at Screamfest 2019.
Read more on Slanted
Paul & Benjamin ChinaScreamfest Alumni
Orion Pictures has signed on Daniel Robbins to direct Most Evil, a new horror film from a screenplay by brothers Benjamin and Paul China. Benjamin and Paul China had the world premiere of their film Crawl at Screamfest 2011. Georgina Haig won the Best Actress award
and Paul China won Best Director.
Read more at Deadline
Alejandro HidalgoScreamfest Alumni
New Line Cinema has nabbed remake rights to “The House at the End of Time,” by Screamfest alumni Alejandro Hidalgo. The House of the End of Time had it's US premiere at Screamfest 2014, winning Best Picture and Best Director Awards.
The movie is the highest-grossing horror film in the history of Venezuela. Alejandro Hidalgo graduated from Santa María University in 2008 and has produced and directed three short films: The Birthday of a Beggar (2006), Beautiful Light (2007) and The Miracle on Darkness (2009). The House at the End of Time (2013) is not only his debut feature film but also the first Venezuelan film of Suspense and Terror.
Read more about it in Variety.
Javier GutierrezScreamfest Alumni
(July 2014) Paramount Pictures has tapped Screamfest alum F. Javier Gutierrez to direct the next installment in “The Ring” franchise, RINGS. Gutierrez has been working for the last two years on the reboot of the 90's cult movie "The Crow (1994 film)" based on James O'Barr's comic book and produced by Relativity Media and Edward R. Pressman but in June 2014 Gutierrez signed onto "Rings" and will now stayon board as the executive producer of The Crow. Gutierrez won four awards including Best Director for his feature film, Before the Fall (Tres Dias) at the 2009 Screamfest film festival.
Oren PeliScreamfest Alumni
"When all other festivals were rejecting PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, Screamfest was the first and only festival at the time that accepted us. We had a great premiere screening and got positive reviews as a result. Shortly after, we got the attention of CAA and many distributors. The rest, as they say, is history! But it all started at Screamfest!" -Oren Peli
According to producer Jason Blum, who took on 'Paranormal Activity' after Screamfest in October, DreamWorks won the bid by attaching Peli as director of the remake.
Marcus Dunstan & Patrick MeltonScreamfest Alumni
(FEB 15, 2015) SAW scribes Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to pen New HALLOWEEN Film
From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw IV, V, VI, and The Collector) debuted the suspenseful The Collection, at Screamfest 2012. Directed by Dunstan and starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises, The Collector), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network) and Christopher McDonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” Requiem for a Dream), the film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who “collects” humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.
Jack HellerScreamfest Alumni
Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier business partner at Caliber Media have just wrapped up producing the 2015 film Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell and Condemned starring Dylan Penn.
Jack directed the award winning film DARK WAS THE NIGHT, a world premiere screening at Screamfest 2014. Heller – already a successful Hollywood producer made his directorial debut with ENTER NOWHERE featured at the 2011 Festival.
Toby WilkinsScreamfest Alumni
The ScreamFest award for STARING AT THE SUN brought Toby's work to the attention of director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider Man) and his horror production company Ghost House Pictures. Ghost House commissioned Toby to write, produce and direct a number of short horror films starting with Mousetrap, a shocking cautionary tale about sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong.
Raimi then chose Toby to direct and produce "Tales From The Grudge", a series of three short horror films to bring to audiences the untold stories of The Grudge, and to promote the Ghost House film The Grudge 2.
Toby was one of the three Screamfest winning directors (Toby Wilkins, John Coven and Stewart Hopewell) that were chosen to direct shorts for Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. Rachel Belofsky recommended these talented directors to Michael Kirk at Ghost House and the rest is history.