Screamfest 2016: Winners Announced!


America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded the top movies, filmmakers, and actors of the festival. The festival, which ran from October 18-27, 2016, at the TLC Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.

MY FATHER DIE and THE MASTER CLEANSE tied with the most awards, each with four. MY FATHER DIE won Best Picture, Best Director with Sean Brosnan, Best Editing by Jason Eric Perlman and Sean Brosnan, as well as Best Musical Score by Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit.

THE MASTER CLEANSE won the Best Actor category with Johnny Galecki, Best Makeup by Naomi Bakstad, Best Special FX by Nicholas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius, and Creature FX Artists, as well as Best Visual FX by George A. Loucas.

The following is a complete list of winners:

Best Short – A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky
Best Student Short – Pigskin – Jake Hammond
Best Editing – Jason Eric Perlman & Sean Brosnan – My Father Die
Best Actor – Johnny Galecki – The Master Cleanse
Best Musical Score – Justin Small & Ohad Benchetrit – My Father Die
Best Actress – Mimosa Williamo – Lake Bodom
Best Makeup – Naomi Bakstad – The Master Cleanse
Best Cinematography – Joe Dietsch – Happy Hunting
Best Special FX – Nicholas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius & Creature FX Artists – The Master Cleanse
Best Visual FX – George A. Loucas – The Master Cleanse
Best Unproduced Screenplay – Plum Island – Matthew Lee Blackburn
Best Director – Sean Brosnan – My Father Die
Best Picture – My Father Die
Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) served as ambassador for the festival, which showcased 73 films this year. Along with the myriad of horror films at the festival, Screamfest hosted free screenings of TV episodes inspired by the popular horror films WOLF CREEK and THE EXORCIST.

Screamfest is sponsored by Pop TV, Shock Top, Birns & Sawyer, Crypt TV, Brickwork, and Dapper Cadaver. Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.



Screamfest Horror Film Festival celebrated the Los Angeles Premiere of TRASH FIRE on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

In attendance from the film: Angela Trimbur (The Final Girls, “The New Girl”), Ray Santiago (“Ash vs Evil Dead,” In Time), Sally Kirkland (Bruce Almighty, JFK), Molly McCook (“The Ranch,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), director Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic) and more.

Special guests included: Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror, Screamfest 2016 Ambassador), Chris Hardwick (AMC’s “Talking Dead,” @Midnight), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Louie Gibson (Happy Hunting), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”) and more.

A special TRASH FIRE intro video by Adrian Grenier was featured prior to the start of the TRASH FIRE premiere screening.

TRASH FIRE - When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit, and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life..

See more photos of the the Trash Fire premiere by clicking here.

See photos of the opening night red carpet by clicking here.

The Master Cleanse Premiere - Photos


The imaginative fantasy horror movie, ‘The Master Cleanse,’ celebrated its Los Angeles premiere at the 16th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival. The movie’s L.A. premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres took place October 22, 2016. In attendance were actor-executive producer Johnny Galecki and filmmaker Bobby Miller, who made his feature film writing and directing. Bobby Miller is a Screamfest alumni with his short film Tub that premiered in 2010. Other special guests at the screening included actors Chris Hardwick who moderated the Q& A following the screening. ‘The Master Cleanse’ follows Paul (Galecki), who was recently left at the alter, and seems destined and content to now wander through life without a clear sense of purpose. However, his outlook on life suddenly changes after he sees a television commercial that advertises a spiritual retreat in the mountains. Hoping that the retreat can deliver on its promise to inspire complete renewal in him, he visits its website to find more information. After following the website’s cryptic instructions, Paul finds himself in an anonymous corporate office. Along with a few other people who are in similar emotional situations, they’re all encouraged to discuss their deep emotional pain on camera, which serves as an audition reel for the retreat. Paul captures the attention of the retreat’s officials, so he’s soon sent into the mountains with a derisive group of individuals. The group is then introduced to their whimsical guide, Lily (Anjelica Huston). - KAREN BENARDELLO

Check out more photos from the pre-party, red carpet and Q&A of ‘The Master Cleanse’s L.A. by clicking here.

Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

My Father Die Premiere


The revenge thriller, MY FATHER DIE celebrated its Los Angeles premiere at the 16th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival as the closing night film.

The movie’s L.A. premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres took place October 27, 2016. In attendance were director Sean Brosnan, who made his feature film writing and directing. Other special guests at the screening included the cast and crew from the film. A Q& A followed the screening.

MY FATHER DIE was also a big winner at the closing night awards. Winning the amazing Stan Winston designed skull award for Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Director, and Best Picture. Sean Brosnan was in attendance to accept the awards.


Wolf Creek POP TV Screening Event


Murdering psychopath Mick Taylor (John Jarratt), one of the most terrifying killers ever depicted on the big screen, attended Screamfest on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:30 PM for the special screening of the WOLF CREEK television series: www.poptv.com/wolfcreek. Fans joined John for a complimentary cocktail reception at Sid's Bar in the theater lobby while playing horror trivia.

Jarratt whose chilling performance as the iconic character Mick Taylor in the feature films “Wolf Creek” and “Wolf Creek 2,” did a rambunctious Q&A moderated by the Festival Ambassador Lydia Hearst.

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Inspired by the cult movie—which was named one of “The 25 best horror movies since 2000” (AV Squad), one of “The 100 Best Horror films” (Time Out), and one of “The 25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining” (Vulture)—the six-part television event, WOLF CREEK, is a psychological thriller premiering Friday nights at 10:00 PM, ET/PT (starting October 14) exclusively on cable network Pop.

This primetime event at LA Screamfest will include a screening of two back-to-back, uncut episodes followed by a one-on-one chat with WOLF CREEK star John Jarratt. Fan engagement and photos with John will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

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See Wolf Creek event photos here

Happy Hunting Premiere


The visually stunning film, HAPPY HUNTING celebrated its World Premiere at the 16th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival on October 21, 2016 at 9:30PM.

Happy Hunting, with its directorial debut by Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson, stars Martin Dingle Wall, Ken Lally, Kenny Wormald, Conner Williams, and Gary Sturm. In addition to the directors, producers
Bryson Pintard and Jeff Kalligherin along with cast and crew were in attendance. Other special guests at the screening included actress Annet Mahendru of the award winning show "The Americans."
A Q& A followed the screening.

HAPPY HUNTING was also a big winner at the closing night awards. Winning the amazing Stan Winston designed skull award for Best Cinematography by Joe Dietsch.

Warren is a degenerate drifter, scraping by, suffering from debilitating alcohol withdrawals on a daily basis. On his way down to Mexico, he finds himself stranded in Bedford Flats, a one-horse town nestled deep in the American desert. It was a once-prosperous hunting community that has been reduced to an impoverished dust bowl. Unfortunately for Warren, it turns out that the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. To make matters worse, he’ll go into alcoholic withdrawal unless he finds a way to stay intoxicated. It all builds to a blood-soaked, live-or-die showdown deep in the desert.


Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

Shorts Programs


Screamfest had an amazing six blocks of short films and one block of student short films premiering at the 2016 festival. We were fortunate to have some short filmmakers in attendance for the majority of the festival who supported their fellow filmmakers. It was great getting to know these filmmakers and making new friendships. They also had the opportunity to network with other filmmakers during the ten day festival run. The winner of the Best Short award was A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY by Quarxx. The winning student short was PIGSKIN by Jake Hammond.

The Shorts 1 program on Saturday 10/22 at 6pm included the short films: Oedipus, Blood Trail, Cauchemar Capitonné, Into the Mud, Consurgo, KITCHEN_REMODEL.wmv, Laura Lost and Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol.

The Shorts 2 program on Saturday 10/22 at 2pm included the short films: The Incredible Tale of the Incredible Woman-Spider, Never Tear Us Apart, Gavage, Frozen Eye, First Like and Creatures of Whitechapel.

The Shorts 3 program on Sunday 10/23 at 2pm included the short films: Agatha, The Babysitter Murders, A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky, Reflex, Kiss the Devil in the Dark.

The Shorts 4 program on Sunday 10/23 at 12pm included the short films: Black Ring, Overtime, It’s A Boy, Death Metal, Ok Monster, In the Kitchen with…, Blue Moon, The Last Junkie on Earth, Last Resort and The Perfect Family.

The Shorts 5 program on Saturday 10/22 at 4pm included the short films: Whisper, Alien Inside, Frail, A Father’s Day, Blackbird, La Cena, Those Among Us and Monsters.

The Shorts 6 program on Sunday 10/23 at 4pm included the short films: The Sunken Convent, No Caller ID, NSFW, Little Boy Blue, Wandering Soul, Feeding Time and Scratch.

The Student program on Saturday 10/22 at 12pm included the short films: Home Education, Charlie, The Ghost, Wan Mei (Perfect), Pigskin and Bobo.


Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

Found Footage 3D Premiere


Found Footage 3D made its Los Angeles premiere at Screamfest on October 26, 2016 in 3D!

The Director Steven DeGennaro; actors Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O'Brien, Jessica Perrin, Scott Allen Perry, Scott Weinberg; Producer Charles Mulford and the Cinematographer Drew Daniels were in attendance at the premiere.

Found Footage 3D is about a group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie,
but find themselves IN a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa


Fox Exorcist Episode Screening


The EXCLUSIVE Free Screening of Fox's THE EXORCIST, Inspired by the classic movie with DVD giveaways & party courtesy of Scream Factory took place on October 21,2016.

The evening began with the screening of Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault and concluded with a Q&A moderated by Deadline's Dominic Patten which included Exorcist producer Rolin Jones, chapter 5 director Jason Ensler, and surprise guest actress Sharon Gless who plays Chris Macneil on the show. The Q&A discussed some of the technical aspects of shooting the series and how their respect of the original film is presented in the series. Actress Sharon Gless made her debut on the evenings episode screening. A party was held at Sid's Bar located in the theater lobby after the screening where everyone who signed up for the free screening was given a complimentary drink.

Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) Alfonso Herrera (The Chosen) and Ben Daniels (“House of Cards”), “The Exorcist” returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession.

BloodyDisgusting says it is the " most epic episode to date." Come experience it yourself before the episode airs!

Watch The Exorcist Fridays at 9/8c on FOX.


Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

Bedeviled Premiere October 22, 2016 (Photos)


Fear was viral at the LA Premiere of Bedeviled on October 22, 2016 at the 16th annual Horror Festival. The Nicholl Felloship winners directors Abel and Burlee Vang were in attendance along with some of the cast members and an almost sold out crowd!

Five teenagers receive an invite to download a Siri-like app. Once they accept this app which calls itself Mister Bedevil, it begins to torment each of them by tapping into their worst fears. To stop this malevolent force, the teens must learn to trust and depend on each other’s wits and courage.


Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa