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.