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Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a horror film festival in the United States that was founded by Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin in 2001.[1][2][3][4] The festival runs over ten days during the month of October and is hosted at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, California.[5][6] In 2015 Screamfest celebrated its fifteenth anniversary and has been credited as being the largest and most long running horror film festival in the United States.[7][8] The 2016 Screamfest was from October 18 through the 27.[9][10]

Screamfest Horror Film Festival
Skull Award.jpg
The Screamfest skull award designed by Academy Award winner Stan Winston.
LocationLos Angeles, California, USA
LanguageInternational
Websitehttps://screamfestla.com

Screamfest premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers.[11] Films that have premiered at the festival include Paranormal Activity, the series' final installment, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,[12][13] 30 Days Of Night, Let The Right One In, The Grudge, and The Human Centipede.[14]

Screamfest has received praise from AMC as being an "audience-friendly fest that celebrates indie and foreign horror and is run for the fans more than the industry".[15] The festival was also featured in a 2012 episode of Cupcake Wars, where the winning team would create cupcakes for the festival's closing VIP event.[16]

Skull AwardsEdit

The Screamfest Skull Award is awarded at the festival in several categories, which can include the following:[17][18][19]

  • Best Feature
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Special Effects
  • Musical Score
  • Best Animation
  • Best Short
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Student Film
  • Trailblazer Award[20]
  • Future Icon Award

Career achievement awards are also occasionally awarded at the festival.[21][22]

Convention historyEdit

Dates Location Awards
October 24–25, 2001 Vogue Theater Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California
Most Creative Short: Earth Day, Best Student Short: The Appointment, Best Animation: Blood: The Last Vampire, Best Screenplay: Vampire's Hell, Best Short Screenplay: The Bloated Beetle, Honorable Mention Screenplays: Shadows of Life, Abductions, Best Special Effects: Cradle of Fear, Best Editing: Cradle of Fear, Best Cinematography: Deep in the Woods, Best Makeup: Night of the Headsman, Best Actor: Jeff Rector (Fatal Kiss), Best Actress: Jennifer De Martino (The Appointment), Audience Choice Award: Night of the Headsman, Best Director: Jeff Rector (Fatal Kiss), Best Foreign Film: Blood: The Last Vampire, Best Film: Y2K[23]
October 17–20, 2002 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Repossessed, Best Student Short: Off, Best Animated Short: Puphedz, Best Horror Comedy Short: Bad Father, Best Screenplay: Bloodlines, Best Horror Comedy Screenplay: Ravenna, Best Short Screenplay: Reset, Best Special Effects: Curse of the Forty-Niner, Best Cinematography: R.S.V.P., Best Makeup: Kolobos, Best Actor: Rick Otto (R.S.V.P.), Best Actress: Marianne Hayden (Ghostwatcher), Best Documentary: ISPR Investigates: The Ghosts Of Belgrave Hall, Best Director: Todd Ocvirk and Daniel Liabtowitsch (Kolobos), Best Foreign Film: Ju-On: The Grudge, Best Picture: Kolobos, Career Achievement Award: William Friedkin[24]
October 10–19, 2003 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Ice Cold, Best Student Short: 3AM, Best Animated Short: Deadtime Stories, Best Horror Comedy Short: R.I.P., Best Editing: A Tale of Two Sisters, Best Special Effects: Ghost System, Best Cinematography: A Tale Of Two Sisters, Best Makeup: Sangre Eterna, Best Musical Score: Ghost System, Best Actor: Juan Pablo Ogalde (Sangre Eterna), Best Actress: Im Soo-jung (A Tale Of Two Sisters), Best Short Screenplay: Souls, Best Screenplay: Desolate, Best Director: Kim Jee-woon (A Tale Of Two Sisters), Best Picture: A Tale Of Two Sisters, Career Achievement Award: Wes Craven[25]
October 15–24, 2004 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: El Ciclo, Best Student Short: The Taking, Best Animated Short: Day Off The Dead, Best Documentary: H. H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer, Best Editing: The Invisible, Best Special Effects: Cube Zero, Best Cinematography: The Invisible, Best Makeup: Cube Zero, Best Musical Score: Drowning Ghost, Best Actor: Gustaf Skarsgård (The Invisible), Best Actress: Tuva Novotny (The Invisible), Best Short Screenplay: Lock Up, Best Screenplay: The Domain, Best Director: Mikael Håfström (Drowning Ghost), Best Picture: The Invisible, Career Achievement Award: Stan Winston[26]
October 14–23, 2005 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Staring At The Sun, Best Student Short: Dead West, Best Animated Short: Little Dead Girl, Best Horror Comedy Short: Zombie Movie, Best Editing: Brasil, Best Special Effects: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Best Cinematography: The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, Best Makeup: Severed: Forest of the Dead, Best Musical Score: The Echo, Best Actor: Brad Hunt (Cookers), Best Actress: Cyia Batten (Cookers), Best Screenplay: Nightfall, Best Director: Dan Miintz (Cookers), Best Picture: Cookers, Audience Choice Award: The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, Career Achievement Award: Sean S. Cunningham[27]
October 13–22, 2006 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Happy Birthday To You, Best Editing: The Beach Party At The Threshold Of Hell, Best Special Effects: Frostbite, Best Cinematography: The Marsh, Best Makeup: Frostbite, Best Musical Score: Frostbite, Best Actor: Marc Sentner, The Lost), Best Actress: Essie Davis (Isolation), Best Screenplay: Childish Things, Honorable Mention: The Tripper, The Beach Party At The Threshold Of Hell, Best Director: Billy O'Brien (Isolation), Best Picture: Isolation, Career Achievement Award: Clive Barker[28]
October 12–21, 2007 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: In The Wall, Best Student Short: Angel, Best Editing: Alone, Best Special Effects: Storm Warning, Best Cinematography: Alone, Best Makeup: Inside, Best Musical Score: Storm Warning, Best Actor: Everon Jackson Hooi (Dead End), Best Actress: Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity), Boost Mobile's Best of the Next in Horror: Stem, Honorable Mention: Oren Peli, Audience Choice Award: Wasting Away, Best Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom (Alone), Best Picture: Alone[29]
October 10–19, 2008 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Detour, Best Student Short: Citizen, Best Editing: Splinter, Best Special Effects: Splinter, Best Cinematography: El rey de la montaña, Best Makeup: Splinter, Audience Choice Best Documentary: Spine Tingler!! The William Castle Story, Best Musical Score: Splinter, Best Actor: Leonardo Sbaraglia (El rey de la montaña), Best Actress: María Valverde (El rey de la montaña), Best Screenplay: Haunted High, Audience Choice Award: Trick 'r Treat, Honorable Mention: Dance of the Dead, Boost Mobile's Best of the Next in Horror: Clown[30]
October 16–25, 2009 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Harry Doright's Prelude To Hell, Best Student Short: Else, Best Editing: Before The Fall, Best Special Effects: The Revenant, Best Cinematography: Before The Fall, Best Makeup: The Revenant, Best Musical Score: The House of the Devil, Best Actor: Victor Clavijo (Before The Fall), Best Actress: Jocelin Donahue (The House Of The Devil), Best Screenplay: Hate Night, Best Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before The Fall), Best Picture: The Human Centipede[31]
October 8–17, 2010 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: The Legend Of Beaver Dam, Best Editing: The Pack, Best Special Effects: The Pack, Best Cinematography: Black Death, Best Makeup: Needle, Best Musical Score: Black Death, Best Actor: Sean Bean (Black Death), Best Actress: Zoé Félix (Caged), Best Screenplay: Controlled, Best Director: Christopher Smith (Black Death), Best Picture: Caged[32]
October 14–22, 2011 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: The Little Mermaid, Best Editing: Urban Explorer, Best Special Effects: The Tunnel, Best Cinematography: Crawl, Best Makeup: Urban Explorer, Best Musical Score: The Innkeepers, Best Actor: Klaus Stiglmeier (Urban Explorer), Best Actress: Georgina Haig (Crawl), Best Director: Paul China (Crawl), Best Picture: Urban Explorer[33]
October 12–20, 2012 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Incident on Highway 73, Best Animated Short: PostHuman, Best Horror Comedy Short: Killer Kart, Best Student Short: Eaglewalk, Best Editing: On Air, Best Special Effects: Crawlspace, Best Cinematography : American Mary, Best Makeup: American Mary, Best Musical Score: Crawlspace, Best Actor: Pierre-Francois Legendre (Fear of Water), Best Actress: Katharine Isabelle (American Mary), Best Director: The Soska Sisters (American Mary), Best Picture: American Mary, Career Achievement Award: John Carpenter[34]
October 8–17, 2013 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Luna, Best Student Short: Aftermath, Best Editing: Chimeres, Best Special Effects: Beneath, Best Visual Effects: Beneath, Best Cinematography: Beneath, Best Makeup: Beneath, Best Musical Score: Goldberg & Eisenberg, Best Actor: Yahav Gal (Goldberg & Eisenberg), Best Actress: Rosie Day (The Seasoning House), Best Director: Ben Ketai (Beneath), Best Picture: Beneath, Screamfest Launchpad Award Sponsored by Matador Pictures: The Banishing[35]
October 14–23, 2014 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: The Landing, Best Horror Comedy Short: Dead Hearts, Best Student Film: Slut, Best Editing: Julia, Best Makeup: Julia, Best Actress: Ashley C. Williams (Julia), Best Actor: Matthew Gray Gubler (Suburban Gothic), Best Special Effects: Dark Was the Night, Best Visual Effects: Dark Was the Night, Best Cinematography : White Settlers, Best Director: Alejandro Hidalgo (The House at the End of Time), Best Picture: The House at the End of Time, Best Screenplay: Asylum[36]
October 13–22, 2015 TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: Daddy’s Little Girl, Best Student Short: Massacre in San Jose, Best Musical Score: The Hallow, Best Editing: Patchwork, Best Makeup: The Hallow, Best Actress: Tory Stolper (Patchwork), Best Actor: Neville Archambault (Slumlord), Best Special Effects: The Hallow, Best Cinematography : The Hallow, Best Director: Corin Hardy (The Hallow), Best Picture: Patchwork, Best Screenplay: Blackvoid[37]
October 18–27, 2016[38][39] TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
Hollywood, California
Best Short: A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky, Best Student Short: Pigskin, Best Editing: My Father, Die , Best Actor: Johnny Galecki (The Master Cleanse), Best Musical Score: My Father, Die , Best Actress: Mimosa Williamo (Lake Bodom), Best Makeup: The Master Cleanse, Best Cinematography: Happy Hunting, Best Special FX: The Master Cleanse, Best Visual FX: The Master Cleanse, Best Unproduced Screenplay: Plum Island , Best Director: Sean Brosnan (My Father, Die ), Best Picture: My Father, Die[40]

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