Australia’s Monster Fest opens call for entries


The premier festival of horror, cult and fantastic cinema Down Under is now seeking entries from around the world for its sixth edition.

Monster Fest, which takes place at the Lido Cinema in Melbourne, Australia November 24-27, is accepting submissions of features, short films and expanded cinema projects. The fest, which will feature Australian premieres, revival screenings, special guests, panels and more, is headed by noted horror scholar and author Kier-La Janisse, with programming support from writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, and is executive-produced by Monster Pictures’ Neil Foley and Grant Hardie. Submission details and other info can be found at the event’s official website.

“We’re already hitting the festival circuit, markets and schools, scouting new films, but I can’t wait for the submissions to start rolling in to see what unheralded discoveries await us,” says Janisse. “We’ll have more room for short films, including animation, and we’re officially opening up to expanded cinema proposals this year too. While we have featured such projects in an invited capacity before, this year we wanted to open it up and see what was out there in terms of genre-related media projects that might not be merely conventional time-based screenings. So presentations, installations, projects that rely on the participation of the artist to maneuver or manipulate the show, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. We’re definitely stepping it up for 2016—it’s going to be an exciting year.”

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