FIOFF ’15: Opening Demented Doors for the Future of Festival Shorts!Books/Art/Culture,Features/Interviews Fangoria Staff
With the recent announcement of FANGORIA’s International Online Film Festival, many in the horror community have wondered what exactly this will mean for the genre as well as the film festival experience. However, the logic behind such a leap is rather sound: the marketplace is changing, the audience is changing and there are hardcore horror fans whose location and income keep them from ever getting a real film festival experience. And while the prestigious and proven festivals will continue to shine and bring the community together for years to come, FANGORIA recognizes the potential to debut fresh, new nightmares to a whole world of fright fans.
And while FANGORIA believes that FIOFF will bring many genre gems in our features selection, we also truly believe that our inaugural online festival will provide a fantastic new platform for horror shorts from around the world. In general, short films have been the lifeblood of the festival experience, presenting audiences with a glimpse at the future of the genre through myriad unique cinematic voices. But outside of the festival scene, short films face a struggle to reach an audience, as viewer expectations for short-form content is often relegated to disposable, poorly monetizable YouTube videos. Yet in this day and age, more short films than ever are being produced and distributed as filmmaking has become increasingly inexpensive and new, fresh takes on stories are rarely being found in the multiplex.
However, with an online festival such as FIOFF, short form content can not only go beyond what can be achieved in a four-wall theater but provide a wealth of opportunities to the filmmaker as well. Without the limitations of an exclusive festival experience, horror fans from El Paso, Texas, can see a horror short at the same exact time as horror fans in Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki, London, Tokyo, New York, Salt Lake City, Edmonton, and anywhere else in the world, offering an instantaneous familiarity with the short that spans the globe. Furthermore, instead of paying multiple entry fees to reach nationwide audiences from festival to festival, filmmakers can reach those same audiences and save money in the process for their next film. And with both of those elements in mind, who knows what eyes will be on your film once it’s been given the OK by the likes of George A. Romero, Tom Holland, and, of course, FANGORIA.
To submit to the FANGORIA International Online Film Festival, you can visit the official fest page here.