Stranger With My Face Festival returns, opens call for submissionsMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Following a hiatus this year, the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival is coming back for 2016, and the celebration of female voices in the genre is now seeking submissions.
The fourth Stranger With My Face fest (named for the YA thriller novel by I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER author Lois Duncan) takes place in Hobart, Tasmania April 14-17 of next year. Designed as a showcase for the work and perspectives of women in horror, it hosts screenings as well as conferences, workshops and exhibits, and also hosts year-round satellite events. “There’s a great awareness right now that women are underrepresented in the film industry and audiences are hungry for female-driven stories,” says festival director Briony Kidd. “Combine that with the innovation characteristic of the indie horror scene currently, and we’re seeing an explosion of female genre talent that makes Stranger With My Face more relevant than ever.”
Genre programmer, HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN author and Fango contributor Kier-La Janisse has joined the Stranger team, and says, “Stranger With My Face is a brilliantly curated festival and I wanted to be a part of the enormous potential I saw here. With so many gutsy female-centric genre films in recent years, this is a very exciting place to be.”
The festival is seeking both feature films and shorts produced after January 1, 2015, with a wide definition of horror that also encompasses dark fantasy, Gothic melodrama, horror/comedy, dystopian sci-fi, animation, documentary and experimental hybrids. For submission and other information, check out the event’s official website, and visit it on Facebook.