Independent film submissions of all genres were received from around the world for the inaugural Halloween International Film Festival, presented by Halloween Daily News and OBX Entertainment, and we are excited to unveil the full lineup of Official Selections and special Featured Selections to be screened over three days this October in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina!
The festival will kick off on Thursday, Oct 27, with the Made in NC short film block featuring Official Selections that were all shot in our home state of North Carolina, including the world premiere of the found footage thriller File #27959, which was filmed entirely here on the Outer Banks where the Film Festival is taking place. Additional NC-shot films in this block include Possession, Dark Heat, Misread, Watch, Pocosin, and Don’t Let the Light In.
The feature length Official Selections for Thursday, Oct. 27 are also all filmed in North Carolina, including Hank vs. The Undead, One Last Sunset Redux starring The Walking Dead actresses Addy Miller and Dahlia Legault, and the exclusive world premiere of You Found Me starring former Penthouse Pet of the Year Taya Parker and Elissa Dowling (Tales of Halloween).
The final film of our opening night will be a special Featured Selection (non-competition) screening of the sci-fi adventure Sol, filmed entirely on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Day Two of the festival on Friday, Oct. 28 begins with the feature length ghost story In April, a haunting road trip from Canada.
The Horror/Sci-fi short film block on Friday afternoon includes Comic-Con International Judges Choice Winner Monsters starring Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise of an Empire) and Ione Skye (Say Anything), in addition to Synesthesia, Flashlight, Night of the Deadly Puppet, The Cleansing Hour starring Heather Morris (Glee), Heart’s Desire with director Gabriel Gran in attendance, the world premiere of Mandrone.
Official Selections in the feature length category on Friday night include Shadow of the Missing, with director Jamie Lee Smith in attendance for a Q&A following the screening, and the southern gothic anthology Paranormalice, also with members of the cast and crew in attendance for a Q&A after the film.
Friday night’s showcase Featured Selection will be a special screening of the international award winning short film Night of the Slasher, a “single take” horror homage with an ironic and heartfelt twist.
Day Three begins on Saturday, Oct. 29 with the International short film block, including the U.S. premiere of Bad Acid from the United Kingdom, plus Candy Skin and Waste of a Fall from Canada, and the documentary-thriller hybrid Frank the Ripper, which was shot in New York by Emmy nominated Canadian filmmaker Ian Johnston.
After a trip up north and overseas, we step back in time to the old west in the period thriller Times Like Dying, filmed in North Carolina, with actor/producer Anthony Reynolds (The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, The Red Road, Prisoners, Red Dragon, Fantastic Four) in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
Saturday continues with the blind date nightmare I’ll Have Another, with actor/director Bill Brock in attendance as well.
Horror returns on Saturday afternoon with a short film block that includes Chateau Sauvignon: terroir, Sticks, and Killennial.
If it’s seasonal treats you’re looking for, you will find it starting on Saturday evening with the Halloween short film block, showing The Halloween Spirit, The Halloween Girl, and a trio of horrors from The Witching Season online series, including Killer on the Loose, Not Alone, and Princess.
The final Official Selection of the festival is the feature length throwback Halloween horror film The Barn, featuring genre legend Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, The Return of the Living Dead, Silent Night Deadly Night), which takes place on Halloween in 1989 and introduces audiences to three new icons of fear in Hallowed Jack, The Candycorn Scarecrow, and The Boogeyman.
The festival concludes with a final showcase Featured Selection screening of another Halloween horror movie that also celebrates the late ’80s with wicked fun, as Honeyspider wraps up the event with a spooky feature length bag of treats filmed entirely in North Carolina.
Showtimes are listed below!
The first Halloween International Film Festival will take place on the Outer Banks, North Carolina during Halloween Weekend, October 27-29, 2016, to be followed by the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes on Sunday, October 30.
All Festival film screenings will be shown at RC Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.
Tickets are on sale now for just $12 for a single day of screenings or $30 for all three days of the Festival, available at the box office at RC Theatres KDH Movies 10, and online at MovieTickets.com.
Official accommodations are available at a special discounted rate for Film Festival attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk and the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills, both located on the beautiful Outer Banks oceanfront with scenic ocean view rooms and free public beach access, just minutes from the host venue RC Theatres.
You must book reservations by Friday, Oct. 14 to receive the discounted rates!
The mission of the Halloween International Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.
Known as the “land of beginnings”, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the site of America’s first urban legend, The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, the true story of the first English colonists to land in the new world only to mysteriously vanish without explanation in 1587 and now the basis for Season 6 of the FX series American Horror Story.
The Outer Banks is also where the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed and reportedly still haunts the small, isolated island of Ocracoke; and it is where the Wright Brothers launched mankind toward the stars with the first powered flight in 1903, in what is now the town of Kill Devil Hills.
For full details on additional Halloween events happening on the Outer Banks during HalloWeek and information on official discounted accommodations located on the oceanfront head over to OBXHalloween.com.
HALLOWEEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Thursday , Oct. 27
1:00pm – Made in NC Short Film block
– THE TRANSGRESSOR trailer (World Premiere, filmed on Outer Banks) [3 min]
– DON’T LET THE LIGHT IN [9 min]
– DARK HEAT [7 min]
– POSSESSION [23 min]
2:00pm – HANK VS. THE UNDEAD (filmed in NC) [1:32]
3:30pm – Made in NC Short Film block
– WATCH [5 min]
Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers
– POCOSIN [5 min]
Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers
– MISREAD (filmed partly on Outer Banks) [3 min]
Followed by Q&A with director Kaitlin Suggs
4:15pm – FILE #27959 (World Premiere, filmed on Outer Banks) [40 min]
Followed by Q&A with director Rob Jenkins
5:15pm – ONE LAST SUNSET REDUX (filmed in NC) [1:20]
Followed by Q&A with director Kevin Richmond
7:00pm – YOU FOUND ME (World Premiere; filmed in NC) [1:44]
9:00pm – SOL (filmed on the Outer Banks, NC) [1:46]
Friday, Oct. 28
1:00pm – IN APRIL (Canada) [2:00]
3:00pm – Horror/SciFi short film block
– MONSTERS [13 min]
– SYNESTHESIA [13 min]
– FLASHLIGHT [7 min]
– NIGHT OF THE DEADLY PUPPET [8 min]
– MANDRONE (World Premiere) [15 min]
4:00pm – HEART’S DESIRE [8 min]
Followed by Q&A with director Gabriel Gran
4:30pm – THE CLEANSING HOUR [19 min]
5:00pm – SHADOW OF THE MISSING (UK/US) [1:26]
Followed by Q&A with director Jamie Lee Smith
7:00pm – PARANORMALICE [2:00]
Followed by Q&A with cast and crew
9:30pm – NIGHT OF THE SLASHER [12 min]
After Party free screenings at Outer Banks Brewing Station:
10:30pm – ENJOY THE SHOW [16 min]
11:00pm – THE HADDONFIELD MEMORIAL TAPES [16 min]
Saturday , Oct. 29
1:00pm – International short film block
– BAD ACID (U.S. Premiere; UK) [18 min]
– CANDY SKIN (Canada) [18 min]
– FRANK THE RIPPER (Canadian filmmaker) [10 min]
– WASTE OF A FALL (Canada) [6 min]
2:00pm – TIMES LIKE DYING (filmed in NC) [23 min]
Followed by Q&A with actor/producer Anthony Reynolds
3:00pm – I’LL HAVE ANOTHER [23 min]
Followed by Q&A with director Bill Brock
3:45pm – Horror short film block
– STICKS [18 min]
– KILLENNIAL [10 min]
– CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR [14 min]
4:30pm – Halloween short film block
– THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT [6 min]
– THE HALLOWEEN GIRL [19 min]
– KILLER ON THE LOOSE [14 min]
– NOT ALONE [9 min]
– PRINCESS [17 min]
6:00pm – THE BARN [1:36]
8:00pm – HONEYSPIDER (filmed in NC) [1:15]
Please note that all showtimes are approximate. Screenings and programming events are subject to change without notice.