Kids Horror Film Fest: Bloodfest offers cash and stash… for slash!
Horror and kids. Taboo? Danger? The producers of Australia’s own only dedicated international kids’ horror film festival, believe the genre is a vehicle for imagination and growth… and they’re happy to explain why!
Bloodfest made its shocking (but fun!) debut last year and was an immediate hit.
Scores of young people from Australia and overseas entered their own hair-raising short films to win trophies, cash and great prizes. This year the fest is set to (literally?) explode with exponential growth as local and international entries surge. Upward of 30 major cultural institutions and businesses have already backed the blood-curdling fun.
Co-festival directors and teaching artists Natalie Richards + Curly Fernandez describe Bloodfest as a safe space for young people to explore the taboo, empowering them to discover what they find frightening – and to confront those fears artfully: “Creative young people literally deconstruct – and reconstruct – horror!”
Cash and Stash for Slash!
This year there are 16 award categories up for grabs in both junior and teen sections, each with $500 cash, trophies and deadly industry prizes.
There’s also a separate school’s component to the competition that takes in the ‘literacy through filmmaking’ syllabus section, with special student prizes plus professional mentorship and feedback from stage and screen writer/actor Matthew Whittet.
It’s frighteningly simple to enter: just make a horror film and upload to bloodfest.co!
Entries close September 20, after which the best entries will be chosen for screening at the red carpet gala awards finals at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction on October 29 and 30 (Halloween week!).
The Museum of Contemporary Art Youth Committee will also screen a selection of Bloodfest Films on October 9 as part of GENEXT in its Sun Xun exhibition.
And – in news just to hand – the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and Waverley Council are both running July Bloodfest School Holiday Programs.
Full entry details, trailers, featured films from 2017 and more – at bloodfest.co
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