The closing ceremony of the II International Horror Film Festival “Horror Fest” was held in Moscow the day before and the best films of the show became known.
In the nomination “Best Film: Jury’s Choice” “Horror Festa – 2” won the Mexican horror “The Witch: Reincarnation” directed by by Isaac Esban. In the story, 13-year-old Nala comes from the city to the countryside. Her grandmother lives in a big house and is known as an eccentric person. The girl is trying to figure out why her younger sister is so mysteriously ill, and soon finds out that their caring grandmother is actually not as caring as she seems. Film courtesy of World Pictures.
The nomination “Best Film: Audience Choice – Critics’ Jury” won the film “Predators” co-produced by Spain and France Rodrigo Sorogoyena. The film also won the Special Grand Jury Prize for masterful creation of suspense in a social drama. According to the plot, an urban couple moves to a small village in search of a new and quiet life in harmony with nature. However, they will have to face the cruelty and unfriendliness of the locals, which will set off a chain of shocking events.
Special Jury Prize “For the impressive visualization of fear and horror with minimal means” was given to the short film “Ku-Ku” Svetlana Belorussova.
The jury of the II Horror Fest IFF included: director Alexey Popogrebskywriter Mariana Romanovaproducer Vladimir Zinkevichproducer Vladislav Severtsevscreenwriter Andrey Zolotarev.
“I think the main result of the festival is that the audience is coming back. Many raised their hand and said that it was the second time they were at Horror Fest. Our community of active fans of this genre and its many sub-genres is growing. The Horror Festa program is developing. It becomes more complex, more interesting and more diverse. If earlier we only had feature films, now we have short films, animation, and series. Horror Fest is evolving, ongoing, and we look forward to seeing our viewers in less than a year. I think that we will do the next Horror Fest not in December, but earlier.”
Six films from Russia, Norway, Mexico, Spain, France, the USA and Canada participated in the competition program of the festival. Program director of Horror Fest, film critic Egor Moskvitin, and the organizing committee of the festival selected the most original, innovative, extraordinary and experimental samples of the genre, collected from the main festivals of the world: Cannes, Sitges, Los Angeles and New York: Predators, Descent: Playing with the Devil, Astral: Offspring ”, “Psychic”, “Death Path”, “Witch: Reincarnation”. All films of the festival were shown in Russia for the first time.
The central event of the out-of-competition program, the absolute exclusive of the festival, was the Russian premiere of the first and second seasons of the cult series by Lars von Trier “Kingdom”.
Also at the festival were shown short films “There is nowhere to run” Dima Barchenkova, “Ku-ku” by Svetlana Belorussova and four animated films from the studio “Ural-cinema”: “Crow”, “Basilisk”, “The Legend of Gerald”, “Among the Black Waves”. Special closing events were the presentation of the Russian thriller Rabies by director Dmitry Dyachenko and showing three episodes of the Russian Horror Anthology: Red Cast series, which will premiere in 2023. The festival ended with a demonstration of four episodes of the film with Danila Kozlovsky, Paulina Andreeva and Victoria Isakova “13th clinical”.
The II International Film Festival “Horror Fest” was held from December 15 to 18 under the auspices of the film channel “Real Scary Television”. TV channel “Real Scary Television” – NST is available online and in good quality here.
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Author: Ivan Gagarin
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The winners of the II International Horror Film Festival “Horror Fest” 2022 have been announced: best film, nominations, Witch Reincarnation, film, Predators
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