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Stanley Film Festival Will Honor Joe Dante with ‘Master of Horror’ Award

Stanley Film Festival Will Honor Joe Dante with 'Master of Horror' Award

The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) has just announced that Joe Dante (“Gremlins,” “The Howling,” “Piranha”) will receive the inaugural 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror award. Mick Garris (“Sleepwalkers,” “The Shinning,” “The Stand,” “Masters of Horror”) will present the award as well as host the Horror Brunch, which he created and organized. The brunch, to take place April 27th, will be attended by the many filmmakers who will be participating in events throughout the Festival.

SFF, presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Festival, will be offering a lineup of panels, screenings, Dean’s Cup short films, and the full cast of its audio drama series “Tales From Beyond the Pale: The Stanley Edition.” Attendees include Martin Starr (“Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead”), Jocelyn DeBoer (“Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead”), AJ Bowen (“The Sacrament”), Ana Asensio and noted director and writer Larry Fessenden.

Spectre Vision cofounders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh Waller,
in addition to Ti West, Travis Stevens, Glenn McQuaid, and Larry
Fessenden, will participate in Festival panels on a range of topics
relating to the production, distribution, and exhibition of horror
films. The Swedish-Danish coproduction “LFO” has been added to the

The Festival will take place April 24th through April 27th at the Stanley Hotel. For more information, visit the SFF Facebook Page

See below for details on the Stanley Dean’s Cup Short and Panels (descriptions courtesy of SFF):


See the future of horror with short films from local, national and international students. The Competition features a Juried and Audience Award with cash prizes going to the winning schools.

  • BANEFUL, USA, directed by David Roth: Five college students break into an abandoned insane asylum in this horror/comedy mashup. BURST, USA, directed by Hannah Waterbury: A secluded female scientist must come to terms with the killer fungus she has contracted. BAREFOOT, Israel, directed by Amit Asraf: Nine moments in a life of a girl as she searches for the meaning of revenge. KELLERKIND, Germany, directed by Julia Ocker: A woman gives birth to a child. But the child is absolutely different from other children. PONDEROSA DRIVE, directed by Kirsten West: A realtor staging a foreclosed cabin finds the family still settled, making it known that no one’s leaving anytime soon. THE LOST BOY, USA, directed by John McSween: A father takes his family on vacation in the woods where they stumble into an ancient ritual for eternal youth. VELVET VOYEUR, USA, directed by Quinn Williams: After the tragic suicide of his sister, Hayden hires three models to partake in a dark, visceral photo shoot, in order to interpret his sister’s beauty and pain. Hayden captures his vision, and his method is death. WORMBUG, Canada, directed by Arlen Konopaki: After Henry swallows a bug in his sleep, very strange things start happening to him.



Saturday, April 26 1:30pm

In a genre often clogged with cliche and camp, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the horror alive. Learn secrets of the shoestring trade and production horror stories from those who lived to tell the tales.

PANELISTS: Ti West (The Sacrament), Larry Fessenden (Tales From Beyond The Pale, Wendingo), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead, Tales From Beyond The Pale), Travis Stevens (Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Starry Eyes)

MODERATOR: Ryan Turek (Shock Till You Drop)


Saturday, April 26 3:00pm

Founded in 2010 by partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, SpectreVision is a film production and music management company created to tell heartfelt, character-driven stories tackling real, social and emotional issues that test the boundaries of the horror genre.

PANELISTS: Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Craig MacNeill (The Boy)

MODERATOR: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) 


Saturday, April 26 12:00pm

Get to know the buyers, sellers, distributors, and exhibitors of the finest in world horror as they discuss the realities of peddling genre cinema in today’s climate.

PANELISTS: James Shapiro (Drafthouse Films), Peter Van Steemburg (Magnolia Pictures) Crystal Decker Orren (Well Go USA Entertainment)

MODERATOR: Ryland Aldrich (Twitch)

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