The Stanley Film Festival has announced the recipient of this year’s Visionary Award. RADiUS-TWC co-president Tom Quinn will be awarded the prize at Sunday morning’s Horror Awards Brunch.
Quinn worked on the recent indie horror-hit “It Follows” as well as such films as “Snowpiercer,” “Blue Ruin” and “Only God Forgives.” He is also the former Vice-President and Head of Acquisitions for Magnolia Pictures. Throughout his career, Quinn has acquired and distributed over 200 films that include another horror heavy-hitter “Let the Right One In” and documentary standouts such as “Freakonomics” and “Food Inc.”
“Mr. Quinn is the catalyst behind some of the most groundbreaking titles in modern horror,” said Denver Film Society Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “Not only does his work elevate the genre, he has been at the forefront of providing unique and innovative platforms for distribution that are changing the industry.”
Apart from the Visionary Award, awards for the Short Film Jury Prize and the Stanley Dean’s Cup will also be announced. The short film jurors include IMDB founder Col Needham, Daily Beast entertainment reporter Jen Yamato and CreativeFuture community outreach director Adam Krentzman. The Stanley Dean’s Cup is a student showcase of short films in which two winners are selected for a cash prize.
A variety of panels will also be happening throughout the day on May 2 that focus on the business and future of the horror industry. All panels are free and open to the public. Tickets can be found here. The full list of panels are below.
SELLING SCREAMS: THE BUSINESS OF INDIE HORROR
Saturday May 2, 12:00pm
Learn the secrets of the trade in this passionate discussion of the grueling work of producers, sales agents, buyers and fans who make independent horror thrive.
Panelists: Roxanne Benjamin (Producer, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Nate Bolotin (Partner, XYZ Films), Daniel Noah (Producer, SpectreVision), Ryan Turek (Director of Development, Blumhouse)
Moderator: Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
VISIONARY DISTRIBUTION: A CONVERSATION WITH RADIUS-TWC CO-PRESIDENT TOM QUINN
Saturday May 2, 1:30pm
2015 Visionary Award Recipient Tom Quinn discusses his history of championing great genre cinema – including “Let the Right One In,” “House of the Devil” and “The Host” – and uniquely shepherding them into the world as with the recent highly innovative release strategy behind current horror breakout title “It Follows.”
SCARE TACTICS: CREATIVITY IN MODERN HORROR
Saturday May 2, 2:30pm
In a genre often clogged with cliché and unoriginality, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the scares fresh and unique. Learn how these exciting voices keep their vision alive while navigating the studio system.
Panelists: Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation,” “Jennifer’s Body”), Todd Strauss-Schulson (“The Final Girls”), Leigh Whannell (“Insidious Chapter 3,” writer of “Saw” 1-3 and the “Insidious” franchise)
Moderator: Sam Zimmerman (“Shock Till You Drop”)
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN: HORROR OF THE FUTURE
Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm
Hear from the virtual reality, immersive theater, and interactive game designers pioneering the next generation’s experience with horror storytelling as they embrace an audience’s increasing thirst for new adventure with rapid advancements of technology.
Panelists: Jon Braver (Creator, Delusion), Julian McCrea (Founder, Portal Entertainment), Guy Shelmerdine (Director, Catatonic)
Moderator: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest)
About Catatonic – A Virtual Reality Experience
Directed by Guy Shelmerdine, Catatonic is an immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. Participants will be ushered in by a nurse and fitted with a Samsung Gear headset and headphones for a 360° 3D immersive experience building to a cacophony of terror and depravity one has to experience to believe.