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Chicago Horror Film Festival

2016 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 23-25 2016

Our 2016 Venue



THE PATIO THEATER
6008 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

2016 SCREENPLAY FINALISTS:


Wolf Dreams by Tyler Pack

In order to protect his ailing mother from his estranged and land-hungry father, a troubled young artist will form a bond with a mysterious creature in rural Wyoming that will change his life in ways he never thought possible.


KIDICIDE by Kelly Jean Karam

A controlling but caring single mom brings a suspicious new husband and his creepy son into her home, and in doing so, destroys the one person she loves more than anyone - her daughter. 


The Cave of Screaming Children by R. Wayne Gray

After the disappearance of a child, a couple explores an abandoned mine that the locals call The Cave of Screaming Children.


Dakota Caves - 2 Miles by Robert J. Rogers

Elmwood, a sleepy town in rural Nebraska, is the epicenter of an alien invasion. A space ship drops millions of six foot, egg-shaped objects into the atmosphere that float down and hover on the ground. And while the planet attempts to understand what the object is, inside is a growing, vicious, creature that eventually matures, cuts it's way out of the thick, epidermal layer, and attacks humanity with blood-thirsty intentions.


Walter's Days by Nathan Ludwig and Charles Devin Hill

A young man wakes in a field every morning only to repeat the same day over and over again as he's brutally murdered in increasingly elaborate and ridiculous ways.


The Chicago Screenplay Contest Award Winner will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Chicago Horror Film Festival event.  CLICK HERE for the festival schedule!

2016 Award Nominees

BEST FEATURE

  • AND THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
  • TALES OF POE
  • PEELERS
  • CARMILLA
  • THE PERFECT LETTER

BEST SHORT

  • THOSE AMONG US
  • SHIBARI
  • THE BATHROOM
  • BURLAP
  • KITCHEN

BEST DIRECTOR

  • JUSTIN DENTON - BURLAP
  • STEVE DUCHESNE - KITCHEN
  • ALAN ROWE KELLY & BART MASTRONARDI - TALES OF POE
  • SEVE SCHELENZ -  PEELERS
  • SAMANTHA FRIEND & DOUG MURMAN - AND THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

BEST WRITER

  • ALEJANDRA VALERA - LAUNDROMAT
  • NATHAN WATERS - WRITERS BLOCK
  • CHRIS RUSSELL - BE STILL MY HEART
  • STEVE NEWMAN - THUMP
  • BRANDON CIARLO & JARRED PETTIT - LOVE AND ZOMBIES

BEST ACTOR

  • JOSH KANAN - SHIBARI
  • MICAH FITZGERALD - CUCKOLD PICASSO
  • ZACHARY RAY SHERMAN - HIT AND RUN
  • DAVID ATRAKCHI - KITCHEN
  • SHANNON BROWN - WRITERS BLOCK

BEST ACTRESS

  • MAUREEN MIZENER - LOVE AND ZOMBIES
  • KATHRYN LEEMAN - DO NOT DISTURB
  • HOLLY BITTINGER - BETWEEN
  • APRIL ERIKSSON - SHIBARI
  • VI FLATEN - BE STILL MY HEART

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • BILLY GRADY - THOSE AMONG US
  • ALAIN WASHNEVSKY - SANCTUARY
  • RICHARD SHELTON - DO NOT DISTURB
  • CAMERON DENT - PEELERS
  • OWEN GRESSWELL - AND THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • ROSIE DIAZ - AND THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
  • ANITA NICOLE BROWN - THE PERFECT LETTER
  • SANDY GULLIVER - IN THE DARK
  • CASSANDRA KRAMER - BETWEEN
  • KALEIGH THARPE - HOME SWEET HOME

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • BURLAP
  • THE STYLIST
  • KITCHEN
  • CUCKOLD PICASSO
  • PEELERS

BEST EDITING

  • SHIBARI
  • THE BATHROOM
  • LET’S PLAY DEAD GIRL
  • KITCHEN
  • CUCKOLD PICASSO

BEST SOUND

  • THE BATHROOM
  • WRITERS BLOCK
  • BURLAP
  • CUCKOLD PICASSO
  • WHAT GOES UP

BEST MUSIC

  • LOVE AND ZOMBIES
  • TALES OF POE
  • LAUNDROMAT
  • THE BATHROOM
  • PEELERS

BEST FX

  • THOSE AMONG US
  • PEELERS
  • THE BATHROOM
  • EVELESS
  • TALES OF POE

BEST HORROR COMEDY

  • LOVE AND ZOMBIES
  • SMALL TALK
  • SOCCER MOMS IN PERIL
  • BE STILL MY HEART
  • KILLER PINATA

DIRECTORS CHOICE

  • BURLAP
  • TALES OF POE
  • 2X4
  • BE STILL MY HEART
  • THE TEASE

 


*Award Winners will be announced at the end of the festival. Winners in attendance will be presented a certificate. Those not in attendance will be sent a digital certificate to print by email. Winners will also be posted in the news feed (front page) of ChicagoHorrorFest.com within 48 hours of the close of the festival.
 
** Our Selection / Awards Procedure: Festival Director / Producers make official selections for the festival by vote. Official Selections are then screened/graded by 5 different judges and given an overall grade on a 10 point scale for each of the qualifying award categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade. The top 5 films by grade in each category are then considered an award nominee and listed on this page. The film with the highest grade in each category is considered and announced that category’s award winner at the festival. In the event of a tie for highest grade, the festival director and festival producer will vote on the tied films giving the majority vote the award. In the event that one of the festival production staff are involved in one of the films involving a tie, a 3rd party will be selected to vote in place of the production staff member involved.
 
**** The Festival Directors Choice Award nominees are the Film Festival Directors top 5 choice films of the festival. The Directors Choice Award is presented at the festival to the Directors favorite film of the festival. (Any film that the festival director is personally involved in at any level is not eligible for this award.)

2016 THANKS FROM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

The 2016 Chicago Horror Film Festival is now a wrap and a huge success for the producers, filmmakers, theater and fans alike!

We experienced record-breaking attendance and more horror films than ever before!

Festival director Willy Adkins wishes to thank all of the filmmakers who submitted to our 2016 season and the greatest thanks to the filmmakers who came to experience the festival first hand.  A major thanks to Eddie, Mark, Ivan, Charles, Ahmed, Melissa and all other Patio Theater staff for saving the Chicago Horror Film Festival from possible extinction.  CHFF is like a child to me (and also it's founder, Jason R. Davis) and you have kept it alive and growing.  Also a huge thanks to Dennis Wolkowicz for his everlasting support of CHFF and the Chicago film community in general.  

Thanks to our 2016 Host, Actor Shannon Brown for his outstanding work all weekend.  Ron Fitzgerald for his dark and sticky brand of entertainment.  Major thanks to Anita Nicole Brown for her help with production, box office and talent management.  Thanks to our Spook Show Girls and Breaking Fate Fellas for keeping our guests entertained from the moment they walked in the door.  Thanks to our vendors and special guests.  Thanks to Cassie Balazic Photography for doing photos at the event (coming to our website / facebook soon)!  Thanks to David Carlson for his hospitality and offerings to our staff and crew.  And a huge thanks to Mark Goles who has put in major efforts to our production from booking, to promotion, sound, projection and putting in the extra effort to keep our filmmakers and guests happy.

And now, a big congrats to our 2016 CHFF award winners!

Regards,

Willy Adkins
CHFF Festival Director
Breaking Fate Entertainment

 

2016 Award Winners!

Animator Philo Barnhart - 2016 Special Guest! 

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator from Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parent Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc.  His latest comic title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!

Artist Geo Alderson - 2016 Special Guest!

Geo Alderson is an artist from the Chicago area who sees herself as a part within this universe of beautiful dirt. Her philosophy is that a viewer can find immense beauty in any visible point whether or not others see that point the same way; it all depends on the eye of the beholder.  She often deals with themes of finding beauty and spirituality in nature and decay.  She loves dark and macabre images.  Geo is an artist of many media, she has worked in several types of painting, drawing, photography, digital design, printmaking, sculpture, film, and more.  She first became known as the creator of Dollfaced Horrors, dolls that bring cute and creepy together in an unusual combination of dark beauty.  Her work has been seen in Chicago's Nineteen Hundred and One Gallery, at the Geneva Fine Arts Fair, the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Morpho Gallery, Arterie Fine Arts Gallery, the House Café , and elsewhere.  Geo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

To learn more about Geo, visit her website at: www.GeoAlderson.com

Gothic Illusionist Ron Fitzgerald - 2016 Special Guest

We are excited to welcome back CHFF legend, Master Ron Fitzgerald!

Ron Fitzgerald has performed from Hollywood to Hong Kong and beyond with his live Gothic Illusion show, acting in films such as “MAGUS” and hosts dark, unforgettable events! Master Fitzgerald has worked in the Performing Arts, Theatre, Television, and Film throughout his career. He’s a man that believes “Strange is Beautiful”. His stage show features dark/edgy illusions, strange Magic,  cool music, and a mad magician who looks like the front man for a rock band. Imagine David Bowie, not David Copperfield. It’s been described as a kind of Gothic Illusion or Horror Magic.”

Might we see some death-defying stunts at the Chicago Horror Film Festival this year?  You will just have to attend to find out!

To learn more about Ron Fitzgerald, visit his official website:  www.fitzgeraldsrealm.com

Charles D. Moisant - 2016 Special Guest

Charles D. Moisant, is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment (a 100% female owned company). Charles has been publishing comic books since 1991, starting with Kremin. Silver Phoenix Entertainment works with many artists, printing comic titles like Myth Told Tales by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre, and Whispers from the Void. Charles is also known for his Roller Derby Drama, which is loosely based on the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team. Charles can usually be found on his roller skates at Silver Phoenix Entertainment promoting some of the newer titles such as 'Whispers from The Void' where all monsters are reflections of the Seven Deadly Sins. Philo Barnhart is drawing the second issue. Some of his works currently in production include 'Zombie Annihilation’, where Doctor Zarvin is working with local heroes from Chicago to save the world from zombies; 'Danni and Dayna in Dino World' in which two Woman: IDA DANNI, a modern day military refueling pilot, and Dayna Onli, an African-American woman from Chicago 1902, are trapped 65 million years ago. Working against them are intelligent dinosaurs, lizard people, and the Atlantians a space-faring race who are stealing the world’s only major resource: Magik; and 'Thunder World' a story about three giant robots and a giant monster learning how to work with each other and saving the world, which is being written by him and Doug Rice of Dynamo Joe.

 

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not revolves around recently widowed Eliza (Sophie Brooke) and her personal journey to self-destruction. Buried in guilt, she must fight her own demons while being haunted by a ghost of her past.

Sanctuary

After hiding from the world for 30 years in a Monastery, an old dying Monk who believes that he is possessed wants to tell his story before he dies of how he came to be a Monk and the events that led him there. A hardcore skeptic reporter from the Times comes to do an interview with the Monk, his beliefs will be challenged and put to the test, is the Monk truly Possessed or just mentally ill?

KILLER PIÑATA

In this B-movie horror-comedy, a piñata, fed up with the treatment of his kind, decides to inflict sweet, sweet revenge on humanity.

The Message

A woman involved in a hit and run while texting, receives a text message from the dead victim of that accident. 

Girl #2

When a deranged killer sets his sights on an unsuspecting sorority, he realizes he’s not the craziest one in the house.

Kitchen

In a big house lost in the middle of nowhere, Jason made the discovery of a old cookbook hidden in his attic.
Later, when he decided to prepare a delicious meal for his wife Marie , things do not go as planned … A ghost has taken possession of the house.

The Perfect Letter

A mysterious letter leads a writer on a frightening quest for answers and sanity in this experimental horror project.

Delevilry

What ingredients are in those hydration masks? Will Howie find out what is making his wife so manic? Will he find out before it’s too late?

In The Dark

A couple’s marriage falls apart as their son insists that a man is living inside his closet.

Let's Play dead Girl

Inspired by a true event, Let’s Play Dead Girl is a cautionary tale about two best friends, Josephine and Juda, who create a website revolving around Alto, a mystical being living in their imagination. Soon, their obsession with Alto runs wild as they hatch a plan to murder their friend, Consuelo, so they can make Alto come to life.

A NIGHT AT THE GRAND GUIGNOL

When attending a lurid piece of macabre theatre, a young man is drawn in by the tempting sights. However, his interest may be his downfall as he discovers the line between fantasy and reality is thinner than it appears.

Cheap Plastic Mask

Two disenchanted strangers meet in the bathroom of a Halloween party. What starts as an unassuming conversation devolves into a desperate struggle for survival. Cheap Plastic Mask is a short, single-setting horror film that infuses the genre with a refreshing dose of reality. Grounded in fully-dimensional, relatable characters responding to increasingly dark circumstances, Cheap Plastic Mask explores the horrors that lurk just outside our everyday awareness, with shocking results.

 

B is for Bath

A Man meets a Woman for what appears to be a date, but this meeting turns out to be something far more sinister.

 

Burlap

Take a journey inside the mind of a lonely and desperate serial killer as he follows his impulses and stalks an unlucky babysitter. His disturbed mind dreams of completing the masterpiece he has locked up in his basement . . . and she has the last piece of the puzzle he needs.

Burlap is a brutal, stylish tale of sickness and survival, told with the stark simplicity of an old campfire tale. With gritty sets, atmospheric cinematography, and a foreboding, minimalist soundtrack, you’ll feel like you’ve been kidnapped yourself when you experience this terrifying short film.

 

The Stylist

Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.

 

Hail!

Four friends go camping in the woods. Who will make it out alive? Are they all who they seem? This short is packed with Satanists and an amazing original music score.

 

Frame of Mind

Frame of Mine is a Horror/Suspense film about a naive man who develops an unconventional and unnerving relationship with a subject at work, his lack of empathy leads to severe unintended results.

Writer's Block

A frustrated screenwriter has a difficult time finishing his latest project. His stress begins to push his sanity to the edge, and soon the line between fiction and reality begins to blur.

Rabbit's Foot

An innocent Marsha arrives home late one night, only to be stalked by a psychopath.

Stiched Up

An introverted engineer who just wants a quiet life is nagged every day by his wife. But when he’s tipped over the edge, he enjoys nothing more than utilizing his tools to shut her up with a needle and some thread.

Evil Lives

A night of fun turns to a night of terror, when an uninvited guest emerges from the shadows.

 

Park At Your Own Risk

CJT is a man on a mission: 1) Drive to girl, 2) Give flowers, 3) Receive sex. Only one thing stands in his way… a safe place to park. Foolishly pulling into an spooky abandoned lot protected by sinister forces, he must observe the warning signs to escape with his life.

 

EPITAPH: BREAD AND SALT

A family of Estrie hunters, unite with a demon hunter to destroy a union of dark cults and their demonic companions.

 

Small Talk

A simple man, Brian Holdt, wakes up to a terrifying masked man approaching through a dimly lit basement. In an effort for survival, Brian sheepishly comments on the murders cologne. Brians luck changes when the murder reveals himself as Brian’s old college friend, Cameron Karl. Cameron has been running a deep web snuff show, where degenerates pay top dollar to view live webcam murder. Cameron decides to set Brian free, leading him out of a picture-esque suburban home into an unfamiliar neighborhood. With a parting gift of zucchini bread in his hands, Brian is left in astonishment of the crazy world he lives in.

 

TICKETS AT THE DOOR!

TICKETS AT THE DOOR:
Friday $20
Saturday $20
Sunday $20
2 Day $30
Weekend: $45

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TICKETS ON LINE:
Friday $15
Saturday: $15
Sunday: $15
Weekend: $35

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Friday $20
Saturday $20
Sunday $20
Weekend: $45

2016 Host

Shannon Brown

2016 Festival Schedule!

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 4PM-10PM

04:00PM Doors Open

04:30PM SECLUSION 1H32M

06:00PM INTERMISSION 15M

06:15PM SHORT FILM BLOCK A 120M

  • WRITERS BLOCK 7M
  • MESSAGE 4M
  • WHAT GOES UP 6M
  • LAS FIERAS 1969 12M
  • DINNER DATE 5M
  • 2X4 4M
  • CONSUMING BEAUTY 24M
  • EVELESS 6M
  • THOSE AMONG US 10M
  • LET’S PLAY DEAD GIRL 24M
  • FORGET ME NOT 9M
  • THE TEASE 4M
  • INSTINCT 5M

08:15PM INTERMISSION 15M

08:30PM EPITAPH: BREAD AND SALT 1H20M

10:00PM CLOSE OF DAY 1

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH 12PM – 10PM

11:00PM Doors Open

11:30PM KILLER PINATA 1H30M

01:00PM INTERMISSION 15M

01:15PM SHORT FILM BLOCK B 90M

  • A NIGHT AT THE GRAND GUIGNOL 9M
  • THE STYLIST 15M
  • SNATCHED AWAY 8M
  • A WALK IN THE WOODS 8M
  • RABBIT’S FOOT 6M
  • PREY 4M
  • CUCKOLD PICASSO 5M
  • THE LAST JUNKIE ON EARTH 7M
  • SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW 14M
  • SANCTUARY 13M
  • STICHED UP 1M

02:45PM INTERMISSION 15M

03:00PM THE PERFECT LETTER 1H32M

04:30PM INTERMISSION 15M

04:45PM PEELERS 1H36M

06:20PM INTERMISSION 15M

06:35PM SHORT FILM BLOCK C 120M

  • SMALL TALK 8M
  • B IS FOR BATH 5M
  • BETWEEN 19M
  • THE BATHROOM 10M
  • LAUNDROMAT 9M
  • IN THE DARK 13M
  • BEYOND FEROX 3M
  • GIRL #2 9M
  • BURLAP 13M
  • KITCHEN 17M
  • PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK 7M
  • HIT & RUN 7M

08:35PM INTERMISSION 15M

08:50PM CAMILLA 1H5M

10:00PM END OF DAY 2

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH 12PM – 10PM

11:00PM Doors Open

11:20PM I RECORDED A MURDER 1H40

01:00PM INTERMISSION 15M

01:15PM SHORT FILM BLOCK D 90M

  • DELEVILRY 19M
  • FRAME OF MIND 12M
  • LOVE AND ZOMBIES 6M
  • DEAD DATE NIGHT 4M
  • STONE ROAD 12M
  • HYSTERIA 11M
  • HOME SWEET HOME 7M
  • DO NOT DISTURB 13M
  • EVIL LIVES 6M

02:45PM INTERMISSION 15M

03:00PM AND THE DEVIL MAKES THREE 1H36M

04:35PM INTERMISSION 15M

04:50PM TALES OF POE 2H

06:50PM INTERMISSION 15M

07:05PM SHORT FILM BLOCK E 90M

  • HAIL! 8M
  • CECIL 14M
  • PROMISES 10M
  • THUMP 4M
  • CHEAP PLASTIC MASK 20M
  • BITTEN 9M
  • BE STILL MY HEART 7M
  • SHIBARL 10M
  • SOCCER MOMS PERIL 8M

08:35PM INTERMISSION 10M

08:45PM AWARDS CEREMONY

10:00PM END OF DAY 3