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THE 2020 CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL!

2020 marks the 21st season of the Chicago Horror Film Festival and we are hard at work to bring our fans the best indie horror films to the safety of their home! We are bringing you are 2020 festival online this season due to the ongoing world health crisis. We are committed to spreading the best of independent horror, while not spreading the virus.  We wish to thank our partners there for their ongoing support.

2020 Award Winners And Nominees!

2020 AWARD WINNERS & NOMINEES


BEST FEATURE NOMINEES

THE FIELD
WOE
FUN.
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE
THE HUNTRESS: RUNE OF THE DEAD


BEST SHORT NOMINEES

NUMERUS DOÚ
BACKWARD CREEP
THE SEAHORSE TRAINER
SOLSTICE
TWO SHERIFFS



BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES

RICARDO BONISOLI & BABAK BINA - THE SEAHORSE TRAINER
NICK FIORELLA - NUMERUS DOÚ
JORDAN PFELFER - NECROMANTIC
RASMUS TIRZITIS - THE HUNTRESS: RUNE OF THE DEAD
RENAY ABSALYAMOV - TWO SHERIFFS



BEST WRITER NOMINEES

TONIA KEMPLER - LEORA
AARON ROWE - BONDO
CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE - BACKWARD CREEP
QUARXX - A TEMPORARY VOID OF REASON
TATE BUNKER & ANTHONY WOOD - THE FIELD



BEST ACTOR NOMINEES

ANDREAS RYLANDER - THE HUNTRESS: RUNE OF THE DEAD
JOSEPH MILLER - CASSETTE
DYLAN RAY OWN - CHEAP DEVILS
CHARLES GRAHAM - TWO SHERIFFS
SWIRL - HEINOUS SOUND



BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES

AMANDA MARKOWITZ - THE VOICES
OPHELIA LANIGRO - A TEMPORARY VOID OF REASON
DANNY BROWN - ORISHA
ALYSSA TALBOT - WALK AWAY
ASHLYNN YENNIE - THE SPRINGFIELD THREE



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY NOMINEES

TWO SHERIFFS
SOLSTICE
CHEAP DEVILS
PASTICHE
THE SEAHORSE TRAINER



BEST EDITING NOMINEES

CHEAP DEVILS
TWO SHERIFFS
SOLSTICE
THE SEAHORSE TRAINER
THE FIELD


BEST SOUND NOMINEES

TWO SHERIFFS
SOLSTICE
PASTICHE
THE SPRINGFIELD THREE
CAMP WEDDING



BEST MUSIC NOMINEES

MARK OF THE ROUGAROU
A TEMPORARY VOID OF REASON
TWO SHERIFFS
SOLSTICE
THE SEAHORSE TRAINER



BEST SPECIAL FX NOMINEES

MAERE
FUN.
THE SEAHORSE TRAINER
BACKWARDS CREEP
NUMERUS DUÓ



DIRECTOR'S CHOICE NOMINEES

HEINOUS SOUND
FINALLY, YOU
NUMERUS DOÚ
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE
DEATH DROP GORGEOUS



SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

THE VISION OF SARA LYLE BY LEONARD VARASANO
NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING BY MICHEAL HOGAN
CRIPPLED BY ZAK SEIDMAN
GHOST CHICKEN BY VINCENTE DISANTI
FUN AND GAMES BY WES WORTHING


CONGRATS TO ALL OF OUR AWARD WINNERS & NOMINEES!


*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 on 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 points 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.)

2020 Official Film Selections!

Our 2020 Official Film Selections have been made!  Check out what films will be showing at this year's event below!

Leora

Things turn deadly, when a woman attempts to help a lost, mute child and her companion — a disquieting doll who appears to harbor protection schemes of her own.

TWO SHERIFFS

Realizing they are in a slasher movie and attempting to escape the crime scene, John and Paul bump into a maniac and now are in a dilemma: should they kill the maniac and destroy the entire movie universe or sacrifice themselves? What will they choose?

SOLSTICE

During a violent winter storm, a meek bartender spends the longest night of the year with a mysterious stranger with whom she shares a meal and an ancient ritual.

MARK OF THE ROUGAROU

This is a story about the search for identity. With the lead character growing up in foster care and trying to find the missing puzzle piece of where she comes from. With the help of modern technology and DNA testing she is able to make a connection with a biological relative, who invites her and her friends down to Louisiana. However with this new connection comes an old family secret tied to an urban legend that has been around for centuries. One that was suppose to stay hidden from her. It makes you wonder if you really want to know your real family, perhaps you were never meant to.

CHEAP DEVILS

Ducky just wants a quick score, but when he visits his dealer at the wrong time, he gets more than he bargained for.

MAERE

A college student finds herself haunted by her troubled roommate's monster.

A TEMPORARY VOID OF REASON

Chloé a young and beautiful teenager is getting bullied in school. Julia, her mother, won't be able to face the consequences of her daughter's despair..