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2018 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 28-30 2018

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2018 Award Winners!

2018 Award Nominees

BEST FEATURE

  • HUNTER
  • BLOODLINES
  • KILLER KATE
  • SCARY STORIES
  • NOWHERE MIND

BEST SHORT

  • SAFE
  • BALLOON
  • THE CHAINS
  • THE LIFT
  • DAEMONRUNNER

BEST DIRECTOR

  • BEN NISSEN - NOWHERE MIND
  • ELLIOT FELD - KILLER KATE
  • WILLIAM BUTLER - THE LIFT
  • JOHN BOROWSKI - BLOODLINES
  • TIM EARNHEART - SAFE

BEST WRITER

  • JON LECOURIS - THUNDER BAY
  • BEN NISSEN - NOWHERE MIND
  • MICHAEL MIDDLEKOOP - NETFLIX & CHILL
  • THE LIFT - WILLIAM BUTLER
  • TIM EARNHEART - SAFE

BEST ACTOR

  • TOM FITZPATRICK - THE LIFT
  • NEIL STEVENS - SPECTROPHOBIA
  • WILLIAM MCCARTHY - BAD HOMBRES, BEST MEN
  • PATRIAC COAKLEY - NOWHERE MIND
  • WULF HOGAN - FOREWORD

BEST ACTRESS

  • GABRIELA ORTEGA - UNINVITED
  • COLLEEN MILLER - ONE ARMED RABBIT
  • ASHLEY PEREIRA - ALL LIGHT WILL END
  • AIMEE CARRERO - DYLAN
  • DANICA O'NEILL - BREAKING WHEEL

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • THE CHAINS
  • FEAR NO EVIL
  • ALL LIGHT WILL END
  • BIRTHDAY
  • INSIDE THE HOUSE

BEST EDITING

  • SHADOW OF MINE
  • PARALYSIS
  • THE FOURTH WALL
  • SPECTROPHOBIA
  • SAFE

BEST SOUND

  • BALLOON
  • THE CHAINS
  • THE LIFT
  • FEAR NO EVIL
  • BAD HOMBRES, BEST MEN

BEST MUSIC

  • ALL LIGHT WILL END
  • SAFE
  • INSIDE THE HOUSE
  • FEAR NO EVIL
  • BELOW DECKS

BEST FX

  • SENSES
  • DAEMONRUNNER
  • THE LIFT
  • THE CHAINS
  • FEAR NO EVIL

DIRECTORS CHOICE

  • RED WHITE & BOO
  • BALLOON
  • DISSOLVED: A GAME OF TRUTH
  • THE LIFT
  • SPECTROPHOBIA 

SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST

  • MY KIND OF TOWN BY LAWRENCE WHITENER
  • BABY CINDY BY DECLAN MAYFAIR
  • THE HERMIT & THE AUTOMATONS BY JOE WAKEFIELD
  • THE DRIVE-BY VENTRILOQUIST BY MANINDER CHANA
  • WHEN IT'S DARK OUT BY ERIC LAROCCA

*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 4 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.)

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