Starts: Sep 18, 2003 - Ends: Sep 21, 2003
Submission Deadline: Sep 18, 2003
Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
Showcasing the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror filmmaking, ManiaFest is a four-day film festival highlighted by screenings, film premieres and panels headlined by genre legends. ManiaFest is produced by Mania Entertainment, publisher of CINESCAPE magazine and producer of the Cinescape Saturn Awards. The festival will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. The event will conclude with an award ceremony honoring Lifetime Achievement recipient Stan Winston and the winners of the ManiaFest amateur filmmaker competition.
On September 18 at 5:00 pm, STAR TREK IV will screen. At 8:00 pm, BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR will make its west coast premiere followed by cast and crew discussion. On Friday, September 19 at 10:00 pm, there will be a FRIDAY THE 13TH screening followed by a Q&A session with the film's cast and filmmakers including: Sean Cunningham (director) and cast members Adrienne King and Robbi Morgan. Those in attendance will also be treated to a special announcement regarding the future of the franchise. On September 20 at 10:00 am, the Masters of Horror panel will discuss what scares us in horror films. Panelists include: Clive Barker, Wes Craven, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, George Romero and Eli Roth. At 8:00 pm, there will be a THE HILLS HAVE EYES screening followed by Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers including: Wes Craven (writer and director) and cast members Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Robert Houston. On September 21 at 10:00 am, the Comic Books To Film panel, sponsored by CrossGen Comics, will include: Stan Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Michael Uslan, Chuck Russell, David Hayter and Tom Desanto. At 5:00 pm, the festival will present the world premiere of Lion's Gate MONSTER MAN followed by a Q&A session with the film's cast and filmmakers including: Michael Davis (writer and director), and cast members Eric Jungmann, Aimee Brooks, Michael Baily Smith and Joe Goodrich. At 8:00 pm, the awards party and closing night ceremonies will take place at Schatzi on Main where festival winners will be announced and Stan Winston will be honored. The festival screenings and panels will take place at the Leammle Theatre on 2nd Street.