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Screamfest Horror Film Festival Universal City, California, USAOctober 1423, 2005Deadline: August 15, 2005

Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest genre film festival in the U.S. The festival takes at Loews Universal Studios Cinemas at Universal CityWalk. Winners will be announced at the Dinner Award Ceremony to be held on October 23 at Maggiano's located in The Grove. Screamfest is an internationally recognized showcase for independent filmmakers and writers of the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.

Judges for the competition include such notable names as Academy Award-winning special effects master, Stan Winston; director Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, POLTERGEIST); Jeff Katz creative exec at New Line Cinema; development exec Michael Grady; Alex Franklin, director of development of Lions Gate Films and David Kopple, motion picture literary agent for the Gersh Agency. Animation Category will be judged by animation executives at Threshold Ent., 20th Century Fox Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Films.

Film entries are being accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score to name a few. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.

Founded in 2001, Screamfest is dedicated to discovering the new blood of horror and honoring the masters. An example of this is the recent success of Victor Garcia, winner of the Screamfest 2004 Best Horror Short. After winning the prize for best horror short at Screamfest Horror Film Festival Los Angeles in October, it made the rounds and earned the Barcelona-based f/x specialist reps at Endeavor and Underground Management. Garcia will direct the horror pic SMOKE for Gold Circle.

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