Today the official slate has been announced for this year's annual Viscera Film Festival, which showcases the work of female horror filmmakers from around the world. This year's lineup – selected from over two hundred entries – features thirteen short films from the US and Canada, the UK, Japan, Spain and Mexico, and includes two Los Angeles premieres.
This year's judging panel is a veritable who's-who of horror entertainment, including Jennifer Lynch, Rachel Talalay, Jeffrey Reddick, Amber Benson, Trent Haaga, Anthony Masi, Brea Grant, Andrew Van Den Houten, Elizabeth Stanley, Anthony Diblasi, Shade Rupe, Jim Vanbebber, Drew Daywalt, Kier-La Janisse, Chris Alexander, John Skipp, David Decoteau, Alan Spencer, Barbara Peeters, and prior Viscera winners Jennifer Thym and Mae Catt.
The festival will be held on July 13th in a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. The event includes a “bloody carpet” ceremony and after-party at the Cat & Fiddle on 6530 W Sunset Blvd, as well as a “recovery brunch” the following morning at 11AM (follow those links to sign up for all three events on Facebook). Tickets are available now via through American Cinematheque's website.
So without further ado, here's this year's official lineup:
Anniversary Dinner (USA)
Directed by Jessi Gotta
Synopsis: A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that 'Til Death Do Us Part' was just the beginning.
Dead Crossing (Canada/Mexico) Los Angeles Premiere
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
Synopsis: A Mexican family attempting to cross the border with a group of immigrants encounter a vicious and terrifying secret involving the way the United States deals with illegal immigration.
Eternal Springs (USA) World Premiere
Directed by Kate Rhamey, Allison Rohm
Synopsis: Erma, a deranged old woman who thinks she's eleven years old, captures young women to be her dolls.
Halloween Bash (USA) World Premiere
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A mean girl bent on playing tricks receives a mysterious Halloween treat.
In the Dark (USA)
Directed by Helen Truong
Synopsis: As the only survivor of a psychological experiment that killed her fellow participants, a woman must find the courage to face a terrifying truth -- one that will finally set her free or trap her forever.
My Brother’s Keeper (UK)
Directed by Jen Moss
Synopsis: Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo (Alex Esmail), Jess (April Pearson) isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism.
No Place Like Home (Japan) World Premiere
Directed by Nicholas Humphries
Produced by Mai Nakanishi, Christine DeJoy
Synopsis: What happens when Dorothy's desperate wish to go home faces a most unexpected turn where she finds herself in zombie apocalyptic Kansas?
Orange County Hill Killers (USA)
Directed by Katie Downer
Synopsis: Storytelling and reality are blurred when four teenagers enter the infamous Blackstar Canyon.
Outbreak (USA) Los Angeles Premiere
Directed by Maddison Lopez
Synopsis: A toxic plant explosion releases a fume that does strange things to nearby high school students. Everyone's trying to get out alive.
Phantom Limb (USA) World Premiere
Directed by Lark O. Arrowood
Synopsis: Jeffery has always suspected that something was wrong with his body. We find him in the eye of the storm, on the verge of collapse. He is disheveled and beginning to suspect that he has made a grave error.
Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic
Synopsis: In the process of taking off her make-up, a young woman reveals her true face.
Slumber Party (USA)
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.
The Meeting (Canada) USA Premiere
Directed by Karen Lam
Synopsis: In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins and hope for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer pops in, and threatens to join the group...
The fest will also be embarking on a world tour this August; the lineup of titles and dates includes some entries not shown at the LA screening. Visit their official site for details!