The very first Heavy Metal Film Festival is coming this spring, and the final lineup of film entries, covering everything from concert films and documentaries to metal-themed features, is coming to Los Angeles later this month. In the meantime, the fest has unveiled their official poster, courtesy of comic artist Tom Neely, and it's probably the coolest piece of artwork you're gonna see all day. Hit the jump to find out more about the fest, and feast your eyes on this devil-licious treat...
The festival is scheduled to take place March 31st through April 3rd, at LA's Downtown Independent Cinema. Director Samuel Douek describes the fest on their official Facebook page, where he invites filmmakers to submit works based on a heavy metal theme. Within those boundaries, they're apparently open to just about anything. Inspired by recent successful documentaries like Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Douek and company are hoping to discover the next metal movie masterpiece. “Think Opeth and Immortal concerts on the big screen,” Douek writes. “Think Lemmy the movie, with great Q&A with directors. Think making of the new Dimmu Borgir Album or the next big feature film.” They're still accepting submissions, but only until February 11th, and the final list of films will be announced on the 18th.
Now about that sweet poster art: Tom Neely, creator of bizarre music-themed comics like Your Disease Spread Quick and Henry & Glenn Forever, called on the spirit of metal to summon the most brutal promo ever, and decided to literally unleash hell. “Being the first edition of this festival, I wanted to make sure the arrival of the festival in LA was noted,” he explained. “What better than to say: Hell descends on Hollywood!”
For more info on the fest, check out their Facebook page.