Australia's MONSTER FEST Opens Submissions and Introduces Kier-La Janisse as Festival Director

Australia’s MONSTER FEST Opens Submissions for Features, Shorts and Expanded Cinema Projects

Monster Fest has announced that submissions are now open for Features, Short Films, and Expanded Cinema Projects, with an Early Bird Deadline of April 29, a Regular Deadline of June 3 and a final, Extended Deadline of August 12, 2016.

Australia’s premier festival of cult, horror, and the fantastic, Monster Fest returns for its sixth edition November 24-27, 2016 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne, with support from Screen Australia. 

Submissions for Monster Fest 2016 can be processed via Film Freeway, Without a Box and Film Festival Life.  Details and submission guidelines are available at www.monsterfest.com.au.

Headed up by Festival Director Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women, founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Publications) with programming support from genre scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study and Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria) and executive produced by Neil Foley and Grant Hardie of Monster Pictures, Monster Fest 2016 will feature Australian premieres alongside festival favourites and repertory classics, with international guests, industry panels and events, exhibitions, vendor booths, parties, and more. 

“We’re already hitting the festival circuits, markets, and schools, scouting new films, but I can’t wait fr the submissions to start rolling in to see what unheralded discoveries await us,” says Janisse.  “We’ll have more room for short films, including animation, and we’re officially opening up to expanded cinema proposals this year too.  While we have featured such projects in an invited capacity before, this year we wanted to open it up and see what was out there in terms of genre-related media projects that might not be merely conventional time-based screenings.  So presentations, installations, projects that rely on the participation of the artist to maneuver or manipulate the show, creating a one-of-a-kind experience.  We’re definitely stepping it up for 2016 - it’s going to be an exciting year.”

Monster Fest was established in 2011 as the exhibition arm of Monster Pictures, and since that time has garnered a reputation for showcasing some of the finest new independent genre films in the world, giving Australian audiences an opportunity to experience them on the big screen, both at the annual festival in Melbourne and at satellite events throughout Australia year round. 

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Australia’s premier genre film festival, Monster Fest, announces the appointment of Kier-La Janisse as Festival Director of 2016.  

Australia’s premier festival of cult, horror, and the fantastic, Monster Fest is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Festival Director, renowned Canadian film programmer and author Kier-La Janisse. 

Returning to Melbourne’s Lido Cinemas for its sixth edition, Monster Fest 2016 has been scheduled to take place November 24-27.  Monster Fest has also announced that submissions for Features, Short Films, and Expanded Cinema Projects open on February 26, with an Early Bird Deadline of April 29, a Regular Deadline of June 3, and a final Extended Deadline of August 12, 2016.

Acclaimed author of the autobiographical House of Psychotic Women, Janisse comes to Monster Fest after nearly two decades of experience on the genre festival circuit, having worked for such prestigious events as Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX and founding Canada’s first horror film festival, CineMuerte (1999-2005) as well as co-founding revered Montreal micro-cinema Blue Sunshine.  In addition to her Monster Fest duties, Kier-La also runs Spectacular Optical Publications (Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s) and founded the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, which has branches in Montreal and London, with a US branch opening later this year. 

“The appointment of Kier-La signals a real intent of behalf of Monster Fest to permanently etch its way into the Australian cinema landscape” says Monster Fest founder Neil Foley.  “In recent times genre film festivals have emerged to become among the most exciting, important and well-attended screen culture events on the planet, both in terms of launching new talent, and celebrating their more established counterparts.  Kier-La brings a dynmaic mix of experience, knowledge and vision to the festival that we are confident will see Monster Fest take its place alongside some of the world’s finest film festivals. If you’re a fan of sensational genre cinema, whether from behind a camera, or in front of a screen, then this is an exciting day!” 

“I can’t wait to start plotting out this year’s event with the Monster Fest team” remarks Janisse.  “I was wooed by the vibrant Australian genre film community when I visited Monster Fest as a panelist two years ago, and I feel this is an incredible opportunity to let my inner ‘monster kid’ out to play.  The pool of local collaborators include some of the most important voices in genre criticism today, constituting a veritable brains-trust that ensures that this year’s festival will be a curatorial powerhouse and a massively fun event.” 

Monster Fest was established in 2011 as the exhibition arm of Monster Pictures, and since that time has garnered a reputation for showcasing some of the finest new independent genre films in the world, and giving Australian audiences an opportunity to see them on the big screen.

Submissions for Monster Fest 2016 can be processed via Film Freeway, Without a Box and Film Festival Life.  Details and submission guidelines are available at www.monsterfest.com.au.