Portland Horror Film Festival Announces First Wave of Films

The 2nd Annual Portland Horror Film Festival hits the big screen at the Hollywood Theatre June 8-10, and the first wave of films has just been announced!

From Satanic guitars to zombie children and sweet, sweet revenge, Portland Horror Film Festival already has something for everyone, including short and feature films from the US, Canada, UK, Brazil, Norway, France, Turkey, and Iran! The full list can be found HERE which is just a SMALL sampling of the films, only about one-third of the total films that will be shown in June. 

Don't miss the Oregon Premiere of LILITH'S AWAKENING from Brazilian director Monica Demes. Beautifully shot in stark black and white in America's heartland, this ravenous feature evokes both classic Universal horror films and the unsettling weird of David Lynch's masterpieces, with standout performances including a captivating portrayal of the titular Lilith by Brazilian pop-star Barbara Eugenia. Do not miss this chance to see this Oregon premiere on the big screen!

Attending filmmakers will do a Q&A after each programming block. Acclaimed genre filmmaker, Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) will be the special guests judge for this year's "Bloody Judge" Award. Other awards include the "Goule D'or" Director's Award, the "Main de Gloire" Jury Award, "Abby Normal" award for innovation, "Horde Award" for audience choice, and "Funny Bone" for funniest short. 

Scheduled screening times are Thursday June 8, 7-11 pm, Friday, June 9, 7-11pm, and Saturday, June 10, 1-5pm. Attendees are invited to Meet & Greet attending filmmakers and actors before screenings each day at Sam's Hollywood Billiards. VIP Patron of Horror Ticket packages will be available soon. These include a full weekend pass, exclusive t-shirt and amulet, and early entry to the theater. 

Portland Horror Film Festival was launched in 2016 by Gwen and Brian Callahan, who are also the directors of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. In 2016, Portland Horror Film Festival showcased independent films from 10 different countries, including many from North and South America, Europe, Taiwan, and even Iran and Egyp. While a few of those films were made by women directors (including 2 under the age of 18, and one from Iran!), the directors think they can do better service to the horror film community and the audience by encouraging yet more diversity in the 2017 festival. 

Portland Horror Film Festival supported Women in Horror Month by waiving film submission fees for women directors during February and continues to encourage diversity and multi-cultural sharing with the "F*@k the Muslim Ban" where filmmakers from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, and Libya may submit for free until the deadline. 

Portland Horror Film Festival does not support oppression, gender inequality, or other government-sponsored injustices in some countries, the organizers strong believe that opening borders to filmmakers who have stories to tell, especially tales of terror, is an important part of understanding the lives of all fellow humans. "It's our festival's mandate to showcase horror films from every corner of our planet, so we're doing our part to encourage filmic diversity," says co-director Gwen Callahan. "Now, it's up to filmmakers in these countries to show us what they've got!" 

Portland Horror Film Festival takes place June 8-10th at the beautifully restored Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR. Early Bird Delux Ticket Packages are on sale now at https://portlandhorrorfilmfestival.com/tickets. Full weekend and single night tickets go on sale soon. For announcements, subscribe to the mailing list on the website: http://portlandhorror.com