Because of the world-wide Covid-19 quarantine in effect, Etheria will not be having a live event as planned in June 2020 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Instead, Etheria 2020 will be a digital event and they hope you will all join in on the celebration!

Etheria 2020’s nine short films will be available to watch on Shudder, AMC Network’s premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, on Friday, June 19, 2020 through July 20, 2020. New members can sign up for a 30-day free trial with promo code ETHERIA at shudder.com.

In addition, live digital celebrations featuring interviews, panels, and much more with Etheria 2020 filmmakers, judges, friends, and fans will be hosted by The Screenland Armour Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on June 20. Tickets for this separate Etheria Celebration and more info can be found here: screenlandonline.com/etheria.

The 2020 Etheria Film Festival Lineup includes SXSW 2020 Midnighters selection Waffle starring comedians Katie Marovitch and Kerry Barker (CollegeHumor), Australian horror shocker Maggie May starring actress/singer Lulu McClatchy (The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee), terror tale of revenge Conversion Therapist starring Sara Fletcher (Days of Our Lives), Dutch sci-fi comedy Offbeat from actress/director Myrte Ouwerkerk starring TV star Christopher van der Meer, dystopian character study Live from actress/director Taryn O’Neill (Granite Flats, Continuum) starring Tyler Wiseman (This Is Us), the Black Mirror-esque Ava in the End starring Allie Gallerani (James Franco’s Blood Theatre, The Blacklist), and newcomer Alexandria Perez’s award-winning slasher The Final Girl Returns.

See the website for the full list of 2020 Etheria Judges!

Etheria Film Festival 2020 Official Short Film Selections:

Waffle
Directed by Carlyn Hudson (11:00)(Dark Comedy)(USA)
Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship – in a society that grows ever isolating – is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants. 

Maggie May
Directed by Mia’kate Russell (14:00)(Horror)(Australia)
Sometimes doing nothing can be the worst move of all. 

Basic Witch
Directed by Yoko Okumura (12:00)(Magical)(USA)
Young witch Lily prepares a magic pumpkin spice latte that forces Brian to relive the physical experience of their terrible sex from the previous night – but from Lily’s perspective. 

Conversion Therapist
Directed by Bears Rebecca Fonte (20:00)(Horror)(USA)
A pansexual, polyamorous trio kidnap a ‘pray-the-gay-away’ evangelical conversion therapist and torture him until he sees the light. 

Offbeat
Directed by Myrte Ouwerkerk (20:00)(Science Fiction)(The Netherlands)
In a polluted future 20-year-old drummer Olly wants only one thing: to get inside the dome, where the air is clean and the best musicians live. In order to get in, he must pass a series of absurd tests. 

The Final Girl Returns
Directed by Alexandria Perez (16:00)(Horror)(USA)
A driver emerges from a massacre unscathed and finds himself trapped in an endless cycle of saving the final girls. The Driver soon learns that one mustn’t fight the rules of horror, and the past he’s been driving from catches up to him. 

LIVE
Directed by Taryn O’Neill (12:30)(Science Fiction)(USA)
An online ‘livecaster’ with a dangerous brand has a crisis of conscience over her volatile career choice in a future world where jobs are limited and conflict is currency. 

Man in the Corner
Directed by Kelli Breslin (9:45)(Horror)(USA)
What starts out as a hot hookup with his dream guy turns into a nightmare when Daniel realizes they aren’t alone in the house. 

Ava in the End
Directed by Ursula Ellis (10:00)(Science Fiction)(USA)
After tripping over her dog and dying, a struggling actress wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body. 

Some other incredibly exciting news is that a full Etheria Film Festival retrospective collection featuring our official selections from every festival season, 2014-2019, will be released on digital streaming by The Horror Collective (thehorrorcollective.com) beginning with the release of Season 2014 on July 23, 2020 on Amazon.com. Stay tuned for more details about those releases and how to watch them!

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Shannon is the Founder of Nightmarish Conjurings and a lover of all things horror and haunt related. When she's not obsessively collecting all things "Trick 'R Treat" related, or trying to convince everyone that "Hereditary" is one of the greatest horror films ever made, you can find her designing interiors for commercial restaurants. An avid haunt fan, Shannon spends the entire year visiting haunts and immersive experiences throughout the Southern California area and hopes to one day design her own haunted attraction.
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