[News] HorrOrigins Returns to Tucson for Film Festival

HorrOrigins, an independent horror film festival, is gearing up to share the scares with attendees later this month at the Galaxy Theater in Tucson, AZ. Slated to run Thursday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 1, the four-day festival will include full-length features, shorts, and even animation from indie horror creators from around the world.

Brandon Waites, filmmaker and horror enthusiast, founded HorrOrigins in 2019 as a means for genre screenwriters and filmmakers to network and screen their films in theatrical settings.

“HorrOrigins is a celebration of independent horror cinema,” Waites said. “There’s a lot of really cool things happening in horror right now and often, it’s independent filmmakers who are on the frontlines making it happen. I’m proud to help provide a space for them to have their work seen by new audiences and to give them some of the recognition they rightfully deserve.”

Having grown over the past few years, 2023 will be the first year the festival has expanded to include a fourth day of film screenings.

“There’s a tremendous amount of talent out there in the independent horror community, and we want to get as much of it in front of audiences as we can,” Waites said. “As a result, we’ve added more films than ever for this year’s festival and have expanded it to four days. This festival is going to be absolutely packed with quality horror you’re not going to want to miss.”

Beyond the film screenings, audience members will be able to ask questions to attending writers and filmmakers. HorrOrigins will also be hosting networking opportunities for fans and filmmakers at Serial Grillers on Speedway Blvd throughout the course of the festival.

“Horror is amazing at bringing people together, which is one of the reasons behind creating the festival in the first place,” Waites said. “Ultimately, we want to create something that people can be a part of, share in a few good scares, and have fun. That’s what it’s all about.”

Several notable creators from the horror film industry will also be attending HorrOrigins Film Fest as special guests, including writer and executive producer Jed Shepherd (Host, Dashcam); writer/director/producer Aaron Koontz (Scare Package films, Camera Obscura, The Pale Door, Old Man); producer and senior vice president of Film and TV at Fangoria Studios Armen Aghaeian (Tragedy Girls); and producer and screenwriter Micah Haley (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, The Old Way).

HorrOrigins is sponsored by/partnered with Galaxy Theatres Tucson, Film Tucson, Screambox, ALTER, ScriptHop, Coverfly, FilmFreeway, Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition, Horror Press LLC, and Backstage.

More information about the HorrOrigins Film Festival, including ticket information, can be found at horrorigins.com. The lineup of films can currently be found on the festival’s ticketing page.

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