Brazil’s Rock Horror Film Festival announces its “Monster” Program

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Brazil’s third annual Rock Horror Film Festival announces its “Monster” Program


SEPTEMBER 17 – 27, 2020
Grab your drink and popcorn, put on your best pajamas and prepare your heart for 11 days and nights of cinematic terror and suspense with the best international thrillers and lots of rock & roll. 
The Rock Horror Film Festival, now in its third year, is announcing 2020’s “Monster” Program, which brings together 57 films from 21 countries competing for the Calaca Rock trophy in several categories: Sinister Features, Bizarre Featurettes, Macabre Shorts, Haunted Brazil, Pills of Fear, Strange Documentaries and Hair-Raising Animations. 
Each day of the festival will feature a full 24 hours of uninterrupted films, with daily programs divided into 12 two-hour sessions. Attendees will also have access to the “crème de la crème” of Brazilian and international film professionals via the following special offerings:
•24 webinars covering all stages of production.
•33 round tables with the participation of directors, actors and guests of the festival.
•12 live rock performances with bands from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Spain.

The competition

The festival offers an array of long feature films this year, such as “Celebrity Crush,” a U.S. film directed by and starring Oliver Robins, who was a child actor in Spielberg’s “Poltergeist”; “Iris,” a U.S. film directed by Diana Rodriguez and starring Alice Kremelberg (“Orange Is The New Black”) and Grant MacDermott (“Hustlers,” “Mr. Robot”); “Possessões,” a Brazilian film directed by Tiago Santiago and featuring a cast of Marcelo Serrado, Fernanda Nobre, Antônio Pitanga, Marcos Pitombo; “Diablo Rojo,” an entry from Panama directed by Sol Moreno and starring Carlos Carrasco (Blood in Blood out, Speed); “Mareld,” a film from Sweden directed by Ove Valeskog, who participated in the first edition of the festival with “Huldra – Lady of the Forest” and who mixes documentary and fiction; “La Zona Elegida” by Argentinian director Ariel Conti.

Some highlights in the short competition are “Mommy’s Little Monster” (USA) by Patrick Green, starring Jenny Pellicer (“Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich”) and Tate Birchmore (“American Princess”); “Boomslang” (USA) by Trevor Ryan, starring Ryan Vincent (“Elizabeth Blue”, “Stumptown”, “Blonde”) and featuring Tricia Rae StahlKey (“Glee”); “Clash of Giants,” which mixes documentary and fiction in a conceptual and surrealist film by Austrian artist Nin Brudermann (MoMA PS1). The selection brings together a wide variety of titles and presents new talents experimenting in genre cinema who hail from Greece, Holland, Iran, Myanmar and Ukraine.

In the new Strange Documentary competition, the festival will feature: “Medium” (Brazil) from Monica Demes; “Sleeze Lake: Vanlife at its Lowest & Best” (USA) by Andrew J. Morgan & Nick Nummerdor; The restored copy of FW Murnau’s classic “Nosferatu,” featuring David Carradine and with the soundtrack by the gothic band TYPE -O Negative, with producer Wayne Keeley participating in a roundtable discussion. 

Another new category at the festival is Hair-Raising Animations, which this year brings a handful of unforgettable animations: “I See You” (Japan), “616” (Mexico), “Malakout” (Iran) and “Ghölu” (United Kingdom).
The Rock Horror Film Festival 2020 boasts a strong female presence in genre cinema, with 13 female directors taking charge of several productions. The films being shown also feature a record number of female leads starring as villains and heroines.

Festival full program to download in pdf.
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2h sessions with various films, for only 2.50 euros.
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Round Tables
Festival attendees have the chance to hear the perspectives of the creative minds behind these films during 33 international roundtable talks led by Chrys Rochat, director of the festival.
full list of tables >>

Roberto Sadovski interviews the directors and actors everyday in our channels at 21pm BRT. And Ricardo Schott from Pop Fantasma interviews the bands at 21h45 pm BRT, before the  Rock Livestreams.
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Rock Livestreams
Nas Lives de Rock que acontecerão diariamente às 22h no canal do festival bandas e solos de artistas nacionais e internacionais e como é tradição, a live do esquenta do festival começa na véspera.
full list of bands >>

During the festival’s two dozen webinar workshops, film professionals and aficionados will have an exclusive opportunity to learn from industry experts, including American directors David Lipper (“Full House”, “High Strung”, “The Unwilling”) and Jonathan Martin (“Creatures of White Chapel”, “Kiss The Devil in The Dark”); Spanish director Juanra Fernández (“Rocambola”) and several famous Brazilians such as screenwriter Paulo Cursino (“De Pernas Pro Ar”, “Até Que a Morte nos Separe”); director and screenwriter Halder Gomes (“Cine Holliúdy”) and André Moraes, musician, director, Grammy nominee and award-winning soundtrack author (“Assalto ao Banco Central’, “Lisbela e o Prisioneiro”); Mariá Velasquez, acquisitions manager (Paramount Pictures Brasil) Coproducing with Majors webinar, Dionísio Neto, actor and playwright (“Carandiru”, “A Favorita”, “Morde and Assopra”), in addition to other skilled professionals in charge of the festival’s must-see webinars and workshops.


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Ash Hamilton is not only the owner of, but also one of its major contributors. A long time horror movie enthusiast, Ash has lent his personality to radio and television and continues to support his favorite genre through his writing and art. He also loves beef jerky and puppies... and low-grade street-quality hallucinogens.

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