Women in Horror Film Festival Announces 2018 WINNERS

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The Women in Horror Film Festival is proud to announce the 2018 film & screenplay winners.  The full list can also be found on the official WIHFF website at https://www.wihff.com/2018-film-finalists/ and https://www.wihff.com/2018-screenplay-winners-and-finalists/

The fest was proud to screen the WORLD PREMIERE of the feature film anthology BUGS:  A TRILOGY directed by SIMONE KISIEL which took home the Lizzie for BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE FILM and is currently available on AMAZON PRIME.  Also screened was the EAST COAST PREMIERE of the feature film ECHOES OF FEAR which took home the lizzie for BEST FEATURE FILM, directed by Laurence & Brian Avenet-Bradley.

Over 70 short films screened throughout the weekend in addition to a live read of the short screenplay finalists and feature screenplay finalists received a one-on-one with Hollywood horror producer MARIANNE MADDALENA.  The fest showcased a panel on DIVERSITY & VISIBILITY featuring the incomparable TRINA PARKS, best selling horror author MYLO CARBIA, iHorror contributing writer WAYLON JORDAN, SFX artist STACY PALMER, actor & director BRIAN ASHTON SMITH and writer/producer/director/actor MELISSA KUNNAP.  Another featured panel was FROM INDIE TO STUDIO:  MAKING THE LEAP, with panelists Marianne Maddalena, THE WALKING DEAD prop master GILLIAN ALBINSKI and director of photography MARK SIMON.

There were several special awards given to members of the film community.  TORI DANIELLE ROMERO of POPHORROR.COM and WAYLON JORDAN of iHorror were both honored for their continuous support of the horror community through journalism.  Another special award was the HORROR VANGUARD LIZZIE which was presented to legendary horror producer MARIANNE MADDALENA.  The 2018 Women in Horror Film Festival winners were as follows:

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY – Throwback by Rachel Wooley

FEATURE SCREENPLAY 1ST RUNNER UP – Single Family Home by Tara C. Hall & Bel Delia

FEATURE SCREENPLAY 2ND RUNNER UP – The Night Before the Exhibition by Kirston Fortune

HONORABLE MENTION – The Caul by Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY – Pretenders by Anna Eichenauer

SHORT SCREENPLAY 1st RUNNER UP – Wild by Kenesha Williams


BEST HORROR COMEDY SHORT – Bitten directed by Sarah K. Reimers

BEST PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR SHORT – Blood Runs Down directed by Zandashé Brown

BEST STUDENT SHORT – Instinct directed by Maria Arida

BEST ANIMATION SHORT – Count Your Curses directed by Loréne Yavo

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT – The Whistler directed by Jennifer Nicole Stang

BEST REGIONAL SHORT – Feast directed by Mellissa Kunnap

BEST HORROR SHORT – Keep the Gaslight Burning directed by Lou & Dave Elsey

BEST THRILLER SHORT – The After Party directed by Colin Costello

BEST SCI-FI SHORT – Girl in the Galactic Sun directed by Heather Perluzzo

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT – Quiver directed by Shayna Connelly

BEST BODY HORROR SHORT – Entropia directed by Marinah Janello

BEST FEATURE FILM – Echoes of Fear directed by Laurence & Brian Avenet-Bradley

BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE – Simon Kisiel for BUGS:  A Trilogy

BEST DIRECTOR SHORT – Emily Dean for Andromeda

INDIE SPIRIT AWARD – Z-Stuy directed by Devan Gallagher

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS NARRATIVE – Lady Hunters directed by Angela Atwood

BEST SCORE – What Metal Girls are Into composed by Catherine Capozzi

BEST EDITING – Rites of Vengeance edited by Jarret Blinkhorn

BEST FX – Devórame special makeup effects by Roberto Ortiz

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Hinterland cinematography by Nicole Lehrman

BEST WRITING – Lady Hunters written by Angela Atwood

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – The Daughters of Virtue production design by Dani Manning

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL #BetterHorror AWARD – The Stare directed by Louisa Weichmann


BEST PERFORMANCE – Donna Pieroni for Lunch Ladies

BEST TRAILER – Dusso directed by Jenna Kanell

AUDIENCE CHOICE – Lunch Ladies – a Clarissa Jacobson Production

“Where do I even begin. WIHFF is truly special, it’s a phenomenal festival in every single capacity. The programming is fantastic, unique, and diverse; every single film I saw was seriously excellent and represented so many different perspectives. The entire event is so well organized; Sam and Vanessa have really thought of everything (great communication, attendance, press coverage, filmmaker Q&As and interviews, panels, awards, and super on theme parties). They’ve put so much into creating a true celebration of women in horror.”  -Devan Gallagher winner of the INDIE SPIRIT award.

The Women in Horror Film Festival is a TOP 100 reviewed festival on Film Freeway and is currently open for submissions for 2019!  For more information on the fest and how to get involved, please visit us online at www.WIHFF.com or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WIHFF),  Twitter @WIHFF and Instagram @womeninhorrorfilmfestival.

Written by
Ash Hamilton is not only the owner of Horror-Fix.com, 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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