Tuesday, October 18, 2011

JT Seaton Founds New Orleans Horror Film Festival

JT Seaton is the latest in a growing line of filmmakers-turned-film-festival-directors, an especially common phenomenon among horror film festivals. I learned this from Seaton at the 2011 Shriekfest horror film festival, which screened his short film, Divination.

Seaton recently founded the New Orleans Horror Film Festival, not to be confused with a previously announced New Orleans horror film festival called Circus of Terror.

The latter was to have its first screening in 2010. Its plans were destroyed by the BP gulf oil spill, and plans for a 2011 screening apparently never materialized.

Apart from Seaton, filmmakers (and other talent) turned festival directors include actress/producer Rachel Belofsky (Screamfest L.A.), actress Denise Gossett (Shriekfest), actress/filmmakers Shannon Lark and Heidi Martinuzzi (Viscera), script supervisor Michael Coulombe (Big Bear Horror-Fi), producer Pablo Guisa Koestinger (Morbido Film Fest), and filmmakers Elisabeth Fies (BleedFest), Shade Rupe (Deep Red International), Bryan Wolford (Drunken Zombie Film Festival), Eric Morgret (Maelstrom International), and Alex Bram (Carnival of Darkness). And, of course, there's writer/actor moi (Tabloid Witch Awards).


For a behind-the-scenes look at horror film festivals and the festival directors who manage them, see Horror Film Festivals and Awards. This book also includes a directory of over 200 horror film festivals, and a list of festival award winners from dozens of festivals over several decades.

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