Women in Horror Film Festival 2017 Announces Winners

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The Women in Horror Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, September 21, in scenic Peachtree City, GA. Dozens of filmmakers, as well as special guests Mylo Carbia, Amanda Wyss, Heather Langenkamp, Sonya Thompson, Marianne Maddalena, Trina Parks, Lynn Lowry, and Jen & Sylvia Soska, were in attendance at the opening night party and throughout the weekend’s events.

Over the course of three days, five features and dozens of horror shorts were screened to horror fans. Vendors from across the country presented and sold horror merchandise. Industry pros presented workshops and panels. After parties closed the bar every night, the most notable of which was Saturday, September 22, when Ross Childress and Shane Evans, previously of rock band Collective Soul, reunited for a private show to attending filmmakers, guests, and fans.

The spirit of the festival was that of camaraderie and support. Festival Directors Samantha Kolesnik and Vanessa Ionta Wright emphasized that the event was about community. Sylvia Soska remarked, “That fest was pure magic,” and Amanda Wyss said the weekend was “amazing and inspiring.” Many filmmakers and screenwriters lamented that they did not want the weekend to end. As the festival drew to a close, it became time to see who would take home a Lizzie, the coveted custom award for Women in Horror Film Festival. All Lizzies are hand-painted and custom engraved, ensuring that no two Lizzies are ever alike.

The winners for WIHFF 2017 are as follows:

INDIE SPIRIT AWARD
Murder Made Easy

FEATURE FILM
Runner up – Buzzard Hollow Beef
WINNER – Ruin Me

INTERNATIONAL SHORT
Runner up – Alfred J Hemlock
WINNER – NASTY

THRILLER SHORT
Runner up – Suffer The Little Children
WINNER – Scratch – Film

COMEDY SHORT
Runner up – Humbug
WINNER – From Hell She Rises

MICRO SHORT
Runner up – Marco Polo
WINNER – The Chute

HORROR SHORT
Runner up – Liz Drives
WINNER – Creatures of Whitechapel

BEST SOUTHEASTERN SHORT
Runner up – Huff & I’ll Puff
WINNER – 106 White Lake

STUDENT FILM
Runner up – Satanica
WINNER – Chasing Jenny

AUDIENCE CHOICE
WINNER – Unbearing

BEST DIRECTOR
WINNER – Lucy Campbell for Squeal

BEST WRITING
WINNER – Melissa Penton Lyons & Edward Lyons for Alfred J Hemlock
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER – Michael Swaigen for Satanica
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Sushi Soda & Sally Thompson for Little Lamb Movie
BEST FX
Kaye MacDonald for UNDRESS ME
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC/SCORE
Michael Damon for Lou Simon’s 3
BEST ACTRESS
Astrida Auza for Suffer The Little Children

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
Runner up – The Pardoner by Colin Harker
WINNER – Hospitality by Hannah Robinson

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
Runner up – God’s Work is Never Done by Tara Carre Hall
WINNER – Devil to Pay by Julie Moran & Kemmy Moran

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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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