Here are just a few of our success stories ...
Hey Denise! - Empire Films' Virus X (an Offical Shriekdest selection in 2010) Premires on Fearnet tv tonight . You can catch it all week long! A big THANK YOU to you and the entire Shriekfest staff for your help and support of our success! Not sure if we would be here without you. - Matt Chassin
H. Craig Bass with Year of the Phoenix Studios and Motion Source optioned L.C. Cruell's short script, "Seekers" after finding it on InkTip. UBK Studios will be producing the film. Brian Ernst, with UBK Studios, will be directing, and Craig will be the director of photography. "Seekers," a vampire, psychological thriller, is a Shriekfest winner.
Phase 4 Films picked up The Open Door. Congrats to Clint Carmichael and Doc Duhame!
Shriekfest rocks! It's the only festival that I know of that passes on distribution contacts to ALL of the entrants. Thanks to Denise, I got distribution for my documentary "I Sold My Soul To Satan". Chemical Burn, the distributor that Denise passed on to me (and everyone) via her newsletter, not only offered to distribute my film, but has asked me to produce films for them as well. Thanks Denise and keep on doing what you do! -David Gaz
Trippin' by Devi Snively has been picked up by Camp Motion Pictures with a sweet deal including VOD and a compilation dvd deal including all of her films! congrats Devi!
Sycamore Entertainment Group Takes U.S. Rights to Tammi Sutton's 'Isle of Dogs', winner of best thriller feature film at Shriekfest 2011!! congrats Tammi!
Grimm Night, 2011 screenplay finalist, written by Brandon Bestenheider & Allen Bey was just purchased by Universal Pictures! Congrats Brandon and Allen!
CineRep has been great representing "Take 22". They are professional, experienced sales reps who care about us and put the filmmaker first. I am so pleased to have them on our team! We are currently fielding exciting offers for distribution! Thanks to ShriekFest and Denise Gossett for putting us together and helping make this happen! Michael Bayouth - Director
SafeCracker Pictures unleash James Eaves' low budget torture-porn/science fiction blender Bane onto UK DVD shelves this July 28th! Says James, "The fallout from our screening at Shriekfest and the subsequent Best Horror Feature award has in large part been the reason the film made it to the desks of the decision makers at distribution companies. Shriekfest has a solid reputation that travels and we are proud to be among the films lucky enough to be selected."
"I am a huge fan of Shriekfest and what they stand for. In the film business a lot of people say that they are there to help the indie filmmaker, but as I have found out, talk is cheap. Denise Gossett goes above and beyond to help whenever she can and has been immensely helpful for me. She and Shriekfest represent what's right with filmmaking. I cannot thank or recommend them enough." – Geno McGahee, Writer/Director of FAMILY SECRET
I wanted to let you know that 'Sentenced,' which was a finalist in 2010, has been optioned by Incognito Pictures. They just finished a film called, "Guns, Girls and Gambling" with Gary Oldman and Christian Slater and a horror film called "The Sacred" with Jeff Fahey and Sid Haig. The producer Steve Stone also produced, "Kickin It Old School." And they have a deal with the Weinsteins. - Colin
Remember my script, 'The Burnout?' It's been optioned by Arnold Liebovit ('The Time Machine'). Just thought you might be interested in knowing. - Phil
Hi Denise, this is Don Mangan, author of the screenplay 'ATOMIC ADAM'. I for one just wanted to thank you for the referrals you send along. It is very consederate of you do so and very helpful and I know it is appreciated- it is sure appreciated by ME.
Kenny Yakkel's screenplay "Glutton" is getting made and David Arquette has signed on to star in it! Congrats Kenny!
Hi Denise, it's Gregg Holtgrewe, writer/director of Dawning...just wanted to let you know we signed a distro deal with Breaking Glass Pictures
I'm pleased to announce that SOLITARY has been picked up for North American distribution by Osiris Entertainment. The DVD will likely be on sale (and for rent/download) early in 2011. With this deal in place, we're now working on foreign distribution options and will keep you posted as always. - Greg Derochie
I thought I'd drop you a line to tell you that my short Cheerbleeders that played at your festival is being distributed on itunes by Shorts International. Thanks! - Peter Podgursky
Hey Denise - I just wanted to share with you a great success we had by entering Shriekfest. Making shorts is, as many of us know, not necessarily the most lucrative of options in filmmaking. It's tricky to find funding for a feature, much less a short....but for us that ended up not being the case. We had run the typical routes of indiegogo and begging friend and family...luckily the latter worked, but only got us part of the way there. Then Shriekfest happened. Via our nomination we were able to secure FULL funding to see the short completed. We work with an awesome company who believed in our talents as commercial artists, but had yet to fully take the plunge into developing concepts for the big/small/micro screen. The validation that Shriekfest offered helped sway their opinion and allowed us full funding. But wait there's more...in addition to the value they now see in development we have since created a spin off called pure cinematica. Our mission is to help artists and craftsmen/women see their visions realized - no matter the length. In the end a good story is just that a good story. Everybody wins. I cannot thank you enough for the hospitality whilst attending the festival, but I owe you an even bigger thanks for the level of passion and commitment you have brought to the world. It is truly a shining example of whats RIGHT with hollywood. We hope to see you next year with the completed short. Godspeed and Goodluck - Drew Hall
"IN MEMORIUM" will have a streaming US release this fall! Congrats Amanda Gusack!
Hey Denise, I've seen and talked with Schroeder [owner of Cult Movies Magazine and TV] over the last few years at the festival. This year we really got to talking and damn I think we're going to be working on a short film together. He's into a lot more than just Cultmoviesmagazine and we really hit it off. Without you and all you do for everyone, this opportunity never would have happened. You are one of the most generous and giving people in Hollywood. We've both said to each other that we're glad we're friends, now it's time for me to say thank you for being my friend. Be good, be cool, be Denise! - Larry
Shriekfest is an awesome festival that truly cares, supports and extends opportunities to new talent in the world of horror. Just recently my & my writing partner's screenplay entry has garnered the interest of an agent, whom is highly enthused about our script. I can't thank Denise & Shriekfest enough for helping to open doors to us contestants. - Terrence Kelsey
"Maneater" can be seen on Showtime. Congrats Michael Emanuel!
"Dawning" was picked up by CR as our producer's rep...Breaking Glass released it in June, 2011 on DVD...it's now streaming on Netflix and we're hoping to get it into Germany soon. Congrats Gregg Holtgrewe!
"Resurrection County" has distribution through Vision Media! Congrats Matt Zettell!
"Rule of 3" is heading to dvd! Big Screen Entertainment is releasing it! Congrats Rhoda Jordan!
"Sutures" can be found at Blockbuster, Netflix, and RedBox! Congrats Tammi Sutton and Jacqueline A. Kelly!
"Linda S. Scott, L. C. Cruell, and Diana Kemp have just inked a major deal with a feature film/multi-media production company to produce the first all female-written horror anthology Franchise, "The Mistresses of Horror." The Franchise will be based upon the original award-winning feature script, "Mistresses of Horror," a Shriekfest finalist, written by Ms. Cruell, Kemp, and Scott. The Mistresses of Horror Franchise plans to produce everything from graphic novels to a series of feature films. Congrats Linda, L.C, and Diana!
"Dark Room Theater" has been picked up on iTunes! Congrats Benjamin Pollack!
"Dark House" won the Fangoria Frightfest and is now at Blockbuster! Congrats Darin Scott!
"Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue" will have a theatrical release in the U.S and Canada through Lorber Films! Congrats Tom Coleman!
"Spike" has been picked up for U.S distribution by Maverick Entertainment! Congrats Robert Beaucage!
"House of Fears" has been picked up by Vivendi Entertainment and will be released November 24th. This is from a direct referral of Shriekfest! Congrats Steven Lee
"Maneater" directed by Michael Emanuel is being released by Lionsgate in January! Congrats Michael.
The short script Danny's Dinner Party written by William Mullins is being produced by Triad Talent and will feature Alexander Isaiah Thomas (Cabin Fever II) and Alexa Yeames. The producers also expect to develop the script into a SAG feature at a later date." Congrats Will!
"Evilution" directed by Chris Conlee has been picked up by Brink DVD and will be released November 17th.
"iMurders" is being released by Anchor Bay Oct 13th! Congrats Robbie.
Anthony Falcon's film "99 PIECES" will be out on DVD December 23rd through Vanguard Cinemas. Congrats Anthony!
The winner of the Shriekfest 2008 Best Short Film award went to "KIRKSDALE"directed by Ryan Spindell. Due to a connection from Shriekfest, "Kirksdale" is getting a national theatre release! It will be opening for another Shriekfest 2008 film "MIDNIGHT MOVIE"directed by Jack Messitt! Also, Midnight Movie hits DVD January 6th from Peace Arch Entertainment. Congrats Ryan and Jack
The film "HOUSE OF FEARS" has distribution through World Film Magic Distribution. Congrats Steven A. Lee!
My film "DARK REEL" has worldwide distribution through Spotlight Pictures and North American through NAMP which is the new company started by Barnholtz Entertainment. Congrats Josh Eisenstadt!
My film "CONJURER" played at your fest in 2008 and the DVD has been released by Monarch Home Video and is available in Hollywood Video, on Netflix and Blockbuster Online. Congrats Clinton!
Grimm Night, 2011 screenplay finalist, written by Brandon Bestenheider & Allen Bey was just purchased by Universal Pictures! Congrats Brandon and Allen! Who knows you might see it soon on Direct TV on any of the paid channels like HBO or Showtime! never know!
My film "GHOST MONTH" played at your fest in 2007. I just wanted to let you know the film will be released finally on June 9, 2009, everywhere on DVD and BLU-RAY via North American Motion Pictures. Congrats Danny!
The Ronalds' Brothers film "Netherbeast Inc" will be out on DVD in Dec through WellGo. Congrats Dean and Brian!
The film "Devil Girl" will be out on DVD in May/June through Elite Entertainment/Empire Entertainment. So we will have it for sale on our website and it will also be available at most retail outlets. They have our U.S. and Canadian DVD rights. We kept our Web,VOD,foriegn rights,Pay T.V., ancillary, merchandising and licensing rights. We will also have some midnight screenings in April at Laemmle Sunset 5 in Hollywood. Congrats Tracy!
Richard Gale's award-winning horror short film "CRITICIZED"is getting major worldwide distribution from Vivendi Universal, as a Bonus Feature on the DVD for the horror film SEED.It's rare for a short film to receive this level of distribution from a major studio! The DVD hits stores and rental outlets everywhere Sept. 9th. Congrats Richard!
2007 Screenplay Finalists L. C. Cruell ("Switch") and Diana Kemp-Jones ("Road Kill" and "Black Widow") have combined with another award-winning writer Linda S. Scott to create the recently completed, all-female-written horror anthology, "Mistresses of Horror" combining six chilling tales of flesh, fear, death, and desire (two from each writer) under the eaves of a mysterious brothel in New Orleans. 2007 Screenplay Finalist L. C. Cruell ("Switch") has also just finished working with 2007 Short Film Finalist Attila Sz?sz ("Now You See Me, Now You Don't") and production company Extreme Film on a paid script polish assignment for the Hungarian director's upcoming first feature film "Zoe." Congrats L.C, Diana, and Attila!
"Director's Cut" is being sold internationally by York Entertainment. They've retitled it "Metalface". Shriekfest enthusiasm certainly helped the film find distribution. Congrats Eric Stacey!
Pennie Orcutt just notified us that "Death By Engagement" will be airing on Showtime in November! Congrats Pennie!
"Lucky" is distributed domestically under the Redrum Entertainment label, which is a division of MTI Home Video. Interested commercial retailers may contact Jay Grossman at http://www.mtivideo.com/. The movie is available to the general public for rental and/or sale at Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Netflix, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and on dozens of other websites and brick and mortar outlets. Those interested can check out our website, too http://www.themovielucky.com.The movie is distrubuted internationally by Maxim Media International. Interested international buyers should contact Darrin Ramage at Darrin@eMaximMedia.com. Congrats Steve Cuden!
Jeff Beres optioned his screenplay "Till it Thunders" twice with a contact from Shriekfest! Congrats Jeff!
Legaci has optioned Alexandre Coscas' screenplay "Scapegoat". Congrats Alexandre!
Christopher Alan Broadstone and his films have had a ton of press lately: The Cover of Release Print, Interviews in The Hacker's Source, "Scream for Me", "Human No More", and "My Skin" are all airing on Bite TV, and Joe Horror has reviewed his films as well! Congrats Chris!
"Guardian of the Realm" was bought by Think Films! Congrats Ted!
Larry Whatcott is proud to announce that he has signed an option agreement with CRC Entertainment for his screenplay "Killing Time"
Arthur Vincie is proud to announce that his screenplay "The Investigator" has been optioned by the production company 21st Century Foy Productions! Congrats Arthur!
Jeff Carroll is proud to announce the release of his Award-Winning Film "Gold Digger Killer" which is distributed by Polychrome Pictures and Warner Home Video this summer. Congrats Jeff!
Hi Denise, Just had to let you know about another great thing that came from this year's Shriekfest! Besides all the friends and contacts I made, I met the guy there reviewing the festival from IndieExpress.com. We talked, he liked my background, said they needed someone to review festivals in Atlanta, asked if I was interested, and of course I was. Fast forward a few months and I get a call, a press packet, and there I am reviewing my first film festival. They liked the review so much they are putting it up in three parts. I just always like to share the good things that come from all the hard work you do to make Shriekfest such a great event. Best, Lucy L. C. Cruell
Matt Zetell's "The Cellar Door" just got domestic distribution with Monterey Media and will have a release date in March! "The Cellar Door" can also be seen on select screens: January 23rd- Houston- Alamo Drafthouse, February 8th- San Antonio- Alamo Drafthouse, February 22nd- Madison- Pointe Theatre, February 28th- Fort Lauderdale- Cinema Paradiso Congrats Matt!
J.D Barfield's "Space Disgrace" was offered a licensing agreement with Crypt Club Productions via a referral from Shriekfest. Congrats J.D!
Bryan Norton's "Penny Dreadful" is out on DVD! It will be available to order very soon at the Cinema Image site as well as at Amazon.com, retail price is just $9.99. Congrats Bryan!
Jimmy Hemphill's "Bad Reputation" has distribution from Maverick Entertainment. It should be coming out on DVD sometime this late summer/early fall. Congrats Jimmy!
Richard Brandes' film "Penny Dreadful", will be released by Lions Gate on DVD Tuesday, March 27! Congrats Richard & Anita!
Miguel Gallego's "The Crypt Club" got picked up by Aaaaahs-films! Congrats Miguel!
I'm happy to report that I optioned "Killer's Apprentice." Congrats Philip Landa!
"Guardian of the Realm" can be seen on Showtime at these times: FEB 3 (11:30 pm) FEB 9 (1:10 am) FEB 14 (4:00 am) FEB 22 (3:30 am) & FEB 27 (10:00 pm) Congrats Evil Ted!
"Point of Contact" will be available December 19th on Netflix! Congrats Buddy Dolan
Marc de Launay's film "Contorted Hazel" is up for a UK BAFTA award! Congrats Marc!
Nate Barlow's film "Tales From Beyond" is now available on dvd and is being distributed by Anthem Pictures. Congrats Nate!
Many Shriekfest films made it into the "Visions of Horror" dvd produced by CRC Entertainment! The films include Vincent Grashaw's "Callous Sentiment", Christopher Alan Broadstone's "My Skin!" and "Scream For Me", and Shannon Larks' "Whatever Happened to the Zombie Killers".
"Mexican Werewolf in Texas" was aquired by Spotlight Pictures! Congrats Randy!
Monarch Home Video will release "Dark Remains" for North American distribution on December 19th. Congrats Brian & Laurence!
Writer/Director Olatunde Osunsanmi's atmospheric horror thriller, The Cavern (formerly titled WIthIN), will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on July 18th 2006. Congrats Tunde!
"Katiebird *Certifiable Crazy Person" was released on February 28th! Domestic: Heretic Films, Foreign: Shoreline Entertainment! Congrats Justin!
Happy to report that CAMP DAZE has been picked up by Universal and will get a wide North American release on April 11. Expect to find it in Blockbusters, Best Buys, Hollywood Videos etc. Its already up for pre sale on amazon.com. The film has been retitled as "Camp Slaughter". Congrats Alex!
Congrats to Brian Avenet-Bradley and his film "Dark Remains". They have a Foreign agreement with Atlas International.
Stephanie Wood is in production on her screenplay "My Boyfriend's Back", which won best screenplay in the under 18 category! Congrats Stephanie!
Brad Palmer and his film "Saw Bones" is on the Fangoria Blooddrive II DVD. Congrats Brad!
Phil Gorn of WonderPhil Productions has taken on my film "Den". He will take it to Cannes next week. Hopefully he can make some sales. Congrats Greg Arce!
See more testimonials ...