(UPDATED - New date: September 13, 2014)
Heavy Hitting Films Cordially Invites You To:
2014 marks the 13th resurrection of the Heavy Hitting HorrorFest and in order to make it this year’s fest the most pant-shittingly awesome yet we are upping the ante and introducing a new format and an exclusive directors event. After ten years of successful B-Grade mayhem it’s time to get out of the kiddie pool and into the blood bath.
The word is out and Heavy Hitting HorrorFest is getting quality submissions from all over the world. At the same time, many of the local B-Grade family have grown into bonafide movie directors over the past dozen years.
That means the flicks we choose to screen during the fest will be better than ever and not everyone is going to make the cut. After 13 years we are looking for Horrorfest submissions that champion style and vision So if your movie has no story, no real characters and relies on seen-it-a-million times clichés without bringing anything new or fresh then it probably will get left behind.
But fear not, this doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of savagery and we all love seeing our friends and hot neighbours on the big screens. This festival has always been designed to inspire and this year since we want better flicks we’re willing to help you make them better. We’re creating the first ever Heavy Hitting Script-to-Screen Bootcamp to give Horrorfesters access to tips, advice and critiques from successful film industry professionals.
Send us your script/synopsis/storyboard/trailer/rough-cut or concept outline by August 25th. (mask @ heavy hitting .com)
We'll select 5-7 concepts for the Script-to-Screen Bootcamp to be held on September 13, 2014 (UPDATED). It will be like horror triage, the films that will benefit the most will be selected.
The first half of the day will be dedicated to understanding how a movie is made from concept/script to getting it on the big screen - How to not waste time and money, how to get it done right. This part of the Script-to-Screen Bootcamp is open to all filmmakers who want to partake, however capacity is limited and selected teams will have priority. - Presented by Liz Levine
We'll then break for lunch (at Sushi Village) and in the afternoon the selected teams will be able to workshop their script with seasoned industry pros. This workshop will not only include script notes and suggestions, but will also address the technical details of getting your script onto the screen with a new set of tools to really tighten up your game and ensure your horror flick screens at HorrorFest on Oct 30, 2014.
This year’s Script to Screen Boot Camp will feature Liz Levine of Random Bench (www.randombench.com) and her team of producers, the dynamic duo of Danielle and Robin.
In 2013 Random Bench released Liz Levine’s first and second produced fiction feature films HEMORRHAGE (Phase 4 Films) and TOAD ROAD (Executive produced by Elijah Wood and distributed by Artsploitation Films ). 2014 will see the release of FEED THE GODS, a kick-ass looking Sasquatch horror flick that is right up our alley. Liz’s projects have garnered numerous awards including a Gemini in 2004 for CAMP HOLLYWOOD.
In 2006 she served as director of development at Vancouver-based No Equal Entertainment where she developed Douglas Coupland’s novel JPOD. She later served as new media producer on the 13 episode series for the CBC. In 2010 Levine became the VP of Development for Brightlight Pictures (50 Dead Men Walking, Gunless, 50/50).
In 2102, with over a decade of experience in both film and television behind her, Levine began to consult on film production for a variety of projects from features to new media in both Canada and the US.
Robin Nielsen has been working in film since 1997. Over the years he’s worked his way through almost every crew position possible all the way up to producer. In 2012 he and his producing partner Danielle Stott-Roy joined forces with Liz Levine and Random Bench to work on A GHOST WITHIN (short). From there a strong team formed and they have gone on to produce: REDEMPTION (webseries), WHY ME (web series) and the hotly anticipated FEED THE GODS (feature), as a producing unit.
Danielle Stott Roy trained in theatre at Capilano University and has spent the last 10 years working as an award winning actor, director and producer in both film & tv, and theatre. Since beginning her work with Random Bench and Liz Levine in 2012 she has been part of the producing unit on A Ghost Within, Redemption, Why Me? and most recently Random Bench’s much anticipated feature, Feed The Gods.
$50/person (includes lunch)
NOTE: If your script is not selected the HorrorFest team will still offer notes and advice, it just won't be workshopped by Liz Levine or her colleagues. Basically we just want to make the best night of the year even better and help produce films that will put the Heavy Hitting HorrorFest and the Whistler film community on the map as the most badass Horror Film Fest on the planet.
As always, feel free to email or call with any questions. Let's fucking do this.
Posted: Nov. 08, 2015