The State’s Largest Horror Film Festival Takes Place Oct 17-19
BOISE, IDAHO—The Idaho Horror Film Festival (IHFF), Idaho's first and longest-running horror film festival, returns for its sixth year, Oct. 17-19. Every year, the festival attracts the latest and best genre films from around the world drawing attendees from all over the country for an incredible gathering of horror film fans in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho. For three packed days, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Boise's historic (and haunted) Egyptian Theatre.
“We like to say that Idaho Horror is more about the ‘why’ of the genre than the ‘what,’” said IHFF Executive Director Molly Deckart. “Horror is a diverse and loved genre. Most filmmakers have made a horror film at some point in their careers, and it’s the common thread that has stitched itself into the fabric of the filmmaking community. We’ve been successful in creating a more supportive foundation for filmmakers calling Idaho home and IHFF has seen more residents getting involved in filmmaking, particularly women. We want to foster more fellowship and inspiration for our native and guest filmmakers.”
The 2019 festival line-up presents more than 50 short films, exclusive screenings, celebrity guests, free educational panels and family friendly events. In addition to the films, the IHFF produces events, which highlight downtown Boise including: Flash Fiction Competition with Storyfort, throwback screenings and an exclusive screening this year featuring “The Blair Witch Project” with celebrated writer and director Dan Myrick. In addition, IHFF brews a limited-edition beer, “Draculager,” made with love by friends at Woodland Empire Ale Craft.
An invite only, available with IHFF VIP pass purchase, Myrick, will have an exclusive, invite only test screening for his latest sci-fi docudrama, “Skyman” on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Egyptian Theatre. “Skyman” tells the story of Carl Merryweather (Michael Selle), a man who believes that at ten years old he made contact with aliens, and who has decided that he must reconnect with them by returning to the place where the first encounter occurred. The film is produced by Myrick along with Joseph Restaino, Anthony Pernicka and William Surgeon. Music for the film is composed and produced by Billy Corgan and Don Miggs. “Skyman” will have its premiere at the 2019 Austin Film Festival.
In addition to the movie going horror film experience, IHFF also honors the artistry of horror filmmaking. The IHFF Trailblazer Award, created in 2017, acknowledges a woman who has made considerable contributions to their craft and is a touchstone for other women in the industry. This year’s Trailblazer Award will be presents to “Satanic Panic” director Chelsea Stardust. Since leaving her post at Blumhouse Productions, Stardust became a full-time film director. Her first short film, “Where Are You?” was part of the 2016 Etheria World Tour and was also featured on Nerdist’s “Short Ends” on Alpha. Chelsea also released four short films on Crypt TV, “Slay Per View,” “Marco Polo,” “Project Hope” and “Under the Bed” two of which have exceeded over one million views. Chelsea’s first feature film, the science fiction thriller “All That We Destroy,” was part of the Blumhouse series “Into the Dark” and is currently available on Hulu. Her second feature film, the horror comedy “Satanic Panic,” written by novelist Grady Hendrix and produced by Fangoria, was released nationwide theatrically on VOD and digital HD on Sept. 6, 2019.