Mile High Horror Film Festival
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|Mile High Horror Film Festival|
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The Mile High Horror Film Festival is a film festival, which takes place each October in the Denver metro area of Colorado. The festival's mission is to showcase the best independent horror, thriller, and sci-fi films from around the world. Each year it hosts celebrities, artists, and filmmakers from the horror genre.
The Mile High Horror Film Festival was founded in 2010 and is the oldest running genre film festival in Denver, Colorado.
The festival's attendance has more than doubled in size each year of its existence.
In 2013 it hosted over 60 films from 16 different countries.
The festival was founded by Timothy Schultz and Theresa Likarish. Both avid genre film fans, they regularly attended film festivals across the US before deciding to create the Mile High Horror Film Festival. They wanted to create a festival that didn't exist in Denver, which they themselves would like to attend. Schultz is a filmmaker himself and gained inspiration from having his own films played around the world in festivals prior to starting this festival.
The Mile High Horror Film Festival has multiple prizes for films, screenplays, and music videos. Prizes include custom built trophies along with publicity and prizes awarded by the festival's sponsors.
Special Guests and Honorees
In 2013, the Mile High Horror Film Festival hosted top-notch talent from the horror genre.
The festival presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to actor and legendary special effects makeup artist, Mr. Tom Savini for his outstanding contributions to horror film.
For the closing night ceremony on Sunday, October 6, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Meg Foster participated in a Q&A discussion with the audience before a sold out 25th anniversary presentation of John Carpenter's film, They Live.
The festival's 2012 guest judges included the writer and creator of the Final Destination series, Mr. Jeffrey Reddick and the writer and director of The Blair Witch Project, Mr. Dan Myrick.
Actors Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley participated in the 2012 MHHFF Monster Panel discussion before being presented with Mile High Horror Film Festival Slasher Awards for outstanding achievement in the horror genre.
In 2011, the Mile High Horror Film Festival honored actor Michael Berryman with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Horror Genre after hosting a special presentation of the original The Hills Have Eyes (1977) directed by Wes Craven.
Festival guest judges included the writer and creator of the Final Destination series, Mr. Jeffrey Reddick and the writer and director of The Blair Witch Project, Mr. Dan Myrick.
Film directors Tim Sullivan and Adam Rifkin were present for the Colorado debut of their horror anthology film, Chillerama. Actor Zach Rand was also in person for his role in Lucky McKee's The Woman'', which made its Colorado debut at the 2011 MHHFF.
Festival Award-winning Films
Mile High Horror Film Festival awards can vary from year to year and have included the following categories:
- Best Feature Film
- Audience Award for Best Feature Film
- Best Actor in a Feature Length Film
- Best Short Film
- Audience Award for Best Short Film
- Best Local Colorado Short Film
- Best Animation
- Most Innovative Short Film
- Best Shock Factor
- Mile High Gore Award
Five new categories were added to the competition in 2013. They include:
- Best Feature Screenplay
- Best Short Screenplay
- Best Music Video
- Best Movie Trailer
- Best Original Song
Additional categories may be created for the 2013 festival, which takes place October 3–6 at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver.
- Audience Award for Best Feature Film: Cheap Thrills (film) directed by E.L. Katz
- Audience Award for Best Feature Film: Big Bad Wolves directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
- Best Feature Film: The Seasoning House directed by Paul Hyett
- Best Short Film: Vienna Waits for You directed by Dominik Hartl
- Audience Award for Best Short Film: Killer Kart directed by James Feeney
- Audience Award for Best Short Film: Gillespie directed by John Gibson
- Best Music Video: Don't Be Afraid, It's Only Death by The Widow's Bane
- Creative Colorado Competition Winner: Killer Board directed by Marisa Laus
- Best Song: "Satori-C Sad Living in the City feat Time for Trees" by Colin E. Chapman
Critics' Award Feature Screenplays:
- 1) Lockdown by Jeremy McCann
- 2) Ship of the Dead by Robert Kois
- 3) The Man Who Killed Sandra Wallace by Anders Nelson
Critics' Award Short Screenplays:
- 1) Memento Mori by Stuart Creque
- 2) Foggy Intentions by Danielle Smith
- 3) New York Lobby, 3:00 A.M.
- Best Feature Film: Citadel directed by Ciaran Foy
- Audience Award for Best Feature Film: Nightmare Factory directed by Donna Davies
- Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie McGee for The Human Race
- Best Short Film: Psycho Therapy directed by Lucas Cody Garcia
- Audience Award for Best Short Film: Paralyzed directed by Aaron Sims
- Best Animation: Bobby Yeah directed by Robert Morgan
- Best Colorado Short Film: Deadbox directed by Richard Karpala
- Best Feature Film: Rabies directed by Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales
- Audience Award for Best Feature Film: Midnight Son directed by Scott Leberecht
- Best Short Film: The Living Want Me Dead directed by Bill Palmer
- Audience Award for Best Short Film : The Legend of Beaver Dam directed by Jerome Sable
- Best Animation :Nursery Crimes directed by L. Whyte
- Most Innovative Short Film: Follow the Sun directed by Teddy Dibble
- Best Colorado Short Film: Incubator directed by Jimmy Weber
- Best Feature Film: Rammbock directed by Marvin Kren
- Audience Award for Best Feature Film: True Nature directed by Patrick Steele
- Best Short Film: Love Me Tender directed by Mathew Morgenthaler
- Audience Award for Best Short Film: The Familiar directed by Kody Zimmerman
- Best Shock Factor: La Petite Mort directed by Jan Gallasch
- Mile High Gore Award: Axed directed by Joshua Long
- Best Animation: White Room directed by Chris Chitaroni
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