The PollyGrind Film Festival is an annual event held in Las Vegas, Nevada that "specializes in all things alternative, with a wide variety of films not shown elsewhere." Spotlighting short films, feature length films, music videos and trailers of all genres, PollyGrind was founded by filmmaker and promoter Chad Clinton Freeman. The event prides itself on focusing on individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment. Vegas Seven has said PollyGrind is a "celebration of all things, dark, bloody, underground and arthouse."
The event gives a slew of awards that are quite different than most festivals. Those include The Biggest Baddest Mother of the PollyGrind, Best Use of Nudity/Sexuality, Best Use of Violence/Gore, Most Outrageous, and Most Creative. There is also a Bad Girl Award and an Ultimate Badass Award.
Started in 2010, PollyGrind's first year was a five-night event "with over a dozen features, plus tons of short films, trailers and music videos; the quality ranged from borderline incompetent to undiscovered genius, virtually all within the confines of horror and sci-fi." Arrowinthehead.com declared the event a "B-movie jamboree of awesomeness" that "only Vegas has the balls to host." 
The second installment of the festival included more than 100 films over a span of 10 days. Programming ranged from campy horror B-movies to extreme, underground and avant-garde films  and according to Robin Leach featured "every night creature from hookers to zombies." 
DreadCentral.com noted that "PollyGrind has quickly made a name for itself as one of the up-and-coming premiere genre fests out there due to the success of each year of programming."  Filmmaker Adam Rehmeier, whose film The Bunny Game was banned by the British Board of Film Classification right after playing the event, called the festival a display of cinema's "bastards and red-headed step children."
MovieMaker magazine named PollyGrind to its 2014 list of "50 festivals worth the entry fee" and its 2012 list of "25 festivals worth the entry fee." The festival was also named to MovieMaker's 2013 "Top 5 Coolest Experiemntal/Underground Film Festivals."
As of 2013, PollyGrind is a member of Film Exchange, a multi-market screening network composed of regional U.S. and International film festivals. Select winners at PollyGrind advance to screen at the RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo (RxSM), which takes place in Austin, Texas each year alongside South by Southwest.
Starting in 2014, feature film official selections at the festival will also be looked at for distribution through its new label PollyGrind Presents, while short films will be considered for special features and compilation releases through a number of outlets.
In regards to successes of the festival, filmmaker Eric Stanze noted in his 2014 Fearnet column that Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska of American Mary fame and Calvin Reeder of The Rambler and V/H/S received "major boosts in their careers when their early works won key awards at the fest." He also noted "Randy Moore’s 2013 Sundance Official Selection Escape from Tomorrow was first an Official Selection of PollyGrind in 2012."
Best Science Fiction Film — Trash and Progress (Abraham Dieckman)
Best Transgression Film — Hate Crime (James Cullen Bressack)
Best Documentary — Nightmare Factory (Donna Davies)
Best Horror Short — Sunday's Child (Virgile Dean)
Best Director — Chris Sun (Daddy's Little Girl)
Best Woman Director — Lindsay Denniberg (Video Diary of a Lost Girl)
Director on the Rise — Henry Weintraub (Killing Me)
Director Showcase Award — Richard Griffin (The Disco Exorcist / Exhumed)
Best Overall Individual Performance — Michael Thomson as Derek in Daddy's Little Girl
Best Overall Cast — Debbie Rochon as Governess, Michael Reed as Chris, Evalena Marie as Rocki, Sarah Nicklin as Laura, Jocelyn Padilla as Cute College Girl, Nathaniel Sylva as Matthew. Jonathan Thomson as Nate, Rich Tretheway as Lance, & Michael Thurber as Butler in Exhumed
Best Documentary — Run Run It's Him (Matthew Pollack)
Best of Zombiepalooza — Ashes (Elias Matar)
Best Sound Design — The Bunny Game (Adam Rehmeier)
Best Director — The Super (Evan Makrogiannis / Brian Weaver)
Best Screenplay — Butterfly (Edward E. Romero)
Best Cinematography — The Bunny Game (Adam Rehmeier)
Best Editing — The Bunny Game (Adam Rehmeier)
Best Overall Individual Performance in a Film — Rodleen Getsic as Bunny in The Bunny Game
Best Overall Cast — Demetri Kallas as George Rossi, Lynn Lowry as Maureen Rossi, Ron Braunstein as Det. Sardusky, Manoush as Olga, Ruby Larocca as Karen, Edgar Moye as Andre, Brandon Slagle as Franny the Tranny, with David Francis Calderazzo, Bill McLaughlin, Raine Brown and Kathryn Zawiski in The Super
Best Actor — Aramis Sartorio as Tommy Pistol in The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol
Best Actress — Mandi Kreisher as Laney Darrow, Butterfly
Best Supporting Actor — Brett Hundley as Tommy Spioch in Frankie in Blunderland
Best Supporting Actress — Manoush as Olga in The Super
Best Cameo Appearance — Evan Stone as The Butterfly in Frankie in Blunderland
Best Use of Nudity/Sexuality — Planet of the Vampire Women (Darin Wood)