PollyGrind Film Festival

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PollyGrind Film Festival
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada , United States
Websitepollygrind.com (archived)

The PollyGrind Film Festival, also known as simply Pollygrind and the PollyGrind Underground Film Festival, was an annual event held in Las Vegas, Nevada that specialized "in all things alternative, with a wide variety of films not shown elsewhere."[1] 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 prided 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."[2]


The event gave 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,[3] 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."[4] Arrowinthehead.com declared the event a "B-movie jamboree of awesomeness" that "only Vegas has the balls to host."[5]

The second installment of the festival included more than 100 films over a span of 10 days.[6] Programming ranged from campy horror B-movies to extreme, underground and avant-garde films [7] and according to Robin Leach featured "every night creature from hookers to zombies."[8]

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."[9] Filmmaker Adam Rehmeier, whose film The Bunny Game was banned by the British Board of Film Classification right after playing the event,[10] called the festival a display of cinema's "bastards and red-headed step children."[9]

MovieMaker magazine named PollyGrind to its 2014 list of "50 festivals worth the entry fee"[11] and its 2012 list of "25 festivals worth the entry fee."[12] The festival was also named to MovieMaker's 2013 "Top 5 Coolest Experiemntal/Underground Film Festivals."[13]

As of 2013, PollyGrind is a member of Film Exchange,[14] 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,[15] 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."[16]

2014 marked the final year of the festival. While it may be resurrected in the future, as of summer 2015, it was no longer in operation.[17][18]

Award winners[edit]

World premieres[edit]


  • Rebel Scum
  • Teddy Bomb
  • The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper
  • Spirits
  • Heidi
  • Black Mask
  • World of Death: PollyGrind Edition
  • The Beauty Strip


  • Jonas
  • To Jennifer
  • 13/13/13
  • Slaughterhouse Bride
  • House of Forbidden Secrets
  • Buried In Flesh
  • Desolate
  • Darkest Days
  • American Girls
  • Faceless - Best Screenplay : Jack "Saint" Hunter
  • Sweet Leaf
  • Diet of Sex
  • The Minstrel Killer
  • The Synthetic Man
  • The Yellow Bellies
  • Sacrifice: In the Name of Goddess Gadhimai
  • Tricks
  • Eye of the Bennu
  • Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher
  • Bruised
  • The Window
  • Marty's House


Sunday's Child

  • REW


  • Mondo Sexxxx: The Terry Kobrah Story
  • The Las Vegas Abductions
  • The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol
  • The Girl Who Wasn't Missing
  • Finger Bang
  • The Los Angeles Ripper
  • The Atonement of Janis Drake
  • The Earl Sessions


  • Vaginal Holocaust
  • Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go
  • Orgy of Blood
  • The Dead Undead
  • Scars of Youth


  1. ^ "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014". MovieMaker. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  2. ^ "Seven Days: A curated tour of this week in your city". Vegas Seven. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  3. ^ Wixson, Heather (2010-04-20). "Las Vegas Gearing up for The PollyGrind 2010". Dread Central. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  4. ^ Bell, Josh (2010-05-19). "Kink n' grind". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  5. ^ Gilbert, Ammon (2010-04-15). "Pollygrind hits Vegas this May with films, shorts, and trailers that will blow your mind". Joblo. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  6. ^ Cling, Carol (2011-10-06). "Film events celebrate horror, sci-fi". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  7. ^ "From sadism to kitsch: PollyGrind film fest wrap-up, Part 1". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  8. ^ Leach, Robin (2011-10-06). "Photos: Tropic Beauty Pageant vs. 'blood, nudity and scares' of PollyGrind Fest". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  9. ^ a b Wixson, Heather (2011-10-26). "Exclusive: Second Annual PollyGrind Film Festival Announces Winners". Dread Central. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  10. ^ "The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rejected the DVD THE BUNNY GAME". BBFC. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  11. ^ "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014". MovieMaker.
  12. ^ "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: 2012". MovieMaker. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  13. ^ Colocino, Lara (2013-11-14). "Top 5 Coolest Experimental/Underground Film Festivals: 2013". MovieMaker. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  14. ^ "Film Exchange: 2013". FilmExchange.org. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  15. ^ Perez, P. J. (2013-10-02). "PollyGrind Film Festival is a Bloody Labor of Love". VegasSeven.com. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  16. ^ Fearnet.com
  17. ^ Moore, Debi (October 27, 2014). "Full Details on PollyGrind's October 30th Victory Night Event". Dread Central. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Pollygrind.com". Polly Grind Film Festival. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2020.

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