Rachel Belofsky is a woman of many talents. From producing movies, to running the premiere Horror film festival, Screamfest, known the world over, Screamfest is the largest Horror genera film festival in the United States. Rachel has taken independent horror to new levels.
Formed in 2001, Screamfest isn’t just home to new movies, they also promote writers who want a foot in the door to an oftentimes very closed industry. Not only does Screamfest have a movie competition, they also have a script competition.
Over the last few years it has become known that independent horror films looking for distribution long to be accepted into Screamfest LA, for a better chance at both exposure and getting piked up by an agent, distribution, management, etc. One of the best examples of this is with the movie Paranormal Activity and every single movie in the 2012 competition.
I had a chance to do a quick, but worthwhile interview with festival director Rachel Belofsky, on things from what the festival is looking for, to the venues. Take a read below for more:
Dana: The festival has seen many venues from the Chinese, to LA Live, to Laemmle, do you see it continuing in North Hollywood?
Rachel: We like to move the festival around and mix it up. The Chinese is still a possibility for 2014.
Dana: How did this year compare to other years?
Rachel: This year was great. We sold out opening night (as we did last year) and had several other sold out screenings. This year was special because we had several alumni return with their new films. This was really heart warming for me.
Dana:That is awesome news. Usually, by the time the festival ends almost every single movie has been picked up. Did that happen this year as well?
Rachel: Buyers definitely attended. Announcements will be coming soon.
Dana: Any advice for future filmmakers or those looking to enter their content into Screamfest?
Rachel: My advice for future filmmakers is quality is everything. Make sure you have a solid script. Choose a strong DP and actors. Make the best film you can because this will be your calling card. Take the time to do it right. For filmmakers with completed films, we are always looking for new talent regardless of budget. This year we screened micro-budget films up to higher budgeted ones.
For more on Screamfest visit their website here: http://www.screamfestla.com/
There you have it my darling readers quality is everything. Many people think that making a horror movie is one of the easiest things to do, they are wrong. As a horror journalist of MANY years, I have seen thousands of horror movies, few are good. I absolutely can’t agree with Rachel more that quality is incredibly important and I believe it is something many people forget. Making a movie is still making a movie, regardless of if it is horror or comedy or drama. As with life, timing is everything.
Happy Halloween everyone!