Nov 17, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES - FNTFF 2017

DON'T BE SCARED. ANSWER THE CALL


SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

Our 2017 call for submissions are now open! Our fun, freaky, and frightful indie film festival is seeking feature length and short films in the horror, cult, and exploitation genre that thrill, chill, and kill. Join us for our blockbuster 9th year as Hamilton, Ontario's only dedicated genre film festival event by fans, for fans.

NEXT FESTIVAL DATE: MARCH 24 - 26, 2017


All of our submissions are handled through Filmfreeway.com

Our super early bird entry rate is $10 for features, $5 for shorts, and student entries are free (with proof of student status) before December 1st.

For detailed entry rules and/or entry category descriptions, please visit our Submissions Page.

Oct 7, 2016

FNTFF Fall 2016 Award Winners Announced


Last weekend, the Fall edition of the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival wrapped in Hamilton, ON after two days of thrills, chills, and kills! We are thrilled to announce today our award-winning films and filmmakers.

FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE AWARDS 
- Fall 2016 -

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
As voted by the in-attendance audience

BEST FILM

Nova Seed
(Director - Nick DiLiberto / Producers - Ricardo Curtis, Adele DiLiberto, John DiLiberto, Wes Lui)



BEST SHORT

Kookie
(Director - Justin Harding)



SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDS
As voted by the Fright Night Theatre programming team

== FEATURE FILMS ==


SCARIEST FILM
The Dark Tapes (dir. Michael McQuown)



MOST SHOCKING FILM
Plank Face (dir. Scott Schirmer)



FUNNIEST FILM
Night of Something Strange (dir. Jonathan Straiton)


BEST DIRECTOR
Chris Kemble & J.P. Davidson (Brackenmore)


BEST ACTOR
Nathan Barrett (Plank Face)


BEST ACTRESS
Sophie Hopkins (Brackenmore)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jamie Scott Gordon (Bonejangles)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ellie Church (Plank Face)


BEST WRITING
Brackenmore -  Chris Kemble & Brian Teles


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Brian K. Williams (Plank Face)



BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Attack of the Lederhosenzombies





BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Dark Tapes



BEST MUSICAL SCORE
Plank Face- Brian K. Williams



BEST VILLAIN
Nova Seed- Doctor Mindskull



ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP FX
Attack of the Lederhosenzombies



BEST MONSTER
The Dark Tapes





 == SHORT FILMS ==


BEST HORROR SHORT
Monsters (dir. Steve Desmond)


MOST SHOCKING SHORT
The Stylist (dir. Jill Gevargizian)



BEST COMEDIC SHORT
Kookie (dir. Justin Harding)


BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Graveyard Shift (dir. Carlos Schvepper)


BEST FANTASY SHORT
The Birch (dir. Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton)


BEST CANADIAN SHORT
Kookie (dir. Justin Harding)




Oct 4, 2016

That's a Wrap: Fall FNTFF 2016



That's a wrap on the Fall 2016 edition of Hamilton's Fright Night Theatre Film Festival!


After two days of horror, cult, and exploitation film celebration, the Fall edition of the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival in Hamilton, ON has officially concluded on the evening of October 1st. With seven fiendish feature films and 21 shocking shorts, the Fall 2016 edition of the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival offered something for every fan of fringe film-making -- from gut-wrenching horror dramas to outrageous horror-comedies. Highlights from this season's fest included the World Premiere of UK horror-drama Brackenmore, the North American Premiere of Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, the Hamilton Premiere of hand-drawn animated feature Nova Seed, and the Canadian Premiere of the gross-out Night of Something Strange, which whipped our audience up into a frenzy of stomach-churning hilarity.

To set the tone within the Staircase Theatre, SUBTLE IMPERFECTIONS provided some deadly decor from hand-crafted horror signs to a fan-favorite mock guillotine and a Jason meets Chucky "Your Face Here" carnival photo-op.

TIK-TIK director Larica Perera about to lose her head in front of her cast and crew
The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival would like to thank its community sponsors The Hamilton Film Festival, Black Fawn Distribution, Trash Palace, The Gifted, Haunted Hamilton, and Grim Details. We'd also like to thank all our Fall 2016 programmers and volunteers, especially Laurel Goertz , Riley Cranston, Jesse Gordon, and Jeff Watson.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival Awards later this week.


Sep 12, 2016

FULL SCHEDULE AND TICKETS NOW LIVE

FALL 2016 FILM SCHEDULE



SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 01
The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton, ON)
Admittance restricted to people 18 years of age or older unless otherwise noted


Fright fans, behold our full schedule for the Fall 2016 edition of the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival. With 7 features and 21 shorts over the course of two days of horror, cult, exploitation, and genre mayhem, the FNTFF offers thrills, chills, and kills for all tastes. Order your festival passes or advance tickets now before they sell out.

Be the first in Canada to experience this spine-tingling thriller from the UK that's Wicker Man meets Roesemary's Baby. After the untimely death of a relative, a young woman must return to her ancestral home in Ireland where she soon discovers that the suspicious townsfolk are harboring a dark and ancient secret. Trailer 
Screens with short film THE BIRCH
 







A program of six acclaimed horror shorts that showcase the monsters that haunt our nightmares, stalk our streets, and lurk deep within the hearts of all of us.
  

A man is captured by a family of feral, wood-dwelling cannibals who want to make him one of their tribe.
Screens with short film NEVER TEAR US APART
 



A rag-tag group of cops tasked with transporting an unstoppable killing machine must survive a hellish pit stop: a cursed town where the dead rise from their graves!
Screens with short film NIGHTTIME IS COLD AND  LONELY LIKE A MOTEL ALONGSIDE A DESOLATE ROAD
 
SAT, OCTOBER 01

Beneath the decay of a dying world lives the Mad Doctor Mindskull. Using the planet’s power of creation he has created the ultimate Weapon. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil before time runs out? The only answer lies within the Nova Seed. 
Screens with short film GRAVEYARD SHIFT
 
A second block of unique horror shorts that will thrill you, chill you, and perhaps even kill you with nightmare creatures, creepy kids, gangster ghosts, and ultra violence.
 











5:15 PM || THE DARK TAPES (Canadian Premiere)
A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told through a collection of found footage videos that document the existence of ghosts, spirits, demons and more from the paranormal world.
Screens with short film NASTY











7:30 PM || ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSENZOMBIES (North American Premiere)
Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarders is stuck at a remote mountain ski resort where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of undead mayhem.
Screens with short film CARTAPHILUS
 










9:45 PM || NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (Canadian Premiere)
Teenage friends out for Spring Break get unexpectedly detoured to an isolated motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.
Screens with short film INTO THE MUD
  

Sep 5, 2016

Do You Have the Guts? Fall 2016 Fright Night Theatre Film Fest Lineup Announced!

Do you crave thrills, chills, and kills?
Can you stomach the horror?
DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS?

The Fright Night Theatre Film Fest returns this Fall to Hamilton, Ontario (September 30 - October 01) at the Staircase Theatre for two nights of horror, cult, and genre film mayhem - now offering more monsters, more maniacs, and more murder! 

Poster art by Trevor Henderson
This Fall, the FNTFF will be pushing the boundaries of horror, imagination, and good taste with a premiere-studded festival featuring 7 feature films and 21 shorts by visionary creators, exciting independent talent, and emerging student filmmakers from seven different countries.


Check out all the horror, cult, and exploitation madness that awaits with our full feature film lineup!

FEATURE FILMS

BRACKENMORE

|| WORLD PREMIERE! ||
*Supernatural Suspense-Thriller*
UK


The FNTFF is proud to host the world debut of directing duo Chris Kemble and J.P. Davidson's suspenseful thriller from the UK: BRACKENMORE

After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, a young woman must return to her ancestral home on a tiny rural village in Ireland where she soon discovers that the suspicious townsfolk and secluded estate of her dead family is harboring a dark and ancient secret.



Set against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world Brackenmore weaves together an exploration of occult ritual with the darkness of human drama.
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ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSENZOMBIES

|| NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE! ||
*Alpine Action and Hilarious Zombie Comedy Gore*
AUSTRIA


Strap on your skis and get ready to hit the slopes with the flesh-hungry undead in the hilarious, quirky, and blood-soaked zombie comedy ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSENZOMBIES

A trio of young, professional stunt snowboarders are stuck at a remote mountain ski resort where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare after an ill-fated scientific experiment unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife. But who can tell the drunken partygoers apart from the zombie threat?


Dominik Hartl's Attack of the Lederhosenzombies is a gleefully gut-filled splatter comedy in the vein of Dead Alive and Evil Dead 2 where everything from snowboards to machine guns become weapons against the yodeling undead.

NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE

|| Canadian Premiere! ||
*Gross-Out Body Horror Comedy*
USA


Prepare to be offended! The FNTFF is bringing Jonathan Straiton's award-winning and fan-acclaimed teenage sex comedy / zombie gore fest NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE to Canada.
Five teenage friends set out for the beach on their Spring Break vacation. Good times are cut short when one of the group contracts a deadly sexual transmitted disease during a bathroom stop. But this is no ordinary STD! When they stop for the night at an isolated motel, the STD virus starts running rampant, turning those infected into sex-crazed and oozing living dead mutants. 

Winner of Best SFXBest Actor, and the Jury Award for Best Film at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival, NIGHT OF THE SOMETHING STRANGE is an uncomfortably hilarious and gleefully disgusting tour de force of comedy, action, and gross-out gore that takes the meaning of bad taste to a whole new level.

PLANK FACE

|| Canadian Premiere! ||
*Intense Survival Horror in the Woods*
USA


Bandit Motion Pictures, Scott Schirmer and Brian Williams, the creators of HARVEST LAKE (winner of 10 FNTFF awards), unleash their wild sides with their latest crowdfunding indie-horror success: the violent and psychologically disturbing PLANK FACE.

While on a camping trip, a man is captured by a family of feral, wood-dwelling cannibals who want to make him one of their tribe. Can he successfully hold on to his humanity, or will he find their wild, depraved ways too enticing? Co-starring Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers, Harvest Lake)


Hot off the FNTFF Canadian Premiere of Harvest Lake earlier this year, we are just foaming at the mouth to showcase the latest from Bandit Motion Pictures.

BONEJANGLES

|| Canadian Premiere! ||
*B-Movie Horror Spoof*
USA


In what would have been in another decade a straight-to-VHS B-movie, the brand new horror spoof BONEJANGLES makes its Canadian Premiere at the FNTFF and brings with it a gratuitous cameo from Phantasm's Reggie Bannister.

To safely deliver the unstoppable masked slasher-killer Bonejangles to a nearby asylum, a rag-tag group of police officers must first survive a hellish pit stop: a cursed town where the dead rise from their graves. Hometown boy turned cop, Doug, must find the courage to face Bonejangles, an undead horde, a succubus witch, and - worst of all - prove to his high school sweetheart that he has what it takes to be the hero.


Bonejangles is a goofy micro-budget homage to 80's horror sequels and cult trash cinema that's equal parts chuckles and chills.

THE DARK TAPES

|| Canadian Premiere! ||
*Radical Found Footage Horror Anthology*
USA


Written, produced, and directed by Michael McQuown, THE DARK TAPES exemplifies the indie spirit of the FNTFF. It's a zero-budget film with 100% real scares and smarter twists than most big Hollywood blockbusters.

A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, and mystery told as an anthology of found footage tales. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with the rational lens of the found footage camera. Could the supernatural exist in our everyday lives and have a plausible, scientific basis? The Dark Tapes explores this and more with surprising, sometimes shocking results that will leave you questioning what could be real. Starring an up and coming ensemble group of actors such as Brittany Underwood (TV star of Hollywood HeightsOne Life To Live & Youthful Daze), Cortney Palm (Sushi GirlZombeavers) and Emilia Ares Zoryan (Amazon's Bosch: Season 2). 


Fans of horror anthologies and found footage films like Blair WitchGrave Encounters, and Paranormal Activity will dig this latest foray into sinful cinéma vérité.

NOVA SEED

|| Hamilton Premiere! ||
*Animated Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Adventure*
CANADA



From the gross to the gorgeous, the FNTFF is honoured to also host the Hamilton Premiere of NOVA SEED from Hamilton-born animator Nick DiLiberto.
Enter a fantasy world of pure imagination and exhilarating action. Deep below the surface of a desolated world, the Mad Doctor Mindskull has discovered a way to use the planet’s power of creation as a weapon. With humanity unable to fight back, they enlist the aid of an outlaw bio-engineered N.A.C (Neo Animal Combatant). But will the N.A.C turn against the humans who shun him, and what is the mystery of the Nova Seed's power?

Years in the making, NOVA SEED was produced in 2D and drawn by hand, frame by glorious frame. NOVA SEED is a Heavy Metal meets Ralph Bakshi experience that embodies the true spirit of DIY independent film-making. Destined to be a cult classic, NOVA SEED has already reaped acclaim at Toronto's WTFilm Fest and the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International.

SHORT FILMS

The FNTFF is also thrilled to present 21 horror, sci-fi, and genre shorts as part of our fan-favorite short film program:

THE BIRCH (UK) || Director: Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton

A bullied schoolboy takes drastic measures against his tormentor, summoning an ancient being in the woods using a spellbound book passed down through the generations of his family.



BITCH, POPCORN & BLOOD (FRANCE) || Hamilton Premiere || Director: Fabio Soares

At Salt’ n Sugar, a popcorn bar in the middle of nowhere, Lily, a bored waitress, is going to turn her life around when two fishy strangers show up in the bar.
BUNKER GAME (FRANCE) || Director: Lionel Compte

A man is holding a young girl prisoner in a bunker. He makes her play a game of Connect 4. If she wins, she is allowed to eat.


CARTAPHILUS (CANADA) || Ontario Premiere || Director: Luke Freeman

On the frontiers of the wild west, an immortal cowboy hunts a demon bandit.


GRAVEYARD SHIFT
 (CANADA) || North American Premiere || Director: Carlos Schvepper

In this comedic animated short, a gravedigger extremely committed to his work finds the body parts of people he has buried have suddenly gone missing. Freaky Frankenstein fun ensues. 


HADA (SPAIN) || Director: Tony Morales

On the night Daniel loses his last baby tooth, he doesn't want to be left alone. He is afraid that his imaginary friend Sam will appear and he will be visited by Hada, the tooth fairy. As he clings to his flashlight, Daniel soon comes to realize that the things lurking at the edge of the dark are sometimes better left unseen. 

HIDE: BLOODY MARY (USA) || Canadian Premiere || Director: Evan Sweet

Surrounded by the dark woods, a man plays a game of Bloody Mary within the confines of his lonely cabin.

INTO THE MUD (SPAIN) || Director: Pablo Pastor

A young woman wakes up naked in the middle of the woods. After the initial confusion and  verifying that she's hurt, she discovers a fisherman and hunter who will not easily let his new prey escape. Let the hunt begin.


IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD (CANADA) || Director: Greg Jeffs

A bedtime story about the monster in the closet that's not what you expect.


KOOKIE (CANADA) || Ontario Premiere || Director: Justin Harding  

Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old, receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.


THE MONSTER (UK) || Director: Bob Pipe

Trying to resurrect his washed up film career, an iconic monster takes a part in a modern day slasher film. A true gent, he finds the medium distasteful, but falls in love with his leading lady.


MONSTERS (USA) || Ontario Premiere || Director: Steve Desmond

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…


NASTY (UK) || Director: Prano Bailey-Bond

It's 1982. Twelve-year old Doug is drawn into the lurid world of VHS horror as he explores the mysterious disappearance of his father.


NEVER TEAR US APART (CANADA) || Hamilton Premiere || Director: Sid Zanforlin

When two friends approach a small cabin in the woods, the sweet-natured old folks they’re looking for turn out to be crazed back woods cannibal killers.



NIGHTTIME IS COLD AND LONELY LIKE A MOTEL ALONGSIDE A DESOLATE ROAD (CANADA) || Director: Aya Akl

Private dick Al Mackey needs to solve the case of Ms. Beverly's missing Maltese necklace while struggling to keep his sanity.


POLTERHEIST (UK) || Canadian Premiere || Director: David Gilbank

Two small time criminals kidnap a psychic medium and force her to contact the gang boss they murdered in an attempt to find a buried a stash of cash.




REDHEAD (USA) || Director: Joe Zerull

A dark comedy from the point of view of a recently decapitated head.


ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE (USA) || Ontario Premiere || Director Bears Fonte

A mysterious woman stranded by the side of the road hitches a ride with a passing stranger – neither of them is who they seem.



SHELL (GERMANY) || Director: Daniel Ahrens

A fully animated experimental short film about the horrors of cancer.


THE STYLIST (USA) || Ontario Premiere || Director: Jill Gevargizian

Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.


TIK-TIK (CANADA) || Director: Larica Perera

Fearful villagers gather at the beside of a woman nearing labour as they prepare for the presence of a sinister creature.