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New Orleans’ Overlook Film Festival Lineup

The Overlook Film Festival is proud to announce its second year programming lineup. In addition to the 40 films (23 features and 17 short films from 12 countries) on offer, the festival will feature exciting parties, virtual reality, interactive events, and live performances – all taking place in America’s most haunted city: New Orleans, Louisiana.

On opening night of the festival, audience members will enjoy the chiller Unfriended: Dark Web (United States, 2018), from Blumhouse Productions and Bazelevs Productions, directed by Stephen Susco, and starring Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Andrew Lees, Connor del Rio, Stephanie Nogueras, and Savira Windyani.

The Overlook Film Festival will screen A24’s highly anticipated Hereditary (United States, 2018) as its closing feature presentation, directed by Ari Aster, and starring Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne.

The Centerpiece of the 2018 edition of The Overlook Film Festival is St. Agatha, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, which will hold its world premiere in New Orleans at the festival.

The festival’s Visionary Award will be presented to modern genre favorite Leigh Whannell, best known for writing the first three films in the Saw franchise, as well as Insidious, and Insidious: Chapter 2, and directing Insidious: Chapter 3. Whannell is an Australian screenwriter, producer, director, and actor who will celebrate his latest directorial effort at the festival, Upgrade. The Visionary Award was established to honor a contemporary horror figure or company elevating the genre, while fostering the community by providing opportunities for new talent to thrive.

In addition to the films and special guests, the Overlook Film Festival will be generously packed with live presentations. The festival’s virtual reality program will feature the world premiere of noted experience creator Jon Braver’s Delusion: Lies Within, a fully immersive, 360 degree episodic narrative from Skybound Entertainment.

Other experiences will run the gamut from live podcasts and storytelling shows, to immersive attractions for an audience of one – including the world premiere of a new show from immersive theater troupe BLACKOUT – and The Overlook Immersive Game, a new alternate reality game that will span the entirety of the festival created by this year’s experience designers Scott Gillies and Nick Tierce, whose credits include a range of interactive projects for companies that include Electronic Arts, Disney, Microsoft, Niantic Labs and Google.

The Overlook Film Festival is programmed by festival co-directors Michael Lerman and Landon Zakheim, and programmer Lili Rodriguez. The schedule, sponsors, and additional surprises will be announced in the coming days.

“We’re so excited to unleash this program onto our devoted audience and new fans in this haunted city” said festival co-director Michael Lerman. “It’s such a great year for horror and the varied nature of this program is really a testament to innovative ways filmmakers are finding to frighten, challenge and celebrate the genre.”

Added co-director Landon Zakheim: “We’ve assembled a wonderfully sordid array of some of our favorite storytellers, performers, and immersive artists to create the signature events and shows that round out our weekend-long summer camp. We can’t wait to share the secrets, surprises, and ghosts of New Orleans with all of you.”

Visit overlookfilmfest.com to check out the full schedule of films & special events.

Negative Fest

Coming this summer to South Florida at the Movies of Lake Worth is the first ever Negative Fest on June 15th to the 16th. Two days of cult film screenings, special guests, music videos and independent shorts & features!

Negative Fest is a genre film festival created to celebrate the past, present and future of Horror, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Animation, Experimental, Grindhouse, Action and Suspense.

Besides being the festival director for Negative Fest i’m also the director of programming for the Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series which features monthly screenings of cult horror films hosted by Morbid Movies at the Movies of Lake Worth.  I’ve been screening cult horror films in theaters monthly since 2015 and have been featured locally in the New TimesPalm Beach PostSun Sentinel and nationally on Horror Movies Uncut & Horror News.

In addition to being shown at the festival, films selected for Negative Fest will have the opportunity to be screened before monthly Grindhouse Screenings and will be featured on morbidmovies.com.

If you or someone you know is a filmmaker, submissions open today! Earlybird Submissions end January 31st and the final Extended Deadline is April 30th, 2018.

Negative Fest 2018’s categories include Feature Length (over 40 minutes), Short Film (under 40 minutes) & Music Video (under 10 minutes). Horror, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Animation, Experimental, Grindhouse, Action, Suspense, Found Footage, and other related genre films will all be considered for festival selection.

Negative Fest accepts entries via FilmFreeway and Withoutabox. Please read all Entry Rules & Guidelines before submitting.

Submit on Withoutabox


The full festival schedule, special guests and online tickets will be announced closer to the summer. For more information visit negativefest.com and follow Negative Fest on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.