Historic Stanley Hotel Launches Inaugural Stanley Film Festival

Emerging and established horror filmmakers to showcase independent cinema

The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel

(Denver, CO)  The Stanley Hotel, part of the Grand Heritage Hotel Group, announced today the inaugural Stanley Film Festival (SFF) that will run May 2 – 5, 2013 in Estes Park, Colorado. The four-day event will celebrate the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of films, panels, student competitions, audience awards and receptions  all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

“The Stanley Hotel is iconic not only for being one of the great historic hotels of our country, but also for the inspiration it gives to its fans. From the making of The Shining to the one million people that have toured the hotel in the last three yearsÉit has inspired generations,” says Grand Heritage Hotel Group Founder and President John Cullen. “I hope to honor The Stanley Hotel and propel horror filmmakers to create and exhibit their work for a new worldwide audience.”

“It’s an honor to join the Stanley Film Festival team in its inaugural year and build a prestigious cinematic event specifically for the horror genre,” says Festival Director Jenny Bloom. “The Stanley Hotel’s history with Hollywood and real paranormal activity makes it such a natural fit for an annual celebration of film.”

The Stanley Film Festival is a unique destination Festival, as all events  both screenings and receptions  will take place throughout The Stanley Hotel. Packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival are on sale and include lodging at the Stanley Hotel. Pass levels include the Thriller ($400), Paranormal ($217) and Slasher ($80) and are available at www.stanleyfilmfest.com.

Important dates:

  • February 7th: Press accreditation opens.
  • March 27th: SFF Kick-off Party at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO.
  • April 1st: Full program announced.
  • April 5th: Press accreditation closes.
  • April 8th: Individual tickets on sale to the public.
  • To keep up to date with the Stanley Film Festival, “Like” SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest); “Follow” SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest), and join the conversation using the hashtag #YeahItsCreepy.

Stanley Film Festival:
The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror
cinema all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Festival presets emerging and established filmmakers, enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema. Founded in 2013 by the Stanley Hotel to celebrate the property’s iconic Hollywood heritage, the four-day event showcases filmmakers latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts and fellow artists.

The Stanley Hotel:
Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.

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