Horror icon Eli Roth to accept Inaugural Visionary Award at closing night film Aftershock
(Denver, CO) – The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), now presented by NBC Universal’s Chiller, announced its feature films for the inaugural event that will run May 2 – 5, 2013 in Estes Park, Colo. Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, SFF will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, student competitions and special events – with Festival headquarters set at The Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
The Stanley Film Festival is honored to welcome actor, director, writer and producer Eli Roth to accept the Visionary Award for his contribution to independent film. Roth will also present his most recent work, Aftershock, on Closing Night followed by a Q&A discussion.
“Since his debut on the film festival scene with Cabin Fever in 2002, Eli Roth has become a leading force in the horror genre. Whether acting, producing, directing or writing – his many talents are what made titles like Hostel and Inglorious Bastards shine,” says Festival Director Jenny Bloom. “His body of work will set the Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award precedent high for years to come.”
The 2013 Stanley Film Festival film selection was curated by Programming Director Landon Zakheim and Programmer Michael Lerman. The program, as it stands now, includes feature films from 13 different countries, including two US Premieres and 13 Colorado Premieres.
“We are beyond excited to be able to showcase all the new work being done in the horror genre,” says Zakheim. “Our hand-picked lineup is packed with scares from the world’s best festivals, and what better place to watch a horror film than in a haunted mansion like The Stanley Hotel!”
Individual Festival passes and packages that include lodging at The Stanley Hotel are available online. The official Stanley Film Festival app is available for download on iOS via the App Store.
To keep up to date with the Stanley Film Festival, visit stanleyfilmfest.com, “Like” SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest), “Follow” SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest) and join the conversation using the hashtag #YeahItsCreepy.
2013 Stanley Film Festival Sponsors:
PRESENTING: Chiller; HOST VENUES: The Stanley Hotel, Reel Mountain Theater; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Town of Estes Park, Visit Estes Park; MEDIA: 5280 Magazine, Boulder Daily Camera, Denver Post, Indiewire, Mile High Cinema, Yelp; COMMUNITY: Art Institute of Colorado, Colorado Film School, Denver Film Society, Estes Valley Library, Estes Park Shuttle, University of Colorado Denver; FESTIVAL FRIEND: Banditos, Grit., Hi-Ball, Indyink, Stack Wines, Trinity Absinthe, Zerosun Pictures.
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. To learn more, visit: www.stanleyfilmfest.com.
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