Whistler's evening of mayhem and gore may be a few months away, but the men of Heavy Hitting Films are already calling on local filmmakers to get started on their submissions for the eighth annual B-Grade Horrorfest.
Feet Banks and Chili Thom launched the Heavy Hitting B-Grade HorrorFest back in 2001 as an excuse to make a short horror movie and since then the event has blossomed into one of the most popular nights on the calendar of Whistler residents.
"Every year gets better and better as the local filmmakers step it up and learn new tricks," Banks said in a recent release. "It's gone from just a few of our friends dicking around with their video cameras and some fake blood to a whole shitload of our friends dicking around and producing outstanding films that would shock and awe most audiences at any other festival."
The HorrorFest garners entries from across the province and even a few from overseas, but the focus of the event has always been fun and a celebration of local filmmaking.
"What we're hoping for once more is budget B-grade horror movies, not the boring crap you see at the Oscars," Banks said. "I'm talking zombies and aliens, monsters and murderers, blood, guts, token nudity, whatever. Anything goes, just make it scary, gory, funny, short and just giv'r. We're accepting trailers for movies as well, if people have a hard time getting a whole movie done. Try to scare us, try to make us laugh, but please, this year, try to hand it in on time."
Organizers are stepping up their game for this edition of the HorrorFest, teaming up with Whistler Creek Productions to elevate the event's status within the film industry.
"They will be able to help with organization and production details like DVD creation to help us step it up this year," Banks said. "We're stoked to be working with them."
The festival will once again take place around Halloween, with the best in show awarded a killer trophy and a cash prize. For information and guidelines, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.heavyhitting.com . Submission deadline is Oct. 15.
"The best thing about a summer full of record-breaking heat waves is that when you're filming your B-Grade Horror Movie, it's way easier to get people to do nude outdoor death scenes," Banks said.
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