As we inch closer and closer to the end of the year, festivals across the globe are hitting the news stream. Date announcements are always important for horror fans so we can make plans to attend our favorite events to see new movies and stars of our genre. In Australia MONSTER FEST has just announced their 2017 dates and we have all the details ahead. After a record breaking year in 2016 the premier festival will return on November 22-26, 2017. The seventh annual event will coincide with another so check out all of what’s happening again.
After its most successful edition to date, with festival attendance tripling that of the previous year and more industry attendance and international media coverage than ever before, Australia’s premier genre film festival Monster Fest has set the dates for its seventh annual edition, to be held November 22-26, 2017. These dates include the return of the festival’s industry component, The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy, which will kick off the festival November 22 and 23.
“There was an incredible, collegial energy at the festival this year,” says Festival Director Kier-La Janisse. “Filmmakers of all stripes mingled with academics and passionate audiences, exchanging ideas and hatching plans, and we were able to involve many of our Australian exhibition colleagues as panelists and moderators, from ACMI, Cinemaniacs and the Melbourne Horror Film Society to visiting programmers from Stranger With My Face and the Queensland Film Festival. It was an inspiring collaboration.”
Keynote speaker Ted Kotcheff, who attended Monster Fest to present four of his films – including the Australian landmark WAKE IN FRIGHT – and a four-hour masterclass moderated by director Mark Hartley, said of the festival, “I loved the creative energy of Monster Fest, the great programming, the enthusiastic audiences. In the course of over half a century of film making, I have attended almost every film festival there is and Monster Fest is one of the most interesting and enjoyable that I’ve experienced.”
The Monster Fest programming team has already started tracking films for the 2017 festival, and festival submissions will re-open in February. Stay tuned to www.monsterfest.com.au for updates.
See the full list of 2016 Award Winners here: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/monster-fest-announces-2016-award-winners/