Grimmfest Awards and Jury Selection for 2018

In an unprecedented announcement Grimmfest has announced something new to their upcoming festival in 2018. In October you can expect the wide list of quality films but an all new awards format is coming. The first jury selection will be a team of prestigious women in the industry including Joanne Mitchell, Caroline Couret-Delegue, Andrea Subissati and more. Best Feature, Best Short and more will be the award categories. Read all the details ahead on the announcement and look for more news closer to the festival.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of GRIMMFEST, the Manchester based genre festival is pleased to announce the first GRIMMFEST AWARDS, a new scheme to celebrate the very best genre titles selected for the annual festival and the creative teams behind them.

This year’s GRIMMFEST festival takes place in Manchester UK from the 4th–7th October and the award winners will be announced at the end of the festival.

“We are launching the awards, to promote and celebrate ground-breaking new talent in Genre filmmaking,” said festival director and founder of GRIMMFEST, Simeon Halligan. “For the past decade, we have showcased the work of filmmakers from all around the world, keen to discover the next generation of cinematic mavericks and genre masters.”

Co-director Rachel Richardson-Jones added, “as filmmakers ourselves, we have become increasingly aware that festival recognition is not merely an acknowledgement from peers of a job well done, but also a vital means of gaining increased profile and attention for your film. Therefore, as one of the Genre world’s key festivals, we have decided to reward excellence where we see it.”

This year’s awards jury has been selected to offer a rebuff to the widespread misconception that Horror and Sci-Fi are male-centric! The all woman Jury includes a selection of some of the brightest lights in Genre cinema right now, including Joanne Mitchell (Actress and Producer), Caroline Couret-Delegue (Film sales), Lauren Ashley Carter (Actress and Writer), Andrea Subissati (Executive editor at Rue Morgue), Annick Mahnert (Festival Programmer, Associate Producer and Film Sales) and Anya Stanley (Journalist at Dread Central).

Grimmfest will also be partnering with HORROR CHANNEL to present a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to honour a very special guest on their body of work within genre film.  The recipient will be announced over the coming weeks.

To further cement the position of women in senior roles at Grimmfest, Laura Scott has been appointed as Festival Manager.

GRIMMFEST 2018 will take place 4th- 7th October 2018, Manchester UK.

The Awards Categories

  1. Best Feature
  2. Best Short
  3. Audience Award
  4. Best Director
  5. Best Screenplay
  6. Best Score
  7. Best Actor
  8. Best Actress
  9. Best SFX
  10. Best Kill
  11. Best Scare
  12. Horror Channel Lifetime Achievement award

Short and feature length genre films should be submitted via Filmfreeway. Early bird submission deadline is 31st March. Regular deadline is 7th July and late deadline is 4th August. Selected films will be eligible for award consideration.

Festival Jury 2018

Jury Selection for the first Annual Grimmfest Awards

JOANNE MITCHELL (Producer and Actress)

Joanne Mitchell is one of the UK’s leading lights in the horror and fantasy genre.

Joanne trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, before embarking on a richly varied career in theatre and TV, Radio and Voiceover work.

Since forming Mitchell-Brunt Films in 2011 with director-producer partner Dominic Brunt, Joanne has built a considerable reputation within genre cinema for pushing boundaries and merging drama and horror in unique ways. She conceived, produced and starred in the internationally acclaimed zombie drama Before Dawn (2013), the female revenge thriller Bait (2015) and the utterly outrageous Attack of The Adult Babies (2017), and wrote and produced the internationally-showcased horror shorts The Mighty Witch Killers of Pendle Hill and Shell Shocked. She also co-starred in the claustrophobic chiller White Settlers (2014) and unsettling Mancunian thriller Habit (2016), both directed by Grimmfest’s own Simeon Halligan.

In 2017 she was nominated for Screen International’s Genre Rising Star Award.

Current projects include directing her first short film as part of a ‘Fear Anthology’ and developing a movie based on her experience of competing in a female boxing bout at New York’s famous Gleason’s Gym.

CAROLINE COURET-DELEGUE (Sales agent on many top genre films including Dog Soldiers and Let Us Prey)

After working in feature film production in Hollywood on movies such as “Big Stan” starring Rob Schneider, David Carradine and Jennifer Morrison, “The Last Word” with Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley (nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 2008), and “The Chosen One” starring Rob Schneider and Steve Buscemi, Caroline relocated to London to take on the role of Director of Development & Marketing  at Seven Arts Pictures Plc., where she was responsible for the branding and packaging of all projects either for film markets or for release. She was also involved with international sales and distribution of the Seven Arts’ slate. Through her consulting company, Cherry Picked Pictures, she also worked with International sales agent Aspect Film and production company Lunatique Films, among others.

Caroline joined AV Pictures as Sales & Acquisitions Director in September 2011 where she gained invaluable knowledge in deal structuring from the company’s founder, Vic Bateman. In May 2014, she launched Metrodome International, the international sales arm of the Metrodome Group handling a wide range of feature films from third party producers to in-house productions.

Caroline launched Truffle Pictures, a London based international sales agency and production house, in October 2016, and subsequently joined Film Seekers Ltd in January 2018.

Caroline is a French native based in London who speaks fluent French, English and Spanish. She holds two post-graduate masters degrees, one in Chemistry from the University of Versailles and the second one in Business Management from the University Montesquieu, Bordeaux.

LAUREN ASHLEY CARTER (Actress and Writer)

One of the rising stars and most recognisable faces of the new wave of independent US genre cinema, Lauren began her career in New York City where she lived for the last ten years after graduating from The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Her latest film, Imitation Girl (2018, Dir. Natasha Kermani), has been acquired by DREAD CENTRAL and will be released this year on VOD and in select theatres. Her other credits include the upcoming dark comedy/horror film Gags (Dir. Adam Krause), The Mind’s Eye (Dir. Joe Begos), Grimmfest favourites Jug Face (Dir. Chad Crawford Kinkle), Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum’s infamous The Woman, and two films directed by Mickey Keating,  Pod, and Darling, the latter of which resulted in her unexpectedly finding herself as Grimmfest’s poster girl for 2016.

Lauren is currently writing an adaptation of the memoir Listening for Echoes by Pam Saffran for the screen. She also has a blog where she explores the challenges, both funny and trying, of being a working actor in New York City


ANYA STANLEY (Journalist for Dread Central)

Anya Stanley is a California-based author, freelance writer, and staunch Halloween 6 apologist. She currently helms two monthly columns: “Doin’ The Nasties” at Daily Grindhouse, in which she works her way through the infamous Video Nasties list, and “Gender Bashing” at Dread Central, a gender-based approach to the horror genre. Her work can also be found at Birth Movies Death, Vague Visages, and anywhere they’ll let her talk about scary movies. See her clips at”

ANNICK MAHNERT ( Acquisitions Consultant, Festival Programmer and Producer.).

Annick Mahnert studied film production at New York Film Academy and worked as a production assistant at Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons. Back in Switzerland, she went on to work in distribution and programming at 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Pathé Cinémas and Frenetic Films and at Maximage Filmproduktion as a production assistant.

Early in 2012 she joined Celluloid Dreams in Paris, handling sales and acquisitions. Since 2013, she has worked freelance as a producer, acquisitions consultant and festival programmer and is a specialist expert at the Austrian Film Institute and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture for film funding. She also works for Raven Banner, Fantastic Fest and others.

Her company, Screen Division provides consultation in film acquisitions, negotiations and festival programming worldwide, as well as developing and producing film projects of its own.

In 2014, Screen Division launched a new partnership with the Imagine Film Festival in the Netherlands, the Zagreb Fantastic Film Festival in Croatia and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. The project, called European Genre Forum, sets to boost the careers of future players in the genre biz through three days of trainings, panels and pitching sessions. In 2016, the European Genre Forum was granted support from Media Creative Europe.

Mahnert is currently in post production on Edgar Nito’s debut feature Guachicolero and in development on The Long Walk, the new film by Mattie Do and the first ever Sci-Fi film from Laos. Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary 78/52, coproduced by Screen Division, World Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017.


ANDREA SUBISSATI (Executive editor at Rue Morgue)

In 2010, Andrea Subissati’s masters thesis on the social impact of zombie cinema was published under the title When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. Since then, she has been published in The Undead and Theology (2012), The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (2015) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television. She became editor of Rue Morgue magazine in 2017.

In addition to writing, Andrea has made guest appearances on the Rue Morgue Podcast and Pseudopod, and the TV horror documentary Why Horror? (2014).  She is co-host and producer of The Faculty of Horror podcast with writer Alexandra West, as well as co-curator of the Toronto-based horror lecture series The Black Museum, which she co-founded with Paul Corupe.



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