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IFL announces blood-curdling shortlist for 2023 Halloween Horror Showcase

  • Nominees for annual Indy Film Library Halloween Horror Showcase announced
  • Indy Film Library website to screen all films free of charge for two weeks
  • Films screened from 09:00 CET October 23rd 2023 include Iranian serial killer short Fracture and British zombie horror Wounded

Indy Film Library has announced its fourth annual Halloween Horror Showcase. Starting 09:00 CET on Monday 23rd October 2023, the two-week exhibition of international short films shows the exceptional talents of independent artists, who are able to make audiences’ skin crawl on a budget.

Indy Film Library Editor Jack Brindelli commented, “Each year it is interesting to see what the themes are cropping up in the independent horror scene. In many of this year’s films, there is a fear of traditional forms of authority, and the betrayal of hierarchies and institutions we have been taught to unquestioningly respect from day one. From the cannibalistic urges of an undead mother, or the obsessive violence of a father bent on revenge, to the clinical bureaucratic murder of a suit-wearing extraterrestrial, this selection plays on a deep fear that we cannot trust the systems we live within, those we love most, or even our own senses in an increasingly violent and uncertain world.”

Films have been selected on the basis of both the imagination involved in their constructions of meanings or themes, and the technical skills exhibited by their cast and crew, in a celebration of the under-appreciated world of independent horror.

All the films will be available to view for free via the Indy Film Library website – before the Best ScoreBest CinematographyBest Film, and Best Director will be announced. Meanwhile, viewers will also have the opportunity to select the winner of the Audience Choice Award.

Brindelli added, “Horror remains the place where Indy Film most often gives Hollywood a run for its money, because the genre favours imagination, but also a less-is-more approach that levels the playing field when it comes working with a micro-budget. At the same time, with no risk-averse meddling from a studio to tone things down, independent horror has become one of the most prominent art forms for addressing our fears about everyday life – creating an invaluable platform for social commentary. This assortment of tales of terror is living proof of that.”

The selection is as follows:

Dir. Aurora Sunn & Luke Furmage

Dir. Ali Sineh Baghi Zadeh & Amir Mohtashami

Dir. Adam Bolt

Dir. Serkan Aktaş

Black Shuck
Dir. David Gregory

Doe Eens Mens
Dir. Sando Heijnen

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