|Koch Vision to Release Winning Horror Shorts on DVD|
Aspiring Filmmakers Across America Provided Overwhelming
Response to the FIRST EVER Search for Horror's Next Star Directors
New York, NY (January 9, 2004) - The deadline for submissions to the Fangoria Blood Drive has passed and all of the spine-tingling, hair-raising and blood-curdling entries
have been collected for the first-ever nationwide search for the Best Short Horror Film.
Koch Vision and the Starlog Group, publisher of Fangoria Magazine, joined forces last
Fall to invite aspiring American horror filmmakers to submit original short-form genre
films. The judges, who were carefully selected and meticulously trained to withstand
hours of slashings, stalkings and other terrors, have finished reviewing all submissions.
The winning entries, which were judged on creativity, commerciality and technical merit,
were announced on December 31, 2003. BC Furtney, of Los Angeles, CA, won the award
for Best Film for Mr. Eryams. Patrick Rea and Ryan Jones, of Lawrence, KS, earned the
award for Best Comedy for A Man and His Finger. Rea also earned the award
for Most Frightening for his solo submission, Disturbances. The Hitch, created by Drew
Rist of Dallas, TX, received the Palm d'Gore. Christopher P. Garetano, of Northport, NY,
won Best Avant Garde Horror for his submission, Inside. Awards also went to Song of
the Dead, created by Chip Gubera, for Best Musical and to Shadows of the Dead, created
by Joel Robertson of Lakeland, FL, for Best Editing. Specimen earned an Honorable
Mention for Achievement in Special Effects.
"It has been an amazing thrill shepherding this short film search with our friends at
Koch," Fangoria editor and Blood Drive producer Tony Timpone says. "From the likes
of what I've seen, Fangoria's readers are an awesome group of creative, talented and
impressive film artists. Look out, Hollywood!"
After the announcement was made in September, entrants of all ages and levels of
expertise began recruiting vampires, zombies and serial killers to create the bloodiest
, scariest and the most bone-chilling short films in time for the November 30th deadline.
The contest website, www.fangoriablooddrive.com, has been updated and current contest
news is featured. A selection of highlights from the winning shorts were featured at the
Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention on January 9, 2004.
Tim Hinsley, project creator and executive producer, said "The creativity shown in these
films was overwhelming and the choices were very difficult. I want to thank all of the
directors, actors, musicians and crew for all of their hard work in making these films."
Koch Vision will showcase the winning films in a worldwide DVD release, scheduled for Spring 2004, which will be hosted by famed musician and horror-film auteur Rob Zombie. The DVD will also feature a collection of extras that will prove an invaluable inspiration to any aspiring horror filmmaker, including featurettes on the studios of special effects wizard Stan Winston and the gallery of legendary author/artist/director Clive Barker. The DVD will be compiled and the features produced by the noted independent video company, Longview Entertainment.