Atlanta’s ‘Buried Alive’ horrorfest seeks submissions
Halloween is still several months away, but the Buried Alive Film Fest – Atlanta’s premier genre film festival – is seeking submissions for its 13th annual event, scheduled for Nov. 13-18 at the 7 Stages Theatre.
Whether it’s feature-length or a short, Buried Alive wants to check it out. The weirder and wackier, the gorier and grislier — the better. Ghosts, ghouls, zombies, vampires, ax-wielding maniacs, mutant monstrosities or whatever foul fiend you can dream up … if it’s horror, that’s what they want!
“Our festival is open to the world and has always encouraged international filmmakers to submit,” said Blaine McLaren, the festival’s feature film programmer. “Last year alone, we had films from Brazil, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and more. We take pride in showing the best and strangest films from around the world, while still promoting the best local and domestic movies.”
The 2017 festival boasted 56 short films, six features, and a special screening of the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), featuring live musical accompaniment, and of Tim Burton’s much-acclaimed Ed Wood (1994), starring Johnny Depp in the title role and Martin Landau in his Oscar-winning turn as Bela Lugosi, featuring live interpretation from a burlesque troupe.
“Over the years we have shown hundreds of films, including The Cleanse – which was recently released, starring Johnny Galecki and Angelica Huston – (and) indie gems like Pieces of Talent, and even showed Robert (The Witch) Eggers’ first short, which won the festival that year,” McLaren said.
The Buried Alive festival presents the “Splitzies” awards for the best feature, best short, best animation, as well as the “WTF Award” (which speaks for itself). The best local submission will receive the “Golden Shovel,” and the runner-up the “Silver Spade.”
Those interested in submitting their films can do so here: www.filmfreeway.com/BuriedAliveFIlmFestival.
Having brought big-screen shocks and shivers to Atlanta for a dozen diabolical years thus far, the Buried Alive Film Festival will continue to do scare up the same kind of chills and thrills in the years to come.
“The growing popularity of horror is something that is incredibly exciting for all of us involved in the festival,” McLaren observed. “Horror allows so much creativity to flow and gives artists the ability to make something truly remarkable. We are all dedicated genre film fans and use our time and talents to make sure the good folks of Atlanta get to see some of the best that the horror genre has to offer.”
The office Buried Alive Film Festival website is www.buriedalivefilmfest.com/.