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MONSTER FEST ANNOUNCES 2017 DATES IN THE WAKE OF RECORD-BREAKING YEAR

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/

See Monster Fest 2016 media coverage here: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/media-coverage/

See photos of the 2016 festival on our Flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/monster_fest/albums/72157673629626224

 

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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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