Festival Director — Tue, 2013-10-15 17:06
While we loved every single one of the films we played at Zompire (took place Oct 4-5 at the Clinton St. Theater), we made some very very hard choices and gave awards in four categories:
- The Horde Award - Our Audience Choice Award, chosen by blind ballot at the end of the festival by our attendees.
- The Abby Normal Award - Chosen by our jury for films that showcase a fresh perspective or other innovation.
- Le Gran' Zombi - Awarded for overall excellence in Independent film.
- Tombe D'Or - Awarded to the top film that best exemplifies the mission of Zompire.
To find out who won (and for the sake of suspense), watch our Awards video below:
We'll post the results later, for the sake of posterity. Physical awards will be completed and shipped in the next 1-2 weeks, and laurels will be mailed to awarded filmmakers shortly.
See you next year!
Festival Director — Tue, 2013-10-15 03:46
Zompire happened on October 4th and 5th at the Clinton St. Theater, and it was A BLAST! Thanks to everyone who came, our volunteers, and all of the filmmakers who submitted their films and made this a kickass Independent-only festival!
Our next event is the Best of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, featuring Re-Animator on 35mm at the Hollywood Theatre, October 18th and 19th. On Friday, October 18th, we're showing a block of some of the best short films from years past, and even a few from THE FUTURE, plus one of our favorites, AM1200 on 35mm film! Then, on Saturday, October 19th, we're starting with one more short film and finishing with a spectacularly rare screening on the original Re-Animator on 35mm. Click here for the complete schedule and list of films or click here to buy tickets at the Hollywood Theatre Web site.
Hopefully we'll see you there!
The comics industry has been in a bit of upheaval lately. As things get shaken up, opportunities also open up. Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie, talks about what the future holds for Horror comics.
Our first keynote is "Your Zombie Survival Plan Will Fail!" Presented by A. Scott Glancy, survivalist, zombie enthusiast, and commander in chief of Pagan Publishing. Mr. Glancy's presentations always manage to be entertaining and educational at the same time. Don't miss this!
Come on up and strut your decayed stuff on our stage. Dress as your favorite undead character, or something completely original, but remember... this is a horror film festival, not an anime convention!
Guest judges include Portland's own Living Dead Girls and the organizer of the Portland Zombie Walk.
This music video from the "Back in Blood" album by Finnish band The 69 Eyes takes us from convenience store to a gothic retreat, courtesy of a classic Cadillac and a group of Vampiric vixens.
Festival Director — Wed, 2013-09-18 21:44
Zompire: The Undead Film Festival
October 4-5, 2013
Clinton St. Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, OR 97202
Two nights of independent short and feature films of the Undead!
Featuring the US Premiere of Eiji Uchida's feature-length Dead Banging! An all-girl Heavy Metal band (played by real life Japanese all-girl rock band "Gacharic Spin"), martial artist schoolgirls, a mad General, a gun-toting monk, and a head-banging Zombie make this film an awesome romp that you don't want to miss!
Also, Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary stars Norman Reedus (AMC's The Walking Dead), Tom Savini (makeup artist on Romero's Dead movies), screenwriter John Russo (Night of The Living Dead), and more!
Come see short films from the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, S. Korea, all featuring a unique spin on the Undead. Click here to see the complete list of films.
Not just movies! In addition to all the great films, we're hosting a costume contest with tons of prizes, a keynote speech on the future of horror in comics by Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, Zombie preparedness with Adam Scott Glancy (Publisher of Delta Green), and more fun than you can shake a decapitated head at!
From Los Angeles to Pittsburgh to Toronto and around the globe, they stagger through the streets... gory, rotting spectacles on an endless search to quell their insatiable hunger for human brains and flesh. Zombies walk among us in Dead Meat Walking, a spellbinding, visually horrific, and decadently delightful documentary from dog walker turned documentarian Omar J. Pineda.
Just how much can Mr. Nakamura tempt himself before he looses control and succumbs to his addiction?
Gabriel is a man who once had a normal life and a family, now he seeks revenge for the death of his son by a group of vampires that roam the night stalking the inhabitants of Tijuana, Mexico. He now lives his days hunting what he calls 'leeches' every night, without knowing that his revenge will bring serious consequences for him and his wife.