The Shriekfest Film Festival, held yearly here in Los Angeles since the year 2000 (the year twooo-thousaaaaaaaand) has a special place in my heart. It was the first festival I ever covered and one of the first times I realized that saying “Press” meant I didn’t have to pay for things.

But it’s deeper than that. Shriekfest is a true filmmaker’s festival. You won’t show up to find big studio pictures being played or people walking down a red carpet, smiling, waving, leaving. When the cast and crew shows up, they sit there with you in a small theater. Hang around to answer your questions. That’s pretty cool.

Showcasing both shorts and features, there’s plenty to see for any horror or science-fiction fan. Sure, not every thing you see is going to blow your mind, but every year you’ll manage to find a handful of gems before anyone else gets a chance to see them. On to the winners!

Over the course of three days (September 30th to October 3rd) the tenth annual Shriekfest Festival screening 36 films (a mixture of shorts and features) at Raleigh Studios. The festival also hosts a screenplay competition, featuring three categories: Best Under 18, Best Short, and Best Feature.

And the winners are…

  • Best Horror Feature Film: Ashes
  • Best Sci Fi Feature Film: Transfer
  • Best Super Short Film: Rise of the Appliances
  • Best Short Film: Serum 1831
  • Best Under 18 Film: On the Other Line
  • Best Feature Screenplay: Dead Crows
  • Best Under 18 Screenplay: Ain’t No Wolves ‘Round Here
  • Best Short Screenplay: Carbon Dating
  • Best Webisode: Shady Texas
  • Best Original Song: Rekindled

This year I didn’t get a chance to see most of the films that were screened, though I did enjoy the Danielle Harris and Lance Henriksen starring Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer. Hopefully next year I can carve out more time and see more films – and hopefully our Los Angeles readers will as well.

Shriekfest was founded by Denise Gossett, who still serves as Festival Director today, alongside Todd Beeson. Visit the site for Shriekfest here and stay tuned for the announcement of the 2011 Festival dates.

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