Long-running FrightFest will show a record 20 short films—12 world premieres among them—during its August 23 show in London. The festival of Horror, Thriller, "Weird-stream," and Science Fiction, first delighted attendees in 2000 at the Prince Charles cinema near Leicester Square, and is ever-growing in popularity. Among the premieres are Show Pieces, three tales by Alan Moore, author of the graphic novels Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, and others. Show Pieces is directed by Moore's close friend, acclaimed photographer Mitch Jenkins, and marks Moore's screenwriting debut. The two will attend along with cast members.
Italian writer-director Federico Zampaglione will show Remember, a young girl's perspective on scenes of apocalyptic ruin. Evrim Ersoy's grim Abdullah chronicles the life of a Turkish London taxi-driver. Vibes, by the Spanish Guis brothers, is a "cautionary" take on infidelity. And Selkie, written, produced, and starring the Horror Channel's Emily Booth, is a dark fairy tale with a modern sensibility. FrightFest co-director Paul McEvoy, and short-film programming partner Shelagh Rowan-Legg, selected their final line-up from "hundreds of submissions."
Complete program info is at www.frightfest.co.uk
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