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RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2004 AWARDS


PROVIDENCE, RI (October 18, 2004): The 2004 Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival (RIIHFF) has announced this year's winners in its horror film competition in Providence on Sunday, October 17, 2004.

This year, RIIHFF received 243 entries in competition and 12 titles out of competition. Twenty-seven titles were chosen as finalists and screened at this year's RIIHFF at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. Films were entered from 5 countries and 14 states in the US.

Of those selected for exhibition, 5 were World Premieres and 6 were United States Premieres. 15 filmmakers, producers, distributors, cast and crew registered with the festival. Attendance levels were 15% above 2003 records.

“This was an exceptional year at the Horror Film Festival,” said Shawn Drywa, RIIHFF’s Director. “The superb quality of the films, the strong audiences and the sponsors like the City of Providence’s Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Sony, NBC 10, Clear Channel Communications, Motif Magazine, Rule Broadcasting Systems, Amtrak and Mirage Design, made for an exceptional event."

This year’s RIIHFF winners were as follows:

BEST FEATURE
• Grand Prize:
Dead and Breakfast • Director: Matthew Leutwyler

BEST DIRECTOR
Julian Richards for The Last Horror Movie

BEST SHORT
Tie between
The Crypt Club • Director: Miguel Gallego &
There's Something Out There • Director: Brian Pulido

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

• Grand Prize: Cube Zero. Director: Ernie Barbarash.

BEST GENRE CROSSOVER
Tie between
Freak Out • Director: Christian James &
Graveyard Alive • Director: Elza Kephart

2004 Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Award
The Strange Killers • Director: Shunsuke Yamamoto


The next Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival (a side-bar of the annual Rhode Island International Film Festival) will take place October 20-23, 2005 in locations throughout Providence and the state of Rhode Island. RIIHFF is a juried competition and showcase for independent filmmakers from all over the world.


The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers, distributors, backers, and the film-going community. Now heading into its eighth year, the Festival is produced by the Flickers Arts Collaborative, an organization with 23 years of experience presenting major artistic events as well as independent and foreign films to the public. For more information, contact the Festival at PO Box 162, Newport, RI 02840 or call 401/861-4445.