WIHFF Moves to June 2021 – Next Summer Will Rock!

As you may know, at Gruesome Magazine, we love the WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL held each year in Atlanta, Georgia. Not only that we adore the team behind the festival. Vanessa and her crew craft a community and environment that is friendly, supportive, entertaining, and rewarding. And, we look forward to attending the festival in 2021.

Next year, however, with the world in the current state that it is, WIHFF is moving their festival from February 2021 to June 10-12, 2021, remaining at the historic Strand Theatre. What does that mean? SUMMER 2021 is going to ROCK! We hope to see you there.

Women in Horror Film Festival Changes Dates Due to COVID-19

The Women in Horror Film Festival is moving the dates of the fest from February 2021 to June 10-12, 2021! The fest will continue to take place at the historic Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square in Atlanta, GA.

Co-founder and festival director Vanessa Wright said, “It’s very important to maintain the integrity of the fest and the safety of our attendees. With such uncertainty before us, I don’t feel it is responsible to move forward with a live event in February. Part of the magic of this festival is the sense of community and the energy that comes with watching your film with a live audience. We are doing our best to make sure that filmmakers and screenwriters involved with the 2021 event aren’t stripped of that experience.”

WIHFF is not alone in this decision, as so many festivals have had to and are making the difficult decision to cancel, move online or push their dates. “It’s hard to know what the right decision is, when there are so many factors that must be considered. Ultimately, we have decided to do what we think is best for everyone involved and make the health and safety of our guests the top priority.” says Wright.

WIHFF will be extending the submission period to stay open through March 31, 2021, allowing filmmakers and screenwriters ample time to finish any work in progress and get it submitted before the closing date.

In an effort to stay connected and to help promote indie artists, Vanessa has teamed up with S.A. Bradley (author of Screaming for Pleasure and podcaster for Hellbent for Horror) to do a regularly scheduled LIVE show from the WIHFF facebook page. This is an open format, pirate radio style event where they welcome filmmakers, authors, actors, artists and fans to join the conversation to chat horror. “It’s been a lot of fun, and given that so many are still stuck at home or choosing not to be out as much, it’s a great way to talk about the art that we are creating and consuming and bridge that gap until we can all be together again in person” – Vanessa Wright

WIHFF is honored to be supported by 2021 sponsors SHUDDER and FRIGHT RAGS. For information on how you can support and sponsor the fest, please email wihfilmfest@gmail.com

For more information on the fest and how to get involved, please visit us online at www.WIHFF.com or on Facebook & Twitter @WIHFF and Instagram @wihfilmfest.

Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.