The Women in Horror Film Festival Slashes Its Way Into Its Second Year


As a filmmaker, I always love supporting my fellow filmmakers and their individual projects and to their credit, Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik have used their knowledge and talents as filmmakers to create one of the most buzzed about horror film festivals this year.  The Women in Horror Film Festival was an event “dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, composers, producers, and performers in horror, as well as the teams they work with.” It’s currently in the top 25 Best Reviewed Film Festivals on the FilmFreeway site and with the success of the first year under their belt, they have more cool things in store for their second big year. Here’s their official press release about what to look forward to in 2018:

The Women in Horror Film Festival is coming back to Peachtree City, GA during October 4-7, 2018. The event will take place at the newly remodeled Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center on their gorgeous wooded property just miles from legendary Pinewood Atlanta Studios and The Walking Dead’s AMC Studios.

The fest will run for 4 days, beginning with an exclusive VIP party on Thursday, October 4, to kick off the event. Filmmakers, screenwriters, press, and celebrity guests will walk the Dead Carpet and come together in anticipation of 3 days of independent horror films.

This year’s event will see the addition of more workshops and panels geared toward filmmakers and screenwriters including, but not limited to, a live read of the short screenplay finalist scripts, an SFX demo, and more! The Women in Horror Film Festival will be welcoming vendors, artists, and industry pros to share their creations and meet with horror fans. The weekend-long festival will end with an awards ceremony where the winning filmmakers and screenwriters will be recognized for their work with one-of-a-kind Lizzie trophies, crafted by horror sculptor Karl Libecap.

The Women in Horror Film Festival is thrilled to have found shared values and mutual support of the indie film community with two other film festivals for the addition of two very special awards. The Better Horror Lizzie will be presented by Nightmares Film Festival, currently ranked as the best-reviewed horror film festival on FilmFreeway, and the all-new Narrative Drive Lizzie will be presented by Austin Revolution Film Festival, the best overall reviewed film festival on FilmFreeway. Women in Horror Film Festival is excited to host these additional opportunities to recognize the hard work of independent filmmakers!

Submissions for Women in Horror Film Festival 2018 are open. Interested filmmakers and screenwriters can submit their work here: and check out full details at

Christopher G. Moore
Christopher G. Moore is an award-winning director of the horror shorts Foodie, Disengaged and Knob Goblins and the co-writer of the popular web series, Mario Warfare. His movies have screened at film festivals across the country including the NYC Horror Film Festival and Spooky Movie International Film Festival and his film Foodie was feature in an online article for The New Yorker. He was also the co-host on the Hannibal Fan Podcast.
He's been a fan of horror since he was a teenager and some of his favorite horror films include A Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead 2, The Silence of the Lambs, Poltergeist, Videodrome, The Re-animator, Dead Alive, The Ring, Shaun of the Dead and so on. He's currently in preproduction on his first feature film, a haunted house flick.