Every year, indie film studio Seraph Films hosts a “Short Horror Film Night” to great acclaim. This year, the entertaining #Event was held at the El Cid Theatre in Hollywood, California, on October 28 and proved to be very successful. Seraph Films was joined in this endeavor by We Are Indie Horror and Nvisionate Studios. The fun-filled red-carpet event included the debut of Seraph Films’ latest release titled “Indictment” as well as the premieres of “Mark Upon The Flesh” by Ink Films and “Puppet” by Proco.

Halloween 

Although films are the focus of the evening, the event included more than movies; attendees also enjoyed a costume contest, tarot card readings by Madison Charap and interviews hosted by Virginia Jones.

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There was also a horror-themed raffle with prizes ranging from DVDs to creepy toys to movie memorabilia and more. “The winner of the costume contest received two tickets to Zombie Zoe’s Urban Death which an awesome local haunted attraction,” said director Gene Blalock who also noted that he was especially fond of the Dr. Horror outfit he spotted someone sporting. This year, the event ran from 6:30pm to 11:00pm and included over 200 guests. “When planning the event, we wanted it to be a networking and social gathering as opposed to just another film screening,” Gene Blalock declared. “We wanted to create a fun night where horror filmmakers and fans could hang out, network, watch great indie horror shorts and celebrate the awesome holiday that is Halloween.”

Festivities 

In general, between eight and twelve films are shown at the event, most of which span about fifteen minutes in length.

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One of the most exciting aspects of this year’s event was the premiere of a short film screenplay contest which promises that Seraph Films will produce the winning feature—provided it can be realized on a $10,000 budget—and showcase it at the following years event. “We usually start off approaching any filmmaker we know that may have a horror short they are finishing up and then put out an open call to the local community for short horror films,” Gene explained. Every year, the event grows larger and therefore adds more opportunities for both fledgling and established filmmakers to network.

Christmas 

Now that Halloween is past Seraph Films is gearing up for their “Scary Christmas Party” which is yet another annual event that has proven to be both popular and successful. “It’s essentially a Halloween-themed Christmas party where we get together to celebrate another year of filmmaking, give out a few awards, and announce projects for the coming year,” Gene explained. Anyone who attends can expect to have the chance to have their photo taken in a stimulated horror scene, wander through a haunted maze and check out some creepy—albeit Christmas-themed—decorations. The Christmas event also has a charitable element and is much larger than the Halloween showcase with more than 700 people expected to attend. #Movies & TV #Hollywood