Founded in 2001 by filmmaker Michael J. Hein (1970- 2011), the New York City Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) is the largest and most exciting genre showcase in the northeast! The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe. The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50-60 films each year. The festival runs from December 2nd through 9th. Peep 2021’s schedule and film guide.
LATIN HORROR is excited to partner once again with NYCHFF to showcase some of the most exciting LATINhorrorphiles working in the genre of horror who have been selected to screen their work as part of the 2021 venue. In addition to putting the spotlight on these filmmakers, LATIN HORROR will also host two panels during the festival:
A Latin X Filmmaker Panel with the filmmakers highlighted below on December 2nd ~ 3- 4pm (est), featuring an in-depth discussion about independent filmmaking today utilizing their own personal experiences and projects as case studies. (order tickets here)
“The Business of Fear” (industry panel), taking place on December 4th ~ 2- 3pm (est), where horror genre influencers come together to discuss the industry of fear and explore the almost limitlessopportunities available to HORRORphiles within the genre, including film/TV production, print (magazines, comic books, and graphic novels), music, collectibles & memorabilia, toys & games, among others. (order tickets here)
A Latin X Filmmaker Panel (Q&A)
Come meet some very talented Latin X filmmakers working in the genre of horror. Join us for this in-depth panel discussion and Q&A session as these filmmakers demystify the process of making independent movies via their own first-hand accounts and case studies.
Director: Mark DePasquale & Lenlee Hosang
Country: USA / Run Time: 6:24 Mins
In the dead of night, two travelers are stalked and tormented by the evils lurking on a wooded road.
Polvotrón 500 / Shagomatic 500
Director: Pablo Rivas y Silvia Conesa
Country: Spain / Run Time: 11 Mins
Year 2065. Charly is a gray man in a world without hope dominated by large corporations, where everything has a price, even to rest without being besieged by publicity. Charly habitually sleep in an old holographic booth, POLVOTRÓN 500, where you arrange so that nobody bothers. One night he accidentally activated the resident sexual hologram, «Niky», without knowing that it is a new model with improved quantum intelligence …
Director: Lisa Ovies
Country: Canada / Run Time: 9:08 Mins
A babysitter’s phone sex is interrupted when she notices something unusual on the baby.
Genre: Horror / Language: English / Trailer Link NA
The Business of Fear (Industry Panel)
Through the eyes of our panelists, you’ll get an opportunity to take a look at the business of horror and explore the almost limitless opportunities available to HORRORphiles within the genre of fear, including film/TV production, print (magazines, comic books, and graphic novels), music, collectibles & memorabilia, toys & games, among others.
Zena Dixon, Horror Journalist/Patron
Zena Dixon is a lifelong horror fan, writer and filmmaker. In 2011, Zena branded and established the website RealQueenofHorror.com, an outlet where she writes about all things creepy and horrific and can “freely and creatively express my love for the horror genre.” Her articles, profiles and reviews are featured on Bloody-Disgusting, Florida Geek Scene, Black Girl Nerds, HorrorHound (Print), iHorror, and Wicked Horror.
Zena also has several ongoing horror columns including at Dread Central, which focuses on under-appreciated and hidden horror films, and Wicked Horror, that contains her monthly movie recommendations. In addition to her written work, Zena is also a filmmaker. You can watch some of her short films at her Vimeo channel (vimeo.com/user1102290).
Rodrigo Gudiño, Rue Morgue
Rodrigo Gudiño is a Mexican Canadian film director and editor, known for being the founder of the horror magazine and company Rue Morgue. He currently serves as the company’s president and also helps coordinate and program for several of the festivals and events that Rue Morgue holds or sponsors.
Gudiño previously worked as the magazine’s editor-in-chief before leaving the position to focus on making films. His short films were collected into the DVD Curious Stories, Crooked Symbols in 2009.
Gudiño was born in San Diego, California before moving to Tijuana at a young age. He began creating films in 2006 with the short The Eyes of Edward James and saw filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky as an influence on his work. Gudiño has also stated that his Catholic upbringing also influenced his work, and has remarked that he started his directing with short films released directly to film festival circuits as he wanted to “[develop] his abilities from an artistic standpoint” before moving to feature-length films. View his film credits at IMDB.
Bryan Norton, Writer/Director/Author
Bryan Norton is a writer, director, and author who recently signed with Eli Roth’s CRYPT TV as a writer/director of genre content for their new internet platform.
He wrote and directed the horror film Penny Dreadful for Showtime Networks with a generous grant from Warner Bros, starring Friday the 13th’s Betsy Palmer as well as the recent horror hit ‘All Hallows Eve 2.”
Bryan teaches film directing and screenwriting throughout the United States since 2001 and served as the chairperson of The New York Film Academy for 14 years. He also has consulted on several documentaries, books and articles relating to the history and analysis of the horror genre, including Butcher Knives and Body Counts: Essays of the Formula, Frights and Fun of the Slasher Film, Going To Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel and the upcoming documentary “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street.” He has written articles for Fangoria Magazine, Delirium, Gorezone and other horror publications.
His book ‘For God Sake’s Get Out! The Making of the Amityville Horror,’ is being published by Bear Manor Media and will be available shortly.
Joe Sena, Forth Castle
Joe Sena is a veteran marketer, designer and engineer who founded Fourth Castle, a boutique pop culture product development/digital marketing agency.
His first job designing “Star Trek” convention shirts for Creation Entertainment in the early 1990s ended 7 years later with over 1000 products distributed globally for dozens of brands and categories.
In 1997, Sena became Creative Director of Universal Studios’ New Media Group, developing digital content for the studio’s fabled brands and business units, with a focus on the Classic Universal Monsters.
Merging marketing with product development, Sena created Fourth Castle to serve the pop culture consumer from all angles. He launched Fangoria.com in 2003, built the largest horror e-commerce shop, Fearwerx.com, in 2004, created the “Zombie Outbreak Survival Kit” in 2005 before the zombie craze started (over 60,000 sold), revived the 8-inch “Mego” style action figure format from 2006-2013 (including the classic Univeral Monsters), and now creates licensed products and digital marketing strategies for some of the world’s most recognizable pop culture brands.
Rob Graydon, Filmmaker
Rob is an award-winning filmmaker whose work ranges from documentaries to puppet films to horror. Rob directed the Clive Barker documentary “Abarat – The Artist’s Passion’ for Fangoria. He’s work with such artists as Rob Zombie, KNB Studios and the late Stan Winston for Fangoria as well.
His Sci-Fi and Horror Shorts Father, Mr. Shivers and Harmony are currently in the festival circuit and Harmony will be headed to Tubi and Prime as part of the anthology Splatter Theatre. He has recently directed several segments for Sesame Street which has been a life-long dream.
Edwin Pagán (moderator)
Edwin “El Miedo” Pagán is a new York-based filmmaker, writer, cinematographer, cultural activist and life-long horror fan. He is the Founder-In-Chief of LATIN HORROR. He created the platform in 2008 as an online niche market website specializing in Latin-influenced horror, its documentation, and promotion as a distinct genre.
Pagán is now widely credited with being the principal catalyst and brain-trust behind the development of the term, and its subsequent expansion and recognition in the entertain industry as proper genre with its own distinct cultural idiosyncrasies and historical timelime. As such, he is at the forefront of what he calls the Latin “Dark Creative Expressionist” movement, a term he coined as a means of identifying the millions of lost souls who live outside the rim of mainstream society and whose lifestyle and work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts. Pagán is currently penning a book entitled ‘MIEDO – The History of Latin Horror.’
TRIVIA He is noted for ending his written correspondence with the offbeat salutation: “There will be SANGRE!“