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Chicago Horror Film Festival

2019 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 28-29 2019

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Chicago, IL 60654

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2019 Award Nominees

BEST FEATURE

  • FANG
  • STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
  • GHOST BOX
  • MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

BEST SHORT

  • IN HER SHOES
  • LETS BE FRIENDS
  • THE HUNTED
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BEYOND THE DOOR

BEST DIRECTOR

  • DAN O'BRIEN - TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • TONY WASH & B.A. LEWANDOWSKI - SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
  • VIDAR T. AUNE - CREAKER
  • AJMAL ZAHEER AHMAD - MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • GIANCARLO ORELLANA - THE HUNTED

BEST WRITER

  • GIANCARLO ORELLANA - THE HUNTED
  • DAN O'BRIEN & MATTY AUSTIN - TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • RAY KERMANI & INES SWINTERS - IN HER SHOES
  • AARAN BIGGERS & JONAH OCUTO - DIAL M FOR MIME
  • DEAN YURKE - STAY OUT STAY ALIVE

BEST ACTOR

  • DUSTIN ARDIN - BIRTH
  • PARKER SMEREK - MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • LEV HANDMAKER - DIAL M FOR MIME
  • DAN O'BRIAN - TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BRANDON WARDLE - STAY OUT STAY ALIVE

BEST ACTRESS

  • ROMY HEERE - IN HER SHOES
  • MAUREEN MIZENER - KEEP LOOKING
  • ISABEL SERRANO - BIRTH
  • WHITNEY MASTERS - BEYOND THE DOOR
  • SARAH NICKLIN - BATH BOMB

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • ALFREDO ROSE - THE ESCAPE ROOM
  • BRANDON MATTHEW LAYNE - MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • MIKE MARKOFF - BODY IN THE BATH
  • ADAM MICHAEL - SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
  • ERIC PAPUCCI - GHOST BOX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • SHANNA GOLDMAN - STEVE AND THE DEAD GIRL
  • MELANTHA BLACKTHORNE - FANGS
  • BAILY CASTLE - OPEN CASKETS: BAD SLEEP
  • JENNIFER LENIUS - RETURN TO SENDER
  • KRISTEN WALKER - THE BODY FARMER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • THE ESCAPE ROOM
  • MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

BEST EDITING

  • MY SOULD TO KEEP
  • INVASION
  • STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
  • TREAK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BATH BOMB

BEST SOUND

  • CLOWN COLLEGE
  • THE ESCAPE ROOM
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BIRTH
  • BEYOND THE DOOR

BEST MUSIC

  • IN HER SHOES
  • MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • CLOWN COLLEGE
  • KEEP LOOKING
  • BODY IN THE BATH

BEST FX

  • LET'S BE FRIENDS
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
  • BIRTH
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • NECRO-SEXUAL

DIRECTORS CHOICE

  • FANG
  • LITTLE VOICE
  • IN HER SHOES
  • CREAKER
  • THE HUNTED

SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST

  • MISS IDA BY RAIN ZHENG
  • LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR BY CJ BARNES
  • KILLER LAWN GNOMES... FROM OUTER SPACE! BY CAMERON G. BOX
  • THE PERFECT FAMILY BY SARAH JO BRIMS
  • MOURNING MEAL BY JAMAL HODGE

*Award Winners will be announced at the end of the festival. Winners in attendance will be presented a certificate. Those not in attendance will be sent a digital certificate to print by email. Winners will also be posted on ChicagoHorrorFest.com within 48 hours of the close of the festival.
 
** Our Selection / Awards Procedure: Festival Director / Producers make official selections for the festival by vote. Official Selections are then screened/graded by 5 different judges and given an overall grade on a 10 point scale for each of the qualifying award categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade. The top 4 films by grade points in each category are then considered an award nominee and listed on this page. The film with the highest grade in each category is considered and announced that category’s award winner at the festival. In the event of a tie for highest grade, the festival director and festival producer will vote on the tied films giving the majority vote the award. In the event that one of the festival production staff are involved in one of the films involving a tie, a 3rd party will be selected to vote in place of the production staff member involved.
 
**** The Festival Directors Choice Award nominees are the Film Festival Directors top 5 choice films of the festival. The Directors Choice Award is presented at the festival to the Directors favorite film of the festival. (Any film that the festival director is personally involved in at any level is not eligible for this award.)

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