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TOXFF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 10-17, 2017
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The Toxic Film Festival (TOXFF) celebrates and supports independent genre films and filmmakers from around the world. We consider horror, fantasy, science fiction, action, thriller, experimental and exploitation films. Judged by a jury of industry professionals and genre enthusiasts, the TOXFF awards 13 main different categories which include: BEST FEATURE, BEST SHORT FILM, BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SCORE, BEST PRACTICAL FX, BEST VISUAL FX, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST CHARACTER ACTOR and BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR.
TOXFF also awards 7 Special sub-categories: BEST VILLAIN, GORIEST FILM, BEST POSTER ART, MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT, CRAZIEST CINEMATIC DEATH and the outstanding FEMME FATALE and INSTANT CULT Awards for a total of 20 awards.
At this moment TOXFF is an on-line film festival, but plans are to turn into a live festival in the very next future.
But The Toxic Award is a TRUE trophy. The winner list will be published online and the Toxic Award Statuette will be sent to all winners.
TOXFF seeks the latest works by debut and veteran filmmakers around the world, with the purpose to introduce audiences to their new creations, to gain visibility across the industry and to encourage dialogue.
1. Submit your work, short films and features are eligible.
2. Board of directors will select the films that will enter the competition.
3. Finalists will be judged by Festival Juries through private screenings.
4. Winners will be announced at the completion of the festival.
Each year the TOXFF board of directors selects nine jurors who hold responsibility for choosing the films that will receive an award. The Jury is composed by international film, culture and art personalities related with horror, fantasy, science fiction, action, thriller, cult and exploitation independent cinema.
Find out more about this year's jury members who will judge the titles in the Official Competition and assign the 2017 TOXFF rewards.
Director / Writer / Producer
Class of 1984, Federico is a young Italian filmmaker and founder of the independent production company Visceravisions, making films and music videos. He wrote and directed the ultra gore drama Life. Love. Regret. and the Cronenbergesque short Through Your Lips, among others. Avid horror addicted and collector, he's a big fan of prosthetics. "Horror is meant to be visceral and you cant' be visceral with pixels": with this personal statement in mind he also brings his trademark horror elements in every videoclip or production he writes and direct. Actually he is working at his first feature.
Director / Writer / Visual Effect Artist
Michael studied movies since his childhood with 8mm reels and Famous Monsters of Filmland, and later in college majored in film. After graduation he directed commercials and industrials, before discovering and pursuing his passion for VFX and 3D rendering. After four years in the making, in 2015 he released his first movie Insectula!, an homage to B and Z science fiction films from the past, already considered a little cult gem from sci-fi and horror fans worldwide.
While no details have yet been surfaced, Michael is actually working on his second feature.
Writer / Author / Blogger
Michael Vaughn has taken his lifelong love of writing and film and started his own blog Gorehound Mikes Weird Cinema in 2012. His writings have been published in top horror magazines such as Fangoria and Scream UK, and websites like FilmsInReview.com and HouseOfTorturedSouls.com.
Currently Mr. Vaughn has a film guide coming out later this year from Schiffer Publishing entitled The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema featuring over 300 weird and obscure films from around the world.
Special Effects Artist
Andrea Giomaro is an italian award winner Special Effects artist. He qualified in 1996 at the European Academy of Special Effects under the direction of the three times Oscar winner Carlo Rambaldi (Alien, E.T., King Kong). Since then he launched his career working in literally hundred of productions, from feature films to tv shows, to advertisements, to theme parks. His most notable and recent work include animatronics for Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012), makeup supervisor for the Ben Hur remake (2016) and the most recent Batman videogame published by Warner Bros where Andrea and his team built incredible life-sized batman statues and suits for worldwide promotion.
Actress / Director / Makeup Artist
Sarah is an actress hailing from Buffalo, NY. She is also a director, producer, special effects & makeup artist. Working in different departments, her filmography include indie and horror genre titles like Crossbreed, Arach-NOPE-Phobia, Return To Nuke'em High Vol. 1 & 2, Pumpkin Bitch, Condemnded With You All, Kill Martin Scratch, Wormchild 2, among many others.
In her down time, she rescues animals and also works as a videographer.
Noel Jason Scott
Actor / Makeup Artist
Noel has been fascinated by monster movies and horror makeup since his childhood. Though trained as a fine artist, he got his start doing Zombie FX makeup with his kids at Zombie Walks. Inspired by Lon Chaney Sr., Noel often applies his own makeup and transforms himself into ghoulish Vampires and fiendish Villains. Some of his character makeup can be seen in Tales of Halloween, Lavalantula, Killjoy's Psycho Circus, and Prey: In Cold Blood. Noel was also featured on last season's Hellevator (horror game show Blumhouse/GSN).
As an actor, He is known for his work as Patrolman Pursell in House of Manson and in the upcoming film Bloodsucka Jones vs The Creeping Death, among many others.
Léon-Paul de Bruyn
Director / Writer / Producer
An obscure fellow from the underground, Léon-Paul is writer, director and producer of the bizarre exploitation movies Maniac Nurses find Ecstasy and Parts of the Family. He has been described (Vidéotopsie, Femme Fatales Magazine) as "The Godard of Z-movies".
Relentless pornographer, formerly specialized in bondage, nowadays in tranny-porn. In collaboration with Zeno Pictures distributor of Asian movies such as the archeological find Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman. Currently working on a new movie SS Torture Hell. Lives where he is tolerated, mostly Pattaya, Thailand and Las Vegas, USA.
Author / Blogger
Tori has had a passion for Horror ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Her tastes seem to lean towards 80's Horror and indie, but loves it all. She's a published author, co-runs Pophorror.com, she’s lead writer for HorrorGeekLife.com, and she's involved in many other projects in the horror community.
Director / Producer / Special Effects Artist
Joe Castro began his career at age 15 when he was hired to create special effects make-up for a PBS affiliate and graduated to writing and directing his own feature films, in the 80’s, when his parents invested in his career and bought him a portable VHS camera.
In 1985 he won the National special effects make-up contest in Monsterland magazine. He then moved to L.A. to continue his career in filmmaking. In 1993 he produced and directed his first feature film, Ceremony. The film won a Silver Award at the Worldfest Charleston Film Festival. In 1997, Joe produced his second feature film, Legend of The Chupacabra on his parent’s ranch. In 2001, Joe produced, directed, and created the special effects for the wildly, successful cult film, Terror Toons. This film has already spawned four sequels. In 1994, Lionsgate distributed Joe’s 7th feature titled, The Jackhammer Massacre.
In 2011, Joe released his multi-award winning film, The Summer of Massacre, which won him the Guinness Book Of World Record for “Highest body count in a Slasher film,” which is 155 kills.
Altogether, Joe has won over 46 awards in producing, directing, and creating special effects.
Since teaming with his partner, Steven Escobar, Castro has Produced, Written & Directed 16 feature films.
MORE THAN 100 APPLIED,
BUT HERE'S THE 46 MOVIES IN COMPETITION!
LAST CALL LENNY
THOU SHALT NOT LIE
THE DARK CHAMBER
OUR CRAPPY TOWN
THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR MAHLER
THE PINE TREE VILLA
FLESH AND BLOOD A GO-GO!
CURSE OF THE BANSHEE
AMONG THE DEAD
THE AMULET OF FEAR
DOLPHINMAN BATTLES THE SEX LOBSTERS
FANG & CLAWS 2
DANGEROUS LIES VOL.1
THE WOLF AND THE BABY
NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE
IT LIVES IN THE ATTIC
3 HOURS TILL DEAD
THE CARNAGE COLLECTION
SICK SOCK MONSTERS FROM OUTER SPACE
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