Stanley Film Festival

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Stanley Film Festival was a horror film festival located in Estes Park, Colorado. Founded in 2013, the festival showcased independent horror films, including features, shorts and special events with guest filmmakers. The festival was named for the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park where it is held, a neo-Georgian hotel that was the inspiration and setting of Stephen King's horror novel The Shining. The festival also held a student film competition titled, The Stanley Dean's Cup.[citation needed]

2013 Festival[edit]

The inaugural festival was held May 2–5, 2013.[1] Opening night film: The Purge with director James DeMonaco and producer Jason Blum in attendance.[2] The 2013 festival was curated by Programming Director Landon Zakheim and programmer Michael Lerman, with films from 13 different countries.[3]

Selected Films[edit]

Film Country Director Additional Notes
100 Bloody Acres AUSTRALIA Colin and Cameron Cairnes
Aftershock USA, Chile Nicolás López Closing Night
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane USA Jonathan Levine
Beneath USA Larry Fessenden
Berberian Sound Studio United Kingdom Peter Strickland
Big Bad Wolves Israel Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales
Black Rock USA Katie Aselton
Frankenstein's Army NETHERLANDS Richard Raaphorst
Here Comes the Devil MEXICO Adrián García Bogliano
Macabre Singapore, Indonesia Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto
Maniac USA Frank Khalfoun
No One Lives USA Ryûhei Kitamura
Room 237 USA Rodney Ascher
Sightseers United Kingdom Ben Wheatley Centerpiece
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Germany Robert Wiene
The Purge USA James DeMonaco Opening Night
The Rambler USA Calvin Lee Reeder
The Shining USA Stanley Kubrick
Tower Block United Kingdom James Nunn & Ronnie Thompson
V/H/S/2 USA, Canada, Indonesia Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto & Adam Wingard
Vanishing Waves Lithuania, France, Belgium Kristina Buozyte
Wither Sweden Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund

Special Events[edit]

It included Room 237 director Rodney Ascher and subject Jay Weidner, Leon Vitali, who was Kubrick's personal assistant on The Shining,
Mick Garris, director of The Shining (TV miniseries), and moderated by Badass Digest writer Devin Faraci.
  • Presentation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live piano score by performer Hank Troy.
  • "Composing for Genre Cinema" - a panel discussion with film score composers, Nathan Barr, Jonathan Snipes, William Hutson, Hank Troy and Mark Schulz.
  • Live performance by the John Chaos Sideshow.

2013 Awards[edit]

Award Recipient Film/Note
Visionary Award Eli Roth Example
Audience Award for Feature Franck Khalfoun Maniac
Audience Award for Short Ryan Spindell The Root of the Problem
Stanley Dean’s Cup John McSween Peak of Terror

2014 Festival[edit]

The 2nd annual festival took place April 24–27, 2014.

Selected Films[edit]

Film Country Director Additional Notes
Doc of the Dead USA Alexandre O. Philippe Opening Night
What We Do in the Shadows New Zealand Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement Closing Night
The Babadook Australia Jennifer Kent
Blood Glacier Austria Marvin Kren
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Norway/Iceland Tommy Wirkola
Eyes Wide Shut UK/USA Stanley Kubrick
The Fall of the House of Usher France/USA Jean Epstein
Gremlins USA Joe Dante
Housebound New Zealand Gerard Johnstone
Late Phases USA Adrian Garcia Bogliano
Lesson of the Evil Japan Takashi Miike
LFO Sweden/Denmark Antonio Tublen
Moebius South Korea Kim Ki-duk
The Nightmare Before Christmas USA Henry Selick
Nothing Bad Can Happen Germany Katrin Gebbe
Open Windows Spain/USA Nacho Vigolando
Ragnarok Norway Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
R100 Japan Hitoshi Matsumoto
Rigor Mortis Hong Kong Juno Mak
The Sacrament USA Ti West
Sleepwalkers USA Mick Garris
Starry Eyes USA Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears Belgium / France / Luxembourg Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 40th ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION USA Tobe Hooper
Witching and Bitching Spain Alex de la Iglesia
Who Can Kill a Child? Spain Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

2014 Awards[edit]

Award Recipient Film/Note
Visionary Award Elijah Wood
Daniel Noah
Josh Waller
Founders of SpectreVision
The Master of Horror Award Joe Dante
Audience Award for Feature What We Do In The Shadows
Audience Award for Short Here Be Monsters
Jury Award for Short Ghost Train
Stanley Dean's Cup Jury Award and Stanley Dean's Cup Audience Award Wormbug


2015 Festival[edit]

The 3rd annual festival took place April 30 - May 3, 2015.

Opening night film: Cooties with SpectreVision production company partners Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, and Elijah Wood in attendance.[5]

Selected Films[edit]

Film Country Director Additional Notes
The Nightmare USA Rodney Ascher
We Are Still Here USA Ted Geoghegan
Body USA Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
The Boy USA Craig Macneill
Deathgasm New Zealand Jason Lei Howden
Director's Commentary: The Terror Of Frankenstein USA Tim Kirk
The Final Girls USA Todd Strauss-Schulson Closing Night
Cooties USA Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion Opening Night
Goodnight Mommy
Ich Seh Ich Seh
Austria Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
The Hallow United Kingdom Corin Hardy
Hollow Vietnam Ham Tran
The Invitation USA Karyn Kusama Centerpiece
Let Us Prey United Kingdom Brian O'Malley
Over Your Dead Body
Japan Takashi Miike
Scherzo Diabolico Mexico Adrian Garcia Bogliano
Shrew's Nest
Spain Juanfer Andrés & Esteban Roel
Some Kind Of Hate USA Adam Egypt Mortimer
Stung USA TBenni Diez
Sun Choke USA Ben Cresciman
The Treatment Belgium Hans Herbots
When Animals Dream
Når Dyrene Drømmer
Denmark Jonas Alexander Arnby
Shivers Canada David Cronenberg Retrospective
Re-Animator USA Stuart Gordon Retrospective
The Bride Of Frankenstein USA James Whale Retrospective
Les Diaboliques
France Henri-Georges Clouzot Retrospective
Repulsion United Kingdom Roman Polanski Retrospective
The Rocky Horror Picture Show USA Jim Sharman Retrospective

2015 Awards[edit]

Award Recipient Film/Note
Visionary Award Tom Quinn RADiUS-TWC co-president
Audience Award for Feature The Final Girls Director Todd Strauss-Schulson
Audience Award & Jury Award for Short Film The Babysitter Murder Director Ryan Spindell
Stanley Dean's Cup Colorado Prize Moon Studios Director Merritt Crocker
Stanley Dean's Cup International Prize Inherent Noise Director Karol Jurga


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hunter, Rob. "Stanley Film Fest Paints the Hotel Walls Shining Red with 'The Purge,' 'Maniac,' 'Aftershock,' 'Black Rock' and More". Reject Media, LLC. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys. "Ethan Hawke's The Purge to Open Inaugural Stanley Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ McHargue, Brad. "Stanley Film Fest Unveils Lineup for Inaugural Festival, May 2–5". Dread Central Media, LLC. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ Lindsay, Taylor. "And the Awards For Horror Go to Elijah Wood, Joe Dante, 'Ghost Train' and More at the 2014 Stanley Film Festival". Indiewire. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ Sharf, Zach. "Stanley Film Festival Announces 'Cooties' As Opening Night Film". Indiewire. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  6. ^ Canfield, David. "Stanley Film Festival Announces Winners of 2015 Horror Showcase". Indiewire. Retrieved 11 May 2015.