Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Announces 2019 Dates & ALTER Partnership
Following the festival’s biggest year yet, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will return October 17-24, 2019, for its fourth edition. Submissions are now open via FilmFreeway and Withoutabox for short and feature films, and badges are on sale via the official website, making for the perfect stocking stuffer!
BHFF will once again grow in 2019 with the addition of Cobble Hill Cinemas as one of the primary screening locations. The festival will continue its engagements with Nitehawk Cinema, Made in NY Media Center at IFP, and various locations throughout Brooklyn, confidently bringing together the dynamic cinephile culture that sets the borough apart.
The festival is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Gunpowder & Sky’s recently launched horror brand, ALTER. Selected short films will be eligible for review for distribution on the platform. “ALTER has quickly established itself as a premium platform for emerging, diverse, and established filmmakers and we couldn’t be more excited to help them discover the great talent we have at the festival” said Festival Director Justin Timms.
Brooklyn Horror announces new staffing changes as Montreal-based Vanessa Meyer, Programming Manager for the Frontières Co-Production Market, joins the programming team, Development Manager Jackie Goldstein will be promoted to Director of Development, and Wynton Wong comes on as Festival Operations Manager.
ALTER is a new horror brand for novel and grounded stories exploring the human condition through warped and uncanny perspectives.
Giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers, ALTER’s owned and operated channel is distributed across YouTube and Facebook where two short films or series are released each week. In addition to curating and distributing award-winning content, ALTER develops unique stories with some of the most innovative minds in the genre through its ALTER Studio projects – which are not bound to a particular platform or format.
Recent releases include the official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection, Summer of 84, the thriller directed by RKSS (“Turbo Kid”); CAM (in partnership with Blumhouse), winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Fantasia Festival, which was acquired by Netflix; and Goodnight, Gracie from Stellan Kendrick, one of ALTER’s first exclusive premieres.
Projects currently in development include “50 States of Fear”, in partnership with Executive Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spiderman) and DIGA Studios (MTV’s Scream). The anthology is the first announced series for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile video startup, Quibi.
ABOUT GUNPOWDER & SKY
Gunpowder & Sky is an award-winning independent global studio, dedicated to creating, marketing and distributing video content unrestricted by form, genre or platform. Gunpowder & Sky collaborates with both emerging and established talent to generate premium video content ranging from 90-second to 90-minute stories on all platforms. With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of over 1500 titles.
In 2017, Gunpowder & Sky released numerous films and series, including The Little Hours, starring Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke and Nick Offerman, which premiered to sold-out audiences in NY and LA, and nabbed the highest per screen average for its opening weekend.
Gunpowder & Sky was also responsible for the Herbalife exposé documentary, Betting on Zero, which debuted as the number one documentary in the iTunes store; Ben Young’s Hounds of Love, which won the Overlook Film Festival’s Jury and Audience Awards for Best Feature; and Spotify’s most viewed series, Drawn & Recorded. In partnership with HBO and Blumhouse Productions, Gunpowder & Sky also released two horror films, Totem and Like, Share, Follow. Separately, the company also launched DUST, the first premium, digitally-distributed sci-fi brand showcasing thought-provoking visions of the future from both established and emerging filmmakers.
Most recently, during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival the company acquired the North American rights to Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero) Hearts Beat Loud, a touching ode to the bonding powers of music, and premiered Summer of ’84, the latest thriller from award-winning directors RKSS. Simultaneously, Trevor Stevens’ directorial debut, Rock Steady Row also premiered and won narrative feature jury and audience awards at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in NY and London, Gunpowder & Sky was founded by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T.
ABOUT THE BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is a premier east coast genre festival that embodies the spirit of Brooklyn. Taking place in venues throughout the borough, we showcase the best new independent films, throw parties, host events, and more.