Shriekfest Film Festival reveals the first batch of its feature film slate

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The annual Los Angeles competition will kick off with an opening night gala October 4.

The Shriekfest Film Festival, an international horror/sci-fi film and screenplay competition, has announced the first three films of its 2018 feature film lineup. Film festival director Denise Gossett says “We are super excited to show you our wonderfully diverse selection of amazing films from all over the world.”.

The feature films selected thus far are listed below:

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Echoes of Fear (WORLD PREMIERE)
Directed by Shriekfest Winners, husband and wife team Brian and Laurence Avenet-Bradley (Dark Remains, Ghost of the Needle), written by Brian Avenet-Bradley. After inheriting her grandfather’s house, Alysa must confront the mystery of his sudden death and the evil that hides inside. Starring Trista Robinson (The Human Race, Purgatory Road) and Paul Chirico (Grimm, Godzilla).

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Directed by David Del Rio , written by James Andrew Oster & Justin Xavier. “Roy is the nice guy who finishes last. Sick of his current situation, he accepts an invitation to have Christmas dinner with the beautiful and strangely alluring Emilia. Once at dinner, Roy realizes that Emilia and her oddball brother Edward are not what they seem.” Starring Camille Montgomery (The Dead and The Damned) David Gunning (N.C.I.S) and Jon Paul Burkhart (American Horror Story, Fright Flick).

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Written & Directed byVincente Disanti. A Friday the 13th Fan Film! A hiker’s survival skills are put to the test, when he stumbles upon the remains of an old abandoned camp and discovers its long dark secrets. Starring Drew Leighty and Vincente Disanti as Jason Voorhees.

The festival will also showcase 35 outstanding and diverse international short films, covering just about every aspect of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

The Shriekfest Film Festival runs October 4 – 7, 2018. An opening night party will take place at Bar Sinister in Hollywood; the rest of the festival will be at the iconic Raleigh Studios on Melrose Ave.

Shriekfest, now in its 18th year, was created in July 2001 by Denise Gossett and has grown into the longest-running and one of the largest horror and sci-fi film festivals in the country. This is also the second year that Shriekfest will be bi-coastal with Shriekfest Orlando on November 3rd. Since its inception, Shriekfest has offered young and upcoming writers, actors, directors, and producers a chance to have their work screened and rated by peers.

For more information on the Shriekfest Film Festival, sponsorship opportunities, schedules, and more, visit or contact festival founder and director Denise Gossett at Shriekfest is also on Twitter and Facebook.
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