Ten feature films from nine countries, and 19 short films are competing this year for the awards at the Dracula Film Festival, an event that takes place in Brasov, October 13-17.
The 29 films have been selected from among over 2,500 new film productions submitted for this competitive film festival, covering a wide range of genres, from black comedy to experimental and documentary film, from thriller and neo-noir to SF and horror.
The selection for the feature film competition was made by Ioan Big, director of the festival. The films will vie for the Dracula Trophy. Shortlisting the short films, running for the trophies Little Dracula (best international short films) and Vladutz (best Romanian short films), was film critic Cristian Marcescu.
The 10 feature films, available to the public at the Astra Cinema Hall, admission free subject to availability, are: “A Savannah Haunting” (USA, 2021, director: William Mark McCullough); “Annular Eclipse” (China, 2021, director: Chi Zhang); “Infinite Sea” (Portugal, 2021, director: Carlos Amaral); “Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes” (Germany, 2021, director: Kevin Kopacka); “On The Third Day” (Argentina, 2021, director: Daniel de La Vega); “Night Caller” (USA, 2021, director: Chad Ferrin); “Superno” (Ethiopia, 2021, director: Abel Mekasha); “Iwianch, The Devil Deer” (Ecuador, 2020, director: Jose Cardoso); “Cursed Land. Fate” (Russia, director: Stepan Burnashev), “The Winter Hunger” (Spain, 2021, director: Alvaro Garcia Gutierrez).
The films can also be watched online, for a fee, on the Eventbook platform.
The international jury of this ninth edition of the festival consists of Elena Munoz (Spain) – chair, producer of the multi-award-winning film “Amigo” directed by Oscar Martin that won the Dracula Trophy at the Dracula Film Festival 2020; Stuart Jopia (UK) – the founder of the film festival The Dead of Night, and actor Claudiu Bleont, an experienced horror & fantasy star, the voice of Dracula in the popular animated franchise Hotel Transylvania.
The jury of the short film section consists of Wanda Hutira – graphic artist; Constantin Ene – cinematographer, and Carmen Zmaranda – founding member of Amural.
There are two special screenings in the year’s edition, as well as question and answer sessions with filmmakers, workshops and round table conferences.
The public can watch “Halloween Kills,” the latest film in Michael Myers’ saga created by John Carpenter, and “Last Night in Soho,” a horror drama starring Anya Taylor-Joy, the latest creation of Edgar Wright, the maker of “Baby Driver,” “Shaun of The Dead,” and “Hot Fuzz.”
The two films will run at the Cinema One Hall in Brasov at the Dracula Film Festival opening gala and the awards gala, Agerpres informs.