While each and every picture in this festival has been crafted by film-loving kids, make no mistake: there’s still plenty of scares and gore in store at Bloodfest. The red carpet unveiling of the films and winners falls on the eve of Halloween, with the 10-14 age group films celebrated on October 29, and the teenage category October 30.
It’s set to be an Academy Awards style do, with bubbles for the grown ups and scary treats for the child stars before the screenings and awards ceremony. You’re not required to have a prodigy in the running to come along and see some stellar independent horror films with plots peppered with the classic evil babysitter trope, bumps in the night that transform into nightmares and blends of science fiction and horror genres.
It might be about blood and guts for some of the audience, but for the kid directors, storytelling and creativity is the name of the game, plus trophies, $500 cash prizes and industry awards to be won across 16 categories.