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The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival announced...
as a judge for this year’s festival. DeSanto is a writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history. His own project, Transformers, has become an overnight success and the third film in the series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, hits movie theaters on June 29th, as fans eagerly await. His X-Men movies alone spawned a billion dollar franchise. Another additional hit was the “Battlestar Galactica” television series, which aired on the Sci-Fi channel.
“We are honored to have such a hugely talented judge for this years festival. Filmmakers will get the best feedback and festival guests will get access and advice from the third highest grossing per film average of all producers working today,” said Christopher Gaida, Director of Programming.
“Tom has transformed the annual Comic-Con gathering in San Diego from a small bunch of closet nerds to one of Hollywood's biggest events. What innovation he will bring to Hollywood in the future, I can only imagine,” said Kerry O’Quinn the creator of Fangoria, Starlog and Cinemagic magazine.
DeSanto joins the highly talented film composer Harry Manfredini on the judge’s panel for this year’s festival.
Star Trek Makeup Artist Michael Westmore Named Judge for Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival
BIG BEAR LAKE, CA The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival® is pleased to announce that Academy Award® winning makeup artist Michael Westmore will serve as a 2011 judge. Westmore is best known in industry circles for his visionary work on Star Trek® television productions, including “The Next Generation,” ‘Deep Space Nine,” and “Voyager,” as well as four feature films from the franchise.
Westmore won the Academy Award® for makeup for his pioneering achievement in the film Mask (1985). He has been nominated three other times, for the films 2010 (1984), The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), and Star Trek: First Contact (1996). He has received nine Emmy Awards® for his work and multiple nominations. He has also been nominated in the makeup category for BAFTA®, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films®, and the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards®.
His career includes more than 70 films and television shows, including series “The Munsters,” “The Land of the Lost,” “Bosom Buddies,” “MacGyver,” and “Hart to Hart,” along with Best Picture winners Rocky (1976) and Raging Bull (1980).
“Getting Michael Westmore is a real treat for us,” said Christopher Gaida, the festival’s Director of Programming. “Both horror and science fiction films rely heavily on the use of makeup to create characters and tell a story. Michael is a seasoned veteran in the field with a unique perspective for this kind of detail. That makes him the perfect choice to be on our judges’ panel.”
The festival added a Science Fiction category this year to broaden its reach and appeal to up-and-coming filmmakers. Westmore joins producer/director Tom DeSanto and film composer Harry Manfredini on the judge’s panel for this year’s festival.
About The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival
Founded in 2009, the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival® is held annually in the mountains of Big Bear Lake, CA, to recognize excellence in the film genres of horror and science fiction. The festival continues to grow in popularity among novice filmmakers and Hollywood power players. This year’s festival is scheduled for September 30th – October 2. Film submission deadlines have passed, but tickets are available for purchase for the three-day event. For more information and to get tickets in advance (recommended), please visit the festival’s official website at www.bigbearhorrorfilmfest.com
An Evening with Heather Langenkamp aka "Nancy Thompson"
The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival teamed up with the Barnes and Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles, CA to present an evening with Heather Langenkamp where she signed the DVD Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
Langenkamp is best known for her role as Nancy Thompson in Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.
The DVD signing took place on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 7pm at the Barnes and Noble at the Grove located at 189 Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
The dates for the 2011 Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival are September 30th - Oct 2nd in Big Bear Lake, CA. Click here for ticket information.
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The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival partnered with Barnes and Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles, CA to present an evening with Adrienne Barbeau as she discussed her new adventure into writing and signed her new book Love Bites.
Barbeau is best known for her roles in such classic horror films as Swamp Thing, Creepshow, and The Fog.
The event was held on Friday, March 4, 2011 and was well attended by fans of both Adrienne and the genre of horror including Harry Manfredini, composer of Friday the 13th, and Swamp Thing; Brooke Lewis, producer, and scream queen; Jeffrey Reddick, writer of Final Destination; Tom DeSanto, producer of X-Men and Transformers; and Kerry O’Quinn, creator of genre magazines Fangoria and Starlog.
Michael Coulombe, Founder and Co-Producer of the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival said, “It was great to see such a great collection of amazing talent to come and support not only this new festival but such a wonderful woman who has contributed greatly to the world of entertainment.”
Big Bear Horror Film Festival more than doubles its attendance this year and crowns its 2010 Winners
Big Bear Lake, California
October 22, 2010
This past weekend, the Big Bear Horror Film Festival completed its second year on top by doubling the number of attendees over last year and presenting 10 awards to these outstanding people and films.
Outstanding Performance - The Cast of Clemency
Outstanding Director – Kevin McGuiness from RED
Outstanding Sound – The Unfun House
Outstanding Special Effects Make-up – Clemency
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – RED
Outstanding Animation - RED
Outstanding Short Film – Devil’s Creek
Fan Favorite – Pelt
Outstanding Feature Film – Pelt
The O’Quinn Award – Victor Miller
“We were so honored to have Victor Miller, Creator of the original Friday the 13th attending the festival and also being honored with our most special award, the Kerry O’Quinn award,” said Festival Director Michael Coulombe. “We also had so many great films being shown this year and these winners should feel very proud.”
The Big Bear Horror Film Festival is an annually held horror film festival in Big Bear Lake, CA. This year it took place from October 15th-17th.
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Pictured above: Cast and crew of Pelt (2010)
Congratulations to our friend,
on her many successes with the amazing film Within (2009)!!
Within and the Big Bear Horror Film Festival were featured recently in the world renowned Fangoria magazine.
"...the film won a slot at the Big Bear Horror Film Festival and nabbed Outstanding Feature Film honors. “Everything picked up from there,” she (Hanelle) says, “and I’m happy WITHIN is finally finding its way."
-excerpt taken from Fangoria Magazine, article "Supernatural Thrills Found Within", by Michael Gingold July 30, 2010