One of our favorite film festivals in the world is giving the big middle finger to the Corona Virus and moving online! Etheria Film Festival is presenting its program for 2020 entirely online! The 2020 Official Short Films Showcase Lineup which consists of Etheria’s 2020s nine short films will be available to watch on Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural.
Normally held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California Etheria 2020 will be a digital event on Shudder Friday, June 19, 2020 through July 20, 2020. New members can sign up for a 30-day free trial with promo code ETHERIA at shudder.com
In addition, live digital celebrations featuring interviews, panels, and much more with Etheria 2020 filmmakers, judges, friends, and fans will be hosted by The Screenland Armour Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on June 20. Tickets for this separate Etheria Celebration and more info can be found here: screenlandonline.com/etheria.
The 2020 Etheria Film Festival Lineup includes SXSW 2020 Midnighters selection Waffle starring comedians Katie Marovitch and Kerry Barker (CollegeHumour), Australian horror shocker Maggie May starring actress/singer Lulu McClatchy (The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee), terror tale of revenge Conversion Therapist starring Sara Fletcher (Days of Our Lives), Dutch sci-fi comedy Offbeat from actress/director Myrte Ouwerkerk starring TV star Christopher van der Meer, dystopian character study Live from actress/director Taryn O’Neill (Granite Flats, Continuum) starring Tyler Wiseman (This Is Us), the Black Mirror-esque Ava in the End starring Allie Gallerani (James Franco’s Blood Theatre, The Blacklist), and newcomer Alexandria Perez’s award-winning slasher The Final Girl Returns.
Etheria Film Festival 2020 Official Short Film Selections:
Directed by Carlyn Hudson (11:00) (Dark Comedy) (USA) Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship–in a society that grows ever isolating–is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants.
Directed by Mia’kate Russell (14:00) (Horror) (Australia) Sometimes doing nothing can be the worst move of all.
Directed by Yoko Okumura (12:00) (Magical) (USA) Young witch Lily prepares a magic pumpkin spice latte that forces Brian to relive the physical experience of their terrible sex from the previous night–but from Lily’s perspective.
Directed by Bears Rebecca Fonte (20:00) (Horror) (USA) A pansexual, polyamorous trio kidnap a ‘pray-the-gay-away’ evangelical conversion therapist and torture him until he sees the light.
Directed by Myrte Ouwerkerk (20:00) (Science Fiction) (The Netherlands) In a polluted future 20 year-old drummer Olly wants only one thing: to get inside the dome, where the air is clean and the best musicians live. In order to get in, he must pass a series of absurd tests.
The Final Girl Returns
Directed by Alexandria Perez (16:00) (Horror) (USA) A driver emerges from a massacre unscathed and finds himself trapped in an endless cycle of saving the final girls. The Driver soon learns that one mustn’t fight the rules of horror, and the past he’s been driving from catches up to him.
Directed by Taryn O’Neill (12:30) (Science Fiction) (USA) An online ‘livecaster’ with a dangerous brand has a crisis of conscience over her volatile career choice in a future world where jobs are limited and conflict is currency.
Man in the Corner
Directed by Kelli Breslin (9:45) (Horror) (USA) What starts out as a hot hookup with his dream guy turns into a nightmare when Daniel realizes they aren’t alone in the house.
Ava in the End
Directed by Ursula Ellis (10:00) (Science Fiction) (USA) After tripping over her dog and dying, a struggling actress wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body.
Norm(an) Gidney is a nearly lifelong horror fan. Beginning his love for the scare at the age of 5 by watching John Carpenter's Halloween, he set out on a quest to share his passion for all things spooky with the rest of the world.