Celebrating female filmmakers who share their unique vision of horror, sci-fi and fantasy, the Etheria Film Festival returns to the Los Angeles for a fifth time with a healthy dose of evil doctors, haunted houses, Shakespeare gone awry and the dark side of the arts.
“This year story is what mattered most…all of our 2018 filmmakers have great vision and are genuine artists.” says Etheria programmer Heidi Honeycutt.
This year, in addition to the short schedule, the fest will honor filmmaker Rachel Talalay with the 2018 Inspiration Award. Known for her contributions to the genre filmmaking with films such as Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Tank Girl, Ghost in the Machine, Talalay will be presented the award by Tank Girl herself, Lori Petty.
Teaming with American Cinematheque, the Etheria Film Festival has spent the last five years giving female filmmakers of genre pics a voice in the industry. With it’s entries and honorees, the fest has honored women who work behind the camera, as well as those who give them a chance to shine.
Laboratory Conditions (Jocelyn Stamat)
Science Fiction/Horror – USA
A physician investigating a missing body disrupts an unlawful experiment.
Lady M (Tammy Riley Smith)
Fantasy – UK
Ageing actress Margot Collins played Lady Macbeth to great acclaiming her youth. Now in her fifties, she is offered the role of one of the witches. But one should never underestimate the spirit of the play to conjure black magic, to summon mishaps and mischief, nor the power of a formidable older woman to get what she wants.
Bride of Frankie (Devi Snively)
Horror/Comedy – USA
In this feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creature with electrifying, and deadly, results.
Creswick (Natalie James)
Horror – Australia
Sam’s fear of her childhood home is brought to light when her ageing father claims there is another presence in the house.
Skin Deep (Elizabeth Serra)
Dark Comedy – USA
Sisters Karen and Vivian are 1960s housewives. Under their sophisticated veneer lurks seething hatred. Both women strive for dominance in an epic battle for sibling supremacy.
Instinct (Maria Arida)
Horror – USA
A psycho-sexual thriller about Isabelle, a lonely gallery owner who meets a dangerously seductive performance artist and discovers they have more in common than expected. Will Isabelle allow herself to let Camila in without giving in to her true nature?
Ovum (Cidney Hue)
Science Fiction – USA
A woman must make a hard choice after a mind bending procedure.
The Drop In (Naledi Jackson)
Action/Thriller – USA/Canada
A hairdresser has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop in appointment.
The Agency (Macarena Montero)
Science Fiction – UK
The Agency is the best place to purchase a husband, and Mrs. Hold thought it would be fun to head down and get a new one today.
C U Later Tuesday (Anca Vlasan)
Dark Comedy – USA
This year’s cutest romantic comedy is all about finding love in unexpected basements.
The Etheria Film Festival is slated for June 16, 2018.