First time director makes killing as the winner of Zone Horror CUT!
20th Aug 06
Another press release slams down on our door step today, and now we're looking forward to this years Frightfest even more than we were before...
First time horror director Alyosha Saari of London has made a killing as the £5000 winner of the Zone Horror CUT! Short Film Competition.
Saari’s winning entry, Kasting, will be shown at a special 26 August screening of the top ten CUT! finalists at the Zone Horror FrightFest, the biggest thriller, sci-fi, fantasy and horror film festival in the UK.
Made on a budget of £100 and a lot of good will, Kasting stars Monica Bertei as an actress auditioning for a part to die for.
An elite panel of judges sliced 'n' diced their way through more than 200 CUT! entries: Grudge and Evil Dead producer Rob Tapert, Troma film director Lloyd Kaufman, and the FrightFest’s Alan Jones.
Rob Tapert says: “Kasting showed a director with extreme and assured mastery of his craft. The movie was shot with a real director's eye, hauntingly acted, and a very suspenseful linear storyline. It was a no brainer for me as to why it was the best short in CUT!."
Zone Horror, in association with FrightFest and Ghost House Mobile, launched the two minute short horror film competition this year, giving budding filmmakers an opportunity to get ahead in the cut-throat horror business.
Tanya Gugenheim, Zonemedia’s Chief Business Development and New Media Officer, says: “Fostering new talent is a proud Horror tradition. Zone Horror is delighted to be able to provide a platform to showcase the work of these talented newcomers. We were incredibly impressed with the quality and originality of the films that made the final cut and know that our viewers and mobile customers will be too.”
Zone Horror will broadcast the top ten films as part of its Halloween programming in October.
Rob Tapert, Lloyd Kaufman and Alan Jones? Well, you don't get much more 'in the know' than that...