Cold October at Three Festivals this October.
The most widely seen and talked about short film from Runaway Pen, "Cold October," will be playing at three film festivals in October. Just last week, producers Mikel J. Wisler and Andrew Gilbert learned that the film will be playing at Sacramento Horror Film Festival on Friday, October 23rd during the 3:30 PM Shorts Program 1. The festival takes place in the historic Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, California.
This was a pleasant surprise for Gilbert and Wisler, who were already quite exited about the exposure "Cold October" will have in the up coming Terror Film Festival (TFF) in Philadelphia and the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF) at East Tennessee State University. "Cold October" will be playing at TFF on Thursday, October 22nd during the 6:45 PM selection of short films, and will be playing at SOAPIFF on Thursday, October 29th during the 7 PM selection of short films.
For more info on these three film festivals, please visit their respective websites:
Festival Selections and Nominations.
In the recent week, the Runaway Pen Productions short film, Cold October, directed by Mikel J. Wisler, has gained a quite a bit of film festival attention. Cold October will be playing at the 2009 ShockerFest in Riverbank, California on September 26th at 10 AM. In October, the film will be playing at two festivals. The first is the 2009 Terror Film Festival (TFF) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 20th to 24th. The second is 2009 Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF) taking place on the campus of East Tennessee State University from October 22nd to 31st. Cold October will be playing at TFF on October 22 at 6:45 PM. SOAPIFF has not yet announced their screening schedule and nominations for awards.
As for award nominations, Cold October has garnered a nomination for Best Horror Short Film at the ShockerFest and Best Screenplay at TFF. Wisler and Andrew Gilbert, who also produced, shot, and acted in the film, conceptualized and wrote the script together. These two nominations represent the first nominations for festival awards for a project by Runaway Pen Productions.
Its really surreal to suddenly have our film playing in three places and getting nominations, says Wisler. Were very excited. These things take some time, and it can be really easy to loose the momentum while you spend a year submitting a short film to festivals. Lord knows weve piled up the rejection letters as is. But then, suddenly, its like the film finally finds its crowd, its fit. Its also a little crazy to think that we wrapped shooting on Cold October almost two whole years ago. I love this film; its really something special to me. And yet, I do feel that weve really improved as filmmakers since making Cold October. So its really cool to see it get all this attention at last, and gives me real hope that Always Reachingwhich we are submitting to festivals nowand Evaluating Kaitly, which we are currently cutting, will also enjoy some great festival exposure in the next couple of years."
Wisler plans on attending the 2009 Terror Film Festival. "I'd love to make it to all of them" he explains. "But I'm just not able to get out to California right now, and Terror and Southern Appalachian happen almost at the same time. Due to those factors and a tight indie filmmaker's travel budget, I'm afraid I have to stick close to home right now. Regardless, we're all paying careful attention to what's going on at each of these festivals."
Still frame from "Cold October" with Matthew Eaton on left and Brittany Baughman (Fried) on right.
"Cellar Door" Shown at the 2008 IFIFV.
Downtown Bloomington, Indiana.
For more information on the IFIFV, go to: www.cinephilefilmarts.org.
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