Let’s Introduce you to the Short Films!


We have a great mix of films at the festival this year. Some of these films have been around the film festival circuit, some are new to it, some are very well deserved award winners, and those who haven’t won something yet are sure to as they make their way around the globe. We hope that you will come out to support independent film makers and see these films in Vancouver this summer because they are not to be missed. You can get your tickets now on FilmFreeway

1. HEARTLESSPoster d94eb4de2f-poster

Run time: 12 min 24 sec
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Kevin Sluder
Starring: Stacy Snyder, Joanna Sotomura, Matt Mercer, Blaine Vedros, Ron Morehouse

Synopsis: Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience.


Trailer: Coming Soon!

Website: https://www.heartlessmovie.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeartlessMovie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartlessHorrorMovie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heartless_movie

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6977666

2. HOPE IN A BOXHope_in_a_box_new

Run time: 6 min 52 sec
Country of Origin: UK
Director: Mick Dow
Starring: Becky Black, Richard Gittins

Synopsis: On Sunday morning the council offices were empty apart from two employees. At 9.20am they were abducted and taken to an unknown location. Kidnapped, tied up and locked in a box, unlikely heroes Ally and Mark have to make a decision. Do they stay or get out? A darkly comic film noir in a box.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShortFilmHopeinaBox

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MickDowDirector

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6187142/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Run time: 3 min 59 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Joffrey Saintrapt
Starring: Tyler Lionel Parr, Kyle McDonald

Synopsis: After losing his wife and son, John became a recluse alcoholic haunted by his past. One night, a Monster pays him a visit.



Website: https://www.lwamseries.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LWAMseries/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWAMseries

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lwamseries/?hl=fr

4. MARÍA FERNANDA IN TIMEPoster 98553a1d55-poster

Run time: 9 min 20 sec
Country of Origin: Spain
Director: Xavier Pijuan
Starring: Pere Costa, Mercè Carrió

Synopsis: An overprotective mother produces an accident with terrible consequences in the space-time continuum in the scientific laboratory where her son works.


Website: https://laboinaproduccions.com/2015/03/02/corto-maria-fernanda-in-time-2015-03/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Laboina-Produccions-319674751732791/?ref=bookmarks

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6356498/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

5. NTA (NUKE THEM ALL) AfficheLauriers290518

Run time: 13 min 34 sec
Country of Origin: France
Director: Olivier Nelli
Starring: Shelly D’inferno, Héléna Mogelan, Céline Berti, Nikita Klosewood, Dame Elixir, Cédric Alamargot, Nayan Chauveau

Synopsis: After the apocalypse, within the confederacy “NEW-ROPE”, the mutants worship an atom bomb. Three héroïnes were recruited to defuse it smoothly.



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projet.NTA

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7169836/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

6. PAINT THE TOWN REDPhoto 7 PtTR_Poster_2_no_credits

Run time: 5 min 15 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Directors: Ariel Hansen, Christopher Graham
Starring: Alison Klause, Ariel Hansen, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Jesse Inocalla

Synopsis: After receiving a pair of tickets in the mail, Andie and Josephine visit a mysterious new club, only to find things a little unusual…


Website: http://www.badcookiepictures.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadCookiePictures/https://www.facebook.com/BadCookiePictures/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/badcookiepics?lang=en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BadCookiePictures/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6749924/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Run time: 18 min 00 sec
Country of Origin: France
Director: Julien Homsy
Starring: Patrick Haudecoeur, Vincent Grass, Gilles Detroit, Kate Homsy, Jane Landrey

Synopsis: In this adaptation of Stephen King’s short story, Weber’s addiction to poker leads him into deep trouble. Forced to cover his debt to Mr. Rudy, he takes a highly risky way out.


Website: https://popsymovie.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Popsy-132448137223368/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6632782/

8. STUDDED NIGHTMARE (CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ)cauchemar_capitonne_poster01

Run time: 9 min 20 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Jean-Claude Leblanc
Starring: Sébastien Huberdeau, Maude St-Pierre

Synopsis: When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cauchemarcapitonne

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5846580/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

9. THIRD WHEELThirdWheel_Poster_01

Run time: 4 min 09 sec
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Daniel DelPurgatorio
Starring: Kristen Magee, Andrew Goetten

Synopsis: Susan has more than just skeletons in her closet.



Website: http://www.wecantallbeperfect.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThirdWheelMovie

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6744226/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

10. THOSE WHO CAN DIE (CEUX QUI PEUVENT MOURIR)Poster 0faf01210c-poster

Run time: 18 min 33 sec
Country of Origin: France
Director: Charlotte Cayeux
Starring: Zoé Garcia, Lilas Richard

Synopsis: Zoé, 15 years old, enters a strict boarding school. Around her, pupils are playing and attending classes with faded eyes. Through their obsequious facade, the supervisors’ violence lurks. One day Zoé meets Marie and understands what they are destined for.

Website: http://athalieproductions.org/?p=937

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ceux-qui-peuvent-mourir-803423413142637/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AthalieProd

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6585272/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

11. TIME HEALS NO WOUNDSTime_heals_no_wounds-poster

Run time: 11 min 15 sec
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Jordan Barnes-Crouse
Starring: Kallie Jean Sorensen, Gabriel Carter

Synopsis: Toiling away in a makeshift lab, Dr. Barry Slater has finally made a breakthrough: THE CHRONOSPHERIC RE-OSCILLATOR, a device able to transmit artifacts across time. But when he materializes a recording from his future self, he decides to become his next test subject, despite the cautioning of his young wife Georgina. When the experiment goes awry, Georgina suddenly finds herself transported to another time, and the man resembling her husband may no longer be who, or what, he seems.

Website: https://www.offworldpictures.com/time-heals-no-wounds

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/offworldpictures

Twitter: https://twitter.com/offworldpics

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offworldpictures/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8071680/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

12. WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTOPoster e06a9d6de7-poster

Run time: 15 min 30 sec
Country of Origin: United States
Director: Laurel Vail
Starring: Matt Mercer, Laurel Vail, Chelsea Blechman, Kari Assad, Torrey Drake, Aaron Leddick

Synopsis: Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.


Website: http://www.outofspiteproductions.com/WMGAI/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatMetalGirlsAreInto

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WMGAI_film

IMDB: http://imdb.com/title/tt7204704


Get your Judgy pants on!

judgy-pants-to-be-worn-at-all-timesSo for our 3rd year, we decided like the 1st year,  to have the films duke it out in competition! There are going to be 4 categories, the winners of those 4 categories will then go into competition for BEST SHORT & BEST FEATURE at Cinemafantastique 3. They will be announced on the day of the festival at the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver on Saturday August 26! We have some pretty cool judges that I will let you know about below ↓↓↓↓. For all those awesome individuals who are getting their asses in seats, your voices will be heard…Why?  Because we think every competition fest should have an AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD! The winners of those will be announced a few days after the Cinemafantastique 3 mania dies down… after we count all the ballets.

So let’s introduce you to the judges….

First up we have Rob Carpenter; we have known Rob for like a thousand years, he has acted in many Creepy Six Films, as well as wearing numerous other hats: Producer, casting director, and the title that EVERY indie filmmaker knows: ‘do what it takes to get shit done’ person. Rob has also directed the award-winning short Dirty Bill of Health, and completed his 1st feature film Nutshells  (which is doing the festival circuit right now) with his film company Random Dude Films.

Next up is Paul Denis, he is a lover of movies and comics and a truly awesome individual! He was the cool cat that brought us Empire Fan Favorites on 35mm at the now-defunct Granville 7. (Thank you, Sir). You wanna talk movies over beer with an awesome individual, Paul is your guy. He knows his shit and delivers it with a big smile and zero ego; well maybe a little bit, it’s just hidden behind the charming British accent.

We also have the honour of having the multi-award-winning director Jennifer Campbell,  whose body-horror short films Bruised and Hike have made audiences squirm all over the world. We are grateful for her taking the time away from producing her first feature film to be with us at this year’s festival. Side note — If there are any producers out there looking for talented individuals, with an incredible story, you have to look this women up!

Last but not least, we have the incredible women behind Blue Girl Productions, Nadine L’Esperance. Nadine has grossed out many an audience with her award-winning short films No Pets Allowed, Granny Fuckers and Out of My Skin. She will be treating us to some Punk Rock shenanigans right before Troma’s Return to Return to Nuke’ Em High Aka Vol. 2 at this year’s festival with the banned-on-social-media music video she directed for the Gnar Gnars called Hooker Piss!

We are very grateful to all the judges for making the hard decisions they are going to have to make. The easy part will be watching the films, now they — and you — must choose. There can be only one… Well, two if you count both categories.






We have a great lineup of films for this year’s festival! We wanted to have a bit of fun for this year, so most of the films will hopefully make you laugh, but don’t worry we will still be taking you to the darkside. There is a ton of great talent here, and we’d like to share a bit about them so you get as excited as us for SATURDAY AUGUST 26th at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver BC, Canada!!

This is NOT going to be the screening order, we will keep you posted on that at a later date.

Thank you again to all the filmmakers for submitting their work, and putting their art out into the world!!



Run time: 10 min 45sec

Country of Origin: Canada

Director: Jason William Lee, Marc Boily

Starring: Tristan Risk, Jason William Lee, Robert Leaf, Momona Komagata, Brian Johnstone,Natalie Moon, David Aboussafy, Ariel Hansen

Synopsis: In 2033 when much of humanity is equipped with neural implants that allow them to play back their memories in perfect fidelity, one man must fight to fulfill a promise to his dead wife before a solar magnetic pulse wipes out all memory of her forever.


















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Run time: 11 min 40 Sec

Country of Origin: UK

Director: Mark Brocking

Starring: Lewis Georgeson, Alisa Arnah, David Whitford

Synopsis: Two cut off but living heads wake up in a fridge and manage to escape while trying to avoid a psycho barber.


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Run time: 7min 45sec

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Jono Freedrix

Starring: Laren Miller Rogen, Magan Wiles, Mj Rodriguez

Synopsis: Janelle and Sydney are hungry for a baby… but they have zero interest parenting. For them, this is truly a LABOR of LOVE.














Run time: 6min 24sec

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Niccolo Bello

Starring: Mark Kelly

Synopsis: No-dialogue dark comedy with a man and a drone.









Don't Fuck with England

Run time: 2min 15sec

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Rocket Ear






Run time: 13min 5sec

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Adam Grannick

Starring: Tina Motoki, Milan Williams, Tessa Stokes, Gregg DaCosta, Rosanne Rubino, Anna Schon, Yeman Brown, Lynn Berg, Adriel Choo Tung, Tenzing Tsepak, Andrew Reynolds Cooksey, Maria Romano, Michael Simon Hall, Joe Sullivan, Naomi Lewin, Mekhi Lee, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Calum Reid, Omayra Amaya , Ryann Weir, Diane Chen, Silvana Jakich, Kurt Grube, Matthew Bovee, Jayna Katz, Andrew Dunn, Mona Depena, Jaden Amistad

Synopsis: La Folia is a visual anthology of twenty-four short stories, from the imaginations of over a dozen different people and all inspired by variations on the same ancient melody. The thematic story that links La Folia’s stories begins and ends the film, returning its protagonist full circle, yet changed.



























Run time: 9min

Country of Origin: Spain

Director: Tony Morales

Starring: Eva Isanta, Fernando Boza, Michel Hérraiz, Silvia Casanova

Synopsis: Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth as fallen out. What Daniel doesn’t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.


Hell Haunt

Run time: 12min 10sec

Country of Origin: Canada

Director: Richard Lukacs

Starring: Samantha Lukacs

Synopsis: A deranged stalker turns the sets of an eccentric premiere event into twisted art pieces, using the talent’s flesh and blood.



























Run time: 11min 44sec

Country of Origin: Norway

Director: Adam A. Losurdo

Starring: Herman L. Opedal, Tonje Brattås

Synopsis: A senseless wandering ghoul roaming through a world of the hunger-less undead and accepting yet resentful humans will soon discover a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without hope.

















Run time: 13min 38sec

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Steve Desmond

Starring: Caitlin Carmichael, Iona Skye, Christopher Wiehl, Joey Luthman

Synopsis: Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…














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Run Time: 7 min 43 sec

Country of Origin: UK

Director: Tarvana Garvey

Starring: Tasmin Leona, Roxanne Bordeaux

Synopsis: A spellbinding journey into the mind of an insomniac, as she spends each night haunted by hallucinations from another world.



Picture of Beauty

Run time: 1 hour 11 min

Country of Origin: Poland

Director: Maxim Ford

Starring: Taylor Sands, Daniela Rose, Pawel Hajnos, Magdalena Bochan-Jachinek, Joanna Mazewsla

Synopsis: Our story is set in Eastern Europe before the First World War, a time of change at a crossroads of nations.














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Run time: 27min 16sec

Country of Origin: France

Director: Holy Fatma

Starring: IIsabelle Carlean-Jones, Carl Malapa, Annick Christiaens, Kmel Abdelli, Corrine Valancogne, Thirukulasingam Thiruchchothi.

Synopsis: In a surreal world, Lili, a 14-year-old albino, lives alone with her mother Claudie (50) who over-protects her from the outside world. Obsessed with her own appearance; Claudie regularly replaces aging parts of her face, alone in her operating lab, while Lili dreams of Lyesse, her 16 year-old handsome neighbor. But scared by so much love, Lyesse gently pushes her away. Devastated, she decides to operate his heart to understand why he doesn’t love her…

**Trailer is in French, sorry no subtitles, the festival screening will have subtitles***










Pool Party Massacre

Run time: 1 hour 21min

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Drew Marvick

Starring: Kristin Noel McKusick, Margaux Neme, Destiny Faith Nelson, Crystal Stoney, Jenifer Marvick, Nick Buyer, Mark Justice with LeeAnna Vamp and Alexis Adams

Synopsis: What started out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high maintenance young socialites quickly becomes a nightmare when an unknown killer begins stalking and murdering them one by one.
























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Run time: 10min 48sec

Country of Origin: Canada

Director: Ariel Hansen

Starring: Lee Shorten, Ariel Hansen, Malcolm Stead, Gigi Saul Guerrero

Synopsis: Kate and Dylan have been dying to have a baby. When they finally find success what follows is Kate’s struggle with the early stages of an unusual pregnancy as it takes a horrific turn.


















Reveries of a solitary walker

Run time: 1hour 27min

Country of Origin: Italy

Director: Paolo Gaudio

Starring: Luca Lionello, Lorenzo Monaco, Nicoletta Cefaly, Domiziano Christopharo, Fabiano Lioi, Angelique Cavallari

SYNOPSIS: Three characters from three different epochs are joined by a dream of freedom and a small masterpiece of literature. A mysterious and timeless journey through the aspirations, the sufferings and the “fantasies” of a poet, a young student and a lost child in the woods.

**Trailer is in Italian, sorry no subtitles, the festival screening will have subtitles***






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Run time: 15min 55sec

Country of Origin: Italy

Directors: Silvia Cremaschi and Stefano Etter

Starring: Sara Drago, Gigio Alberti

Synopsis: Making hats has always been Anna’s passion. Something more too: a foothold, a way of escaping her oppressive, repetitive daily routine – that room, shaken by passing trains, that voice with its announcements. Anna has used her creativity like armour, and has survived. But now, the lure of the outside is growing more powerful. And in breaking out of her imprisonment, Anna discovers the truth about the room…

















Run time: 9min 38sec

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Director: Joe Hitchcock

Starring: Jodie Rimmer, Levi Holley

Synopsis: A gun-loving woman aspires to cook breakfast for the man handcuffed to her bed, but first she has to stop a wild chicken from destroying everything.





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Run time: 13min 39sec

Country of Origin: Columbia

Director: Ricardo Fernández Jiménez

Starring: Juan David Salcedo, Alieth Vargas, Edgar Duran Jr

Synopsis: Hilbert’s consciousness can be in two worlds at the same time. An amazing skill which allows him to help a gangster win fifty-fifty bets. But Hilbert wants out, and it could be the perfect opportunity when he meets Ana. Using split screen, we delve into Hilbert’s double universe–full of strange, exciting visual effects.











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Run time:12min 49sec

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Marc Cartwright

Starring: Baker Chase Powell, Nosheen Phoenix

Synopsis: A romantic date night goes horribly wrong when a couple questions the validity of horror film plots.




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Run time: 1 hour 27min

Country of Origin: USA

Director: Richie Moore

Starring: Russell Geoffrey, Sara Malakul

Synopsis: Who’s watching Oliver tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a life he is desperate to escape comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia with her sweet eccentricity and naivety to the danger she has put herself in.




There is another film surprise yet to come…




ATTN: FILMMAKERS, on AUG 3rd bring your trailers on USB/DVD/Blu-ray and we’ll screen ’em at this Bar & Screen event! Intermixed with selected shorts from this summer’s ‪#‎Cinemafantastique‬ fest and closing with Martin Scorsese’s not summer nights in NYC movie BRINGING OUT THE DEAD! Brought to you by Shivers Film Society and VIFF — we’ll be there all day! FREE ENTRY and CHEAP BEER! Hope to see you there!

And a HUGE congratulations to Lari Teras’ BLOOD RIDERS: THE DEVIL RIDES WITH US, Shane Nasmeth’s SAY WHAT?! and Turner Stuart & Dionne Copland’s COMPUTER HEARTS, all winners of the Canadadrome Audience Choice Awards at Cinemafantastique this summer!!!


Cinemafantastique is nearly upon us!

Cinemafantastique, which is Shivers Film Society’s new annual and flagship genre film festival, featuring world cinema of the cult and the fantastique, and showcasing exciting Canadian genre films (also of the fantastique variety), will be launching on Thursday, July 9th and running all weekend until Sunday, July 12th! Opening with Dario Argento’s amazing “Three Mothers” trilogy (Suspiria, Inferno, Mother of Tears) all presented in HD and uncut for the first time in Vancouver, and closing with the Italian zombie horror comedy classic Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man), Cinemafantastique will also be hosting several Canadian and Vancouver premieres, including Kelly Micheal Stewart’s Late Night Double Feature, Brivido Giallo’s Glass, plus Discopath, Blood Riders: the Devil Rides with Us, and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, as well as special late-nite screenings of Barbarella and Wild Zero, thanks to our friends at Synapse Films and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Come and cool off with Shivers at the Norm Theatre this summer! Special GALA presentation at the Pit Pub with the Earthlickers and Glass cast & crew on Friday, July 10th at 4pm! (screenings of both films to follow at 6pm that evening)!

Advance (cheaper!) tickets right here: http://igg.me/at/TROMAFANTASTIQUE

Cinemafantastique Flyer_FINAL 11x17More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557105027882476/

and: http://shiversfilmsociety.com/cinemafantastique-fest-2015/