The 2018 Awards Roundup

Congratulations to all the 2018 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Award Winners! With so many amazing films, choosing the winners was a difficult process

 

Categories and winning films are:

 

Best Feature: Hammer of the Gods by Nick Szostakiwskyj & Cameron Tremblay

Best Short Film: "Young Liars" by Adam Christy

Best Adaptation: "The House of the Seven Gables" by Ben Wickey

Best Screenplay: "You and Me and Dagon Makes Three" by Mack W. Mani

Audience Choice: "The Music of John Low" by Marko Kattilakoski

*Lovecraft Under the Gun: "Bestill the Fabric" by team Amor Artisanant

**Pickman's Apprentice: "Zoogs in a Tiki Bar" by Lee Moyer

 

*Lovecraft Under the Gun is a 72 hour film competition. Teams have 3 days to make a short film from scratch, using a line of dialogue and a prop that are revealed when they register. The audience chooses the winner based on technical merit, creativity, and how well they used the prop and line of dialogue.

**Pickman's Apprentive is a live drawing competition. Artists have 90 minutes to create an original piece based on a Lovecraftian monster, location, and action. The finished works are sold by silent auction. The proceeds are being donated to relief efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Florence.

Portland Welcomes 2018 Guest of Honor, Screenwriter and Author Chiaki J. Konaka!

PORTLAND, OR - We are extremely excited to announce that Author and Screenwriter Chiaki J. Konaka will be our 2018 Guest of Honor! With over 200 screenwriting credits, he is best known in the US for Marebito, "Innsmouth Wo Oou Kage," "Ultraman Gaia," and "Mononoke." He is also well known among fans for putting Lovecraftian and Mythos elements in many of his works. As the screenwriter for the 1989 original video movie Psychic Vision: Jaganrei (which means "Evil Spirit"), Konaka penned one of the first films in the "J Horror" movement, influencing Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Takashi Shimizu, and others. His mythos novel Terror Rate, was translated to English in the anthology Inverted Kingdom, edited by Ken Asamatsu. His vampire novella will be translated into English in 2019.

Mr. Konaka will appear at the festival for Q&A and panel discussions throughout the weekend.

Japanese Idol Band Necronomidol to Perform at H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival

PORTLAND, OR - Necronomidol, an "occult-infused" Japanese Idol band, will be performing at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival! The Lovecraftian metal pop, darkwave band will open the festival on Friday night, October 5th, and will also perform a longer set on Saturday night, October 6th. With song titles like "Strange Aeons," "Ithaqua," and "Celephais," festival attendees are sure to appreciate the juxtaposition of pop vocals, metal/darkwave instrumentals, and lyrics suffused with cosmic horror and mythological references. 

More about Necronomidol on their Facebook Page or their official website.

...and the Winners Are!

Congratulations to all the Festival Award Winners! With so many great films, it was extremely difficult to choose the winners. Our jury deliberated furiously!

 

Categories and winning films are:

 

Best Feature: They Remain by Philip Gelatt

Best Short Film: "Sound From the Deep" by Antti Laakso & Joonas Allonen

Best Adaptation: "Wattmarck" by Lorenz Tröbinger

Best Screenplay: "The Summoning Day" by Soroosh Iradi

Audience Choice: "Sound From the Deep" by Antti Laakso & Joonas Allonen

*Lovecraft Under the Gun: "I Dream of Lovecraft" by team Trash People From The Dump

**Pickman's Apprentice: "Kassogtha - Volcano - Summoning" by Dave Correia

 

*Lovecraft Under the Gun is a 72 hour film competition. Teams have 3 days to make a short film from scratch, using a line of dialogue and a prop that are revealed when they register. The audience chooses the winner based on technical merit, creativity, and how well they used the prop and line of dialogue.

**Pickman's Apprentive is a live drawing competition. Artists have 90 minutes to create an original piece based on a Lovecraftian monster, location, and action. The finished works are sold by silent auction. The proceeds are being donated to relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.