FrightFest, Horror Channel & Movie Mogul reveal their top six finalists for 666 Short Cuts To Hell

666 Short Cuts to Hell

FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, challenged aspiring filmmakers all over the country to make a short horror film, but 666 Short Cuts To Hell was no ordinary film competition. Entrants had to follow a series of ‘killer’ restraints such as a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast and crew members and a maximum budget of £666.

A staggering 157 entries made the grade and the overall winner will be announced at FrightFest 2013 on Sunday Aug 25 after the screening of all six films. On hand to congratulate all six finalists will be the distinguished judging panel; Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, FrightFest director Paul McEvoy, Movie Mogul’s John Shackleton, Filmmaker Paul Hyett and journalist  Rosie Fletcher. Tom Six is planning to attend subject to his commitments on Human Centipede 3.

Apart from the honour of being showcased at the UK’s biggest genre festival, the six finalists will also have their films screened on Horror Channel, with the overall winner receiving £6,666 courtesy of Horror Channel and the opportunity to develop a feature film under mentorship from Movie Mogul.

Chris Sharp, Chief Programming Officer, Chello Zone, said today: “The film industry has some incredible talent emerging as seen in our inaugural 666 Short Cuts To Hell competition.  It’s been a huge but highly enjoyable task to watch all 157 entries and a very difficult decision process to select the final six.  Many more of the short films deserve recognition and exposure so we pledge to broadcast as many as we can on the channel.  I’m proud Horror Channel is a platform for rising stars in the industry and we will continue to do all we can to support young talent.”

John Shackleton, M.D of Movie Mogul added: “This competition exceeded our expectations by a long way. So many terrific short films, but so little space in the top 6! I’m thrilled with the final selection and can’t wait to see who wins!

Here are the six films…

Six Degrees of (Limb) Separation.

Directed by  Mikel Iriarte  Cast: Leo Charlton, Madeleine Dunbar, Sam Atkind.

Six Degrees of Limb Separation

6 Seconds To Die.

Directed by Rick James.  Cast: Emma Drysdale, Emily Petrolo & John Rackham

6 Seconds to Die

6 Shooter

Directed by David Wayman. Cast:Ed Judd, Aston Fisher, Tom Murton, Teya Simone, Kym Chapman, Dan Lord

6 Shooter

6th Sense

Directed by Alice Moet, CAST: Ellie Manson, Bethany Jackson, Oanne Mitchell, Angela Beadle, Dominic Brunt, Mark Newby

6th Sense

6 Feet Under

Director: Weronika Tofilska. Cast: Harriet Neville. Jon Readwin, Ewan Stewart, Stephanie Blake & Agis Pitlis
6 Feet Under
Six Feet Under Directed by Joe & Lloyd Stas. Cast: Helen Booden, Tom Stas, Lloyd Stas, Ben Galler
Six Feet Under
Film4 FrightFest 2013 runs from Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square.

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By Ed Doyle

Ed is a journalist currently based in London, following his instinct to write full time after a brief dabble in the unfulfilling world of accountancy. Along with a film blog and print articles on retail and healthcare, Ed has a 200,000 novel under his belt that will likely never find its way from screen to page. His key interests include creative writing, reading literature, politics, music, football and wrestling, though his main passion is cinema in all its many shapes and forms. As with all great art, cinema consists of an overwhelming abundance of options and not enough time in the world. Ed continues to document his viewings as a means of capturing his impression of these works before memory fades, and he will certainly die trying, eventually.

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