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GRIMMFEST Launches New Work-In-Progress Award for 2019 Festival

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | Exclusive


Manchester’s genre film festival Grimmfest has introduced a brand new Work-In-Progress award for its upcoming 2019 edition, which will take place this October 3rd-6th at the Odeon Manchester.

Presented in association with the London-based international film sales agency Film Seekers, the winning title will receive £20,000 of post-production services, plus an offer for international sales representation by Film Seekers. Screen is also supporting the award with a year’s subscription given to the winning filmmaker.

The award is open to genre feature films that are in production or post-production, but not yet completed. Submissions for the Work-In-Progress award will be accepted via the festival’s FilmFreeway platform. Filmmakers will need to submit a 10-15 min proof of concept teaser from the project in order to be considered.

“After the success of last year’s Grimmfest where there were so many fantastic films on display, I’m delighted to increase my support for 2019 and I am especially delighted to be working with the Grimmfest team to develop this new Work-in-Progress award,” says Awards Sponsor Michael Laundon.

Grimmfest is partnering with film producer and financier Michael Laundon again to offer the winners of the Best Feature Film and Best Director categories each with £40,000 worth of post-production services to use against a future film production.

It will also team with Horror Channel again in presenting the Lifetime Achievement award to a person who has worked extensively in genre film. Barbara Crampton, winner of the 2018 award, will be heading up the Grimmfest awards jury in 2019.

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Maddi McGillvray
Maddi is the Editorial Assistant at Rue Morgue Magazine. She is also a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, where she writes extensively on the horror genre. Maddi is completing her doctoral dissertation on women working in horror. She is also currently writing book chapters titled "Fleshy Female Corporealities: The Cannibal Films of the New French Extremity" as well as "To Grandmother’s House We Go: Documenting the Aging Female Body in Found Footage Horror Films."