Etheria 2019 has come and gone with our most amazing year YET.

Director/Writer Gigi Saul Guerrero was interviewed by about the 2019 Etheria Feature Film Selection “Culture Shock” from the Blumhouse TV & Hulu horror series Into the Dark, while Entertainment Weekly’s Clark Collis got this great quote from Guerrero “I think it’s everybody’s horror story, at the end of the day, what’s going on today,” said Guerrero, talking about her movie’s topical nature. “I just wanted to speak about it.” The screening at the world famous Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California was followed by a Q & A with Guerrero and actors Richard Cabral, Martha Higareda, Ian Inigo, Oscar Camacho, Felipe de Lara, Daniel E. Mora, and Barbara Crampton conducted by film programmer Edda Manriquez (Les Femmes International Underground Film Festival). Watch the Q and A on Facebook!

 Gigi Saul Guerrero being kissed by her parents, Fabiana and Raul Saul, on the red carpet at Etheria 2019 for her screening of "Culture Shock"

Gigi Saul Guerrero being kissed by her parents, Fabiana and Raul Saul, on the red carpet at Etheria 2019 for her screening of “Culture Shock”

The Red Carpet and Cocktail Reception in Courtyard was sponsored by ShudderBlumhouseVing VodkaFounders BrewingIced Above, and Topo Chico. At it rocked! Check out just some of the red carpet photos at Getty Images – can you find yourself?


Roger Corman and Gale Anne Hurd at Etheria 2019
When the evening showcase began, Gale Anne Hurd (“Terminator” trilogy) was awarded the Etheria 2019 Inspiration Award from special guest presenter Roger Corman, who just happens to be Hurd’s mentor. Watch Roger’s Presenting and Gale’s Acceptance Speeches on Facebook!

We were super proud to award Ines de Los Santos with the 2019 Stephanie Rothman Fellowship Award for her pilot “Exorcism 101”. The monetary award was presented by Rebekah McKendry (Shock Waves Podcast, Fellowship founder), Lizz Marshall (2018 recipient) and Stephanie Rothman (fellowship namesake). Watch Ines win the Fellowship on Facebook!

The short films were followed by a Q and A with Valerie Steinberg (“Hair Wolf”), Trae Harris (“Hair Wolf”), Sarah K. Reimers (“Bitten”), Ivy Liao (“Cupid’s Paradise”), Elaine Mongeon (“Good Morning”), Chelsea Lupkin (“Lucy’s Tale”),Sarah Kalagvano (“Lucy’s Tale”), Andrea Martina (“Cupid’s Paradise”), Jessica Sanders (“End of the Line”), and several other of the films producers conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Shock Waves Podcast). Watch the Q and A on Facebook!





Audience Award ballots were passed out and collected before the Q and A was over, cementing “Good Morning” as the official Audience Award.











The BloodList sponsored the 2019 Etheria Jury Award – voted on by numerous industry professionals, and we’re excited to announce that “Hair Wolf” was the winner.







Then we all headed on over to The Pig N Whistle for our Official Afterparty where there was a conga line and mad partying.



Etheria wants to thank all of our amazing supporters!

Thank you to our Reception Sponsors Blumhouse TV, Shudder, Ving Vodka, Founders Brewing, Topo Chico, Iced Above, and Women of Color Unite for the kick-ass party!

Thank you to our Award Sponsors The BloodList, Final Draft, Poltergeists and Paramours, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and Fangoria Magazine for providing awards!

Thank you to The American Cinematheque’s Margot Gerber, Grant Moninger, Nancy Winters, James Branscome, Gwenael Deglise, John Hagelston, Chris LeMaire, Eduardo Sanchez, Andrew Crane, Tom Cohen,and Barry Jones for allowing us to do this every year.

Thank you to our Community Sponsors David Markland and Norm (Midsummer Scream), Bill and Julie Philputt (Days of the Dead), and Jill Gevargizian and Scary Gary (Slaughter Movie House).

Thank you to The Pig and Whistle for hosting our Afterparty.

A huge shout-out to the legendary Roger Corman and Gale Anne Hurd! As well as Cynthia Brown, Lyndsey Miller, and Sarah Ivy Dickerson.

Thank you to all of our shockingly talented judges John Skipp, Phillip Kobylanski, Rachel Talalay, Kailey Marsh, Stephanie Rothman, Sean Keller, Sarah Nicklin, Sean Decker, Jonathan Barkan, Amanda Reyes, Kier-La Janisse, Kevin Tenney, Anthony Diblasi, Ken Hall, Buddy Giovinazzo, Lloyd Kaufman, Anastasia Elfman, Richard Elfman, Jace Anderson, Mary C. Curtis, Jesse Merlin, Scott Bradley, Paul Feig, Jonathan Barkan, Erin Maxwell, Brad Miska, Shaken Berenson, Raquelle David, Rachel Feldman, Peter Block, Bryan Fuller, Andrew Crane, Rolfe Kanefsky, Robin Jones, and Gale Anne Hurd.

Thank you to The Shock Waves Podcast hosts Rebekah McKendry, Rob Galluzo, Ryan Turek, and Elric Kane, and to Blumhouse and Stephanie Rothman for their support of the Stephanie Rothman Fellowship!

Thank you Edda Manriquez for conducting our “Culture Shock” Q and A!

Thank you to Jim Kunz, epic DCP maker and editor.

Thank you Paula Haifley for making sure our bar ran smoothly, and to Gabby Graves, Dee Mead and Wes Alley for their reception help.

Thank you to Melanie Marquez for the fabulous press, Robert Enger for the fabulous photos, and Jessica Jimerson for her fabulous artwork.

We thank and appreciate all the attendees, filmmakers, and fans that provide support year round for Etheria
See you in 2020!

Still from "Hair Wolf" directed by Mariama Diallo - Actress Kara Young, Photo by Charlotte Hornsby

Etheria Film Night Proudly Presents the Official 2019 Lineup of Short Films & Inspiration Award Recipient

Etheria Film Night Proudly Presents the Official 2019 Lineup of Short Films & Inspiration Award Recipient

(Hollywood, CA – May 7, 2019) Etheria Film Night ( is proud to present the 2019 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 29.  Eight Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast).  The 2019 Inspiration Award will be presented to producer Gale Anne Hurd at the live ceremony by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. The 2019 Stephanie Rothman Fellowship winner will be announced. Tickets can be purchased directly from Fandango:

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Past official selections have included films from directors Axelle Carolyn (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Christine Boylan (The Punisher TV series), Anna Biller (The Love Witch), Amber Benson (SheVenge), Jill Gevargizian (The Stylist), and Roseanne Liang (Shadow in the Cloud).

“I am so excited to show our audience the amazing films we found this year,” says Etheria programmer Heidi Honeycutt of the shorts lineup. “I’m very impressed with what these filmmakers have created and you will be too.”

Etheria’s 2019 Inspiration Award recipient, prolific, award-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd, says “I’m absolutely thrilled to receive the Inspiration Award from the Etheria Film Festival.  Growing up as a huge genre fan, I was told over and over that science fiction, fantasy and horror simply wasn’t meant for girls. Luckily I had Roger Corman as my mentor, and he encouraged me to dream big, genre dreams! Those naysayers were dead wrong, but sadly that misconception continues to this day.  With women directors accounting for only 4% of the 2018 Top 100 Box Office releases, it’s clear that women aren’t being hired to direct genre films.  Etheria showcases the work of women directors who I’m confident will be the future Steven Spielbergs, Jordan Peeles, Kathryn Bigelows and Guillermo Del Toros.”

After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Economics and Communications, Gale Anne Hurd worked in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman’s New World Pictures.  In 1984 she produced and co-wrote her first feature film, genre classic The Terminator. She then produced the legendary Academy Award-winning Aliens, followed by Academy Award®-winning films The AbyssTerminator 2: Judgment DayThe Ghost and the Darkness, and Armageddon. In television, she is an Executive Producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, the Amazon streaming series Lore, and serves as a Consulting Producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show, Talking Dead. In 2012, Hurd received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She will be present on June 29, 2019 at the 6th annual Etheria Film Night showcase to receive the award in person and will act as a finalist judge of the 2019 Etheria Selections.

Etheria Film Night 2019 is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 29, 2019. The evening will include a courtyard cocktail reception and red carpet ceremony sponsored by Blumhouse, SHUDDER, Ving Vodka, Founders Brewing, Topo Chico, and Franca Rebecci Truffles. 2019 Etheria awards are sponsored by The BloodList, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Final Draft, Fangoria Magazine, and Paramours and Poltergeists. 2019 Etheria community partners include Horrible Imaginings, Slaughter Movie House, Midsummer Scream, and Days of the Dead. The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria website at

The 2019 Etheria Jury includes John Skipp (Book of the Dead), Peter Block (Saw), Phillip Kobylanski (Hell Fest),  Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy), Rachel Talalay (Dr. Who), Kailey Marsh (The BloodList), Paul Feig (Bridemaids), Stephanie Rothman (The Student Nurses), Scott Bradley (Hellbent for Horror), Martin Olson (Encyclopedia of Hell), Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood 1 & 2), Kier-La Janisse (The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies), Rebekah McKendry (Shock Waves Podcast), and development executives from Shudder, Monkeypaw Productions, Dread Central Presents, Blumhouse, Fangoria Magazine, Crypt TV, Snowfort Pictures, and Atomic Monster.

Etheria Film Night 2019 Official Short Film Selections:

Hair Wolf
Directed by Mariama Diallo (12:00) (Horror Comedy) (USA)
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Directed by Mai Nakanishi (12:45) (Horror) (Korea/Japan)
A college student goes for a part-time job interview and hired on short notice by a single working mother to be a babysitter for her four-year-old daughter Hana. But when she is left alone with Hana, strange things start to happen.A

Directed by Sarah K. Reimers (10:40) (Horror, Comedy) (USA)
A mysterious and violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility.

End of the Line
Directed by Jessica Sanders (14:30) (Fantasy) (USA)
A lonely man goes to the pet store and buys a tiny man in a cage.

Lucy’s Tale
Directed by Chelsea Lupkin (17:00) (Horror) (USA)
Between mean girls, her first romance, and budding hormones, Lucy begins to realize that she’s not quite like the other teenagers in her class.

Atomic Spot
Directed by Stephanie Cabdevila (15:00) (Science Fiction) (France)
Cotis is the last survivor of a small, amphibious community of mutants living in the ruins of a nuclear reactor and is crushed by loneliness. Until a group of dumb surfers visit his beach.

Cupid’s Paradise
Directed by Ivy Liao (15:00) (Science Fiction) (USA)
Jenn lives in a world in which everyone is rated on superficial factors such as looks and skin color. Jenn is desperate to find a match before she becomes Cupid’s slave.

Directed by Elaine Mongeon (12:30) (Horror) (USA)
A young woman and her father adapt to terrifying changes they never expected.

About Etheria Film Night
Etheria Film Night is the most respected showcase of genre films directed by women in the world. The annual festival is hosted by the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, California.

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Gale Anne Hurd to receive 2019 Etheria Inspiration Award

Gale Anne Hurd

Etheria Film Night is excited to announce our 2019 Inspiration award recipient: prolific, award-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd!  After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Economics and Communications, Gale Anne Hurd worked in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman’s New World Pictures.  In 1984 she produced and co-wrote her first feature film, the genre classic The Terminator. Next she produced the legendary Academy Award-winning Aliens,  followed by the Academy Award®-winning films The AbyssTerminator 2: Judgment DayThe Ghost and the Darkness, and Armageddon. In television, she is an Executive Producer of AMC’s The Walking DeadFear the Walking Dead, the Amazon streaming series Lore, and serves as a Consulting Producer on Talking Dead. In 2012, Hurd received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She will be present on June 29, 2019 at the 6th annual Etheria Film Night showcase to receive the award in person and will act as a finalist judge of the 2019 Etheria Selections. 

Hurd has also produced three PBS documentaries, including True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers and Choctaw Code Talkers. Her latest Native American documentary, MANKILLER, the story of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation has screened in over 30 film festivals around the world, and won ‘Best of Fest’ at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, ‘Best Editing’ at the United Nations Association Film Festival, the ‘Spirit’ Award at the Bozeman International Festival (out of 300 documentary and feature submissions), and ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the Maoriland, Rome International and Tulsa American Film Festivals. MANKILLER aired nationally on PBS in March 2018.

In addition to widely-known Hollywood blockbusters, like Armageddon and Ang Lee’s The Hulk, Hurd also produces dramatic films, such as The Waterdance, which won the Sundance Audience Award and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, as well as Safe Passage, starring Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard, which was honored with the Beatrice Wood Film Award for Artistry in Film.  In addition, she produced the Watergate satire, Dick, which starred Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams. 

Previously, Hurd was elected by the Producers Branch to serve on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and her additional Board positions include the American Film Institute, Women In Film, the Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors, and she served as an Officer and Board Member for the Producers Guild of America for over twenty years.  An active environmentalist, Hurd has served on the national Boards of The Ocean Conservancy, the International Seakeepers Society, the Waterkeeper Alliance, Reef Check, and the Coral Reef Research Foundation.

In 2015, Hurd was awarded the prestigious David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America, joining such past honorees as Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘Glory to the Filmmaker’ Award from the Los Angeles Festival. In 2013, she accepted the Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival and was the recipient of the DiGamma Kappa Award for Distinguished Service in Broadcasting from Grady College at the University of Georgia, home of the Peabody Awards. The Green Cross honored Hurd with their ‘Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership’ Award.

Etheria June 11, 2016 at The Aero Theatre

Etheria Film Night 2016 on June 11 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica was a massive success. Click here to see the lineup, and check out the videos and photos below for a small taste of how the event went! Thank you to our Sponsors, our Audience, and our Filmmakers!

Jackie Kong was awarded the 2016 Etheria Inspiration Award for being an amazing genre director.

The 2016 Etheria Jury Award went to Jill Gevargizian’s horror short THE STYLIST. THE STYLIST also took home the 2016 Audience Award, followed closely by Mindy Bledsoe’s dark comedy HARD BROADS in second place.

Olga Osorio’s science fiction time-travel tale RESTART was awarded the ISA STORY AWARD for best narrative.

Toy Lei’s thrilling action short BOXER won the Artemis Award for Best Action.

Watch the videos below to see Jill Gevargizian accepting awards for THE STYLIST from the fine people at Girls and Corpses Magazine and from filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska.

Additional coverage and red carpet photos will be posted on our press page as they come in. Congrats to all of the filmmakers and our amazing staff and volunteers!

Fantastic photographer Al Ortega has already given us these amazing images on Getty Images:

But you can check out these photos taken by all of YOU and our attendees at the Magnolia pre-party on June 10 and the Feature and Shorts showcases on June 11 at the Aero while we wait for the rest of the professional photos to come out!


Check out our 2016 filmmaker portraits at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California right here:

Etheria Filmmakers 2016

Jane Espenson, Tricia Helfer, and Amber Benson at Etheria Film Night 2015

Well, Etheria Film Night 2015 is a wrap!

Etheria Film Night 2015 – that’s a wrap!

We can’t believe another event has passed. We spend all year working on making Etheria Film Night 2015 at the Egyptian Theatre what it is – and we couldn’t do it without the staff at the Egyptian Theatre, the volunteers, the press, the sponsors, the community partners, the attendees, and, of course, the filmmakers Ursula Dabrowsky, Chloe Okuno, Mara Tasker, Martha Goddard, Gigi Guerrero, Amber Benson, Axelle Carolyn, Arantxa Echevarria, and Karen Gillan.

Arantxa Echevarria’s DE NOCHE Y DE PRONTO took home the Jury Award for Best Short Film, while Chloe Okuno’s SLUT won the Audience Award. CONGRATS!

I can’t express our gratitude – your time, energy, enjoyment, and support are what makes this event happen. We do this because the films, the filmmakers, and the fans are important to us, and when you support us, it means the world to us. Our community support team from Reel GrrlsWomen in Media, Film Fatales LA, Seeking our Story, The Director List, Alliance of Women Directors, Ms in the Biz, and Women Intersectionality in Moving Pictures Society is astounding, and we love you guys. The support from genre fans at Dread Central, Whedonopolis, OnceUponaFan, Fangoria Magazine, and so many more is overwhelming.

All of our staff and volunteers, friends and family, supporters and sponsors are invaluable, but Etheria Film Night 2015 literally would not have been the event that it was without the support and awesomeness of Morgan Faust, Jack Bennett, Jim Kunz, Rebekah McKendry, Brea Grant, Amber Benson, Axelle Carolyn, Tricia Helfer, Jane Espenson, Juliet Landau, Jenna Payne, Melanie Marquez, Ramzi Abed, Elle Schneider, Grant Moninger, Leo Enticknap, Oliver Brink, Tema Staig, Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki, Mallory O’Meara, Miguel Rodriguez, and Helenna Santos.

The complete press coverage will end up on the press page, so check back there for the full coverage of our 2015 event. For now, enjoy these highlights like the Legion of Leia interview with Jane Espenson, Fashionably Nerdy’s coverage,  Dread Central’s pictorial report, and the entire red carpet coverage by!

Jane Espenson, Tricia Helfer, and Amber Benson at Etheria Film Night 2015

Jane Espenson, receiving the Inspiration Award from Tricia Helfer and Amber Benson at Etheria Film Night 2015.


Etheria Film Night 2015

Etheria Film Night 2015 Announces Official Short Film Selections!

Etheria Film Night 2015 Announces Official Short Film Selections!

We just can’t hold it in any longer!

We are so excited to announce the official lineup of short films for the June 13, 2015 event at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California!  The North American Premiere of the Australian feature-length horror film “Inner Demon” directed by Ursula Dabrowsky will be followed by six official short selections:

“Sheila Scorned” – directed by Mara Gasbarro Tasker
(USA, Action/Thriller, 18 min)

Sheila Scorned follows the violent misadventures of Sheila Johnson, a jaded and quick tongued dancer at a gentleman’s club. One night, after noticing an old flame in the crowd, Sheila seduces her ex, Charlie…and kills him.  But her plans to get home are interrupted when Charlie’s tie to a local gang of misfits comes back to bite her.  Now abducted and trapped in a warehouse, Sheila has to fight her way free from their violent and sexual advances.  Unluckily for the men, Sheila’s got a penchant for ass kicking.

“Shevenge” – directed by Amber Benson
(USA, Fantasy/Action/Comedy, 11 ½ min)

From Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) comes this twisted, darkly comedic, genre-bending tale of revenge – a revenge of the worst kind – Shevenge! The film follows Sam, Taylor and Charley as they embark on a journey of revenge and empowerment. While at a killer slumber party, these three best friends drink wine, paint their nails, and pay back their crappy boyfriends as they discover their deepest fantasies and take you along for the ride.

“El Gigante” – Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
(Canada/Mexico, Horror, 13 ½ min)

After attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in search of a better life, Armando awakens in an unknown room, his body broken down and a Lucha Libre mask sewn into his neck. He attempts to escape, but is surrounded by a sadistic family, who watch him with hungry eyes. The only chance for Armando’s survival in this hellish nightmare is to last in a wrestling match against the most terrifying villain of all: GIGANTE!

“Gödel Incomplete” – directed by Martha Goddard
(Australia, Science Fiction, 13 ½ min)

A time-travel love-story between one of the great minds of the 20th century, Kurt Gödel, and a lonely particle physicist, Serita Cedric, a research student working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Their affair becomes the trigger for his theory on time as one event feeds into the next and it becomes impossible to tell which came first.

“De noche y de pronto” – directed by Arantxa Echevarria
(Spain, Thriller, 20 min)

Home alone in a deserted apartment building during the Christmas season, Maria is startled to receive a visit from a desperate man claiming to be her upstairs neighbor who says his apartment has been broken into by thieves.

“Slut” – directed by Chloe Okuno
(USA, Horror, 20 min)

A dark, coming of age thriller about a 16-year-old misfit named Maddy who lives alone with her grandmother in a small town in Texas. When Maddy crosses paths with an older, charismatic Stranger- a fellow misfit who’s passing through town- her quiet, monotonous life takes a dangerous turn.

The short film screening  will be followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance, and TV writer and producer Jane Espenson (“Husbands”, “Once Upon a Time”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award for her work in some of the most beloved genre TV series of all time.

Tickets are $11 and are available at this link:

Etheria Film Night 2015 is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 13th, 2015. The evening will include a cocktail reception sponsored by Fangoria Magazine and Horrible Imaginings and a red carpet ceremony sponsored by Monstrosity Films and Birns & Sawyer. 2015 Etheria awards and screenings are sponsored by Digital Bolex, Rapid Heart Pictures, All Things Horror, and Darling Nikki’s.

2015 judges include Larry Fessenden (Glass Eye Pix), Rachel Talalay (“Dr. Who”), Patty West (AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women), Brea Grant (“Best Friends Forever), Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex), Elizabeth Stanley (“Trailers from Hell”), John Skipp (“Book of the Dead”), Peter Block (A Bigger Boat Productions), Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki (Dark Dunes Productions), Neil Marshall (“The Descent”) Thuc Nguyen (BTCHFLCKS), Mick Garris (“Masters of Horror”), Ashlee Blackwell (, Elizabeth Kaiden (Tangerine Entertainment), Tasha Lowe-Newsome (WGA Committee of Women Writers & WoWga), Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions), Mynette Louie (Gamechanger Films), Brad Miska (VHS I & II), Jairo Alvarado (Circle of Confusion), Darin Scott (“Tales from the Hood”), Emily Silver (“Bones”, “Finding Carter”), Mark Alan Miller (Seraphim Films), Jessie Lilley Campbell (Mondo Cult Magazine), Eduardo Sanchez (“The Blair Witch Project”), and David DeCoteau (“Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama”).


The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria website event page.

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Etheria Film Night 2015