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
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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

Jane Espenson to receive Etheria Film Night 2015 Inspiration Award

Jane Espenson To Receive 2015 Etheria Film Night Inspiration Award

February 5, 2015 – Jane Espenson To Receive 2015 Etheria Film Night Inspiration Award

Jane Espenson to receive Etheria Film Night 2015 Inspiration Award

Jane Espenson to receive Etheria Film Night 2015 Inspiration Award

Prolific TV writer and producer Jane Espenson (Husbands, Once Upon a Time, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award from Etheria Film Night on June 13 in a ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Espenson was selected as the 2015 honoree for her work in some of the most beloved genre TV series of all time and for inspiring emerging women filmmakers to write and create their own genre projects.

“I’m thrilled to be honored as part of Etheria Film Night,” says Espenson, currently an executive producer on the fantasy series Once Upon a Time. “In the genre spirit of ‘Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations,’ I’m proud to be recognized by a group that encourages all kinds of people to follow their creative passions.”

“As a fan of science fiction and fantasy drama TV, whenever I hear of a new show with Jane Espenson’s name attached I’m instantly excited because I KNOW I’m going to love it and I’m not alone in this feeling,” says Festival Director Stacy Hammon.

“Jane Espenson’s body of work is so impressive,” adds Heidi Honeycutt, Etheria Film Night Director of Programming. “Once Upon a Time, Caprica, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Dollhouse, Buffy… the list goes on and on. She’s an amazing force in genre television.”

Espenson will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award onstage during the Etheria Film Night June 13 annual showcase of the best new short genre films (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and thriller) directed by women. The festival’s goal is to prove to the entertainment industry that there are women filmmakers making fantastic genre films, and that they deserve to be recognized.

Etheria Film Night is open for rolling submissions all year long, but to be considered for the 2015 lineup, films must be received before March 31st, 2015. Filmmakers can submit online for free at

Etheria Film Night 2015 will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California on June 13, 2015. The event is hosted by American Cinematheque, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all forms of films through screenings at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. 2015 sponsors and partners include Digital Bolex, Monstrosity Films, Tangerine Entertainment, Fangoria Magazine, All Things Horror, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, Darling Nikki’s, Birns and Sawyer, and The Alliance of Women Directors.

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