Etheria Film Festival 2020

Check out the Etheria Film Festival 2020 Official Film Selections

Because of the world-wide Covid-19 quarantine in effect, Etheria will not be having a live event as planned in June 2020 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Instead, Etheria 2020 will be a digital event and we want you there with us!

Etheria 2020’s nine short films will be available to watch on Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, on Friday, June 19, 2020 through July 20, 2020.  New members can sign up for a 30-day free trial with promo code ETHERIA at shudder.com

In addition, live digital celebrations featuring interviews, panels, and much more with Etheria 2020 filmmakers, judges, friends, and fans will be hosted by The Screenland Armour Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on June 20. Tickets for this separate Etheria Celebration and more info can be found here: screenlandonline.com/etheria

Etheria 2020 Official Poster - Art by Jessica Jimerson
The 2020 Etheria Jury includes Gale Anne Hurd (Producer, The Walking Dead, Terminator), Phillip Kobylanski (President, Valhalla Motion Pictures), Rachel Talalay (Director, Dr. Who), Stephanie Rothman (Director, The Velvet Vampire), Mary Lambert (Film and Television Director), Lloyd Kaufman (Director, Producer, Founder of Troma Entertainment), Ryan Turek (VP, Development & Production, Blumhouse Productions), Chris Alexander (Filmmaker, Musician, Writer, & Editor), Amanda Reyes (Film Historian and Editor and Co-Author of Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999), Raquel David (Manager, Elevate Entertainment), April Wolfe (Screenwriter & Host of Switchblade Sisters), Hanelle M. Culpepper (Writer/Director), Phil Nobile Jr. (Editor-in-Chief & Creative Director, FANGORIA), Rolfe Kanefsky (Director, Art Of The Dead), Erin Maxwell (Senior Editor, Ranker.com), Anastasia Elfman (Actress), Richard Elfman (Director), Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Film Critic and Fantastic Fest programmer), Josh Millican (Co-Editor in Chief, Dread Central), Chelsea Stardust (Director, Satanic Panic), Sean Keller (Screenwriter and Musician), Shannon McGrew (Owner & Editor-In-Chief, Nightmarish Conjurings), Danielle Burrows (co-writer/co-producer, Horror Noire), Meredith Borders (Managing Editor, FANGORIA), Ashlee Blackwell (Co-writer/Producer, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror), James Branscome (Cinematic Void), Jonathan Barkan (VP of Acquisitions and Distribution of Feature Films, The Horror Collective), John Skipp (Author, Filmmaker, Tales of Halloween, The Bizarro Encyclopedia of Film Vol. 1), Norm Gidney (Horrorbuzz.com), Erik Ryan (Film Events, HorrorBuzz.com), Julie Corman (Producer), Shade Rupe (author, Dark Star Rising), Kier-La Janisse (Film Programmer, Author, Filmmaker), Buddy Giovinazzo (Yachtsman), Jay Kay (Horror Happens Radio/HorrorHound Magazine), Peter Block (Producer), Mali Elfman (Producer), Tiffany Shepis (Actress/Host/Badass), Kenneth J. Hall (creator of Puppet Master), Bill Moseley (Actor), Brittany Klesic (Development Executive, Monkeypaw Productions), Ernest Dickerson (Director), Josh Miller (Screenwriter), Trent Haaga (Writer/Director of Questionable Taste and Talent, 68 KILL), Gigi Saul Guerrero (Into the Dark: Culture Shock), Rachel Walker (Head of Programming & Creative, Los Angeles Alamo Drafthouse Cinema), Kailey Marsh (Brillstein Entertainment Partners, The BloodList), Matt Konopka (Editor/Owner of Killer Horror Critic), Jordan Crucchiola (Film Journalist), Tammy Sutton-Walker (VFX Producer and Supervisor), Katie Rife (Senior Writer, A.V. Club; Senior Programmer, Cinepocalypse), Gary Trousdale, (President, Yog Soggoth Fan Club), Sonia Lupher (PhD, Founder of Cut-Throat Women), Anthony DiBlasi (Director, Writer Last Shift, Dread), Jill Killington (Producer/Writer Stephen King’s The Stand), Alison Peirse (writer and academic), Dr. Victoria McCollum (Film Lecturer and Horror Scholar at Ulster University, Northern Ireland), Mick Garris (Director), Ant Timpson (Director/Producer), Penelope Spheeris (Rock ‘n Roll Anthropologist), Jeffrey Reddick (Writer/Director/Producer Final Destination, Tamara, Good Samaritan), Rachel Wilson (Cinestate), S.A. Bradley (Author, Speaker, Podcaster, Screaming for Pleasure, and Hellbent for Horror) and numerous development executives, agents, managers, show runners, and distributors.

"Great festival that is a real champion of genre film makers. Very supportive of the films it screens and the female film making teams behind them."

"If you can get into this fest its amazing probably the BEST fest I have ever had the pleasure to partake in...even just attending as a supporter you will get something out of it."

"Being part of Etheria felt like more than being part of a festival - it was like being in a really cool team of kickass genre women."

"We got some great press and response from our film, and many people reported on the excellent quality of the films. I highly recommend applying and attending this film if you can!"

"Thank you for your support this past year of my short film, Undress Me. Your festival was a great help in bringing the film to a wider audience."

"I was so in love with all the amazing films screened and being able to sit up there and talk about horror movies with you talented, amazing women was just the best...This is awesome. You all are awesome."

“Managers and studio executives have already contacted me since the Egyptian event three days ago. It’s amazing. I have been in several major festivals with this short, in fact I have been in four Oscar qualifiers and this only happens with Etheria, so congratulations, you are doing an amazing job.”

"I feel that years from now I will be able to say that Etheria was the catalyst that helped jump start my career."

"I can say first hand that showing at Etheria Film Night was a highlight of our festival run."

Fiona Underhill

Fiona Underhill

Journalist / Jumpcut Online

"I was genuinely blown away by the quality of the eight short genre films at Etheria Film Night [2017]. It was an amazing evening, that I feel privileged to have been a part of. I just hope Hollywood sits up and takes notice..."

Natalie Wilson

Natalie Wilson

Journalist/Scholar / The Establishment

"Etheria’s offerings walk this walk year after year, spitting in the face of those who say women don’t gravitate toward creating or watching dark, cerebral, or disturbing films."

Danni Darko

Danni Darko

Journalist / Morbidly Beautiful

"Etheria has evolved into much more than simply a platform to champion fair representation among the sexes in Hollywood. It is a vast network of passionate, skillful, and knowledgeable fans and filmmakers."

Andrew Kasch

Andrew Kasch

Writer/Director / Dread Central

"One of the most exciting events in Los Angeles is Etheria, a film festival dedicated specifically to showing sci-fi, fantasy, and horror from women filmmakers. Their programming is top-notch..."

Robert "Corpsy" Rhine

Robert "Corpsy" Rhine

Publisher/Deaditor-In-Chief / Girls and Corpses Magazine

“Girls and Corpses Magazine and Corpsy were proud to host The 2016 Etheria Film Night.”

Steve Barton

Steve Barton

Editor In Chief / Dread Central

“One of the best damned film festivals in the country.”

Roger Corman

Roger Corman

Director, Producer / Etheria Guest of Honor

“I wasn’t really trying to give women their first break. I was trying to find the best director, writer, or below the line individual, and if they happened to be a woman, I would hire them. Other guys would look only at men, while I would look at the talent irrespective of their gender.”

Amber Benson

Amber Benson

Actress, Director, Producer / Director of ":SheVenge" - Etheria 2015 Official Selection

“The fact that I am part of this amazing line up of amazing female horror/sci-fi directors, it makes me really excited. I feel like it’s important and more women need to be involved in genre."

Scott Feinblatt

Scott Feinblatt

Writer / Rue Morge Magazine

"The fact that the films played to a full house of excited guests proves that Etheria continues to be a key destination for movie lovers and champions of female auteurs."

Amanda Serra, Elizabeth Serra, Victoria Serra, and Kristina Aaryn Martin

Amanda Serra, Elizabeth Serra, Victoria Serra, and Kristina Aaryn Martin

Filmmakers / Filmmakers of Etheria 2018 Official Selection "Skin Deep"

"This festival was outstanding! ... This festival is ALL about the filmmakers and I highly recommend it!"

"Words will never do justice to the magic that was this year's [2018] Etheria Fest... I can't thank the amazing Etheria team enough for their support, generosity and inspiration. They are definitely part of the solution!"

Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd

2019 Etheria Inspiration Award Recipient / Producer of the "Terminator" trilogy

"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.”

Joe Russell

Filmmaker / Producer of Etheria 2018 Selection "Laboratory Conditions"

"Etheria provides way more than 'just another place to screen your film.' They spend lot of energy not only celebrating the filmmakers and films, but also connecting those filmmakers with each other."

Anca Vlasan

Anca Vlasan

Filmmaker / Director of Etheria 2018 Official Selection "CU Later Tuesday"

"I cannot stress enough how amazing and caring the program directors of Etheria are."

Cidney Hue

Cidney Hue

Filmmaker / Director of 2018 Official Selection "Ovum"

"I will be encouraging all women filmmakers working in genre to apply for future Etheria Film Nights for many years to come."

Amanda Serra

Amanda Serra

Filmmaker / Amanda Serra, star and producer of 2018 Official Selection "Skin Deep"

"This festival is ALL about the filmmakers and I highly recommend it!"