Famous Monsters’ relationship with Santa Rosa Entertainment Group and the “Classic Underground Lost Treasures,” or CULT, at the Roxy Stadium 14 made for a natural partnership to expand into a festival. In honoring FM’s history of taking readers behind the movie magic and inspiring them to bring their own monsters to life, and SREG’s history of bringing new and exciting thrills to their communities, the two have joined forces to find the next great genre filmmakers and share their creations with the world with the Silver Scream Festival.
The Silver Scream Fest strives to continue Famous Monsters founder Forrest J Ackerman’s legacy of honoring imaginative classics while simultaneously looking for new voices of horror, science fiction, and fantasy that must be heard around the world.
The 2016 and 2017 editions of the event take place over a three-day weekend at the Roxy Theater in Santa Rosa, California, and will include screenings of accepted films, anniversary celebrations, special celebrity guest events, signings, and whatever else can be crammed into a long weekend. If you are a film lover, horror buff, or general creative type who loves being surrounded by stories, this is the event for you.
Silver Scream 2016 brought a Wes Craven tribute with Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and Marianne Maddalena, as well as the 35th anniversary of An American Werewolf in London featuring John Landis, Rick Baker, and David Naughton, and the 85th anniversary of Dracula with Bela Lugosi, Jr.
In addition to feature films, for its second year running, the Silver Scream Fest will be highlighting original scripts and graphic novels as essential building blocks of mainstream film production. Winners will be selected from a pool of entries for special awards as well as publication by Famous Monsters’ very own American Gothic Press. Where else are comics celebrated side by side with famed horror franchises? The Silver Scream Fest prides itself in being unique and focused on the quality content of multiple mediums.