Popcorn Frights to Launch “The Horror Collective Screening Room” at August Festival

Popcorn Frights to Launch “The Horror Collective Screening Room” at August Festival

“The Horror Collective Screening Room” will provide free entry for all fans to experience Popcorn Frights’ film premieres and industry sessions in the heart of Miami Beach

Popcorn Frights, the largest genre film event in Southeast US delivering the best horror, sci-fi, fantasy and badass genre cinema to South Florida, has announced a partnership with Entertainment Squad’s genre label, The Horror Collective, to host a free theatrical experience for film fans, in-keeping with the distributors’ mission to help cinema-lovers discover some of the best experiences in international genre cinema.

From August 18-20, “The Horror Collective Screening Room” located at the O Cinema South Beach, right across the street from the world-famous Ocean Drive boulevard in the heart of Miami Beach, will feature brand new film premieres selected from across the world as well as Popcorn Frights’ shorts blocks celebrating up-and-coming filmmakers.

As well, The Horror Collective representatives will be in attendance during the Festival and will host and moderate panel discussions and industry sessions for visiting and local filmmakers.

“We are glad to extend the partnership with Popcorn Frights and create opportunities for the local filmmaking community,” said Shaked Berenson, Entertainment Squad’s CEO.

“Popcorn Frights is a staple of established and upcoming gems. The best of the genre showcased by awesome people who are passionate and in love with horror. Not to be missed,” added The Horror Collective’s Jonny Grant.

Additionally, Popcorn Frights is proud to announce its continued partnership with the genre streaming platform ALTER, which will consider all the short films premiering at the Festival for distribution on the online platform. In 2022, ALTER acquired 17 films out of Popcorn Frights’ lineup, including RETURN TO SENDER produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as Popcorn Frights’ prize winners KICKSTART MY HEART (Popcorn Frights Jury Prize for Best Short Film) and RINGWORMS (Popcorn Frights Audience Award for Best Short Film).

Together, Popcorn Frights and ALTER seek to discover and develop independent and emerging artists, and to provide a platform for them to showcase their works to a global audience.

Submissions to the eighth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival are also still open via Film Freeway with the final deadline set for July 10. Shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film, and video — all are welcome and can be submitted at the link: filmfreeway.com/popcornfrightsfilmfestival

Celebrated as one of “The World’s 50 Best Genre Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine and recognized by FilmFreeway as one of the “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals,” Popcorn Frights’ ninth edition kicks off August 10-20, 2023, with more than 10,000 filmgoers and industry professionals expected to attend its summer week of wicked films, events, and parties. In addition to the “The Horror Collective Screening Room” at the O Cinema South Beach, this year Popcorn Frights also returns to the landmark Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a state-of-the-art theater which was originally built as a Methodist Church in the 1940s.

Popcorn Frights showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of horror lovers and filmmakers, industry, and journalists. Amongst others, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, David Bruckner Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Justin Long, Issa Lopez, Joe Lynch, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Alex Proyas, Jennifer Reeder, Carter Smith, Jenn Wexler, Leigh Whannel, and horror legend Chuck Russell have attended, participated, and premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.