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Stanley Film Festival ’15: Visionary Award Winner, Panels, 3D Experience Announced

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For those keeping tabs here at FANGORIA.com, the Stanley Film Festival is one of 2015’s most exciting genre experiences of the year. Blending interactive events, alternate reality games, and a horror-centric film festival, Stanley Film Festival has given fright fans more than enough incentive to check out the supposedly haunted hotel (which served as the inspiration for THE SHINING). Yet it turns out SFF 2015 has a few more surprises up their sleeve, as they announced yesterday the recipient of their annual Visionary Award as well as the full line-up of panels and interactive experiences.

The winner of the 2015 Visionary Award from the Stanley Film Festival is none other than Tom Quinn, co-president of Radius-TWC and champion of such indie darlings as BLUE RUIN, SNOWPIERCER, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE and ONLY GOD FORGIVES, and who will be releasing Stanley 2015 films WHEN ANIMALS DREAM and GOODNIGHT MOMMY. Quinn also created the Magnet Releasing label for Magnolia Pictures, with Quinn helping release LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE ABCs OF DEATH, and THE HOST during his time at the company. But Quinn earned the award this year for his risky yet rewarding release strategy with IT FOLLOWS, putting the film in over 1500 theaters to become a crossover hit and one of 2015’s “must-see” horror films.

“Mr. Quinn is the catalyst behind some of the most groundbreaking titles in modern horror,” stated Denver Film Society Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “Not only does his work elevate the genre, he has been at the forefront of providing unique and innovative platforms for distribution that are changing the industry.”

The Stanley Film Festival also announced that they will be hosting CATATONIC, a 3D virtual reality experience that takes participants into a horrific insane asylum. Directed by Guy Shelmerdine, participants will be ushered in by a nurse and fitted with a Samsung Gear headset and headphones for a 360° 3D immersive experience building to a cacophony of terror and depravity one has to experience to believe. The experience will also be completely free and open to the public.

Lastly, SFF 2015 announced their full list of panels, all of which will be taking place on Saturday, May 2nd. Here are the times and details, as per the official press release:

SELLING SCREAMS: THE BUSINESS OF INDIE HORROR
Saturday May 2, 12:00pm

Learn the secrets of the trade in this passionate discussion of the grueling work of producers, sales agents, buyers and fans who make independent horror thrive.
Panelists: Roxanne Benjamin (Producer, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Nate Bolotin (Partner, XYZ Films), Daniel Noah (Producer, SpectreVision), Ryan Turek (Director of Development, Blumhouse)
Moderator: Eric Kohn (Indiewire)

VISIONARY DISTRIBUTION: A CONVERSATION WITH RADIUS-TWC CO-PRESIDENT TOM QUINN
Saturday May 2, 1:30pm

2015 Visionary Award Recipient Tom Quinn discusses his history of championing great genre cinema – including LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE HOST – and uniquely shepherding them into the world as with the recent highly innovative release strategy behind current horror breakout title IT FOLLOWS.

SCARE TACTICS: CREATIVITY IN MODERN HORROR
Saturday May 2, 2:30pm

In a genre often clogged with cliché and unoriginality, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the scares fresh and unique. Learn how these exciting voices keep their vision alive while navigating the studio system.
Panelists: Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, JENNIFER’S BODY), Todd Strauss-Schulson (THE FINAL GIRLS), Leigh Whannell (INSIDIOUS CH. 3, writer of SAW 1-3 and the INSIDIOUS franchise)
Moderator: Sam Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop)

FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN: HORROR OF THE FUTURE
Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm

Hear from the virtual reality, immersive theater, and interactive game designers pioneering the next generation’s experience with horror storytelling as they embrace an audience’s increasing thirst for new adventure with rapid advancements of technology.
Panelists: Jon Braver (Creator, Delusion), Julian McCrea (Founder, Portal Entertainment), Guy Shelmerdine (Director, Catatonic)
Moderator: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest)

All panels are free and open to the public. Individual tickets and the full program are available at www.stanleyfilmfest.com. Registration is now open for Dead Right Horror Trivia & the Horror Immersion Game; you can register for either experience here.

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Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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