MovieMaker’s 25 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World: Meet our 2020 Panelists

For our third straight year, we’ve recruited seasoned horror moviemakers and industry professionals working in genre films to compile MovieMaker‘s 25 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World.

You can read their picks here. But first, we’re thrilled to introduce the panelists:

Axelle Carolyn’s first feature, the character-based ghost story Soulmate, premiered in 2013 and won the Best Director prize at Rome’s FantaFestival, among other recognition. Her 2015 horror anthology Tales of Halloween is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and won the Rondo Award for Best Independent Film, as well as a Saturn Award. In 2018, she worked as a writer on the first season of Warner Bros. and Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and earned the publication of her non-fiction exploration of her favorite sub-genre: The FrightFest Guide To Ghost Movies. She’s just weeks away from shooting her new horror feature.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Lukas Feigelfeld is a director and editor now based in Berlin. In 2010, he teamed up with cinematographer Mariel Baqueiro to found the production office Retina Fabrik. His first feature, the folk horror fable Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, was made as his film school graduation project in 2016. It premiered at Fantastic Fest 2017, toured the international circuit in 2018, and was released in the U.S. in April. 

Larry Fessenden is an actor, producer, and the director of the art-house horror films DepravedNo TellingHabitWendigo, and The Last Winter, as well as the TV films Skin and Bones and Beneath. He has operated the production shingle Glass Eye Pix since 1985 with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts. 

David Gregory is the co-founder of Severin Films, a studio devoted to restoring and distributing international genre classics on DVD and Blu-ray. He co-produced and co-directed the 2011 anthology horror feature The Theatre Bizarre and the award-winning 2014 documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. He most recently served as co-producer on Stanley’s return to feature directing after two decades, Color Out of Space.

Kaila Sarah Hier is a film publicist born in Montréal and living between there and Berlin. She’s often spotted at festivals around the world. She does PR for such exciting film festivals as Fantasia, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Final Girls Berlin, and Boston Underground. In 2019, she founded her own international PR firm, Exile PR, focused on film and artist publicity, with an eye toward genre, arthouse, and emerging and visionary voices. Recently, Exile has represented Blumhouse’s Cam and its writer, Isa Mazzei. She also represented Tilman Singer and his debut feature Luz, the critical hit Starfish, Toronto International Film Festival sensation Sea Fever, and a number of other breakouts and festival darlings.

Emma Tammi is a moviemaker based in Los Angeles. Her narrative directorial debut, The Wind, is a supernatural horror-western that premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by IFC. She is the co-founder of Mind Hive Films, and has directed and produced numerous documentaries, including Election Day and Fair Chase. This year, she produced the documentary Jay Myself, which was released theatrically by Oscilloscope, and she is an executive producer on Blumhouse’s upcoming horror film Bloodline. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

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