Here's my usual index of all the films, features and shorts, that are being screened at IHSFFF in 2017, with directors, years and IMDb pages (where they exist). I'll link to my reviews as I write them.
Those of you who have been following my coverage of the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival over the years, especially those who have read my book, The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival: The Transition Years will know that I see it as unfolding in sets of three years. We've gone through the Early Years as it figured out what it was, the Indie Years when it went on the road, the Transition Years when it was subsumed by the Phoenix Film Festival to be its genre track and the Pre-Teen Years, when it realised it still had an identity but wasn't quite sure what it was.
Well, 2017 marks the start of a new set of three years, firmly under the guidance of festival director Monte Yazzie, and I can already see many strengths by looking at what's scheduled.
For a start, this is the most international that the event has been in a long time. This is especially true on the sci-fi side where all three competition features and the entire Sci-Fi Shorts B set are from foreign shores. It's less true on the horror side, but there are still features from Australia, Finland and Ireland and shorts from places as far afield as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
There's also more content than there's been since 2014. Like that year, there are three horror features and three sci-fi features in competition, plus eleven showcase features; plus two sets of horror shorts and two more of sci-fi shorts, for a total of 21 slots. That's one slot up on last year and the trend is pleasing.
And, perhaps most importantly for genre fans, not only can we see every single IHSFFF film (as we could for the first time in 2016) but we even have options this year! That's great scheduling and I'm very appreciative of the effort that went into making that the case!
In fact, we can see every IHSFFF film and still have room on Sunday for a couple of features screening in competition in the wider Phoenix Film Festival: Unnerved and Brave New Jersey, a horror thriller and a comedy set during Orson Welles's infamous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938.
The crew behind the festival remain the same as last year, starting with Jason Carney and the folk at the Phoenix Film Foundation. Danny Marianino and Brandon Kinchen remain in charge of horror competition titles and science fiction writer Mike Stackpole handles the sci-fi competition side. Monte Yazzie is the Festival Director.
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic
|The 6th Friend||2017||5||5||Letia Clouston||IMDb|
|Happy Hunting||2017||6||6||Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson||IMDb|
|The Night Watchmen||2017||5||5||Mitchell Altieri||IMDb|
|Anti Matter||2016||5||5||Keir Burrows||IMDb|
|Inherit the Stars: The Director's Cut||2015||2||3||Keishi Suenaga||IMDb|
|The Open||2015||5||5||Marc Lahore||IMDb|
|A Dark Song||2016||5||5||Liam Gavin||IMDb|
|Dave Made a Maze||2017||5||6||Bill Watterson||IMDb|
|Found Footage 3D||2016||5||5||Steven DeGennaro||IMDb|
|Game of Death||2017||5||5||Sebastien Landry & Laurence Morais-Lagace||IMDb|
|Hounds of Love||2016||6||5||Ben Young||IMDb|
|Killing Ground||2016||5||5||Damien Power||IMDb|
|Lake Bodom||2016||3||3||Taneli Mustonen||IMDb|
|Sequence Break||2016||5||5||Graham Skipper||IMDb|
|Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl||2016||5||4||A. D. Calvo||IMDb|
|Tonight She Comes||2016||5||5||Matt Stuertz||IMDb|
|The Transfiguration||2016||5||5||Michael O'Shea||IMDb|
|Horror Shorts A|
|Unfinished Business||2016||4||4||Adam Ganser||IMDb|
|Wandering Soul||2016||5||5||Josh Tanner||IMDb|
|Spell Claire||5||5||Greg Emetaz||n/a|
|Creatures of Whitechapel||2016||5||5||Jonathan Martin||IMDb|
|Shah Mat||2016||4||4||Razan Takash & Kirill Kripak||IMDb|
|Mister Sewer's Murder Room||2016||5||5||Abe Epperson||IMDb|
|A Horror Story||2016||4||4||Philip Donohue||IMDb|
|Horror Shorts B|
|Time to Eat||2015||5||5||Luke Guidici||IMDb|
|From Dusk Till Dad||2016||4||4||Abe Epperson||IMDb|
|Laura, Lost||4||4||Simon Sandquist||n/a|
|The Catalyst||2016||3||4||Alan Fine||IMDb|
|The Call of Charlie||2016||4||4||Nick Spooner||IMDb|
|Black Ring||2016||6||6||Hasan Can Dagli||IMDb|
|Born Again||2016||6||5||Jason Tostevin||IMDb|
|Beneath the Surface||2016||5||4||Michael Trainotti||IMDb|
|Sci-Fi Shorts A|
|Dogstein: Super Science Adventure||4||4||Tianyiming Qi||n/a|
|Dark Machine||2016||5||5||Sander van Dijk||IMDb|
|The New Politics||2016||5||5||Joshua Wong||IMDb|
|The Night Shift||2016||5||-||Adam Gold||IMDb|
|Girl #2||4||4||David H. Jeffery||n/a|
|Real Artists||2017||6||6||Cameo Wood||IMDb|
|Where No Jedi Has Gone Before||2016||5||5||Rena Yamamoto||IMDb|
|The Massacre at Black Divide||2016||5||5||Steve Makowski||IMDb|