Fantastic Cinema Jury
Chris Alexander is a Canadian-based, internationally published writer, composer and filmmaker and has served as editor-in-chief of such notable film magazines as FANGORIA, GOREZONE, and DELIRIUM. Prior to this, he was a critic and columnist for RUE MORGUE magazine. As a filmmaker he is the writer, director and composer of the award winning vampire film BLOOD FOR IRINA, its follow-up/sequel, QUEEN OF BLOOD, and the erotic surrealist drama FEMALE WEREWOLF. Alexander has also composed original music for films like Joseph O’Brien’s THE DEVIL’S MILE, Chris Walsh’s stop motion horror film THE SHUTTERBUG MAN, featuring narration by film legend Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY, 8 1/2). He has written thousands of feature articles in various publications and periodicals and has interviewed virtually every horror legend at least twice. He is currently the editor of horror film website SHOCK TILL YOU DROP.
Justin Beahm is a writer, producer and director who's work appears in FANGORIA, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, and HORRORHOUND magazines. He has produced and directed for Anchor Bay Entertainment, Shout! Factory, Scream Factory, Trancas International, Prescribed Films, and Reverend Entertainment. He helmed the 2012 theatrical re-release of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, appears on a number of video commentary tracks, and is occasionally dragged in front of the camera by friends.
Eric England is a native Arkansas filmmaker that was raised on a steady diet of R rated cinema. After making his directorial debut with the backwoods slasher film MADISON COUNTY, he went on to find massive success with the worldwide hit CONTRACTED. This year, Eric will see the release of his latest film the dark-comedy thriller GET THE GIRL and begin production on the prestigious Blacklist screenplay, HUNTSVILLE, starring Anya Taylor-Joy from THE WITCH and Shea Whigham from BOARDWALK EMPIRE.
SHORT FILM JUDGES
JARROD PAUL BECK
Jarrod Paul Beck, a native and current resident to Louisiana, honed his craft as a Director/Cinematographer in central Arkansas as he worked towards his Master’s in Digital Film Production at the University of Central Arkansas. His thesis film, “Perfect Machine”, currently making the festival circuit, earned him the Made in Arkansas Best Director Award at the 2015 Little Rock Film Festival. He was also recognized for his contribution to film in Arkansas by the Film Society of Little Rock with the 2014 Made in Arkansas Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 2015 Fantastic Cinema Film Festival.
California native Josh Millican is the Director of Community at CryptTV and CEO of TheBlood-Shed.com. He's a devoted horror fan and an avid writer who contributes at Dread Central, Tom Holland's Terror Time, The Slaughtered Bird, and Horror-Fix (among others). You can follow Josh on Twitter @josh_millican for quality horror articles worthy of your attention.
(Producer, Productions Designer)
Based in Vancouver B.C., Raynor Shima attended Vancouver Film School, in the film production program, and also gained his experience in commercial film as a young emerging producer. He started his transition into short films, teaming up with partners Gigi Saul Guerrero and Luke Bramley, creating LUCHAGORE PRODUCTIONS as an outlet for their work. Working with limited resources, Raynor has proven to get projects made under budget and on time. On the side note, he has also acted as the Production Designer on his teams projects. Giving that unique aesthetic look, that make up a Luchagore film. Two of his most successful produced short films, "Dia De Los Muertos", and "El Matador" have gotten picked up to be featured in upcoming horror Anthology's, "Mexico Barbaro" and "ABC'S of Death 2.5". Currently he is working on producing and adapting his first feature-length film Muerte Con Carne. He successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign with his team to shoot a proof of concept for the feature, called El Gigante. Which is currently running the festival circuit and has gone on to receive many international awards around the world.
(Cinematographer, Co-Editor, Co-Director)
Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Luke Bramley developed a passion for horror at a young age during the days of VHS rental houses when his older sister and him would rent scary movies and freak themselves out late at night. His passion turned from being scared to scaring people when he developed an interest in filmmaking, and after a stint as a cook, he decided to follow his passion and pursue motion pictures. It was during this time that he met fellow like-minded filmmakers, and shortly after graduation they formed their own company LUCHAGORE PRODUCTIONS, which specializes in blood, guts and gore!
Luke is especially interested in the visual aspects of filmmaking, and enjoys exploring and conveying the darker side of humanity in films using light and shadows as well as camera position and focal length. Some of his biggest inspirations are filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, and cinematographers Emmanuel Lubezki and Roger Deakins. His goal is to continue to horrify and gross out audience members as well as make them think about current global situations and crises.
GIGI SAUL GUERRERO
(Director, Co-Writer, Co-Editor)
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Gigi moved to Vancouver B.C., where she graduated with honors her B.A. in Motion Picture Production at Capilano University's "Bosa Centre for Film and Animation". Guerrero is now commonly known for her gritty "Tex-Mex" style with a touch of grind-house gore in her filmmaking.
Now in her early 20's Guerrero is one of the co-founders of Horror company LUCHAGORE PRODUCTIONS. Her recent successes include the short film Dia De Los Muertos, which is part of Mexican Horror Anthology "Mexico Barbaro", now out on DVD/VOD. She also directed M is for Matador, which is officially a part of the ABC's of Death 2.5, and has been screened in festivals from USA to Mexico to Japan! Guerrero is working with horror novelist Shane McKenzie on a new Horror feature "El Gigante", which is her most successful short yet. Fans from all over the world are waiting for this feature to happen! Guerrero made a stamp in the horror community by recreating the original Evil Dead into 60 Seconds for a local contest, and was featured on sites such as Bloody Disgusting, Buzzfeed, and JoBlo.com. Gigi also had a hand at redefining the horror genre by co-creating the audience-interactive Web Series Choose Your Victim while still in film school.