Ax Wound Film Festival celebrates women horror filmmakers and their fans

BRATTLEBORO — The Ax Wound Film Festival is back with an expanded roster of thrilling and mind-expanding horror films from women filmmakers across the globe.

This year, AWFF will offer two days of more than 40 short films, a filmmaker-in-attendance Q&A, and engaging presentations from leading women horror writers, artists, and directors, all at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery in downtown Brattleboro, beginning Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., with a filmmaker reception followed by the first round of shorts at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, doors will open at 10 a.m. for an all-day affair. The entire event is $20, with individual event prices for film blocks and sub-events at $10. Students who present valid ID get 50 percent off their purchase. Badges and/or passes will be available to buy at the door. Anyone who buys a badge or pass will receive one free month of the increasingly popular streaming service for horror fans, Shudder.

The Ax Wound Film Festival continues to grow in both interest and popularity, with an eclectic program that everyone from film buffs to filmmakers will love.

Alison Lang, author of Rue Morgue Library's Women With Guts issue will lead a discussion on “Horror in the Trumpian Era,” artist Cassandra Sechler will host a video workshop on how to create gory special effects, and Jay Kay of Horror Happens Radio is back to facilitate his own brand of “Inside The Filmmakers Studio” with a Q & A session.

Brooklyn-based media company 4Mile Circus will be broadcasting live with a discussion of how filmmakers can utilize trans/crossmedia and the crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark will be represented by filmmaker Christina Raia with a workshop on how crowdfunding can be a step toward building a filmmaking career.

The Ax Wound Film Festival is an annual showcase for women who write and/or direct films within the horror genre. Ax Wound is a part of the grassroots movement towards equitable opportunities for women from all walks of life in the entertainment industry. The festival offers additional programming with panels, discussions, and networking opportunities to turn conversation into action.

Ax Wound Film Festival and Ax Wound - the official Women in Horror Month blog - are subsidiaries of Women in Horror Month ( Women in Horror Month is an international, grassroots initiative that encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the under-represented work of women in the horror industries.

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