CCTV’s HorrorFest of short films returns bigger, scarier, oozing Halloween spirit

HorrorFest is set to return Oct. 26  after “a very successful inaugural year” event held at Cambridge Community Television in Central Square.
HorrorFest is set to return Oct. 26 after “a very successful inaugural year” event held at Cambridge Community Television in Central Square.

It’s baaaaaaack … and like a lot of sequels, the second annual HorrorFest being put on by Cambridge Community Television is bigger and has a different setting (like Jason went from Crystal Lake to Manhattan to Hell and finally to space). This year the free juried screening of short horror films open to filmmakers from around the globe will move to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Bartos Theater from its own studios.

The first HorrorFest had “a very successful inaugural year,” said Allison Maria Rodriguez, the community media training coordinator at CCTV, describing the range of films as “from psychological thrillers to monster movies, from genre tropes to experimental ambiance.”

Contributing filmmakers are encouraged to attend the Halloween season screening and participate, then stay for a Q&A with the audience.

“The horror film is often an overlooked artistic genre of filmmaking,” Maria Rodriguez said. “Though the event will represent the fun of the holiday spirit, the Q&A also offers an opportunity for viewers and makers to create a dialogue about horror as a theme.”

CCTV’s Second Annual HorrorFest is 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Bartos Theater, on the ground floor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building E15, also known as the Wiesner Building on MIT’s campus at 20 Ames St. The event is free.

For information, call Maria Rodriguez at (617) 401-4009 or send email to allison@cctvcambridge.org.

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