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Nightmares Film Festival Announces Gender-Neutral Acting Prizes

COVID-19 is throwing a wrench into a lot of in-person events in 2020. Nightmares Film Festival is no exception. To mitigate the risk to attendees, Nightmares is holding a five-day digital event from October 21 to October 25) called “Nightmares Film Festival: Masquerade” in lieu of an in-person event. That’s right around the corner! The folks behind the event send word they’re changing up how their acting prizes will work this year.

Read on for the details!

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The Change in Support of Equity Will Take Effect With This Year’s “NFF: Masquerade” 

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – Nightmares Film Festival announced today that, beginning with this year’s event, its acting awards will be gender-neutral — a change meant to advance equity and inclusion in genre film.

“The reason we exist is to elevate horror and inspire genre creators, and you can’t do either of those things without addressing inequities that hold us all back,” said NFF co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. “We believe gender-neutral acting awards will include our whole community, and recognize that gender is a social idea that, in the end, has nothing to do with how well someone performs a role.”

Rather than “actor” and “actress” prizes, the festival’s coveted Night Mare statuettes will be awarded to a “lead performer” and “supporting performer” in both the features and shorts categories.

The idea had been brewing for some time, organizers said.

“Jason told me he’d been thinking about this for a couple seasons of Nightmares, that he didn’t want to wait and wanted to know if I agreed,” said co-founder and Gateway Film Center President Chris Hamel. “I of course told him I loved the idea, and we put it into action.”

“It’s long past time we expressly include nonbinary and genderfluid people in what we call things,” Tostevin said, “and it’s time we stopped dividing artists by gender. We felt like the actor-actress thing was outmoded and wrong for our community. And so, in Nightmares tradition, we changed it.”

Very cool!

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