Renegade Film Festival

Same Mission, Broader Reach: Women in Horror Film Festival is Now the Renegade Film Festival

We have some BIG NEWS for you all! The Women in Horror Film Festival will be now known as the Renegade Film Festival. Same Mission, Broader Reach, is the newly coined slogan for the international event that began 4 years ago as The Women in Horror Film Festival. As someone who has been heavily involved with WIHFF for the last couple of years (as a judge and more), I’m incredibly excited about this transition and I think it will be a gamechanger. I know great things will come from this. It will create more opportunities and more talent will be noticed.

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Showrunner and festival director, Vanessa Ionta Wright (check out our past interview with her – HERE), said,

“In an effort to evolve with the ever-changing landscape, it is important to rebrand in order to further our reach and support our mission of creating more visibility, more inclusion, more balance and more equality in the film industry. The mission of this fest has always been to showcase and foster inclusion and balance both in front of, and behind the camera. I really felt like the name of the fest was limiting.  I’ve received countless emails and messages stating that filmmakers have hesitated to submit because their film didn’t have a female director. This was concerning, as our criteria looks beyond the director.  Filmmaking is a team sport and so many other creatives come together to collaborate and create the final product. Focusing on a singular position negates the creative impact made by the writer, the cinematographer, the performers, the editor, the FX artists and so many more. Our mission is to lift all marginalized voices and celebrate the diversity of the entire team behind a film.”

When asked about possible backlash from changing the name mid-season, Wright had this to say.

“In order to be sustainable, we have to adapt and be open to change.  When something has limitations, you have to address those limitations and be willing to shift gears.  I’m not worried about any backlash, as this is a positive transition that will benefit all involved.”

Wright went on to address the meaning behind the new name and said,

“Filmmakers are meant to break barriers, break rules, create something new.  Artists, creators, storytellers…we’re all renegades in some way.  It just seemed fitting.”

The big question is, will the fest still focus on horror?

“Yes”, says Wright, “Horror will always be at the heart of this festival, but there will always be room for other genres, as there is so much crossover, and horror can be so subjective.”

2022 will be bringing a fresh start, and horror now has a new name with the Renegade Film Festival.  Submissions are still open and will remain so through December 31, 2021. The festival will be held March 3-5, 2022 at the historic Strand Theatre in the Marietta Square in Atlanta, GA.

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The 2022 special guest jury will remain as planned with actress and filmmaker Heather Langenkamp (check out our interview – HERE), writer and director Adam Marcus (check out our interview – HERE), author and podcaster Scott Bradley, the Real Queen of Horror, Zena Sadè Dixon, and Atlanta based actors and writers Melissa Kunnap (check out our interview – HERE) and Brian Ashton Smith deciding the nominations and winners from the official selections determined by scores from the first round panel of judges. The wonderful Adam Marcus has also graciously offered to host the 2022 awards ceremony alongside Vanessa Ionta Wright, so prepare yourself for lots of laughs and lots of screams next year!

For more information on the fest, questions, and how to get involved, please visit us online at or on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @RenegadeFF.

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About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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