First, I would just like to say that as one of the judges for the Women in Horror Film Festival, I must applaud them for doing what’s right for everyone despite the conflicts it may cause. I know I may be a little biased, but this is one of the best festivals out there. They’re diverse, welcoming, and help bring attention to indie creators. They have been closely monitoring the data for COVID-19, nationally, globally, and locally in Georgia. They are using that data to determine the safest way forward with hosting a live event. Their host theater, the historic Strand Marietta, has been closed to the public since March 2020. The fest has come to a point where they need to make the decision to go virtual or to postpone the event to a safer point in time that would allow us to host a live event.
“Many festivals have had to make the difficult decision to cancel, create a virtual event online, or to postpone their event. The magic that is at the heart of our festival, is the energy and sense of community, the electricity that surges when we are all together sharing our art and love of cinema with one another. This magic will be lost if we go virtual.
We have made the very difficult decision to take a knee for 2021 and postpone the event until March 3-5, 2022. With vaccinations increasing and all the changes occurring nationally, we feel this push will allow us to deliver the type of event that you deserve, the type of event for which we have become known. We understand how difficult and frustrating this is for many of you, as waiting is often the toughest part.”
What does this mean for submitters?
All films and screenplays currently in the competition will remain in the competition until the event in 2022. There is nothing you need to do. WIHFF will be open for submissions through the end of December 2021 exclusively through FilmFreeway. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to WIHFF at any time at email@example.com.