Heavy hitting horror 

Horror film aficionados consider this fair warning — you have until mid-October to prepare your submissions for the seventh annual B-Grade Horror Fest.

Lovingly organized by Heavy Hitting Films, the producers that brought you the popular underground ski movie, Parental Advisory, Volume 1, this year’s Horror Fest will again showcase local, independently produced short horror films.

“Last year was amazing,” said Feet Banks, co-owner of Heavy Hitting. “All the movies ruled, each year the filmmaking talent pool gets deeper. This event is about getting out here with your friends, covering them in blood, and having fun.”

B-grade horror flicks originated in the late 1950s and were popular through to the 1960s, when independent filmmakers produced double-bills on the cheap, featuring stunning poster art and catchy titles, like Devil Girl From Mars and Door to Door Maniac .

Now, Heavy Hitting producers are looking for creative locals to get gory and prepare their submissions for the Oct. 15 deadline. The festival itself will be held the night before Halloween at MY Millennium Place. The winning submission will take home the coveted chrome skull trophy and a cash prize.

“What we’re hoping for once more is budget B-grade horror movies, not Hollywood Academy Award winners with cookie-cutter sentimentality forced in,” said Banks. “I’m talking zombies and aliens, monsters and murderers, blood, guts, token nudity, whatever. Anything goes, just make it scary, gory, funny, short and just give’r. We’re accepting trailers for movies as well, if people have a hard time getting a whole movie done.”

For more information or submission guidelines, contact feet@heavyhitting.com or call 604-902-2666.


Children’s Festival gets gold star


After 25 years, the Whistler Children’s Festival is still going strong.

The long-running annual event, organized by the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) and held last weekend, attracted almost 3,800 visitors — an increase of almost 1,000 people — during the two-day extravaganza. Half of the art workshops were sold-out before the festival even started, thanks to enthusiastic pre-registration numbers, with returning workshops like the Bear Paw Print T-Shirts and Fairy Houses topping the wish lists of most children.

Under sunny summer skies, kids of all ages and their patient parents were treated to art workshops and song and dance performances by groups like Chris Hamilton and the Sticky Jam Band, and the fire juggling feats of the Inner Ring Circus. Bobs & Lolo drew a large crowd of diehard fans from the Lower Mainland, who had been lucky enough to catch their regular show at the Vancouver Aquarium. Circus Fungus characters roved throughout the grounds, wowing tots with their crazy get-ups and personalities.

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