Heavy Hitting Horrorfest accepting submissions 

Also in arts news: GO Fest heads to The Point; writing contest winner revealed

click to enlarge PHOTO BY RICH GLASS - Get Gory Feet Banks (left) and the late Chili Thom hoist a trophy at the Heavy Hitting Horrorfest in 2006.
  • Photo by Rich Glass
  • Get Gory Feet Banks (left) and the late Chili Thom hoist a trophy at the Heavy Hitting Horrorfest in 2006.

The Heavy Hitting Horrorfest is officially returning for 2019, organizers have announced.

Submissions for the film festival are open now until Sept. 15. While it might be hard to drum up Halloween vibes in May, perhaps the early-season heatwave can fuel your horror?

Basic details are available now on the event website: there will be a new venue (from last year's location at the Maury Young Arts Centre) and a new party, but the "same carnage (only worse)."

Tickets, meanwhile, will go on sale Oct. 1 at 4:20 p.m.

Complete rules for the parameters of the submission (for example, no torture for torture's sake alone, don't steal music, etc.) are available now on the website at heavyhitting.com.

Go Fest at The Point

Sundays at The Point don't kick off until July 1, but the Alta Lake venue is hosting a special event for GO Fest on May 19.

Go Fest Yourself will feature bocce and brunch—as well as a café and cash bar—alongside a comedy show. As part of the festivities, two Whistler theatre troupes will take each other on in an effort to win the inaugural Go Fest Yourself Comedy Cup.

For more information visit greatoutdoorsfest.com/gofest-arts/go-fest-the-point/.

Writing contest winner

The Whistler Writers Festival has chosen the winner of its Unpacking the Idea of Home writing contest.

Judges chose Pemberton writer Sandra Cairns' poem, Flight Nearing Big Island, as the top submission. She received $100 cash, two tickets to the reading event on Friday, May 17, and the chance to read her poem at the event.

Judges Mary MacDonald and Katherine Fawcett chose the poem for its "storytelling about remembering and returning home, and the interesting choice of language, cadence and rhythm," according to a press release.

The reading event, meanwhile, is called Travel, Place, Identity: Unpacking the Idea of Home, and will feature four guest authors, including Pat Ardley, Becky Livingston, Geoff Powter, and Frank Wolf, speaking about how travel, place and identity are intertwined with the idea of home.

Local writer and Pique columnist Leslie Anthony will moderate the discussion.

The event takes place at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 available at whistlerwritersfest.ticketleap.com/unpacking-the-idea-of-home/.

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