Denver, CO – The Stanley Film Festival (SFF) produced by the Denver Film Society (DFS) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-TWC as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, along with Jason Janego, founded RADiUS which is the boutique label from the Weinstein Company (TWC).
“Mr. Quinn is the catalyst behind some of the most groundbreaking titles in modern horror,” says Denver Film Society Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “Not only does his work elevate the genre, he has been at the forefront of providing unique and innovative platforms for distribution that are changing the industry.”
His credits include Let the Right One In, House of the Devil, The ABC’s of Death, and The Host, as well as SFF titles Aftershock, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and this year’s Goodnight Mommy and When Animals Dream. Quinn also created the genre label Magnet Releasing. An in-room channel at the Stanley Hotel will be dedicated to showcasing Quinn’s impressive body of work. The Visionary Award will be presented at the Horror Awards Brunch on Sunday Morning.
Additional awards given at the brunch include the winners of the Short Film Jury Prize. The Short Film Jury is comprised of Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Jen Yamato, Entertainment Report for The Daily Beast, and Adam Krentzman, Director of Community Outreach CreativeFuture. Jurors will also award the winner of the Stanley Dean’s Cup, a student showcase of short films, where two films, one local short and one non-local short, will be awarded a cash prize. Stanley Dean’s Cup winners will be presented after the program ends early Sunday afternoon.
Award recipients and jurors will also participate in a variety of panels on Saturday, May 2 focusing on the business and future of horror as part of the SFF Program. Four panels round out the day; Visionary Distribution – Tom Quinn will discuss his history of championing great genre cinema and uniquely shepherding them into the world through the lens of his most recent hit, It Follows, Selling Screams – The Business of Indie Horror, Scare Tactics – Creativity in Modern Horror, and Fear of the Unknown – Horror of the Future. Fear of the Unknown will focus on virtual reality and the next generation’s experience with horror storytelling. SFF attendees can experience this phenomenon throughout the weekend with Catatonic – A Virtual Reality Experience.
All panels and Catatonic are free and open to the public. Individual tickets and the full program are available at www.stanleyfilmfest.com.
Registration is now open for Dead Right Horror Trivia & the Horror Immersion Game. To register for either experience, please visit: www.stanleyfilmfest.com
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