The Women in Horror Film Festival has been hard at work, preparing for the third installment of the fest. Co-founder & fest director Vanessa Ionta Wright has restructured and relocated! The festival will be held during national WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH, 27th February 2020 – 29th February 2020 at the historic STRAND THEATRE on the Marietta Square just outside of Atlanta, GA.


When asked about the switch to February, Wright said,

What better way to close out national women in horror month, than with a huge celebration of female driven genre film!


The official lineup of films includes 4 feature films: BLACK LAKE directed by K/XI, COLD WIND BLOWING directed by Dionne Copland, MASS HYSTERIA directed by Arielle Cimino & Jeff Ryan and THE DARK RED directed by Dan Bush. There are 86 short films screening from filmmakers around the globe, including the Georgia premiere of Heather Langenkamp’s directorial debut, WASHED AWAY. You can see the full schedule and lineup of films and screenplays HERE.

Author’s Meg Hafdahl & Kelly Florence will be at the fest to sign their newest release from Simon & Schuster, The Science of Women in Horror. Author Samantha Kolesnik is also scheduled to be at the fest to sign her debut novel from Grindhouse Press, True Crime. Local virtual reality company, Ionic VR will be onsite for attendees to experience the best in VR gaming and experiences.


To elevate the competitive factor, The Women in Horror Film Festival has added a special guest jury to decide who goes home with the coveted Lizzie award:


2020 Special Guest Jury:

Actress & filmmaker Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Producer Marianne Maddalena (Scream, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, The Hills Have Eyes)
Special Makeup FX artist Christine Ramirez (The Vault, Hidden Figures)
Director & Special Makeup FX Artist Robert Green Hall (Teen Wolf series, Fear Clinic, Laid to Rest)
Filmmaker Adam Marcus (Friday the 13th: Jason Goes to Hell, Secret Santa)
Special Makeup FX artist Nora Hewitt (SyFy’s FaceOff Season 9 WINNER)
Author, journalist & podcaster Scott Bradley (Screaming for Pleasure, Hellbent for Horror)


Located less than a mile from the theater is The Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, the official hotel of the Women in Horror Film Festival. All after parties will take place at THE PUB, located just off the lobby in the hotel. To book your room and secure the special discounted room rate, click HERE

WIHFF is actively offering sponsorship opportunities. Current 2020 sponsors include Shudder, MBS Equipment Co., Horror Pack, Ionic VR, InkTip & Final Draft. For information on how to become a sponsor of the fest or for information on sponsoring a Lizzie, please email WiHFilmFest@gmail.com.


Tickets for the WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2020 are available at:



For more information on the festival visit www.WIHFF.com and also follow on social media at:

Facebook & Twitter @WIHFF and Instagram @wihfilmfest


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