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FrightFest are after Fresh Blood!
By James Whittington, Wednesday 5th June 2019

Arrow Video FrightFest, in conjunction with UK distribution outfit Blue Finch Films and short film funding company Genera, has launched a new initiative to help finance genre short films.

Called Fresh Blood, the partners will look to help finance short form projects in the latter stages of development in the bid to discover new voices in the world of genre filmmaking.

Submissions for the fund will start on the 5th June 2019 and filmmakers can apply here. The closing date is 31st July and the shortlisted finalists will be announced on 14th August.

Shortlisted finalists will then have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of an industry panel during the festival, who will then decide the winning film.

This year will be the festival's 20th edition, with their full line-up to be announced on Thursday 4th July.

Genera's CEO, Christian Parton commented: "Short films are notoriously hard to fund. Partnering and creating exciting opportunities to support short filmmakers is paramount to Genera. We are incredibly excited to be partnering with FrightFest and Blue Finch Films in launching this round to encourage the financing of more genre films".

Ian Rattray, FrightFest co-director, added: "We're thrilled to join forces with these two dynamic companies to help continue the festival's tradition of seeking out and supporting fresh talent".

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