Sometimes things happen when you least expect it! The program was set, the screening times were set and it was just the fine details left, or so I thought. Then a festival friend contacted me with a tip about a movie and because she usually has a good taste, I gave it a chance and oh by, am I happy that I did! That movie was this, the German Snowflake or Schneeflökchen as it’s called in it’s original language! The most fucked up German fairytale since the Brothers... Read More



Christmas came early this year! For this year’s closing ceremony, we will have both at short and a feature film. We start with the short film Krampus, by Christof Pils. As tradition dictates two guys in southern Germany visits families and play Saint Nicholas and Krampus. Krampus is the one who, according to legend, punishes those children who have been bad. In this version, the legend has a kernel of truth. However, exactly how things are is not relevant until the end. But... Read More

Top Knot Detective


What do you get if you take one part Forgotten Silver (Peter Jackson’s mockumentary about a New Zealand film pioneer), one part Sion Sono and a whole lot of sake? Well then you get Top Knot Detective, a wonderfully entertaining mockumentary about a forgotten Japanese Samurai TV series! In the early 90s, a little known Japanese Samurai/Detective series hit Australia where it quickly became a cult hit. In Japan it was called ‘Ronin Suiri Tentai’ (Deductive Reasoning... Read More



When his DJ career doesn’t pan out as he would have thought, Phil has to find another way to make a living. Before he knows it he gets hired by a local telemarketing company. It doesn’t take long before he realises why it was to easy for him to get the job, the company seems to hire just about anyone! His colleagues consists of lunatics, junkies, killes and ex-criminals. In a line of business already notorious for its lack of morality, Phil does everything he can not to get... Read More

Dead Shack


Jason joins his best friend Colin and his family for a relaxing (haha) weekend in a remote cabin in the woods that they found on Craigslist. Their company is Colin’s sister whom Jason is bashfully in love with and their father and his somewhat alcoholic girlfriend. For the three teenagers, relaxing means boring and they are understandably not that keen on having a ‘relaxing weekend’ in the middle of nowhere with two drunk adults. They may not know that ‘boring’... Read More



The best zom-rom-com of all time. Should it be so hard to put together financing, a reasonably competent team, sensible producers and somewhat credible actors for the best-ever romantic zombie comedy? The simple answer is: yes. Catherine Sweeney is unfortunately forced to learn this the hard and bloody way. Financiers tell her that she desperately needs a talking dog in the script for the film to work, men wonder why she, as a woman is dealing with horror in the first place and... Read More

Kidspack: Tim & Leon + short film package


Tim and Leon are two brothers living a happy life as pancake sellers, working, eating, playing and sleeping. One day Tim’s secret admirer, Pauline, shows up. Pauline has travelled around the world and she turns the brothers’ lives up side down. Tim’s not ready for a relationship and Leon starts sleepwalking, so Pauline decides to leave them. After a while she gets in touch and invites the brothers to her travels, which turn out to be quite an adventure. Viktor Rauer ... Read More

Nina Forever


Most of us have been in situation where an ex has been running around one’s mind and disturbed a new relationship. The emotional luggage we carry around can haunt us in the most unpleasant ways. However, what were to happen if a dead ex would physically manifest itself as a ghost and participate in your new relationship during your sexy time. Luckily, this is not something most people experience, yet this is exactly what happens in Nina Forever, where Nina, who died in an... Read More

The Unstoppable Spoonkiller Short Films of Richard Gale


In 2008, the three-time Los Angeles Area Emmy Award winning writer and director, Richard Gale created the horror comedy short The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. The film was showcased at more than 70 film festivals, received numerous awards (including the Audience Award for Best Short Film here at LIFFF) and was selected by Variety as one of the “highlights of the Sitges Film Festival.” After its festival run, Horribly Slow Murderer launched... Read More



Black and death metal is, as we all know, evil music. Corpse paint, five inch spikes, upside down crosses. Hail Satan, et cetera. A perfectly provocative way for outcast kids to thrust their feelings and aggressions against the mundanity of suburbia. Unless, that is, they happen upon The Black Hymn, a musical incantation summoning The Blind One and transforming the neighborhood vanilla population into blood spewing demons. First time feature director Jason Lei Howden, who calls... Read More