THE BBHFF OFFICIAL WEBSITE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING, EVEN BETTER! There are a few things that will be updated over the next week or so, but it is UP!

SUBMIT YOUR FILM: if you are interested in submitting your film, please email us for a form at

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Recap of BBHFF '09

2009 Winners!

The first annual Big Bear Horror Film Festival was a success. Films were submitted from all over the globe and a total of 35 films in all were shown during the whole weekend.

Here is the list of the winning films for the 2009 Big Bear Horror Film Festival

Outstanding sound (effects and creep factor) – Pyscho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre

Outstanding Special Visual Effects – Gay Zombie

Outstanding Special Effects Make Up – The Open Door

Outstanding Animation – Sebastian’s Voodoo

Outstanding Short Film – Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre

Outstanding Director – Palazzo Massacre

Outstanding Feature Film – Within

Fan Favorite – Phantasm

The O’Quinn Award (presented for Excellence and Cutting Edge Creativity) – Kerry O’Quinn

And click here to view more pictures:


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Festival Media: 2009


Big Bear Magazine
(you'll have to scroll down to see this one)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Festival Announcements: 2009

Kerry O'Quinn will be the host & emcee for the first annual Big Bear Horror Film Festival.

In 1972 Kerry launched a New York magazine publishing company with Norman Jacobs. They started with a soap opera magazine, and in 1976 Kerry made a dream come true when the first issue of STARLOG appeared on newsstands.

In 1977 STAR WARS hit movie theatres with a sonic boom, made the cover of TIME magazine, and suddenly science fiction was hot! In the next few years, Kerry and Norman created FANGORIA, CINEMAGIC, FUTURE LIFE and COMICS SCENE – a family of specialty newsstand magazines for genre fans.

They expanded with books on SPECIAL EFFECTS, ALIENS, SPACESHIPS, TOYS & MODELS and SPACE ART. Kerry produced soundtrack albums (Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST, THE AVENGERS, ROCKETSHIP X-M, etc.) and live events -- STAR TREK 20th Anniversary at Disneyland and STAR WARS 10th Anniversary with George Lucas.

He launched O’Quinn Productions with SCREAM GREATS, a video series for Paramount, and he developed FUTURETALES, a science fiction series for HBO. Working with Lucasfilm and other companies, they became the world’s largest publisher of licensed magazines for movies and TV – building a publishing and production empire with more than two-dozen monthly magazines, all targeting a young worldwide audience.

STARLOG and FANGORIA continue to reach the largest magazine audience ever in the realm of science fiction and horror movies – more than 30 years later, spanning several generations. The magazines now have web sites, major fan conventions and popular radio shows.

Kerry not only managed the business, he designed logos and wrote articles, interviews and scripts. Several years ago he sold his half of the company and moved to Hollywood to write and produce. Currently, he’s developing a dozen feature films – including Ayn Rand’s ANTHEM.

In addition, Kerry has written two books, two stage musicals and is involved in six television projects – mostly science fiction, horror, fantasy and superhero adventures.

In 2007 Kerry was honored by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films with the Saturn Service Award -- presented by his friend, producer Tom DeSanto (X-MEN, TRANSFORMERS).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Festival Lodging: 2009

Big Bear Vacations
Just mention The Big Bear Horror Film Festival when you call and get 25% for 2 nights or 3 for 2 special (pay for 2 nights and get a 3rd night free)

Sleepy Forest Cottages
426 Eureka Dr
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(800) 544-7454

Mention the Big Bear Horror Film Festival to get %25 off two nights!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Festival Judges: 2009

Bruno Miotto
My name is Bruno Miotto, I'm 26 years old and I come from Italy. I have a Degree in "Communication's Sciences at the University of Turin with a thesis in Semiotic of Text on "Mulholland Drive". I worked for 2 years and a half in the Advertising field as Art Director for international agencies in Milan.
Then I decided to move to Los Angeles (October 2008) to follow my passion for films. I'm finishing my One-Year Film making Course at New York Film Academy - Universal Studios. (October 1st 2008 - September 1st 2009)
In the past six months I won the Brett Ratner Grant in my Academy. I made 3 short films, 2 Music Videos and a Promo for independent bands. I've been selected at New Filmmakers Los Angeles with a short film "As Far as Diamonds" and at Buffalo Niagara Film Festival with the same short in the student category.
I've been Finalist at Babelgum Online Film Festival with "LOVERS".
Right now I'm working on some music videos and I wrote my thesis script "The Day The Music Died" that I'm planning to shoot this summer.
I like writing original screenplay's with original structure

Sean Abley
Sean Abley was born and raised in Helena, MT. With a BA in Theater from the University of Montana in hand, he moved to Chicago to start his career. After more extra work and children’s theater than he’d care to admit, he cofounded the Factory Theater company as an outlet for his writing and performing. While there, he wrote, directed and appeared in over 20 shows, including REEFER MADNESS (non-musical version), BITCHES, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS – THE MUSICAL, NUCLEAR FAMILY, CORPSE GRINDERS, and P. Now in it’s seventeenth year, the Factory Theater has added a Los Angeles branch, where Sean’s Garland Award-winning play ATTACK OF THE KILLER B’S was recently produced.

A staff writing job on the YOU DON’T KNOW JACK cd-rom series allowed him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly began working as a reality TV producer/writer on shows such as JEP! (Columbia TriStar/Game Show Network), MAD LIBS (Disney Channel), DATING GAME (Columbia TriStar), WEBRIOT, KIDNAPPED, FAKING THE VIDEO and NEXT (all MTV), REAL TV and MAXIMUM EXPOSURE (Paramount), MDN! (Spike) and the one-shot special THAT 70'S KISS SHOW (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach and VH1). He wrote and produced the pilots for ALIENS ATE MY GAMESHOW (Game Show Network), HOLLYWOOD OR BUST (E!), and WOW HOUSE (Yahoo), and worked as part of the launch team for the all-video game network, G4, producing both BLISTER and SWEAT. He wrote and produced (and appeared in!) the reality pilot MOVIES FOR GUYS WHO LIKE GUYS for Showtime, and just finished a gig as a host writer/producer for Kim Alexis on SHE’S GOT THE LOOK (TV Land).

Sean also continues to work extensively as a writer in scripted television, with multiple episodes of SO WEIRD (Disney Channel), SABRINA – THE ANIMATED SERIES (ABC), DIGIMON (Fox Kids) and MEGA BABIES (Fox Kids) to his credit. He has written pilots for MTV and, and has developed several animated pilots for Klasky-Csupo including BENCH PRESSLY AND SHO-GIRL (with Ahmet Zappa, starring Bruce Campbell and Tim Curry).

Sean’s feature film writing/directing debut, the award-winning SOCKET, is currently available on DVD from TLA Video. His next three projects are all in preproduction to begin shooting Fall 2009 thru Fall 2010 – WILDCAT ROAD, SWITCHCRAFT and SOCKET 2: BRAIN CELL.

In the “Where exactly does this fit in?” category, Sean also wrote the scripted material for the MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN ATTACK theme park attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

As a feature film producer, Sean has produced NINE LIVES (Starring Dennis Christopher and Debra Wilson), A BEAR’S STORY, BUTCHER HOUSE, GAY BED AND BREAKFAST OF TERROR, and PORNOGRAPHY, which is currently making the festival rounds and will be available on DVD in 2010.

Sean created GAY OF THE DEAD, one of the most popular blogs on

Friday, May 8, 2009

Submission Form

The 2009 Big Bear Horror Film Festival (Submission Form)
Film Title: _____________________________________
Director: ______________________________________
Running Time: ____________
Contact Name: ________________
Company: ____________________________________
Address: _____________________________________
City, State, Zip: ________________________________
Telephone: ______________ Email: _______________
Website: ______________________________________
Submission format should be in DVD (please note- all submissions should be
in NTSC-Region 0 or 1, English or Foreign Language with English subtitles only)

Does your submission currently have US Distribution?
Yes No
If yes, which company? __________________________________

Film Category (please select one only)
Feature Short Animation Student

Early bird deadline: August 15, 2009*

Regular deadline: September 15, 2009*

All fees and DVD copies must be postmarked no later than deadline date* to be considered.
Please enclose a check or money order made out to
Evil Kitty Productions for:

Feature/Animated Films—Early bird: $25.00/Regular: $40.00
Shorts/Student Films—Early bird: $15.00/Regular: $25.00

Please review the following, sign, and enclose (no photocopies please) with your payment and copies:
I, the undersigned, represent and warrant that I have full legal right and authority to submit the aforementioned film for consideration into the Big Bear Horror Film Festival, and that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into the festival, nor has any employee from the festival guaranteed my acceptance prior to submission.

Signature: _____________________________ Date:________.

Mail this form, submission and promotional materials to: PO Box 3168, Burbank, CA 91508

Terms and Conditions:
By submitting your entry you certify that you are authorized to submit this work and that all clearances and licenses necessary for public display of the work have been granted and agree that you will indemnify and hold harmless The Big Bear Horror Film Festival (BBHFF) for any liabilities and expenses in connection with any claims based on any film/video submitted to BBHFF. No material deemed too pornographic or not of the genre of horror by the judges will be considered. Entering the competition constitutes permission to use the names and likenesses of the Finalists and the Grand Prize Winner for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation. You indemnify the Big Bear Horror Film Festival, their affiliates, sponsors, employees and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with the submitted work. You request that the Big Bear Horror Film Festival evaluate and judge the submitted material.

Download .pdf version of submission form HERE

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Beginning

Welcome the Big Bear Horror Film Festival.

October 16-18, 2009
Performing Arts Center
39707 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315