If you happen to be kicking around Seattle on the 16th, 17th, or 18th of September I’m here to let you know that you should definitely check out the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival. Over the past three years the fest has quickly become a small, but ass-kicking collection of genre mayhem that you’re unlikely to find in most other places. Previous years have featured such films as “Until the Light Takes Us”, “Dark Souls”, and “A Serbian Film”, just to name a few. And MIFFF has just announced the full lineup for the 2011 festival, and the schedule includes action, horror, sci-fi, and animation. Over three days MIFFF will screen five feature length films and more than 40 shorts.
The features include:
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.
A young Brooklyn boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother and grows up obsessed with finding her killer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night.
Forced by a disease to drink human blood for sustenance, Jacob must control his increasingly violent tendencies as local law enforcement narrow their focus on him as a suspect in a series of grisly murders.
A too-honest-for-his-own-good real estate agent has to sell a haunted house before its ghostly inhabitants ruin his life.
And festival organizers are in negotiations for a fifth and final feature.
A full weekend pass for MIFFF is only $40, which for everything you get is a hell of a deal. If you’re in the area make sure to check this out, it promises to be a good time for genre film fanatics, and totally worth a trip. For the most up to date info follow MIFFF on Twitter, Facebook, or check out their good old fashioned website. You can also see trailers for the shorts on the MIFFF Youtube channel.