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Alex Blackburn, AV Assistant, has been making films since his college days and has also worked in post-production on feature films. This is his second venture this year in a personal capacity after co-founding The Isolation Film Festival in April which encouraged creative film making during the lockdown.

The Hellbound Horror Festival  is open to all and is free to enter. Participants are asked to submit a one to 10 minute horror film with Thursday, October 8 the last day for entries. Judging will be carried out by an international expert panel which includes: Joe Alves, Production Designer on JAWS, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Escape from New York and who has worked closely with legends Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter; Alex Proyas, Director, Writer and Producer of the Dark City, The Crow and Gods of Egypt; renowned horror author Ramsey Campbell, who has been writing for more than 60 years and horror artist Dave Kendall, who is respected around the world and currently works for 2000AD comics and Blizzard Games.

Alex, from Chester, said: “I came up with the idea after being a co-founder on a similar project, The Isolation Film Festival. I've always loved horror films and wanted to build upon the already amazing horror community around the world.

“My interest in this genre began with my dislike of horror after being shown Hammer Horror and American horror films by my eldest brother Michael when I was younger! Now I love watching and making these types of films. I thought a short film festival was a perfect way to embrace and be part of the ever-growing horror community.”

The Festival will accept a short horror film in any genre but Alex states that one of the rules is not to make a film that “makes fun of the pandemic situation we find ourselves in”.

There will be regular content on the Festival’s social channels in the run up to a special, showcase event on October 30.

“The aim is to make each and every filmmaker who submits feel part of something special. I have been fortunate to be joined by a diverse and highly skilled team from three different countries - the UK, USA and Canada. I am looking forward to watching all of these films with the Hellbound Team: Nadia Gladys, Michael Chan, Chris Forsey and Matthew Atherton. All of these amazing people have helped me bring this Festival to life. It's going to be fun to see which films are picked by the amazing judges that we have. I want the filmmakers to have fun and making horror films is a great way to do this."

Full terms and conditions and more information about the Festival can be found at



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