2014 Chicago Paranormal Festival Award Winners

Directed by Ben Wydeven.

Written and directed by Ben Wydeven.

The best part of my day at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival was seeing some of the movies. I saw all of “Stage 3” (Randy Lee Beasley), “Insane” (Adam O’Brien), “The Heebie-Jeebies” (Todd Slawsby), and “A Hot Summer Chill” (Ben Wydeven), and parts of “The Place Where You Live” (Alexis Van Hurkman) and also BACHELOR’S GROVE (Ricardo Islas). My only disappointment was not seeing all of all of them.

Beyond that, I can’t say which ones were my favorites, because I really did very much enjoy all the movies I saw. But there were first-, second-, and third-place awards in the feature and short film categories, which I can report as a matter of record:

Short Films

  1. “Le Passage” (Fabien Montagner)
  2. “Insane” (Adam O’Brien)
  3. “The Heebie-Jeebies” (Todd Slawsby)

Feature Films

  1. BACHELOR’S GROVE (Ricardo Islas)

Not only were a bunch of terrific independent films watched that day, but filmgoers and event attendees helped collect a bunch of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for the holiday season. And it all went in a coffin!

Click the image to find out how you can support Toys for Tots.

Click the image to find out how you can support Toys for Tots.

Breaking Fate Entertainment’s next film festival, the Indie Horror Film Festival, will be held the weekend of March 21st and 22nd at Schurz High School in Chicago.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

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