Over the past few months we have been working behind the scenes to figure out how to approach the Ax Wound Film Festival this November.
Unfortunately, a digital version will not be feasible and we cannot guarantee the health and safety of people traveling and being in a small theater space for two days. Nor would we want to even risk that.
In related news- the Ax Wound Film Festival as a whole will also be closed Indefinitely.
We plan to reach out to people individually but wanted to get this message out as soon as possible.
If you submitted a film already, your money has not made its way to us yet and FilmFreeway can issue your refund directly. If you need help finding where to do that, don’t hesitate to email us.
A more personal statement and reflection on the festival history will be coming but for now we needed to get this information out.
We love you and can’t say how much all the support over the last 5 years has meant to us.
We are a feminist horror film festival featuring work exclusively written and directed by women.
This special event has been described as having a "family vibe" and features 2 days of diverse horror films, filmmaker Q&A panels, presentations, and networking opportunities with other women creating top-notch horror films at different stages of their career.
Once accepted we celebrate all filmmakers equally. Women don't need another space to be pitted against one another. Not having a competitive atmosphere allows for a chill vibe to watch each amazing film, hear the stories from behind the scenes, and connect with like-minded women who may end up becoming your new friend or future collaborator.
We work hard to promote film selections and support selected filmmakers as much as humanly possible via our social media channels, website, and other media in 2020 and into the future as alumni.
We offer gift bags to all visiting filmmakers courtesy of unbelievable sponsors and will make more announcements here as we continue in the planning process. For example, in the last few years, we have been able to provide 10 copies of Final Draft screenwriting software to all filmmakers who wanted to enter the raffle.
Stay tuned for what we have in store for 2020!
We are currently seeking short horror films, features, and trailers for projects written and directed by women filmmakers from around the world.
The genre of "horror" is open to interpretation and can be expressed via a haunting ghost story, gore and fake blood spurts everywhere, suspenseful/psychological mind-benders, 80's slasher nostalgia, hungry vampires, zombies, aliens, experimental footage, and anywhere in between.
> All films must be both written and directed by a woman.
> It does not matter what year your film was completed and prior screening status is not something we consider.
> You may submit work that is still in the final phases of post-production but please use the cover letter to provide us with a specific date when the completed version will be available and describe what aspects of the current version will be changed (color, sound, etc).
> Filmmakers are assumed to have followed current copyright law regarding all music and images in film before submitting to the festival.
All films that meet the submission criteria are viewed by a panel of artists, filmmakers, academics, journalists, and fans, who collectively provide thoughtful and often wildly different opinions and feedback that help make up the final selections.
Our judges are always rooting for you and your work!