Neil Willoughby is a Michigan-based Writer/Director.
Neil Willoughby is a Michigan-based filmmaker and author known for his short films “STRAW MEN”, “SECOND LIFE CITIZENS”, & "THE SCARF".
A true DIY filmmaker, Willoughby is known for creating projects on a shoe-string budget and an abundance of passion.
Under his HIRAETH FILMS banner, Willoughby and his team have had films screened in festivals across North America.
Heavily influenced by the horror shows he grew up on (Goosebumps, Are you Afraid of the Dark?, Eerie Indiana), Willoughby takes a very tongue-in-cheek approach to the genre.
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    I Moved to Salem2022
    Short
    Straw Men2021
    Short
    HORROR STAYS HOME!2020
    Short
    Second Life Citizens2019
    Short
    The Scarf2018
    Short
  • Director (5 Credits)
    I Moved to Salem2022
    Short
    Straw Men2021
    Short
    HORROR STAYS HOME!2020
    Short
    Second Life Citizens2019
    Short
    The Scarf2018
    Short
  • Editor & Colorist (1 Credit)
    I Moved to Salem2022
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    HORROR STAYS HOME!2020
    Short
  • Editor/Colorist (1 Credit)
    Second Life Citizens2019
    Short
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    The Scarf2018
    Short
Nominee: Best Cinematography
Straw Men
Alternative Film Festival (Autumn 2021)
Toronto, ON
2021
Best Cast
Straw Men
Alternative Film Festival (Autumn 2021)
Toronto, ON
2021
Best Thriller
Straw Men
Alternative Film Festival (Autumn 2021)
Toronto, ON
2021
Official Selection
HORROR STAYS HOME!
The Thing in the Basement Film Festival
Seattle, WA
2020
Official Selection
HORROR STAYS HOME!
Agoraphobia Film Festival
New York, NY
2020
Official Selection
HORROR STAYS HOME!
Industry At Home Film Festival
Grand Rapids, MI
2020
Official Selection (COVIDaVINCI Category)
HORROR STAYS HOME!
DaVinci International Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Official Selection
HORROR STAYS HOME!
Demonic Brilliance Film Festival
New Brunswick
2020
3rd Runner Up (Quarantine Category)
HORROR STAYS HOME!
Alternative Film Festival
Toronto, ON
2020
Best Horror Comedy
Second Life Citizens
Things2Fear Film Fest
Winchester, VA
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
The Thing in the Basement Film Festival
Seattle, WA
2020
Special Mention
Second Life Citizens
London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
Bad Film Fest
Brooklyn, NY
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
Happenstance Horror Fest
Barrington, NH
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
Horror Movie Freaks Film Fest
Greensboro, NC
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
Demonic Brilliance Film Festival
New Brunswick
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
SLAY Film Festival
Seattle, WA
2020
Official Selection
Second Life Citizens
Northern Frights Film Festival
North Bay, ON
2020
2nd Place & Audience Choice
Second Life Citizens
Horror Film Roulette
Utica, MI
2019
Official Selection
The Scarf
SLICE OF FRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
Bay City, MI
2019
Official Selection
The Scarf
HALFWAY2HALLOWEEN BOO-LESQUE SPOOKTACULAR
Detroit, MI
2019
Official Selection
The Scarf
LA SHORT SCARES FILM FEST
Santa Monica, CA
2019
1st Place & Audience Choice
The Scarf
HORROR FILM ROULETTE
Utica, MI
2018
Nominee: Best Writer
Straw Men
Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Walnut Grove, NC
Nominee: Best Score
Straw Men
Nooga Underground Film Festival
Chattanooga, TN
Nominee: Best Cinematography
Straw Men
Nooga Underground Film Festival
Chattanooga, TN
Official Selection
Straw Men
Spooky Empire
Orlando, FL
Nominee: Best Editing
Straw Men
Chatham-Kent International Film Festival
Chatham, ON
Nominee: Best Short Film
Straw Men
Chatham-Kent International Film Festival
Chatham, ON
Official Selection
Straw Men
Motor City Legacy Horror Convention & Film Festival
Romulus, MI
Official Selection
Straw Men
Halloweenapalooza
Ottumwa, IA
Official Selection
Straw Men
Great Lakes State Film Festival
Bay City, MI
College
Oakland University
Communication/ Psychology
20132016
College
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
TV Broadcasting
20072008
Birth Date
December 20
Birth City
Grosse Pointe, MI
Neil Willoughby is a Michigan-based Writer/Director.