2018 Silver Scream Film & Comic Fest Winners List

The 2018 Festival has come and gone, and we had a blast! We hope everyone else did, too. We’d like to thank all of our special guests for being incredibly gracious, our filmmakers and writers for their enthusiastic participation, the cast and crews of our independent features, our volunteers for their tireless work, and all press and attendees who came through the door and created the show through their love for the horror and sci-fi genres.

After three days of genre goodness and makeup demos, we capped it off with an awards ceremony for the indie writers and filmmakers who impressed us the most. So without further ado, we’d like to present our 2018 award winners.

Best Feature - Horror


Best Feature - Comedy


Best Actor

Andrew Keegan, LIVING AMONG US

Best Short Film


Best Documentary


Best Short Sci-Fi


Best Short Horror

(“Babysitter Wanted”)


Best Editing


by Travis Heermann

by Walter Cabell

by Chris Bonneau


by Denis St. John

by Chad Stroup

Show Schedule Posted!

The time has come to make your decision! About which films to watch, that is.

The Silver Scream Fest 2018 schedule has arrived, and we’ve got genre favorites, cult classics, terrifying independent shorts, intriguing documentaries, and more! Fancy a short film block and follow it up with our Opening Reception, or indulge in a splatter movie and then mosey over to watch the Bay Area’s best horror hosts entertain you. We’ve got SUPERMAN, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and live demos by SFX makeup superstars. You can even grab an autograph from the CREATURE himself — just don’t get caught filling the snack bar with salt water in attempt to help him escape…

Director and Stars of LIVING AMONG US to join Silver Scream for Screening and Q&A

Are vampires really a threat to human beings, or do they just suffer from an unfortunate medical condition? In LIVING AMONG US, a documentary crew is sent into a “modern” vampire home to get the scoop on their contemporary lives, but all does not go as planned.

The high profile independent horror flick and its impressive cast will kick off the third annual Silver Scream Fest on Friday, February 16. The film will be followed by a special Q&A featuring cast members Thomas Ian Nicholas (AMERICAN PIE), Andrew Keegan (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU), Chad Todhunter (TRUE BLOOD), and Jessica Morris (AMERICAN EXORCISM), as well as writer/director Brian A. Metcalf (THE LOST TREE).

“I really wanted to subvert the vampire myth and take it in a new direction by combining it with medical science and history,” says Metcalf, who uses documentary footage and news segments to give the context of vampires emerging into the public eye. “While some may regard LIVING AMONG US as found footage, I consider it to be more American New Wave, as it uses notable actors and makes you aware of the filmmaking process with long takes and documentary style.”

The film is also host to a number of impressive and gruesome practical makeup effects that are sure to appeal to Silver Scream attendees.

LIVING AMONG US, premiering in Los Angeles on February 2, also stars the late John Heard (HOME ALONE), Esmé Bianco (GAME OF THRONES), William Sadler (TALES FROM THE CRYPT), and James Russo (DJANGO UNCHAINED).


Andrew Keegan

as Blake...

Thomas Ian Nicholas

as Mike...

Chad Todhunter

as Selvin...

Jessica Morris

as Sybil...

Brian Metcalf

Writer / Director...

Last Chance! Deadline for Submissions is January 23

The final deadline for the Bay Area’s premiere genre film festival is approaching!

Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival 2018 is making its final selections in the following categories:

  • Feature Film
  • Short Film
  • Animation
  • Screenplay
  • Graphic Novel
  • Graphic Novel Script

Festival winners have received wide distribution, been represented at Cannes, and been nominated for comic book industry awards. This week marks the last chance to showcase your work in 2018!

Silver Scream to Debut NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Criterion Restoration

In its third year running, the Famous Monsters-backed festival will be the first to screen the Romero horror classic’s Criterion restoration in a theater.

They’re coming to get you, Santa Rosa.

Fifty years on, the dead still won’t stay down, and they’re crawling to the Roxy 14 for the third annual iteration of the Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s landmark NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and the Silver Scream Fest will be showing the brand new Criterion Collection edition for the very first time in a movie theater, accompanied by appearances by its producer, Russell Streiner, and many more members of the cast and crew.

Other announced guests for 2018 include the Heroines of Horror triumvirate of Dee Wallace (CUJO, THE HOWLING), Barbara Crampton {RE-ANIMATOR, CHOPPING MALL), and Kelli Maroney (CHOPPING MALL, NIGHT OF THE COMET).

The call to return to Santa Rosa has been strong, especially after the disaster of the October 2017 wildfires that swept Sonoma County and left many without homes or jobs. Silver Scream feels it is important to honor the community of Santa Rosa and donate portions of its proceeds to wildfire charities.

“Santa Rosa Entertainment Group and the CULT Film Series are extremely proud to bring The Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival back home,” said co-producer Neil Pearlmutter. “We have a great mix of independent films, genre favorites, and renowned classics in the lineup, but it is equally important that we acknowledge the devastation experienced by our community this past October. We are healing and look forward to showcasing the resilience of our people and beauty of our region.”

Film selection is currently underway on Withoutabox.com, and the festival is accepting feature films, short films, animation, screenplays, graphic novels, and graphic novel scripts.

Silver Scream Film and Comic Fest Once Again Partners with InkTip for Screenplay Prizes

InkTip and Silver Scream are making it a little easier for award-winning screenplays to see production.

Following a successful partnership in 2017, the 2018 Silver Scream Fest will see the return of InkTip-sponsored prizes for each of the screenplay winners — most notably a free listing on InkTip.com, where many film producers go to find scripts.

“For years now, Famous Monsters has celebrated not only the history of genre filmmaking but also the young talent that gets inspired by it,” said Production Manager Jorge Marrero. “With the Silver Scream Festival, we’re able to partner up with like-minded organizations like InkTip who share our vision of showcasing new talent to Hollywood producers as well as the public.”

Accepted features and short films will be shown at the Santa Rosa Roxy 14 throughout the festival; however, screenplay entries have previously lacked a proper platform to be displayed beyond acknowledgement of their award. Bringing InkTip into the mix enables the winners to go beyond the judging panel and reach the eyes of actual filmmakers.

Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival was established in 2016 as a way for Famous Monsters of Filmland to celebrate and discover new genre talent in film, writing, and comic books. The festival’s debut year saw celebrations of Wes Craven’s career, featuring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and Marianne Maddalena; and the 35th anniversary of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON with John Landis, Rick Baker, and David Naughton. 2018 plans for more anniversaries and celebrities in addition to vendors, panels, and top quality independent films.

There is also a renewed focus on charity this year, as the community of Santa Rosa is rebuilding from the devastation of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, which claimed over 6,000 structures and at least 40 lives. Silver Scream is planning a Saturday event that will include opportunities to donate to programs dedicated to reconstruction.


From Jerrol LeBaron, President:

“The mission of InkTip.com is threefold: help the producer easily find a good script, save time for the agent and manager in locating the right people for their clients’ scripts or new clients, and to greatly increase exposure for the screenwriter.

“InkTip was born in 2000 after witnessing the difficulties associates and friends in the industry have had in getting exposure for their works, let alone getting their scripts sold. Our initial research indicated that over 150 production companies use the Internet to find scripts, with more than twenty-five percent of these companies boasting good to excellent film credits. Since that time, the figure has greatly increased and InkTip.com, by itself, has more than 2000 registered industry members who now have access to writers’ scripts.

“Before beginning the website design, InkTip.com had extensive surveys conducted with agents, managers, and producers. We found out that the only way to make an Internet service like this work is to utilize the speed of computers to help producers find good scripts, help agents sell more scripts, and provide these industry professionals with the confidentiality and security they need.

“We have thoroughly addressed each of these issues with our programming and site design, and  believe that InkTip.com makes finding a good script faster and easier than ever before.”