Presenting the Winners of the 2017 Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival!

Cheers to all of you who came out to see us in Dallas over Memorial Day weekend! Many films were watched and admired. Special thanks to all the accepted entries and those of you who submitted. Without submissions, of course, there would be no Silver Scream!

And now, without further ado…


Forry Ackerman Imagi-Movie Award
Directed by Ian Truitner

Best Feature – Sci-Fi
Directed by Derek Presley

Best Feature – Horror
Directed by Jonathan Heap

Best Feature – Horror/Comedy
Directed by Mitchell Altieri


Forry Ackerman Imagi-Movie Screenplay Award
Stephen Treacy

Best Screenplay – Horror
Josh Bartolome

Best Anthology
Laszlo Tamasfi


Best Graphic Novel Script
Matt Dreiling


Best Short – Horror
Directed by Timothy Vandenberg

Best Short – Sci-Fi
Directed by Phil McKie

Best Short – Thriller
Directed by Patrick Higgins

Best Short – Horror/Comedy
Directed by Alaric Rocha

Best Short Exorcism
Directed by Ryan Rozar

Best Short Parody
Directed by Brendan Rogers


Best Short Animation
Directed by Farnoosh Abedi

LAST CHANCE to Submit to Silver Scream 2017 – Final Deadlines in March

The final submission deadlines for Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival 2017 are almost upon us!

TUESDAY, MARCH 7: Silver Scream Fest Late Submission Deadline
FRIDAY, MARCH 31: Withoutabox Extended Submission Deadline

This year, Silver Scream is running as part of Famous Monsters Convention Dallas, May 26-28, and we encourage Dallas-local writers and filmmakers to participate!

Those of you who are selected for the festival also receive complimentary passes to the convention, where you can mingle and meet celebrities from STAR TREK, BLADE RUNNER, THE X-FILES, SHIN GODZILLA, and more. You never know – you might even convince a few of them to watch your film…

Don’t forget: the longer you wait, the more it costs to submit; so get us those films, short films, screenplays, and graphic novels as soon as you can, and be sure to check out the other events at Famous Monsters Convention Dallas!

Silver Scream 2017 Joins Forces with Dallas Convention

Submission deadlines and guest list revised to coincide with the May 26-28 Famous Monsters Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival will be taking its second year on vacation — to Texas.

Normally held in Santa Rosa and originally scheduled for February, the Famous Monsters and Cosmic-Con® event will instead run for three days at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel alongside the Famous Monsters Convention.

“Due to scheduling conflicts, we’ve decided to move the festival to Dallas,” said Philip Kim, Cosmic-Con Producer and Publisher of Famous Monsters. “Luckily, the large number of submissions will be better accomodated by this location, and holding the festival alongside a convention will increase the number of potential participants.”

The submission deadlines for Silver Scream will be extended two months to allow for local Dallas writers’ and filmmakers’ participation, and future guest announcements will be made to coincide with convention events.

Silver Scream will return to Santa Rosa in 2018.

American Gothic Press to Debut Silver Scream Fest Winner INVISIBLE HANDS in 2017

The mini-series, winner of Best Graphic Novel Script at Silver Scream 2016, will move forward with writer Laszlo Tamasfi and artist Michael Malatini.


American Gothic Press, the comic book publishing arm of Famous Monsters, will be releasing a new science fiction mini-series, INVISIBLE HANDS, beginning in March of 2017.

The series, adapted from Laszlo Tamasfi’s Best Graphic Novel Script of 2016’s Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival, is a fragmented and deeply philosophical tale that begins when a mysterious man with severe head trauma disrupts the life of a doctor and his cohort. The doctor, Leonard Gray, soon discovers connections between the man, David Wasp, and a corrupt corporate leader conducting twisted experiments on the human brain.

“The Silver Scream Festival really stood out from other conventions,” Tamasfi says, “not only because it had comics categories, but because it was hosted by the team behind Famous Monsters of Filmland, which I’m a huge fan of.” Tamasfi met artist Michael Malatini online and wrote INVISIBLE HANDS with Malatini’s art collaboration in mind. “We set out to do a really strange anthology book with a lot of crazy ideas, and it was reassuring to know that we weren’t out of our minds.”

Holly Interlandi, American Gothic Press’s Editor-in-Chief, claims the decision was ultimately a shoe-in. “We received so many entries in the Graphic Novel Script category, but INVISIBLE HANDS was something I’d never seen before,” she says. “It was both anthology and mini-series and tackled science and religion in a way that a lot of writers would feel nervous about. I knew we had to publish it.”

A prologue to the series was first published in AGP’s FAMOUS MONSTERS PRESENTS TALES FROM THE ACKER-MANSION, a hardcover anthology of graphic short stories dedicated to Famous Monsters’ late founder Forrest J Ackerman.

The first issue of INVISIBLE HANDS, an oversized issue that includes a reprint of the prologue, will be solicited in the January edition of Diamond Previews for a March 2017 release date.

Famous Monsters Presents the Second Annual Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival

It’s time to block out your calendars, because February 2017 marks the second year of Famous Monsters’ and Santa Rosa Entertainment Group’s Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival, a genre film event that debuted in March 2016 to outstanding critical and popular acclaim.

The Silver Scream Fest strives to continue Famous Monsters founder Forrest J Ackerman’s legacy of honoring imaginative classics while simultaneously looking for new voices of horror, science fiction, and fantasy that must be heard around the world!

Like its 2016 predecessor, the 2017 Silver Scream Festival will take place over a three-day weekend at the Roxy Theater in Santa Rosa, California, and will include screenings of accepted films, anniversary celebrations, special celebrity guest events, signings, and whatever else can be crammed into a long weekend. If you are a film lover, horror buff, or general creative type who loves being surrounded by stories, this is the event for you.

Silver Scream 2016 brought a Wes Craven tribute with Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and Marianne Maddalena, as well as the 35th anniversary of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON featuring John Landis, Rick Baker, and David Naughton, and the 85th anniversary of DRACULA with Bela Lugosi, Jr! How can we possibly top ourselves in 2017? Wait until the special guest announcements begin — you won’t be disappointed!

In addition to feature films, for its second year running, the Silver Scream Fest will be highlighting original scripts and graphic novels as essential building blocks of mainstream film production. Winners will be selected from a pool of entries for special awards as well as publication by Famous Monsters’ very own American Gothic Press. Where else are comics celebrated side by side with famed horror franchises? The Silver Scream Fest prides itself in being unique and focused on the quality content of multiple mediums.

Tickets are on sale NOW here and available in single day passes as well as full weekend packages.