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Meet Rachel Belofsky of Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Belofsky.

Rachel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I produced the award-winning documentary on women in auto racing, FAST WOMEN, and did a few festivals prior to its national airing on the WE network. My experience at the festivals made me want to create my own festival that focuses on helping the filmmakers make connections and have their films seen. Horror seemed to be the bastard child of the industry even though many talented directors such as Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and Wes Craven cut their teeth in horror. I felt driven to spotlight and help the next wave of genre filmmakers. 18 years later the festival continues to champion talented up and coming directors and writers in the genre.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has not always been smooth. Horror carries a stigma and it has been a struggle to garner the respect it deserves.

Please tell us about Screamfest Horror Film Festival.
We are most known for discovering Paranormal Activity. We screen new genre films from around the world in competition at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. What sets us apart from others is our relationships with our filmmakers. We continue to champion them year-round.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have allowed myself more time but then again the tight turnaround from creation to fruition provided a great challenge to accomplish.

Pricing:

  • Individual tickets $11
  • Saturday Scream Pass $50
  • Full Festival Pass $300

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Image Credit:
Angelica Ulloa

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