“60 Seconds to create the scare of your life!” – Nyx Horror Collective Launches its inaugural Film Festival, 13 Minutes of Horror.
Nyx Horror Collective is a community of diverse women creators who develop, celebrate, and elevate original, women-led horror content for film, TV and new media.
Nyx Horror has had a busy year since their inception in August 2020, creating the groundwork for a dark sci-fi audio drama, connecting with industry leaders, and offering live Q&As with some of the most prolific names in the horror genre.
The engine continues to move forward with the launch of their inaugural micro-short film festival, 13 Minutes of Horror. 13 Minutes is a themed, 60-second film challenge for women horror filmmakers from around the world, inclusive of BIWOC, LGBTQ+ women, disabled women, and non-binary creators; this year’s theme is folklore.
Several films will be featured between August 13 – 15, 2021, including thirteen official selections. Additionally, filmmakers have the opportunity for their work to be viewed by a judges panel that features some of the top women working in the horror space today, including award-winning horror author and film producer Tananarive Due (Horror Noire), award-winning filmmakers and production designers Courtney and Hillary Andujar (The Wind, Body at Brighton Rock, Freaky), Academy Award-winning VFX Supervisor Sara Bennett (Ex Machina, Annihilation, Possessor) and Head of Television for Vertigo Entertainment, Robin Jones (Doctor Sleep, His House, Bates Motel, The Stand).
NYX Horror co-founders Melody Cooper, Kelly Krause, Lisa Kröger, and Mo Moshaty are helming the project as festival producers. One of the missions at NYX Horror and with 13 Minutes is to give women horror filmmakers of all identities and backgrounds greater exposure and more opportunities through strategic partnerships with established industry professionals.
And recent connections are the very reason Nyx Horror has chosen to extend their original submissions deadline from May 28th to June 4th. “I am excited to see the sheer numbers of women who are emerging in the horror genre space right now,” says Kröger. “Women’s perspectives are something we’ve been lacking, and that is changing.”
“We’re making some really great connections in the industry who are noticing Nyx for its behind-the-scenes work in elevating women and marginalized creators,” says Moshaty. “It’s a great feeling and we want to have the ability to share that with our official selections when the time comes.”