DECATUR — The 2019 Dead in Decatur International Film Festival will be presenting independent horror films to the big screen.

The international film festival will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 1, and noon to midnight Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St.

“We are committed to supporting independent filmmakers and exposing local DIY filmmakers to a larger audience, as well as educating, entertaining, and inspiring the Decatur community,” said Zach Tindell, festival organizer, in a statement. 

Feature films were chosen 240 total submissions from independent filmmakers across 34 countries, with about half from outside the United States.

Five feature films were will be played, in addition to nearly 60 short films. Genres include horror, sci-fi, fantasy and tokusatsu, Japanese live-action sci-fi or horror. In addition to the films, there will be filmmaker presentations, various board games to play, a special effects make-up tutorial and vendor tables.

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Advance weekend passes are $20 per person and single day passes are $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.deadindecatur.com or at the door.

The festival is presented by Dead in Decatur and in cooperation with the Decatur Area Arts Council. 

Saturday Presentations:

  • 1-2 p.m. Special Effects Make-Up - Jake Mckinney-Schmidt
  • 2-3 p.m. Women in Horror: Icons and Role Models - Angie Barry
  • 3-4 p.m. Making Classic Genre Films in Today’s Modern Landscape - Christopher R. Mihm
  • 4-5 p.m. The Art of Cinematography - Derek Huey
  • 6-7 p.m. The Art of Acting in a Genre Film - Kathrine Beauchamp
  • 7-8 p.m. Distribution & Technology: How to Get Your Project Seen - Ash Hamilton
  • 8-9 p.m. Regional Horror and the Lost Art of the Local Favorite - Marc Girdler

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