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Salem Horror Fest Announces Partnership With The George A. Romero Foundation

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | News

Following up a wickedly successful fourth year of programming, Salem Horror Fest has just announced a new partnership with The George A. Romero Foundation, which seeks to nurture independent genre cinema in the name of the late, great master. Founded and directed by K. Lynch in direct response to the 2016 U.S. election, the much-buzzed-about fest has been celebrated not just for its programming, but also its fierce commitment to social justice, unapologetic politics, and elevating of marginalized voices. The new partnership is the next big step in the growing prominence and importance of Salem Horror Fest as a vital showcase for emerging talent. Read the full press release below!

Salem, MA – April 20, 2021 – Salem Horror Fest has announced a new partnership with The George A. Romero Foundation to support independent genre filmmakers in honor of the Master of Horror’s work and legacy.

“We are excited to partner with the Salem Horror Fest as part of our commitment to support a new generation of filmmakers and artists inspired by George’s legacy. Salem’s history and reputation as a Halloween town is the perfect backdrop to tell new scary stories with a social thread,” said Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, founder and president of the George A. Romero Foundation.

The George A. Romero Film Fellowship will pair industry experts with emerging filmmakers to help guide next steps in their careers whether it’s seeking distribution, developing their skills or strategic planning to fund their next project. Inaugural mentors include Mynette Louie (SWALLOW, BLACK BOX), Travis Stevens (JAKOB’S WIFE, GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR), and Jenn Wexler (THE RANGER, DEPRAVED).

“In a time when truth is truly stranger than fiction, horror feels like the most appropriate genre. Its thrills and hyperbole make us feel and think with an intensity that few other genres do. So I’m excited for us to be sharing our own filmmaking experiences with the next generation of horror filmmakers. Not only is making a movie scary, but so is wading through our current industry landscape,” Mynette Louie said.

Participants will be selected from the 2021 feature film submissions and will be considered for a $1,000 Jury Award cash prize. Eligible submissions must be received by July 31 and have a premiere status. Winners will be notified in September.

Salem Horror Fest will return for its fifth year October 1 – October 11, 2021. For more information, please visit

Rocco T. Thompson
Rue Morgue's Online Managing Editor, Rocco is a Rondo-nominated writer, critic, film journalist, and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He penned the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is a regular contributor to Screen Rant, Slant Magazine, and other cinema-centric publications.