September 21-22, 2018 will see a film festival unlike any other take place in Linz, Austria. Steel City Underground Film Festival will celebrate the weird and terrifying, and it will do it all on 16mm.
That’s right. Each film chosen for the festival will be given the old school treatment and converted to 16mm format by a professional company in Vienna for screening.
Hosted by James Quinn, award winning director of Flesh of the Void and founder of Sodom and Chimera Productions, the festival will introduce European audiences to two days of intense horror, experimental, and arthouse films from around the world in a manner they’ve never seen before.
Quinn will also treat audiences to special screenings of his own 16mm copies of Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932), A Trip to the Moon (1902), and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922). Murnau’s classic vampire film will also be accompanied by live music!
Evenings at the festival will feature live concerts and a bar area where filmmakers and fans can mingle and discuss the day’s programming all of which will take place in one of the city’s most famous and infamous underground venues that, among many others, once hosted one of the earliest Nirvana concerts.
Awards will be presented for Best Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Experimental/Arthouse, and Best Weird/Extreme Films. In place of statuettes or certificates, winners will be given a high resolution scan of the 16mm print of their film.
Filmmakers who wish to submit their films to the festival may do so via FilmFreeway. Proceeds from submission fees will be used to pay for the processing fees converting the chosen films to the 16mm format.
For more information about the Steel City Underground Film Festival, you can visit Sodom and Chimera Productions’ official website, or you can reach out to James Quinn personally by emailing [email protected]