The Stanley Film Festival Returns This April

the-shining-movie-dog-suit-mask-sexSet at the notoriously haunted and historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, the Stanley Film Festival (SFF) showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.

Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans.

This year’s SFF will take place April 30-May 3, 2015.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Stanley Hotel to produce this festival,” said Tom Botelho, Executive Director, Denver Film Society.”We invite fans of horror to delve deep into the paranormal mysteries of the hotel and come play with us this spring at the Stanley Film Festival.”

Last year’s festival screened over 20 feature films, 7 retro titles, 19 shorts, and 8 student shorts with 23 countries represented. Special guests from 2013 and 2014 include: SpectreVision co-founders and Visionary Award Winners, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Director Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror Award Winner, Joe Dante, director of What We Do In The Shadows (Winner of the Audience Award for Feature Film), Taika Waititi, Eli Roth (2013 Visionary Award Winner) and more. In addition, the Festival provided a fully interactive experience thanks to panels, live shows, special secret events and a unique horror immersion game that invited the player to solve a series of mysteries spanning the weekend.

“The Stanley Hotel offers a perfect retreat for fans of the genre, filmmakers, and experts to recharge and get inspired by becoming fully immersed in our dark playground,” says Landon Zakheim, Program Director for the Stanley Film Festival.

Screenings and special events at the Stanley Film Festival will take place at The Stanley Hotel and throughout Estes Park. All access packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival and stay at the historic hotel for all 3 nights of the festival are on sale now, starting at $666/person. Festival patron and ticket passes range from $45.00 (day pass) to $295.00 for an all access patron pass. Space is limited on all packages, so guests are encouraged to book early. For more information regarding ticket and hotel packages, visit

Important dates:
February 9: Final film submission deadline
February 24: Press accreditation opens
March 1: Volunteer sign-up begins
April 9: Press Accreditation closes
April 30: Festival Begins