Etheria Film Night has unveiled its 2021 Official Short Films Showcase Lineup, which will stream exclusively on Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror films and thrillers.
The films will be available Friday, June 25, through July 25. The festival is a showcase of horror, science fiction, fantasy, action and thriller films directed by women. This year’s edition will feature nine short films and honor “The Walking Dead” showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang with the 2021 Etheria Inspiration Award, given annually to a person in the entertainment industry who has inspired women to pursue careers working in genre film and television. Producer Gale Anne Hurd (“Terminator”) will present the award to Kang with the ceremony included as part of the official Etheria 2021 content streaming on Shudder.
“The 2021 lineup has some of the funniest things we’ve ever programmed alongside some of the darkest and most disturbing things we’ve ever programmed,” says Etheria Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt. “And we’re so happy to be screening on Shudder for the second year in a row!”
Kang says, “As a life-long fan of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action and thrillers, I am truly humbled to be in the company of the incredible women Etheria has honored over the years with their Inspiration Award, not least the incomparable Gale Anne Hurd. I am on a trail she blazed and love that Etheria is showcasing new genre films created by women who want to travel the same exhilarating path.”
“The Etheria Film Festival is the preeminent forum showcasing the many talented women working in the genre field. As ‘The Walking Dead’s’ first female showrunner, Angela Kang has proven herself to be a visionary in the horror/sci-fi medium, and she is also one of the most talented people working in television today,” says Hurd. “Being a previous recipient of the Inspiration Award myself, I am honored to pass the torch to Angela.”
Kang joined the show’s writing staff in Season 2 as a story editor, quickly rising the ranks to co-executive producer by season 5. Her promotion to showrunner was announced in January 2018. Kang is also currently co-creating “The Walking Dead” universe’s untitled Daryl and Carol spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.
Along with “The Walking Dead,” Hurd is an executive producer on “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead: World Beyond.” A “Walking Dead” feature film has also been announced and will premiere theatrically via Universal Pictures, with Hurd serving as a producer.
The 2021 Etheria Film Festival Short Film Lineup includes:
THE FOURTH WALL
Directed by Kelsey Bollig (11:30 min) (Horror) (Switzerland/France)
Chloé fights for her moment in the spotlight. How far will she go to upstage the annoying actors with whom she is forced to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?
Directed by Anna Chazelle (10 min) (Sci-Fi/Horror) (USA)
In a post-apocalyptic world where survival means never stepping off a thin narrow path, a lone woman must evade a creature that stalks her every move.
YOU WILL NEVER BE BACK
Directed by Mónica Mateo (13:30) (Sci-Fi/Horror) (Spain)
After Ana and David say goodbye like any other day, something extraordinary happens that alters reality.
Directed by Katy Erin (7:30 min) (Sci-Fi) (USA)
A physicist travels back in time to try to save her relationship – and in turn, the world.
Directed by Ciani Rey Walker (18 min) (Thriller) (USA)
When they learn their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination, two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history.
Directed by Myra Aquino (9:30 min) (Fantasy) (USA)
A former cop works in purgatory and processes people going to heaven and hell. One day, his 20-year-old son appears.
Directed by Silvia Conesa (11 min) (Sci-Fi) (Spain)
In the year 2065, a man enters an old holographic sex booth intending to take a nap, but he accidentally activates the sex hologram.
Directed by Aislinn Clarke (2:30 min) (Horror) (U.K.)
A woman regrets attending a free eye exam when she begins to suspect that her optometrist has nefarious intentions.
WHO GOES THERE
Directed by Astrid Thorvaldsen (23 min) (Horror/Western) (U.K.)
When a stranger appears on their prairie in 1880 Minnesota, Ingrid invites him in to heal her dying sister, but she doesn’t realize that a supernatural force is crossing her threshold.