UK’s FrightFest 2017 Announces Nominees for 2017 Genre Rising Star Award

Tom Paton, Dominic Bridges, Joanne Mitchell, Matthew Holness and Danny Morgan (pictured) have been nominated for the 2017 Screen International Genre Rising Star prize as part of the Horror Channel FrightFest, to be held in London over August 24-28.

The award’s goal is to spotlight fresh genre talent in the UK across the crafts.

Danny Morgan – Writer – Double Date

“Danny has been nominated for his work on horror comedy Double Date , directed by Benjamin Barfoot. Morgan wrote the screenplay and also stars as hapless 30-year-old virgin Jim, whose desire to find love leads him and best friend Alex (Michael Socha) into danger. Morgan has starred in TV shows like Ideal and features including On The Road, and has written several shorts. Double Date is his first feature screenplay.” – Screen International

Tom Paton – Director – Redwood

“Tom has been shortlisted for his second feature Redwood, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Playing the Cineworld Discovery screen on FrightFest opening night, the film follows a couple who disturb a nest of vampires while hiking in the woods. Paton is currently working on his follow-up feature, Black Site. ” – Screen International

Dominic Bridges – Director – Freehold

“Dominic is in the running for his feature debut Freehold (previously titled Two Pigeons), in which he subverts the home invasion thriller to make a chilling point about the urban class divide. Bridges previously directed documentary short Underdog, and episodes of TV series Shelfstackers.” – Screen International

Joanne Mitchell – Actress, Producer – Adult of the Adult Babies

“Joanne has been shortlisted for her work as an actress and producer on Attack Of The Adult Babies, which sees two unwitting teenagers break into a country house where high-powered men enjoy dressing up as babies, as well as previous genre projects including Bait and Before Dawn. ” – Screen International

Matthew Holmes – Director – Possum

“Matthew has been nominated for his successful migration from the small screen, where projects included Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Free Agents, to shorts such as Smutch and upcoming feature debut Possum. Possum stars Sean Harris as a disgraced childrens’ puppeteer who returns to his childhood home to confront his vicious stepfather.” – Screen International

Learn more about the 2017 Frightfest