Final Frame

In conjunction with StokerCon2017, the Horror Writers Association is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition: A new celebration of succinct horrors selected from around the globe. Who will make it to the Final Frame?

Screening will be held Friday April 28 from 8-10 in the Queen’s Salon.

Join us for the after party in the Royal Salon as we wait for the winners to be announced.

Selected films will be screened Friday April 28th in the Queen’s Salon from 8-10 pm. The grand prize winner will be announced at the film competition cocktail reception in the Royal Salon once the screening is complete.

StokerCon™ 2017 Presents




  DAWN OF THE DEAF                                                

Director: Rob Savage

U.K. / 12 min. / 2016

When a strange sound infects the hearing population, a small group of deaf people must band together to survive



Director: Alice Shindelar

U.S. / 13 min. / 2016

An introverted teenage girl searches for her boyfriend when he mysteriously disappears after she convinces him to take her virginity.


Director: Chris McInroy

U.S. / 5 min. / 2016

A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.



Director: Izzy Lee

U.S. / 5 min. / 2017

A trio of nuns take matters into their own hands when a priest commits a terrible sin.



Director: Amanda Kramer

U.S. / 12 min. / 2016

An argument between friends becomes a tricky, bizarre mind game, escalating into an alarming physical altercation.


Director: Blake Mawson

Canada / Germany / 13 min. / 2016

Set one evening in present day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultranationalist group known for their violent abductions and anti-gay attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret his attackers could never have accounted for.


Director: Daniel Ahrens

U.S. / 4 min. / 2016

A hallucinatory animated riff on a disease that has plagued so many individuals and families for far too long.


  TETHERED – World Premiere!

Director: Daniel Robinette

U.S. / 13 min. / 2017

Abandoned by his mother, Solomon is left to live in isolation while abiding by three rules. Having grown accustomed to his routine, he begins to realize the rules may be a hindrance to a life-changing discovery.


Director: Anthony Cousins

U.S. / 10 min. / 2016

A body horror tale like no other. The story of one man’s bond with a parasitic creature that could result in the end of us all.



Director: Adam A. Losurdo

Norway / 12 min. / 2016

A senseless wandering ghoul roaming through a world of the hunger-less undead and accepting yet resentful humans will soon discover a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without hope.

To download the screening program as a PDF, click here.

Winners will be announced at the After-Party in the Royal Salon

Rebekah McKendry

We’re pleased to announce that Rebekah McKendry will be our host! Rebekah McKendry is the Editor-in-Chief for BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS, as well a co-host of the SHOCK WAVES podcast. Previously, she was the Director of Marketing at FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT for over a decade. She has a PhD focused in Media Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she is an award winning horror filmmaker with a number of festival accolades over the past several years.



Meet the Film Competition Judges

Mike Flanagan

After earning critical acclaim for his micro-budget indie Absentia in 2011, Mike Flanagan‘s mainstream career has flourished. He has written and directed Oculus (2013), the Netflix Exclusive thriller Hush (2016), Universal Pictures’ Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) and the yet-to-be-released Before I Wake. His current project is an adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, a Netflix Original film set for release later this year. He lives in California with his wife (and Hush co-writer/star) Kate Siegel.





Daniel Knauf

Currently, an Executive Producer and Writer on the hit network series, “THE BLACKLIST” (NBC), Daniel Knauf created and served as Executive Producer of his Emmy Award-winning series, “CARNIVÁLE” (HBO). Mr. Knauf has written episodes of “SUPERNATURAL” (The CW) and “FEAR ITSELF” (NBC) and served as a Consulting Producer on “STAND OFF” (FOX) , “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” (NBC) and the hit cult series, “SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND” (Starz) and as Executive Producer-Showrunner of the short-lived but innovative, critically acclaimed network series, DRACULA (NBC).

Additionally, he and his son, Charles Knauf, have collaborated on comic books, “THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN,” “CAPTAIN AMERICA, THEATER OF WAR” and “THE ETERNALS” for Marvel, and the SyFy pilot/mini, “THE PHANTOM.” Mr. Knauf has recently turned to screenwriting, developing a feature trilogy for Will Smith and Overbrook Productions, “THE LEGEND OF CAIN,” as well as “HONEY VICARRO” for Flame Productions. He has also been active with creating internet content since 1999, developing several award-winning trans-media websites.


Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.”  She has published four novels, over a hundred short stories, and three books on the history of Halloween. Her most recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at .




John Skipp

John Skipp is a Rondo Award-winning filmmaker (TALES OF HALLOWEEN), Stoker Award-winning anthologist (DEMONS, MONDO ZOMBIE), and New York Times bestselling author (THE LIGHT AT THE END, THE SCREAM) whose books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, BOOK OF THE DEAD, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature. He’s also editor-in-chief of Fungasm Press, championing genre-melting authors like Laura Lee Bahr, Violet LeVoit, Autumn Christian, Danger Slater, Cody Goodfellow, and Devora Gray  From splatterpunk founding father to bizarro elder statesman, Skipp has influenced a generation of horror and counterculture artists around the world. His latest book is THE ART OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE.



Mark Alan Miller

Mark Alan Miller is a writer, producer, and director. He has edited and overseen the publication of over a dozen of Clive Barker’s novels, including the NY Times bestsellers, Abarat: Absolute Midnight, and The Scarlet Gospels.

He also produced the director’s cut of Barker’s cult classic, Nightbreed, for which he took home the Saturn Award for best vintage release of 2014. And has directed horror shorts featured in the the anthologies Fun Size Horror Vol. 2, and Virus of the Dead.

His work in comic books can be seen in the bestselling Boom! Studios titles, Hellraiser, Hellraiser: Bestiary, and of course Next Testament upon which this novel is based. He has also adapted two stories by Joe R. Lansdale; The Dump for AGP’s Tales from the Ackermansion, and the Stoker Nominated Dark Horse graphic novel, The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down.


Mike D McCarty

Mike D McCarty is the studio supervisor at Autonomous FX. He has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years working as a makeup fx artist. With almost 200 film credits on his resume, he has worked on set with some of the worlds top directors and producers. His list of credits include films like Kill Bill 1 and 2, Sin City 1 and 2, The Mist, Hostel, Piranha 3D and TV shows such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. His treatment titled Junk, a kids’ Sci-fi action story, was optioned by Demo Productions and sold to Dimension/Miramax in 2001. He is a

member of the Horror Writers Association with a handful of published short stories. His first novel Werewolf Bloodlines Book 1: Gemini Rising, was published by Badmoon Books. He is hard at work on the sequels and the pilot script for the show.



Tony Wash

Tony Wash is the producer/director of The Rake, High on the Hog and The Muck. Curator/creator of World of Death and Skeletons in the Closet. Contributing Writer/Short Film Curator for President of Scotchworthy Productions. Verifiable horror fanatic.





Grand prize is $1000
To enter, submit your film at Film Freeway. Entry fee is $25 (USD) until February 15th, 2017. The late entry fee is $35 from February 16th – March 15th. Finalists will be notified by March 31st.

About the Film Competition Director:

Jonathan Lees
Jonathan Lees

Jonathan Lees: In addition to his professional career as a Video Director and Producer working with media institutions such as Complex, Viacom, Sundance Channel, AMC and more, Jonathan has been part of NYC’s independent film scene since 1999. His passions lie in a side hustle as a Film Festival Director / Programmer working with the legendary New York Underground Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Tribeca Film Festival and the TromaDance Film Festival in Park City, UT and championing the works of filmmakers worldwide. Horror is where his heart rests and is proud to continue a focus on the darker side of film for the StokerCon audience.