Meet the Judges for the Final Frame Film Competition

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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?

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.



Meet the Judges

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.



Mike Flanagan

After earning critical acclaim for his micro-budget indie Absentia in 2011, 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), Mr. 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.