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Stranger With My Face launches 2016 edition;
Press and Industry accreditation now open and 2016 Scriptwriting Challenge announced!

 Tasmania’s Stranger With My Face International Film Festival will return for its fourth edition from April 14-17, 2016.

Named after the dark YA novel by Lois Duncan, Stranger With My Face focuses on female perspectives in genre film, with an emphasis on showcasing the work of women directors. Held over four days in Hobart, Tasmania’s picturesque capital city, the festival hosts screenings, lectures, workshops and exhibits, as well as satellite events year-round.

The event taps into the state’s evolving artistic tradition of “Tasmanian Gothic,” a product of its dark history and isolation from mainland Australia. Initiated as a grassroots event to celebrate Women in Horror Month in 2012, the event has grown rapidly to become a key event for those looking to genre filmmaking for new ideas and voices. Past special guests have included Jennifer Lynch and Penny Vozniak for Despite the Gods and Chained, pioneering Laotian horror filmmaker Mattie Do with Chanthaly, a presentation by horror scholar and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical History) and Aussie vet Ann Turner, who opened the festival with her 1989 cult classic Celia in 2014.

Press and industry accreditation for the 2016 festival is now open!
Interested media and film industry professionals can apply from now through March 31st, 2016

STRANGER WITH MY FACE welcomes visiting industry professionals and media from around the world as they play in supporting independent films and filmmakers. Complementary Press & Industry Accreditation is reserved exclusively for film industry professionals, including:

  • Local, National and International Media
  • Film Funders
  • Film Festival Programmers
  • Theatrical Exhibitors
  • Sales Agents
  • Film Acquisitions and/or distributors

To register for press or industry accreditation, fill out the form on our Accreditations page HERE:

Stranger With My Face presents the return of The Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge!

Stranger With My Face also has a strong focus on production initiatives, as is evidenced by the success of its two annual filmmaking challenges – the Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge and the 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge. Winning projects from these competitions have gone on to enjoy industry success, in some cases acting as a catalyst for a career change into the area of genre production.

The Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge is open internationally to participants who wish to write a 6-page script in 48 hours, to be assessed and awarded by a panel of judges including Simon Barrett (writer of You’re Next and The Guest), Stephanie Trepanier (Producer of Turbo Kid and Director of Development for Snowfort Pictures) and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg (Film critic for Sight and Sound, Twitch and programmer for Film4 FrightFest). The winning script of the inaugural Script Challenge in 2012, Heidi Lee Douglas’ Little Lamb, went into production and screened internationally as a festival hit. The Challenge welcomes both experienced and novice screenwriters, as well as writers from other disciplines such as playwriting and fiction. Applications open Monday February 1, 2016 – please visit for registration and contest details.

Stranger With My Face is also proud to support local production by offering the annual 48-hour Tasploitation Challenge, which takes place this weekend, January 22nd -24th with a screening of the finished films on Monday the 25th. This year the jury is led by veteran producer Julie Corman, with Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood; Electric Boogaloo), Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones; the Devil’s Candy) and more. More information can be found at

Don’t forget- The Deadline for submissions for SWMF 2016 is fast approaching!

The call for submissions is now open, with both feature length and short films made after January 1, 2015 eligible for consideration. The festival takes a broad approach to horror, with dark fantasy, Gothic melodrama, horror comedy, dystopian sci-fi, animation, documentary and experimental hybrids all qualifying for the selective festival lineup. While submissions are open to filmmakers of all genders, only films by those who identify as women are eligible for awards.

The Regular Deadline is January 29, 2016 and the Extended Deadline is February 26, 2016.

Submissions are open through Film Freeway: