This year horror fans around the world can look back at the best that 2016 had to offer in Horror, and look forward to another year of screams, thanks to the International Horror Film Festival (IHFF). This week the IHFF announced the Official Jury for the 2016 festival, including some very popular actors and directors from the genre.

This year’s Jury will include Joshua Rothkopf (Film Editor, Time Out New York), Robert Eggers (Writer/Director, The Witch). Kate Siegel (Writer/Actress, Hush), Peter Phok (Producer, The House of the Devil, The Sacrament, Stake Land), Tuesday Knight (Actress, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare tomandandy (Composers, The Hill Have Eyes, The Strangers, The Mothman Prophecies), Liz Vastola (Costume Designer, The Purge: Election Year, The Innkeepers, V/H/S, We Are What We Are, Keep The Lights On, Cold in July) Brian Spears (Special Effects Artist, Jessica Jones, The Sacrament, I Sell the Dead, We Are What We Are) and Johnny Recher (Assistant Director, The Purge: Election Year, Underworld: Awakening). They will be joined by James Reyes (Light Iron Post-Production Services) Hesta Prynn (DJJim KlockExecutive, Terror Films) and Lee Coffin (Indie Theater Programmer).

The IHFF is a new event honoring the best in American and international horror filmmaking. The festival will be held October 21-27, 2016 at New York City’s Cinema Village. The IHFF will bring the horror community together for a series of screenings, Q&As, and special events. Selected films will be screened alongside some of the most iconic horror movies of all time.

The festival will feature the world premieres of Shawn Burkett’s Don’t F- in the Woods and Scott B. Hansen’s The Possession Experiment, the U.S. premiere of Gedeon Burkhard’s The Key, and the New York premieres of Hannah Mcpherson’s Sickhouse, The Butcher Brothers’ A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, and John Campopiano and Justin White’s Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, among numerous other films. 

As part of this year’s festival, the IHFF will be celebrating its 2016 Legacy Honoree, horror icon Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, Scream), featuring an appearance by Mr. Craven’s widow, Iya Labunka. The festival will also feature a special screening of The Monster Squad with appearances by cast members Duncan Regehr (Count Dracula) and Tom Noonan (Frankenstein’s Monster)Terror Films has partnered with the IHFF as an official distributor for the festival. T

he alliance with the distributor will guarantee that all original feature length horror films accepted by the film festival will be reviewed by the creative team at Terror Films for worldwide distribution consideration.