Taking place in October 2012, Pollygrind hopes to highlight cult, horror, sci-fi, exploitation, arthouse, edgy, off kilter, dark, and innovative works of cinema.
"We continue to learn and grow from each previous year so that we can best live up to our reputation as a film festival of a different breed," director Chad Clinton Freeman said. "We're always on the lookout to spotlight as many different types of projects as we can and in living up to that concept, we have expanded our entry categories from eight to 19. We have also become a WithoutABox.com partner and are now an IMDb qualifier."
New categories include Really Reel for documentaries, biopics and extreme sports films; The Outcasts for banned, rejected or censored projects; Phony Baloney for found footage, mockumentary, spoof, self aware, metafilm, homage, parody or satire features; and New Wave for debut and sophomore films from directors with defiantly independent visions, whether that defiance is on screen or off and results in a work of art that is highly stylized, shocking, full of great social commentary, filled with great dialogue, thought provoking, sexy, bloody, or just extremely cool.
"And what better place for the ultimate genre and underground film festival than Las Vegas, the home of glitz, glam, filth and sin, as well as cult filmmakers Ted V. Mikels, Albert Pyun, David Schmoeller and the late Ray Dennis Steckler," Freeman said. "Taking place in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world's arts district, PollyGrind is a community of creative individuals, created by filmmakers, that celebrates individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment."
Last year, the international festival had more than 100 official selections that represented over 30 different film genres. At the end of the fest, 53 awards were handed out.
"This year we hope to increase all of these numbers and give out awards to as many as 100 projects," Freeman said.
The festival also hopes to continue its reputation as "the key festival for indie cult filmmakers to land distribution deals." PollyGrind handed out distribution contracts from Breaking Glass Pictures, Apprehensive Films and Wild Eye Releasing.
"We don't just make selection and screen films; we champion projects," Freeman said. "In our first two years, we have seen more than 20 films we showcased receive distribution. Slime City Massacre, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, Dear God No! and The Bunny Game are among some of our past selections that have gone on to bigger and better things."
Discounted early-bird entries have a post-marked deadline of March 31, while the regular deadline is June 13 and the WAB extended deadline is August 13.
For more information, visit PollyGrind.com
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PollyGrind is an underground film festival that celebrates individuality, diversity, creativity, empowerment and community.