Connie’s video message and screenings for Women in Horror Month 2017!

Women in Horror Month 2017  takes place this February and Connie herself was invited to participate in the festivities. Ever the diva and showgirl, Connie was keen to kick off 2017 with a bang and support #WIHM.

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the work of women in the horror industries.

Connie is screening at a key London event alongside a great line up of films from female talent, including some of our festival buddies, and just had to shout about it in this very special video announcement:

Here are the screening details:

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Sunday February 19th, 6.30pm, The Hen & Chickens Theatre 109 St Paul’s Rd, N1 2NA

Shorts:
Mindless: Katie Bonham
Slit: Pablo Absento
Connie: Cat Davies 
A Tricky Treat: Patricia Chica
The Stylist: Jill Gevargizian
Madre De Dios: Gigi Saul Guerrero
Innsmouth: Izzy Lee

Feature Film:
Slasher House 2 (Intro + Q&A with MJ & Anna Dixon)

 

Our director, Cat Davies, is also participating in another WIHM event next month as part of a panel taking questions alongside fellow filmmakers after a series of short films:

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Friday 10th February, 7pm, The Macbeth of Hoxton, 70 Hoxton St, London N1 6LP

Shorts:
Used: Destinie Orndoff
Halloween: Monica Demes
Beauty N’ Blood: Tapanga McCarbe
Nasty: Prano Bailey-Bond
Mauvaises Têtes: Rebekah Fieschi

8:10. WHIM Panel moderated by Wendy Rose:
Emma Dark, Cat Davies, Prano Bailey-Bond & more


***NEW EVENT ADDED***

Connie will also be screening in Dublin on Sunday 19th February – our Irish premiere, as part of another WIHM event!

Acid Cane Presents: Women in Horror (Dublin)

Sunday February 19th, 6pm

The Liquor Rooms

5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

€12 on the door


To find out more about Women in Horror Month events, how to support and participate, head to their site now. Please spread the word, come and support the ladies behind blood, guts and gore!

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Connie picked as a top 10 short of 2016!

Connie has made From Dusk Till Con’s top 10 shorts of 2016 list and the team could not be happier. She’s in great company, standing shoulder to shoulder with a number of stablemates from the festival circuit this year including The Stylist, Mauvaises Tetes and The Babysitter Murders. To see where Connie placed, head to the FDTC page.

Since bursting on to the scene just four months ago at Horror Channel FrightFest in London back in August, Connie has had garnered fantastic reviews, a flurry of festival screenings and several award nominations in the US. And this is only the beginning of her festival run. Team Connie is well and truly popping corks right now and enjoying some fizz.

Thanks to FDTC for the support!

Happy New Year to one and all and you and yours from the little felt-mouthed puppet diva herself.

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Connie featured in SFX magazine, January 2017 edition – out now!

The little felt-mouthed hellion has made quite an impression on the lovely folks at SFX magazine! Her charm seems limitless!

Connie is featured in the glorious SFX January 2017 edition, issue number 281. It’s out in print (photo below) and digital formats, and available from all good newsagents and via this link. If you aren’t tempted enough by the recommendation and picture of Connie alone, then you may well be swayed when you find out it’s a bumper Star Wars: Rogue One edition. It’s FANTASTIC.

Best Screenplay (Short) award nomination by Nightmares Film Festival

More incredible news for team  Connie! Our writer/director, Cat Davies, has been nominated for an award – Best Screenplay (Short) – by the judges at Nightmares Film Festival, Ohio, US!

Both Cat and Connie are shocked and have been celebrating with coffee, cake, 80s music on repeat and lots of swearing in disbelief.

This is fantastic recognition for our writer/director’s months of research into the uncanny, and the use of dolls and dummies in horror cinema, and her hard work in crafting the screenplay.

Huge thanks to Nightmares for this nomination. We’re really honoured, and the fellow nominees are impressive. We’ll wait with bated breath for the outcome!

Connie’s North American Premiere at Nightmares is this Thursday, as part of the Horror Comedy shorts block from 10pm to midnight. Festival passes, VIP All Access Passes and single screening tickets all available here.

#BetterHorror  #NFF16

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Canadian and Mexican Premieres Announced! Creepfest and Morbido Fest!

It’s been less than two months since our World Premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest, and Connie has bagged seven festival screenings and is nominated for several awards. We’re now delighted to announce our fantastic Canadian and Mexican Premieres!

First, Connie’s Canadian Premiere will be at Camp Horrors CREEPFEST Film Festival in Ontario, which takes place from 28th to 30th October. Sponsors include Scream magazine, and it promises to be a real treat, screening shorts and features, with a horror art gallery, after parties, costume contest and  more! Screening day and time to be confirmed.

NOTE: Dates and location for Creepfest have moved:

CANADIAN PREMIERE: CAMP HORRORS CREEPFEST FILM FESTIVAL25th – 26th March 2017, The Rainbow Theatre, Toronto, Canada

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Second, our Mexican Premiere is at Morbido Film Fest, Mexico City, which runs from 2nd to 6th November. Connie screens as part of their THE DEVIL IS NOT HOW YOU IMAGINED, programme: Leave pre established ideas outside. Here nothing is what it seems. These are 8 short films that will teach you not to trust appearances! Screening day and time to be confirmed.

The full programme of international short films is very impressive and we’re proud to be included as part of such an esteemed list. Check it out here! There are also fine arts exhibitions, plays, thematic lectures, book presentations, concerts, and even a traditional Mexican wrestling match!

Connie is looking forward to her time in the sunshine of beautiful Mexico, and we had a lot of fun adding the subtitles to the film. Connie now knows a lot of Mexican swear words!

Connie ha sido seleccionada para el Festival de Cine Morbido en el maravilloso ¡México! está emocionadísima ¡esperamos que estén listos!

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North American Premiere at Nightmares Film Festival, and Crystal Palace Film Festival inclusion

More fantastic festival acceptances for Connie!

First, Connie will be screened as part of Nightmares Film Festival, a top international film festival dedicated to the horrific, the dreadful and the weird – perfect for little miss puppet. The festival takes place from 20th – 23rd October in Columbus, Ohio, at the world-renowned Gateway Film Center, named one of the top twenty art houses on the continent by Sundance. This is currently set to be our North American Premiere!

Connie will be screened alongside some of the very best features and shorts from around the world, including recent FrightFest stablemates, The Stylist by Jill Gevargizian, Gwilliam by Brian Lonano and The Babysitter Murders by Ryan Spindell, and of course, Night of the Slasher by Shant Hammasian. So Connie will be in great company!

Precise day/time of screening is to be announced.

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Then on Friday 18th November, she’ll have her second London outing as part of the eighth annual Crystal Palace International Film Festival. Following the success of KEEN-wah at the festival last year, this is sure to be a real treat. The festival has a great vibe, with themed nights and is one of the coolest I’ve been to in years. It runs from 29th October – 19th November at several venues in South East London.

You can buy tickets for our screening on 18th November here.

Stay tuned – there are more to be announced… we just can’t reveal them yet!

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HorrorTalk review -“Connie is a force to be reckoned with, and so is Cat Davies.”

The verdict on Connie is in from the fabulous HorrorTalkand the little puppet has impressed once again!

“Genuinely hilarious”

“Really unsettling”

“Cat Davies… has a fantastic grasp on how to get under the audience’s skin”

“We’re used to the Chucky’s of the genre invoking the fear, but with this new female focus, Connie is a force to be reckoned with, and so is Cat Davies.”

Head to HorrorTalk to read their full glowing review for Connie. Big thanks to them for the kind words and support.

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Great Starburst Magazine Review for Connie!

What a week of updates! Good news seems to come along all at once. The verdict on Connie is in from Starburst magazine, and it’s a big thumbs up!

With compliments all round, Connie is simply blushing and having a quiet moment of tranquil peace. She’s very zen. Big thanks to Starburst, team Connie, the planet!

“Make sure you catch Connie, it’s a pleasant surprise and showcases a talent worth keeping an eye on. 8/10” Starburst

Click image to read full review

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Fantastic SciFiNow Review & Interview!

There’s more love for Connie! The kind folk at SciFiNow have written a very complimentary article about the short film, with a lovely opening review followed by an interview with writer/director, Cat Davies. If you want to read more about the challenges of making short films, this is a must-read! It’s a very insightful piece detailing the production of this film, the writing process, fondness for the Duplass brothers and the tough choice of Hugo or Chucky.

“Funny, creepy, clever and surprisingly affecting, Connie is a wonderful tribute to creepy doll classics while managing to be something all of its own” – SciFiNow

Big thank you to Jonathan Hatfull and SciFiNow. We’re pleased to make films that you like! Long may this continue.

Click to image to read full article

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Connie nominated for two awards by Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival!

Today came the great news that Connie has been nominated for not one, but TWO awards by Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival!

The kind judges have nominated the film in the categories of Best Sick Chick Flick, equivalent to Best Film, and Best Female Lead for our incredible actress, Catrin Stewart. Catrin plays two roles and operates a very cheeky, gobby and demanding little puppet throughout the film, and we’re incredibly proud of her mesmerising performance.

This is great recognition for the film, especially as we’re in the very early stages of its festival run. A big thank you to team Connie and all who helped in getting it made.

The winners will be announced at the festival in North Carolina in the US on November 5th. Let’s hope that Connie herself can celebrate that night with real fireworks.

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