Bleedingham short horror film festival coming to Pickford Film Center

Bleedingham, an annual short film festival now in its third year, that features horror-themed short films created by Washington state filmmakers, offers two showings of films at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.

The first showing will be a hosted event and awards ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25. The second showing will be a run of the films and a costume contest (with prizes) on Nov. 1. Both events begin at 9 p.m.

Admission is $7.25 for Pickford members, $8 students, $10.50 general.

Prizes are given to winners in six categories, with a cash grand prize given to the best film. Judges are Thom Carnell, Roman Stadtler, Lorelei Shannon, Glen Berry and James Pidgeon.

Bleedingham is a short horror film festival based in Bellingham. It’s part of the greater Bellingham Film Festivals community, “dedicated to promoting the continual growth of filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest by providing a venue for their films where they can be rewarded for their hard work and receive feedback from professionals.”

Bellingham Film Festivals offers workshops designed to improve filmmaking in the area.

Bleedingham, in particular, does this within the arena of the horror genre, but seeks to help all filmmaking endeavors. The organizers’ goal is to grow with each festival, implement filmmakers’ suggestions in an effort to continually improve the festival, add additional related activities to support the horror genre as a whole, improve the quality of local filmmaking, support independent DIY projects, be a launching pad for filmmakers who wish to become professionals in the industry and promote all local filmmakers’ efforts.

Bleedingham’s motto is “Stay Scary.”

Details: bleedingham.com.