2021 Etheria Film Festival Lineup Announced, Will Stream Exclusively on Shudder

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'The Fourth Wall,' directed by Kelsey Bollig. Etheria Film Festival.

Etheria Film Night has announced its 2021 Official Short Films Showcase Lineup, which will stream exclusively on Shudder from June 25 through July 25. The Festival is the world’s most respected annual showcase of horror, science fiction, fantasy, action and thriller films directed by women.

Etheria 2021 Official Poster.

And this year’s showcase will feature nine short films and honor The Walking Dead Showrunner and Executive Producer Angela Kang with the 2021 Etheria Inspiration Award, given annually to a person in the entertainment industry who has inspired women to pursue careers working in genre film and television. Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator) will present the award to Kang with the ceremony included as part of the official Etheria 2021 content streaming on Shudder.

Kang joined the show’s writing staff in season two as a story editor, quickly rising the ranks to co-executive producer by season five. Her promotion to showrunner was announced in January 2018, going into season nine of the acclaimed series. Kang is also currently co-creating The Walking Dead Universe’s Untitled Daryl & Carol Spinoff.

In a press release, Hurd shared her excitement about Kang’s recognition: “The Etheria Film Festival is the preeminent forum showcasing the many talented women working in the genre field. As The Walking Dead’s first female showrunner, Angela Kang has proven herself to be a visionary in the horror/sci-fi medium, and she is also one of the most talented people working in television today. Being a previous recipient of the Inspiration Award myself, I am honored to pass the torch to Angela.”

The 2021 Etheria Film Festival Short Film Lineup will include the following films:

‘The Fourth Wall,’ directed by Kelsey Bollig. Etheria Film Festival.

The Fourth Wall (11:30 min) (Horror) (Switzerland/France) – Chloé fights for her moment in the spotlight. How far will she go to upstage the annoying actors with whom she is forced to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?

‘Narrow,’ directed by Anna Chazelle. Etheria Film Festival.

Narrow (10 min) (Sci-Fi/Horror) (USA) – In a post-apocalyptic world where survival means never stepping off a thin narrow path, a lone woman must evade a creature that stalks her every move.

‘You Will Never Be Back,’ directed by Monica Mateo. Etheria Film Festival.

You Will Never Be Back (13:30) (Sci-Fi/Horror) (Spain) – After Ana and David say goodbye like any other day, something extraordinary happens that alters reality.

‘Bootstrapped,’ directed by Katy Erin. Etheria Film Festival.

Bootstrapped (7:30 min) (Sci-Fi) (USA) – A physicist travels back in time to try to save her relationship — and in turn, the world.

‘Misfits,’ directed by Ciani Rey Walker. Etheria Film Festival.

Misfits (18 min) (Thriller) (USA) – When they learn their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination, two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history.

‘The Gray,’ directed by Myra Aquino. Etheria Film Festival.

The Gray (9:30 min) (Fantasy) (USA) – A former cop works in purgatory and processes people going to heaven and hell. One day, his 20-year-old son appears.

‘Polvotron 500,’ directed by Silvia Conesa. Etheria Film Festival.

Polvotron 500 (11 min) (Sci-Fi) (Spain) – In the year 2065, a man enters an old holographic sex booth intending to take a nap, but he accidentally activates the sex hologram.

‘Eye Exam,’ directed by Aislinn Clarke. Etheria Film Festival.

Eye Exam (2:30 min) (Horror) (U.K.) – A woman regrets attending a free eye exam when she begins to suspect that her optometrist has nefarious intentions.

‘Who Goes There,’ directed by Astrid Thorvaldsen. Etheria Film Festival.

Who Goes There (23 min) (Horror/Western) (U.K.) – When a stranger appears on their prairie in 1880 Minnesota, Ingrid invites him in to heal her dying sister, but she doesn’t realize that a supernatural force is crossing her threshold.

Check out the teaser trailer for the Festival below.

Watch the 2021 Etheria Film Festival on Shudder from June 25 through July 25. Go to www.shudder.com to sign up for a 7-day, risk-free trial.

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