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Dread Central:

Last month Shudder, the horror streaming video service backed by AMC Networks, launched Shudder Labs, an intimate and immersive workshop for aspiring genre filmmakers; and at that time the deadline for registration was March 30th.  However, the date has now been extended, and along with more info on that, we have news about the Labs’ first Masters-in-Residence and workshop leaders, which include the great Larry Fessenden!

From the Press Release:
Due to popular demand, filmmakers who would like to submit to the 2016 Shudder Labs programs will now have until Friday, April 15, 2016.

Shudder Labs is a one-of-a-kind retreat that will bolster and support the next generation of horror storytellers as they develop their projects under the guidance of established creators and tastemakers.  The week-long, intimate workshop will host ten carefully selected aspiring filmmakers who already have a project in the works.

The inaugural Shudder Labs program will take place June 13-18 in New Paltz, New York, and will feature a variety of workshops including directing, screenwriting, and special makeup FX. Masters-in-Residence will lead classes and talks based on their skill set and personal experience, while workshop leaders will be on hand for invigorating and informative discussion of essential avenues like crowdfunding and on-set makeup FX. Additionally, the selected filmmakers will sit for crucial one-on-one time with our filmmakers, where they can dive deeper into the specifics of their projects.

Each program participant will graduate as a Shudder Fellow and take home a $5,000 grant and a year-long mentorship from one of the Masters-in-Residence.

The first wave of year-long mentors include actor, producer, and director Larry Fessenden and CEO of Snowfort Pictures Travis Stevens. Both Masters-in-Residences have strong backgrounds in horror films. Fessenden is no stranger to taking on the role of mentor, having produced early works by genre veterans Jim Mickle and Ti West. Stevens will bring his producing expertise having worked on award-winning films such as Cheap Thrills, Starry Eyes, and We Are Still Here.

Kickstarter’s George Schmalz will be leading workshops alongside Josh and Sierra Russell of Russell FX.

Shudder Labs is now open to filmmakers who have produced at least one short film or micro-budget feature. Further details on the program and application can be found at