Your Guide to the 2022 Cat Fly or Die Indie Film Festival in Asheville, NC – AVLtoday


Asheville, beware. Three nights of dread will find the spotlight Thursday Oct. 6-Sat. Oct. 8 to cat fly or die independent horror film festival.

The festival is a seasonal offshoot of Cat Fly Film Festival, which has been supporting the local and regional film scene for over 5 years. The association gives priority to the art of LGBTQ+, BIPOC and other up-and-coming filmmakers who represent the Southeast.

“Cat Fly has grown exponentially,” says festival co-founder and creative director Madeleine Richardson, who has seen festival attendance more than double since its creation. “We are thrilled to bring Cat Fly or Die to life as an ongoing platform for underrepresented artists from the South. And who doesn’t love Halloween?

One of the main reasons Cat Fly focused on horror? Accessibility for artists. “It’s much easier to produce a low-budget horror film than other genres, so it fits perfectly with our mission to provide a platform for local creators,” adds Richardson.

It’s like going to the movies, but cooler.

Photo courtesy of Cat Fly

As for the films: there will be 13 Halloween-themed worksfrom classic horror and black comedy to chilling music videos and animations. The majority of films will start at primary screening Saturday, October 8, beginning at Wicked Weed Funkatorium at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, October 6, there will also be a special evening screening of short film by local director Joshua Overbay Spywith an accompanying live score — at the Revolve Art Gallery, plus a local horror podcast live play Palimpsest.

Another spooky fun Includes: One Bloody Mary brunch mixer at The Odd, a sound composition workshop specifically for horror movies, a “open micfor short films, and a official after party hosted by creative hub different world.

Interested in participating? Good news: many events are free or on donation. Information for paid events may be found here – and be sure to check out the full Event calendar for more details.


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