Damnationland International Film Festival

In addition to our invite-only main Damnationland program, 2017 marks the first year that we have added an international film festival to our event roster. Filmmakers from around the globe submitted their works for consideration, and after careful deliberation, we are excited to share our favorites with local fans of dark cinema!

The Damnationland International Film Festival is on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

It is an all-day event that starts at 10am (full schedule below). There will also be an afterparty starting at 10pm sponsored by Oxbow Beer. You can buy tickets for individual blocks of films, which we have grouped together based on thematic elements and geographic origins, or you can buy an all-day pass and watch as many as you like!

You can purchase tickets online by clicking here.

Tickets for any single block are $5.
All-Day Passes are $20.

All Festival screenings held at:
Mechanics Hall Ballroom, 519 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101 (Get Directions)

10am - Experimental Movies with Beards

Restricted Vision [Wales] – Directed by Jonny Cola & Jez Leather

Deep in the Welsh hills, a car is on the move. Its driver, Alan (Jez Leather), appears to be documenting the landscape via a series of Polaroids, a road trip made none the simpler by the presence of sometime glam rock frontman Jonny Cola – irritable, unsettled and trapped in an increasingly surreal journey of his own making. Blackly comic, with an atmosphere hanging between psychological thriller and stylized confessional, Restricted Vision is the debut short film from Jukebox Headaches, the creative partnership between Cola and Leather.

Black Cat [USA] – Directed by Peter Pardini

When a near-decade old murder case involving a movie star threatens to reopen, adult child Duke Moody decides to make a true crime documentary, financed by his mother.

12pm - Magic Cookbooks

The Bakebook [Canada] – Dir. by Suri Parmar

A modern-day animated fairy-tale, in which a woman overcomes the disappearance of her lover through her passion for baking.

Reveries of a Solitary Walker [Italy] – Dir. by Paolo Gaudio

Three characters in three different ages are united by a dream of freedom and a small masterpiece of literature. A journey through the mysterious and timeless aspirations, sufferings and reveries of a poet, of a young student and a child lost in the woods

2pm - Weird Israel

Up and Arise [Israel] – Dir. by Raanan Berger

Likey is a man who was raised by his Master as a dog. When he succeeds to escape from his Master’s home, he discovers that the outside world conducts itself differently than we would aspect.

Land of the Little People [Israel] – Dir. by Yaniv Berman

In a country in a constant state of war over whose land is whose, children prepare themselves to one day take up the fight. However, this time four young kids decide on their own what is worth fighting for and whose deserves to die.

4pm - Shorts Block

Hada [Israel] – Dir. Tony Morales

Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth as fallen out. What Daniel doesn’t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.

The Madame in Black [Sweden] – Dir. Jarno Lee Vinsencius

After playing the infamous urban legend game “Madame in Black”, Alex and his sister, Emma, experience the wrath of the evil witch Madame in Black.

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir [USA] – Dir. David E. Munz-Maire

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir’ follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father.

The Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) [France] Dir. By Julien Eon

Rocker Dick Traverse is a tour manager based in France. Washed out by a sterile existence, Dick is about to call it quits. During his next tour with an obscure Norwegian pagan-metal band he meets some mysterious and lunatic people. Will he listen to them and be able to re-enchant his life?

Doll [Australia] – Dir. by Jia He

A girl is trapped in a house where an evil nesting doll captures souls.

Bride of Frankie [USA] – Dir. by Devi Snively

In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.

In a Forest, at Night [Belgium] – Dir. by Léonard Adrien

Victor and his daughter Laura live in a small village, surrounded by woods. Victor must make animal sacrifices to feed the trees of the forest. But one night, one of the animals escapes from the sacrifice. The same night, interested in finding out more about her mother’s disappearance years ago, Laura escapes from her house to discover and learn more about that mysterious forest.

6pm - Canadian Feature

The Child Remains [Canada] – Dir. by Michael Melski

An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’, THE CHILD REMAINS is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.


So, if a film is co-directed by a Mainer, and features a Mainer in a lead role, and it scares the bejesus out of you and makes you think until your head hurts, it’s a Damnationland film. Featuring Damnationland perennial talent Erik Moody, this film tells the story of a couple of friends who begin to… well, you should just watch the trailer. This is a film that you will want to talk about. Also, this is the first time IN THE WORLD anyone will see it!

Escape the Dark [USA] – Dir by Ben DeLoose & Matthew Chilelli

A psychological and supernatural horror film following two sets of roommates experiencing mysterious events while battling their own personal demons. J

Director Ben DeLoose and actor Erik Moody will be available for a Q&A after the screening.