The Bram Stoker International Film Festival features every year a selection of independent horror, sci-fi and thriller movies from all over the world. Founded in 2009, it’s held in Whitby, the Yorkshire seaside town where part of Bram Stoker’s seminal horror novel “Dracula” is set.
It celebrates the life and the literary production of the famous Irish writer, that found his inspiration for the book – and the name of his iconic character itself – after visiting the village in 1890. In the local library, in fact, Stoker first came across the name “Dracula“: he found it in a book titled “An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia” written by William Wilkinson, that included a short section on a “Voivode Dracula” who fought against the Turks. Dracula in Wallachian language means Devil and that’s probably what attracted Stoker’s attention.
The 2012 edition of the Festival took place in the small English town in the end of October (from the 25th to the 28th), celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Stoker’s death, and awarded “I am a ghost” as best film and Martin Gooch as best director for “Death”.
The Festival features screenings of classic and new horror flicks, Q&A sessions with directors, many themed entertainment events (ranging from concerts to burlesque and fashion shows) and hosts a gothic Vampires’ Ball, that attracts every years thousands of visitors.
The four-day Festival, endorsed by the Stoker family, is designed to promote innovative, independent and international genre films, including shorts and documentaries, in front of audiences who would otherwise never get the chance to see these works in a theatrical setting. Best-selling author Graham Taylor defined it it as “one of the most important events to come to Whitby in the past 50 years”.