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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 10.22.13] horror

For last year's The ABCs of Death release, the producers launched a pretty great competition to give an up-and-coming director the opportunity to showcase his or her work alongside some of the biggest names in horror. Last year's winner was Lee Hardcastle whose claymation short for T is for Toilet wowed both audiences and the jury.

The search for this year's 26th director is already in full swing and with a little over a week left in the submission process and a lot of time to kill today, I browsed the current roster of entries and unsurprisingly, they vary radically in theme, style and quality. There are a few themes: meat seems particularly popular and a few of the shorts seem designed simply to shock but among them, there are a few stand outs.

The most accomplished of the bunch so far is Jack Lindley's M is for Marionette which features a grandfather sharing a story with his lovely granddaughter while leaving out some very graphic and violent elements. Zach Lorkiewicz's M is for Mess is the most fun even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense (blood filled flies?) but my favourite of the bunch also happens to be the most intense: Manny Serrano's body horror M is For Mastectomy; the title suggests exactly what it's about but the performance and execution is spectacular.

Submissions are open to midnight on October 31st while voting is open until November 14th and the winner will be announced December 15th, just in time for Christmas.

My picks are below but you can check out all of the contest entries here.

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