The Stanley Hotel has long been one of the most talked about hotels in the country. Besides being set in picturesque Estes Park, a northern Colorado town filled with all the kitschy shops you can dream of, it inspired Stephen King to write his classic novel “The Shining,” and in fact served as the location for much of its composition. Within The Stanley Hotel now lies a mini-shrine to the film, which plays on a continuous loop on one of the channels on every television. Naturally, its connection to one of the most seminal films in horror history, along with its imposing nature, make The Stanley Hotel the perfect place for a horror film festival.
From May 2-5, The Stanley Hotel, part of the Grand Heritage Hotel Group, will host the inaugural Stanley Film Festival. “The four-day event will celebrate the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of films, panels, student competitions, audience awards and receptions – all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.”
Passes for the festival are available for purchase on the film festival’s official website, and range anywhere from the basic “Slasher” package for $80, to the “Thriller” package, which sells for a cool $400.
More information can be found on their official Facebook page, as well as on the website. For more information, check out the full press release below.
Check back here in the not-so-distant future for many information on the fest as it becomes available.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Katie Shapiro, Stanley Film Festival
Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations
HISTORIC STANLEY HOTEL LAUNCHES INAUGURAL STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL
- Emerging and established horror filmmakers to showcase independent cinema
February 7, 2013 (Denver, CO) – The Stanley Hotel, part of the Grand Heritage Hotel Group, announced today the inaugural Stanley Film Festival (SFF) that will run May 2 – 5, 2013 in Estes Park, Colorado. The four-day event will celebrate the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of films, panels, student competitions, audience awards and receptions – all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
“The Stanley Hotel is iconic not only for being one of the great historic hotels of our country, but also for the inspiration it gives to its fans. From the making of The Shining to the one million people that have toured the hotel in the last three years…it has inspired generations,” says Grand Heritage Hotel Group Founder and President John Cullen. “I hope to honor The Stanley Hotel and propel horror filmmakers to create and exhibit their work for a new worldwide audience.“
“It’s an honor to join the Stanley Film Festival team in its inaugural year and build a prestigious cinematic event specifically for the horror genre,” says Festival Director Jenny Bloom. “The Stanley Hotel’s history with Hollywood and real paranormal activity makes it such a natural fit for an annual celebration of film.”
The Stanley Film Festival is a unique destination Festival, as all events – both screenings and receptions – will take place throughout The Stanley Hotel. Packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival are on sale and include lodging at the Stanley Hotel. Pass levels include the Thriller ($400), Paranormal ($217) and Slasher ($80) and are available at www.stanleyfilmfest.com.
February 7th: Press accreditation opens.
March 27th: SFF Kick-off Party at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO.
April 1st: Full program announced.
April 5th: Press accreditation closes.
April 8th: Individual tickets on sale to the public.
To keep up to date with the Stanley Film Festival, “Like” SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest); “Follow” SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest), and join the conversation using the hashtag #YeahItsCreepy.
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Stanley Film Festival:
The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror
cinema all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Festival presets emerging and established filmmakers, enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema. Founded in 2013 by the Stanley Hotel to celebrate the property’s iconic Hollywood heritage, the four-day event showcases filmmakers latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts and fellow artists.
The Stanley Hotel:
Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.
Grand Heritage Hotel Group:
Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation’s premier owner operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America; it also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa.