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Famous Monster of Filmland

Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine was established in 1958 as a way to celebrate genre films and unite fans around the world. The magazine has gone on to become one of the most influential entertainment magazines of all time, with a rich and storied history. And while many think of Famous Monsters as purely dedicated to classic monsters, Forry insisted that we “find the next generation of storytellers.” He referenced how he featured a then-unknown teenager named Rick Baker who made monster makeups in his parents’ house, and a young filmmaker named John Landis. Forry always had his eye towards the future.

In 2016, Famous Monsters joined forces with the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group to hold the Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival at the Roxy theatre. 2017 saw the festival expand to Dallas, Texas alongside the Famous Monsters Convention. Now in 2018, we return to Santa Rosa where we'll continue to focus on independent films, shorts, animation, screenplays, and graphic novels.
In 1958, editor Forrest J Ackerman and publisher James Warren set out to make a single magazine, called Famous Monsters of Filmland, that would celebrate the classic films of Universal’s golden horror age. But the issue proved to be such a massive success that it went on to become one of the most popular and influential periodicals of all time. Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Rick Baker, George Lucas, and much more have all spoken at length about the influence and inspiration the magazine brought to their creative development.
The magazine made a point to not just honor classic films and provide details on new and upcoming projects, it also contained tips and tricks for readers on how to create their own monster and Sci-Fi films. From filming secrets to basic makeup and blood effects, FM became a “how-to” for aspiring storytellers.
Before iconic editor Forrest J Ackerman passed away in 2008, he was very clear that as we continued with FM, it was our duty to find the new talent, the storytellers that would capture the imaginations of audiences for generations to come. And that is exactly what Silver Scream Film & Comic Festival intends to do.
For its third year, Silver Scream Fest will once again be accepting graphic novel submissions as well as films and animation. The comic book and film industries have become increasingly intertwined, as much of what dominates the box office has been adapted from the paneled page. By opening the Festival up to comic book artists and writers, FM will be able to dip into a much broader creative pool and offer exclusive publishing contracts through American Gothic Press. 
With the rise in VR development, we'll also be accepting VR films.
This February 16-18, 2018 in downtown Santa Rosa hosted by the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group. Come take a weekend with us to relive classic stories and discover new ones.
Tickets available here


Tuesday The 23rd Is The Last Day

Hey everyone, if you haven’t heard tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd, is the last and final day to enter the 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Festival. We’ve announced a bunch of accepted films already with more on their way. You still have a chance to join these talented filmmakers for an unforgettable event in wine country.  As a reminder, all accepted entries get two complimentary passes to the event in Santa Rosa, CA this February 16-18.   We’re accepting al...

Screening Of Living Among Us With Director And Cast Q&A

We’re a month away from the 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest this February 16th-18th. We’re proud to be kicking off the weekend with the feature film LIVING AMONG US followed by a Q&A with writer/director Brian Metcalf (THE LOST TREE) and cast members Thomas Ian Nicholas (AMERICAN PIE, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION), Chad Todhunter (TRUE BLOOD), Jessica Morris (AMERICAN EXORCISM), and Andrew Keegan (O, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU). This film with a new take on vampire lore also boast...

Last Two Weeks To Enter The Silver Scream Film Fest

With all the last minute request from filmmakers to enter the Silver Scream Film Fest we’ve decided to give everyone two more weeks to get their films in. This will be your last chance to enter after January 23rd submissions will be closed. For those of you just finding out about this (or those of who already knew) here’s a code for $15 off your entry fee.   Code: 15OFF   Enter here:

Call For Entries: Tomorrow Is The Last Day To Enter

Tomorrow is the last day to enter your feature, short, animation, screenplay, or graphic novel to the Silver Scream Film Fest.    The Silver Scream Fest is this February 16-18 at the Roxy Stadium 14 Theater in Santa Rosa. This year we're celebrating The Heroines Of Horror - Kelli Maroney, Barbara Crampton, and Dee Wallace. Meet the original Creature From The Black Lagoon Ricou Browning. There's even a special screening of the 4K Criterion Edition of Night Of The Livi...

Last Chance To Save $10 On Your Entry Fee

The $10 off promo code to enter the 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest ends in 5 days. With our final deadline, January 9th, creeping up you don't want to miss your chance to be a part of this growing event.   Enter at   Enter code: MERRYSAVINGS18   The 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest is proud to be bringing together young filmmakers with not only people working i...

The Creature From The Black Lagoon Rises At The Silver Scream Festival!

Come to the Silver Scream Festival this February to see the Creature From The Black Lagoon on the big screen. After the screening, meet the man in the suit himself, Ricou Browning! The last surviving Universal Monster honors us with his presence to meet with fans and talk about possibly the most important monster movie ever.   With rave reviews coming in for The Shape Of Water we wanted to celebrate the film that inspired Guillermo Del Toro's modern masterpiece.  ...

Call For Entries: The Silver Scream Fest Is Announcing Its First Round Picks

We've started announcing some of the accepted feature/short films you can expect to see this February 16 -18 at the 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest. Check in weekly as we continue to announce our lineup. ​​​​​​​   If you want your film to be shown with these wonderful entries? Then go to for a chance to be a part of the Silver Scream Film Fest.

Save $10 On Your Entry To The Silver Scream Film Fest

Silver Scream Fest wants to wish everyone a happy holiday season with $10 off your entry fee when submitting through Withoutabox.   Use the code: MERRYSAVINGS18   Enter your submission here   Submit your feature, short, animation, screenplay, or graphic novel by December 31st to take advantage this special offer.  ...

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