ST. ALBANS — Nearly 150 people attended the Northwest Nightmares film festival at the Welden Theater Monday night to view 13 amateur horror films.
Submissions to the festival created by Northwest Public Access came from as far away as the Northeast Kingdom, but it was St. Albans residents David Rheaume and Renée Laroche who won the prize, or “Skully,” for best film.
Rheaume is a graphic designer for Messenger Print & Design; Laroche manages Hello Again Resale Boutique.
Their ghost story, “Come With Me,” was filmed in two days using a high definition camera borrowed from Northwest Public Access, said Rheaume. Two weeks were spent on editing.
Many of the films submitted were made by students in a film class at Northwest Technical Center. At least three films were created by members of Bellows Free Academy’s Thespian Society. Others were family productions.
Northwest Public Access will air the films on Halloween starting at 8 p.m. They will be shown again at midnight Saturday and again at 10 p.m. Saturday. Links to the films will then be posted at online (www.nwnightmares.com).
Other winning films include: “The Key” by Tom Murphy, his friends and family which won Skullies for acting and cinematography; “The Human Chair” by Skylar Perocchi and Geran Miter, which won for best story; and, “Asylum,” by Lucas Ouellette, which received the Sleeping with the Lights On Skully.
In addition to best picture, “Come With Me,” received Skullies for effects, sound design and editing.