Vampfest - The 4th International Vampire Film and Arts Festival

London, 9.-13. July 2019

THE 4th INTERNATIONAL VAMPIRE FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL

AKA ‘VAMPFEST’

HIGHGATE VILLAGE, EAST FINCHLEY & CAMDEN TOWN, LONDON

JULY 9th – 13th 2019

 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

 

Blood and Lust:

Late night screenings of the best Hammer Vampire movies every night from Tuesday at the iconic Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, culminating with the screening of the Christopher Lee classic ‘Dracula’ on Saturday. Thursday night is our big Hammer Vampire night, where, along with a classic movie, we’ll showcase the best of their fanged classics with an illustrated talk from Hammer vampire expert Bruce Hallenbeck. He’ll be joined by the stars of the movies for an audience Q&A and then signing and photo opportunities in the bar area. 

 

The Vampire Academic Conference (VAC):

Lauderdale House in Highgate hosts the presentation of the latest and best academic papers on all things vampire. This year’s featured topics include Hammer’s VampiresThe legend of the Highgate Vampire, and the 200thanniversary of Polidori’s seminal classic ‘The Vampyre’. The VAC features two amazing keynote talks: the first from the ‘Prof of Goth’, Nick Groom, and the second from legendary author Kim Newman.

 

The Vampire Creative Congress (VCC):

Bringing together vampire experts and creatives from film, literature and games (along with anyone with a general interest in vampires) for a series of talks, debates, readings and masterclasses. Topics cover self-publishing your own vampire novel; getting an agent; pitching your vampire project and raising the finances to make a vampire movie. Hosted at the historic Lauderdale House, within view of the legendary Highgate cemetery.

 

Mark Kermode Presents ‘Near Dark’:

Author and critic Mark Kermode presents Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire classic, ‘Near Dark’, followed by a Q&A with Mark at the Phoenix Cinema.

 

Interview with a Vampire Filmmaker:

On Saturday, 25 years on from the release of what is widely regarded as one of the best vampire films ever made, we’ll be screening ‘Interview with a Vampire’, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Straight afterwards, the BAFTA-winning producer, Stephen Woolley, talks us through the making of the classic movie, including how the setting for the talk – the Phoenix Cinema – turned into Theatres Des Vampires for the film. He also produced another vampire classic in Byzantium. Then join us later for our ‘Interview with a Hammer Vampire’ themed Festival Wrap Party.

 

IVFAF Film Screamings & The Golden Stakes Awards:

Come and see some of the best new vampire movies from around the world… if you dare..! Each film screaming session at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre will feature two short films and one feature film, along with talks and Q&As with the filmmakers. Watch them with a critic’s eye and register your vote for the film which you want to win this year’s prestigious Golden Stake AwardThat awards ceremony will take place at the Phoenix Cinema and will be presented by critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode.

 

Théâtre Des Vampires:

Performed across three nights at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, IVFAF’s theatre programme this year focuses on making you laugh – and occasionally shiver with fear. ‘Dracula’s Ghost’, ‘Sherlock Holmes Vs the Sussex Vampire’ and ‘Evan Helsing – Welsh Valleys Vampire Hunter’ feature the best of British on-stage talent.

 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula London Walking Tour:

On Friday and Saturday, renowned storyteller and Bram Stoker expert Anthony Davis takes you on a walking tour around Stoker’s London haunts, exploring the writer’s vampiric relationship with the man who was one of the models for the bloodsucking count.

 

The VampFire Ball:

The Birdcage at Fest Camden hosts the legendary Vampire Masque Ball on the Friday – but this year we’ve added fire to the fangs and burlesque to the blood. Come dressed dark and dangerous and party with us until the early hours when the rising sun sends you scurrying back to your coffins…

 

 

Please note the programme is subject to change and we’ll be adding more events soon!

 

 

• FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS •

All events marked with a + are not included in the Delegate ticket – but they are included in the ViV ticket.

 

TUESDAY 9th

 

2000 - 2200     Phoenix Cinema +

                                    ‘Blood & Lust!’ Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

‘Vampire Circus’ (1972)

‘Human fangs ripping throats – no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood! The greatest blood-show on earth!’

Starring Adrienne Corri.

 

2200 - 0000     Venue TBC

IVFAF launch party

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10th

 

0900 – 1700    Lauderdale House Entrance Hall:

IVFAF Registration

 

0900 – 1700    Lauderdale House Entrance Hallway:

Vampswap

Swap your vampire books, DVDs and other oddments

 

1100 - 1700     Lauderdale House Long Gallery:

The ‘Vampire Academic Conference’ (VAC)

AM:     VAC Papers & Panels

‘Prof of Goth’ Nick Groom keynote 

PM:     VAC Papers & Panels

 

1100 – 1700    Lauderdale House Lower Gallery:

The ‘Vampire Creative Congress’ (VCC)

AM:     Author readings

Panel on the ‘Rules’ of Vampirology

                                                                        Chaired by Nick Groom

PM:     Panel on self-publishing your vampire novel

Featuring self-publishing expert and author Gareth Howard from Authoright in discussion with vampire writer Katie Ruth Davies

                                                            Author readings 

 

1100 – 1600    Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre:

                                    IVFAF Film Screamings

Two shorts, one feature + Q&As

 

1700 – 1800    Lauderdale House walled garden:

Join us for A Bite to Drink…

IVFAF Networking Drinks Reception

 

1930 – 2100    Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre: +

                                    Théâtre Des Vampires:

                                                ‘Sherlock Holmes Vs The Sussex Vampire’

Join the king of the detectives as he takes on his most terrifying and evil challenge ever: The Sussex Vampire!

 

2200 – 0000    Phoenix Cinema: +

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

            ‘Twins of Evil’ (1971)

                        ‘One uses her Beauty for Love; One uses her Lure for Blood!’

Starring Peter Cushing, Mary and Madeleine Collinson and Judy Matheson.

 

2200 - 0000     The Gatehouse Pub: 

VampQuiz

Think you know your Nosferatu from your Near Dark? Then get your fangs into Dewi’s Famous and Fiendish Vampire Pub Quiz.

 

                                    ‘Fury of Dracula’ boardgame

It is 1898. It’s been eight years since Van Helsing and his valiant vampire hunters thwarted Count Dracula’s nefarious plans – or so they thought… in Fury of Dracula, one player is Count Dracula secretly travelling Europe, turning humans into vampires with his gruesome bite and laying deadly traps for those hunting him. The other players are the hunters who must find the bloodthirsty fiend and destroy him before his undead host claim the night as their own.

 

 

THURSDAY 11th

 

0900 – 1700    Lauderdale House Entrance Hall:

IVFAF Registration

 

0900 – 1700    Lauderdale House Entrance Hallway:

Vampswap

Swap your vampire books, DVDs and other oddments. 

 

1100 – 1700    Lauderdale House Long Gallery:  

VAC

AM:     VAC Papers & Panels

Kim Newman keynote 

PM:     VAC Papers & Panels

 

1100 – 1700    Lauderdale House Lower Gallery:

                                    VCC

AM:     Author readings

‘Go For The Jugular’

Workshop on How to Pitch your Vampire project Idea 

Bram Stoker at the London Library

                        Talk with exhibition of the Stoker Papers

PM:     Raising Finances to Raise the Dead

Film Finance Panel and Q&A

Author readings

Panel on writing scary stuff… 

featuring Kim Newman

 

1100 – 1600    Upstairs at the Gatehouse:

                                    IVFAF Film Screamings

Two shorts, one feature + Q&As

 

1930 – 2100    Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre: +

                                    Théâtre Des Vampires:           

‘Evan Helsing – Welsh Valleys Vampire Hunter’

Stage magic and stand-up combine in this high-stakes one-man show from illusionist and funnyman Jasper Blakeley

 

2200 – 2230    Phoenix Cinema: +

                                    ‘Blood and Lust’: Hammer’s Best Vampire films

Featuring Q&As with Hammer Scream Queensand talk with clips from Hammer expert Bruce Hallenbeck

 

2230 – 0000    Phoenix Cinema:  +

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

            ‘Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter’ (1974)

                        ‘The Only Man Alive Feared by the Walking Dead!’

                                    Starring Horst Janson and Caroline Munro.

 

 

FRIDAY 12th

 

1100 – 1400    Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre:                          

IVFAF Film Screamings

Two shorts, one feature + Q&As

 

1400 – 1500    Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre:

                                    ‘Go For The Jugular’

Vampire project pitching competition, judged by a panel featuring Steve November from Lionsgate UK.

                                    

1100 – 1300    Central London: +

Bram Stoker’s DraculaLondon walking tour

Renowned storyteller and Bram Stoker expert Anthony Davis takes you on a walking tour around Stoker’s London haunts, exploring the writer’s vampiric relationship with the man who was one of the models for the bloodsucking count. 

Meet opposite the Lyceum Theatre (Wellington Street WC2E 7RQ). Ends near Trafalgar Square.

 

1830 – 1910    Phoenix Cinema:

                                    The Golden Stakes Awards

                                                Presented by Mark Kermode         

 

1920 – 2200    Phoenix Cinema:

Mark Kermode Presents: ‘Near Dark’ 

Author and critic Mark Kermode presents Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire classic, followed by a Q&A with Mark

 

2000 – 2200    Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre: +

                                    Théâtre Des Vampires:

‘Dracula’s Ghost’

When Bram Stoker's widow welcomes lawyer Mr Leech into her home, there begins a tale of the most feared vampire of all time, of his un-dead life and times, and the remarkable characters he has met down the centuries. An original stage-play concerning the actual story of Count Dracula - prepare for nothing but the bloody truth!

 

2220 – 0000    Phoenix Cinema: +

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

            ‘The Vampire Lovers’ (1970)

                        ‘If You Dare – Taste the Deadly Passion of the Blood Nymphs!’

                                    Starring Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith.

 

2200 – 0200    The Birdcage, FestCamden: +

                                    The VampFire Ball 

The Birdcage at Fest Camden hosts the legendary Vampire Masque Ball on the Friday – but this year we’ve added fire to the fangs and burlesque to the blood. Come dressed dark and dangerousand party with us until the early hourswhen the rising sun sends you scurrying back to your coffins…

 

 

SATURDAY 13th

 

1030 – 1230    Central London: +

Bram Stoker’sDraculaLondon walking tour

            

1930 – 2200    Phoenix Cinema: +

                                    ‘Interview with a Vampire’

                                                Featuring a Q&A with BAFTA-winning Producer Stephen Woolley

Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story of his adventures with Lestat (Tom Cruise) and a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Filmed at the Phoenix in 1994, this year marks Interview With The Vampire's 25th anniversary. And what a way to celebrate! **Please note there will be no trailers before this event and the screening will start promptly at 7.30pm, with the Q&A taking place after the film**

 

2220 – 0000    Phoenix Cinema: +

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

            ‘Dracula’ (1958)

                        ‘The TERRIFYING Lover Who Died – Yet Lived!’

                                    Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Janina Faye.

                         

0000 – 0200    The Bald Faced Stag pub (across the road from the Phoenix Cinema):

                                    ‘Interview with a Hammer Vampire’ themed IVFAF Wrap party

 

 Please note the programme is subject to change and we’ll be adding more events soon! 

‘Welcome to our festival. Come freely, go safely and leave some of the happiness you bring…’