09th Oct2014

Shortcuts to Hell 2 winner announced

by Phil Wheat

At a special invitation-only event Horror Channel, FrightFest, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios announced – following a public vote – the winner of Shortcuts to Hell 2, their nationwide search for a talented filmmaker: Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz, the brothers behind short film Hubert’s Ghost which, as part of the winning prize, will be turned into a full-length feature.


The Staszkiewicz brothers will have their film produced by Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, entering production early 2015, with a minimum cash production fund of £20,000, offered by Horror Channel and Wildseed Studios equally. It is hoped to expand the budget with other funds and sponsorship that the partners and team can bring to the table. The completed feature film will receive UK digital distribution, its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2015, and a broadcast premiere on Horror Channel

Chris Sharp, Chief Content Officer for AMC Networks International – Zone commented:

Shortcuts To Hell isn’t just a film competition, it’s a national talent search designed to unearth fresh new, highly driven talent and provide a solid platform and framework for them, within which to produce their first feature film. We hope that this year’s winners will champion this visionary new production model, and that their success will help pave the way for many more exciting new filmmakers to follow in their wake, with bold and original new feature film projects each year. Congratulations to Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz, we look forward to showing their film debut on Horror Channel.

John Shackleton, Joint Managing Director of Movie Mogul adds:

It is truly exciting to be able to offer this remarkable opportunity to such talented newcomers who have proven their ability and worth on every level throughout this competition. We can’t wait to work with them and look forward to presenting their films to you in 2015!

Alan Jones, Co-director of FrightFest also added:

The Shortcuts to Hell competition slot at FrightFest was an instant success the moment it was announced. And it is always a hot ticket because it attracts such an interested and engaged crowd. It is so exciting for us to be a part of building its reputation every year as the major go-to search for tomorrow’s industry talent. FrightFest congratulates the winner and knows it will be showing the work of this innovative competition winner in the very near future.

See the winning short on the Horror Channel website.


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