About the event
The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival showcases art and film that explores the darker or more macabre sides of the human condition. The festival was founded in 2010 in San Diego, California in order to promote and spotlight exemplary new artistic voices in what is commonly known as the horror genre. It is our mission to encourage an elevation of the genre through film discussion, question and answer sessions, panels, and other presentations.
The horror genre has long been a staple of film and literature, boasting a significant number of fans and devoted connoisseurs who dedicate much time and money to its exploration. Because the city of San Diego has long had a notable lack of film festivals devoted to the genre, Horrible Imaginings has been able to fill a perceived need and remain a successful enterprise during the first five years of our existence.
Since opening our doors in November of 2010, Horrible Imaginings founder Miguel Rodriguez has become a respected scholar and programmer in the San Diego community. Horrible Imaginings has been asked to curate or introduce programs for UCSD’s Artpwr, FilmOut San Diego, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, The San Diego Opera, The San Diego Asian Film Festival, The San Diego Italian Film Festival, Midnight Madness screenings at The Ken Cinema, a monthly film series at the San Diego Public Library, Film Geeks screenings at the Digital Gym Cinema, and more. Rodriguez has also appeared several times as an expert on KPBS, the local public radio station. This exposure, as well as quality programming, has led to a loyal community of regular audience members who return year after year to Horrible Imaginings Events.
We are thrilled to call San Diego’s wonderful Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) our home. Located in the historic Prado of Balboa Park, right in the midst of San Diego’s most beloved tourist spot, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival promises to be a new force in San Diego that is here to stay. As audience member Doug Lathrop put it, “San Diego is too sunny! We need some darkness!”
Why should you sponsor?
As filmmaker John Carpenter succinctly put it, the horror and thriller genres have grown up part and parcel with the art of cinema. They are a staple of the form, have always been, and always will be. There is something fundamental about the audience need for these types of films, and for that reason, they inspire absolute devotion and loyalty among their fans.
The audience who attends our festival is thoughtful, smart, and, above all, dedicated to the people, organizations, and businesses that support the genre they feel such a strong connection to. This goes beyond mere entertainment, to a bond that builds true relationships. We believe that supporters of events like this one can build those same relationships and loyalty--turning our audience members into their new customers, patrons, or members.
Miguel Rodriguez is the founder and Executive Director of the Horrible Imaginings, a San Diego-based film festival dedicated to genre cinema, performance, and art. He is also a film curator and programmer for San Diego Latino Film Festival, The Film Geeks San Diego, Digital Gym Cinema, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Miguel's interest in populist film history and how that history both reflects and informs the culture it inhabits has led to a number of lectures and publications, including School Library Journal. He also hosts the monthly official podcast of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, Mass Hypnosis Podcast, and often joins KPBS Arts and Culture's Cinema Junkie Podcast.
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