Horrible Imaginings

The Smiling Man Review: "the mark of a truly skilled manipulator of emotion."

The great folks at Horror House Party reviewed The Smiling Man during our screening at the Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival in San Diego. The review comes in two parts, one is spoiler-free, and the other spills most of the juicy plot details.

If you have yet to see The Smiling Man, it's probably better to just check out the "spoiler free" review. You can check it out here:


Spoiler Alert!

For those of you who have already seen it, check out their very positive review below:


Looking to see The Smiling Man? It is screening in 15 film festivals all over the world in October alone! This weekend, we will be at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival (Oct. 10, actress Abbi Chally and her mom Mellisa will be in attendance!), next weekend we will be in Boise at the Idaho Horror Film Festival (10/17, writer/director AJ Briones in attendance!), Biloxi for the Fear Fete Horror Film Festival & Convention (nominated for 4 awards!) and Louisville for Fright Night Film Fest!

For a complete list of our upcoming screenings, check out our screening page here:  http://www.thesmilingmanmovie.com/#tour-section

Horrible Imaginings Festival Wrap-up Podcast

Horrible Imaginings Festival Director Miguel Rodriguez has a fantastic podcast episode reflecting on the 6th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, held a couple of weeks ago at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego.

Aside from being a great and insightful listen, they also mention The Smiling Man a couple of times and quote writer/director AJ Briones who talks about the amazing audience at the fest.

The Smiling Man was nominated for 4 awards at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival (Best Cinematography, Best SFX, Best Director and Best Monster Show Short), taking home the Best Monster Show Short award and tying for second place for the Audience Award for Favorite Short Film.

Listen to the podcast episode by clicking the link here:  http://www.hifilmfest.com/2015/09/21/146-hiffsd2016/


The Smiling Man wins Best Monster Show Short Film at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2015!

We're excited to announce that The Smiling Man took home the award for Best Monster Show Short Film at the 6th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego. The Smiling Man was in competition for 4 awards: Best Director, Best SFX, Best Cinematography and Best Monster Show Short.

It is a true honor,  as we were up against an amazing lineup of truly imaginative and creative films.

The festival, which was held in the historic Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park was one of the best we've been to. Our screening was just fantastic, with some truly great short films and some of the most intelligent and thoughtful questions I had ever been asked at a Q&A. The audience I.Q. was definitely top notch at this fest, I could probably talk with them about films for hours!

I also had the wonderful experience of meeting and making friends with some of the great filmmakers whose films I admired. I sincerely wish I could attend every festival we could get our little film into, so I really cherish the moments when the stars align and I'm able to take part of it.

It was such a blast to attend, and I hope to be back next year!

You can check out the complete list of nominees on the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival website here: http://www.hifilmfest.com/awards-nominees/


The Smiling Man comes to San Diego as an Official Selection of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2015! We will be screening with other horror shorts at the iconic Museum of the Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Friday, September 11th, on the "Child's Nightmares" short film block, 5:30-8pm! The writer/director will be planning to attend, and there will be a Q&A after the screening!

Tickets are available online, just click the button below! Note that we will be screening on the "Childhood Nightmares Shorts Block," or you can purchase a Friday or Full Festival Pass.

About Horrible Imaginings

The Horrible Imaginings Film FestivalTM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that showcases art and film that explores the darker or more macabre sides of the human condition. The festival was founded in 2010 by Miguel Rodriguez 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.

Find out more about Horrible Imaginings on their website at http://www.hifilmfest.com/