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June 8, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#156: Explore the Italian Dark SciFi Film INDEX ZERO with Director Lorenzo Sportiello (SPOILER FREE)

index zero posterIndex Zero is a new dark science fiction film from Italy, and a debut feature from director Lorenzo Sportiello. As with any good genre story, Sportiello uses high-concept cinema to explore some very real problems facing Europe today--namely the refugee and immigration problems that challenge many European countries. The film also boasts an impressive world-building attention to details, oppressive dystopian atmosphere, and an immersive soundscape as we follow the refugee points of view of two characters trying to cross a border toward, not just a better life, but to actual survival.

Horrible Imaginings has been invited by the San Diego Italian Film Festival to co-present a special, one-time-only screening at The Museum of Photographic Arts on June 16th. Since I will be introducing the film, I decided to contact director Lorenzo Sportiello to get some insights into his vision. He graciously agreed to join me on Skype all the way from his homecity of Rome, Italy.

You never know where an interview will take you, and we get into so fascinating discussions about his refugee metaphor, independent filmmaking challenges, as well as comparing and contrasting indie filmmaking in the US vs. Europe, and the importance of the "middle class" of independent filmmaking. It was great fun for us, and I hope it will be for you, too! This will be a NON-SPOILER episode, so you can listen to it before seeing the film, and I hope it will interest you in seeking the film out!

For those of you who live around San Diego, and if you catch this episode in time, I hope you will join us in 8 days at MOPA for our screening! Here are the details:

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Where: The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park
When: Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm
Co-Presented by San Diego Italian Film Festival and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Tickets will be available at the door. Now listen to our conversation, and remember to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD! Until next time!


July 30, 2015 Posted by admin in General

2015 Horrible Imaginings Short Film: Cogas!

cogas poster

Country of Origin: Italy

Cogas is a dark tale about vampire witches with long tails, forced to suck blood from newborn babies in order to survive. Old and tired, the protagonist witch relies her life on her blood supplies But when she has to go hunting again, the coga will find out that her future victim might not be that easy to catch.

Cogas takes inspiration from a dark Sardinian legend ( Sardinia is a small Mediterranean Island-ITALY)

"Cogas" will be featured during the "Animation" Short Film Block, starting at 4:45pm on Sunday, September 13th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!



Eliza Langland
cogas director

Director Bio: Michela Anedda

Michela is a Sardinian animator with a big passion for foreign cultures and traditions.After her BA degree in Communication Design at the University of Sassari, Italy, she attempt an Animation Master of Arts at the Edinburgh College of Art, presenting Cogas as final project.

Michela's works are deeply connected to her homeland traditions, from the visuals to the stories, and Cogas, her first film, it's an example of her way to communicate those.

Director’s Statement

Cogas is Masters Degree final project, a stop-motion short film entirely shot at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2013. The animated short film is a dark tale about newborns blood and vampire witches, and was inspired by the original Sardinian legend.