indie filmmaker Barry J. Giliis has seen his serial
killer film The Killing Games banned
from a festival in his home town.
The movie was rejected by Edmonton International Film
Festival by Chairman Michael Hamm and Kerrie Long
after a private screening on May 18th, according to
Gillis, who states that he was told the movie was
“too violent” for the festival.
Gillis was shocked by this – not only because
as a local filmmaker, he might have expected more
support, but also because he was told in advance of
the August 7th announcement date – a violation
of film festival etiquette.
The Killing Games is a violent vengeance
shocker starring Kim Sønderholm and Donald
A. Morin, and while the ‘ban’ is certainly
an affront both to the filmmaker and the festival
audience, it’s probably a great PR coup as well.
It’ll be interesting to see what all the fuss
is about, certainly!