Mórbido, International Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, was first held in 2008 in the state of Michacán, in Mexico. It was created to be a space to promote Mexican film and recover the long tradition of producing horror and fantasy films in Mexico. After our first edition, Mórbido evolved to become something greater: not only an integral festival that celebrates Mexican culture, traditions and film, but also a creator of multi-platform content related to the fantasy and horror genres.

After seven editions, Mórbido has become one of the most important festivals of this genre in Latin America, due to its nature as a platform for launching and promoting Latin American and European film, and it has generated a media impact of $39,903,478 US dollars. Today, Mórbido is a project that seamlessly combines an international film festival and a communications platform that reaches an audience of over 10 million people a month. This platform includes: an FM radio show, a podcast, a small publishing house, a distribution label for horror films, and continuous education workshops and courses. 2014 was the first year in a new city, the magic city of Puebla, and 2015 will be our host again. The Main concept this year is “Día de muertos” (Day of the dead) and we are really excited about it.

THE FESTIVAL
Mórbido is a thematic cultural festival, so every year, its programming revolves around the selected theme; thus, in addition to the film selection, there are also fine arts exhibitions, plays, thematic lectures, book presentations, concerts, and even a traditional Mexican wrestling match. Likewise, every year, the festival pays tribute to an important person in the Mexican horror film industry.

In these seven years, we have programmed a total of 221 feature films and 355 short films from all around the world. The Festival’s programming is divided into the Thematic Section (depending on each year’s theme), the Latin American Section, the Global Section, the New Directors Section, the Brutal Midnight Section, the Tribute Section, the Future Releases Section and the Children’s Section.

In technical terms, the Festival has four exhibition screens, and the projection formats are 35 mm, DCP and Blu-Ray. The team in charge of making the Festival happen, including production staff, coverage team, press agency and public relations, technical and volunteer staff, is around 150 people.

AWARDS:
The Day of the Dead celebration is one of the most representative festivities in Mexican culture, so we decided to honour traditional sugar skulls by turning them into Mórbido’s official award. This, from its first edition, Mórbido has awarded a Silver Skull to all its invited directors.

As the festival grew and gained recognition with the national and international press, as well as among other genre festivals around the world, we have added new awards. In 2010, we created the Golden Skull, an audience award for feature films. In 2011, we implemented the Blood Skull, an award given only by and among our invited directors. In 2012, we created the Little Silver Golden version, an award given by Mórbido to the best short film, and the Little Silver Skull, an audience award for short films. In addition, we give honourable mentions to short and feature works that we find deserving. In 2013, we created the Wood Skull, a prize given by the accredited press to the best feature film. Starting in 2014, Mórbido’s Award, designed by Bruce Spaulding Fuller, will be given to the feature film with the best special effects makeup.

GUESTS:
Throughout the years, Mórbido has had the following guests:
Pepe Alonso, Santiago Alvarado, Javier Alvariño, Vicente Amaya Piquers (R.I.P.), Guillermo Amoedo, Arturo Anaya, Rodrigo Aragão, Sergio Arau, Christian Bach, Jaume Balagueró, Michael Bartlett, Romain Basset, Kuno Becker, Kristen Bell, Blake Berris, Daniel Birman-Ripstein, Sergio Blasco, Simon Boswell, Humberto Busto, René Cardona III, Rigoberto Castañeda, Russell Cherrington, Diego Cohen, Roberto Coria, José Manuel Cravioto, Christian Cueva, Clint Curé, Juan Curi, Alvaro Curiel de Icaza, Rossana Curiel Defossé, Ravi Dhar, Fiona Dourif, Richard Elfman, Julio César Estrada, Isaac Ezbán, Alexis Fridman, Bruce Spaulding Fuller, Raúl P. Gámez, Juan E. García, Alejandro G. Alegre, Viviana García Besné, Adrián García Bogliano, Miguel Gómez, Blanca Guerra, Jorge Michel Grau, David Gregory, Gabriel Grieco, Rodrigo Gudiño, Lola Gunn, José Luis Gutiérrez Arias, Guillermo Henry, Eamon Hickey, Pablo Hollman, Mike Hostench, Ricardo Islas, Adan Jodorowsky, Anthony Kossar, Peter Koller, Derek Lambe, Rafael Lara, Paulina Lavista, Thunder Levin, Christer Lindström, Tim Luna, Nicolás López, Andrew Mack, P.J. Mathews, Mil Máscaras, Raúl Mendez, David Michan, Carlos Miller, Eugenio Mira, Henrik Möller, Sasha Montenegro, Takashi Murakami, Nabila, Hideo Nakata, Edgar Nito, Michael Nyman, Rodrigo Ordoñez, Lex Ortega, Bernabé Palma, Rodney Perkins, Emilio Portes, Daniel Posada, Andreas Prochaska, Pablo Rabe, Pepe Romay (R.I.P.), Dan Rovzar, Fernando Rovzar, Eduardo Ruíz Saviñón, Dany Saadia, Ramón Salas, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, José Manuel Schmill, Miguel Schumman, Marcel Sarmiento, Richard Stanley, Travis Stevens, Benito Taibo, Agustín “Oso” Tapia, Carles Torrens, Christopher Uckermann, Jeffrey Uhlmann, Armando Vega Gil, Natalie Vega, Daniel de la Vega, Nacho Vigalondo, Julián Villagran, Iyari Wertta, Elijah Wood, Marko Zaror, Humberto Zurita, Emiliano Zurita, Sebastian Zurita.


PAST EDITIONS:
MÓRBIDO 2014: TECHNOLOGY
Mórbido’s seventh edition was held in the city of Puebla and hosted over 10,000 people during four days of activities. The programme included 43 feature films and 77 short films; there were five art exhibitions, one concert and the traditional Lucha libre presentation. The tribute honours went to Mexican actor Joaquin Cordero (1923 – 2013).
Among its 70 special guests were Takashi Murakami (Japan), Jaume Balagueró (Spain), Mike Hostench (Spain), Santiago Alvarado (Spain), Carles Torrens (Spain), David Gregory (USA) Travis Stevens (USA), Ravi Dhar (USA), Romain Basset (France), Richard Stanley (South Africa), Henrik Möller (Sweeden), Guillermo Amoedo (Chile), Marko Zaror (Chile), and the Mexicans Benito Taibo, José Manuel Cravioto, Daniel Posada, Christopher Uckermann, Alexis Fridman, Fernando Rovzar, Juan Curi.

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: El Incidente (2014), Jiron (2014), México bárbaro (2014), Perdidos (2014), Tekuani: The Golden God (2013).

FOREIGN FILMS: At the Devil’s Door (Home) (USA, 2014), Boody Knuckles (Canadá, 2014), City of Dead Men (USA, 2014), Crazy Bitches (USA, 2014), Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Norway, 2014), Relatos Salvajes (Argentina, 2014), Feed the Light (Sweeden, 2014) Fievre (Horsehead) (France, 2014), Jellyfish Eyes (Japan, 2013), Capa caida (Spain, 2013), Alleluia (Belgium – France, 2014), Jodorowsky’s Dune (France – USA, 2014), La casa del fin de los tiempos (Venezuela, 2013) Late Phases (USA, 2014), Lost Soul: the Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (UK – USA, 2014), Musarañas (Spain, 2014), REC 4: Apocalypse (Spain, 2014), Redentor (Chile, 2014) American Muscle (USA, 2014), Starry Eyes (USA, 2014), Naturaleza Muerta (Argentina, 2014), Reversal (USA, 2014), Necrofobia (Argentina, 2014), Spring (USA – Canada, 2014), Tejen (Argentina, 2014), The Babadook (Australia, 2014), The Canal (Ireland – USA, 2014), The Creeping Garden (UK, 2014) The Stranger (Chile, 2014), Tombville (Belgium, 2014), Cub (Belgium, 2014), Where the Devil Hides (USA, 2014), Wolfcop (Canada, 2014).

Starting in 2014 the award ceremony took place in two categories: International productions and Latin American productions, that includes Mexican Productions

LATIN AMERICAN WINNING FEATURE FILMS:
Blood Skul: Christian Cueva for Jirón (México)
Golden Skull: Relatos Salvajes (Argentina) by Damián Szifrón
Wood Skull: El Incidente (México) by Isaac Ezbán

INTERNATIONAL WINNING FEATURE FILMS:
Blood Skull: David Gregory for Lost Soul: the Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau
Golden Skull: Musarañas (Spain) de Juanfer Andrés y Esteban Roél
Wood Skull: Rec 4: Apocalypse (Spain) de Jaume Balagueró
Morbido’s Skull: a Richard Stanley

BRONCE SKULLS (HONOURABLE MENTIONS):
Capa caida (Spain) de Santiago Alvarado
The Creeping Garden (UK) de Tim Grabham y Jasper Sharp
Jellyfish Eyes (Japan) de Takashi Murakami
La casa del fin de los tiempo (Venezuela) de Alejandro Hidalgo

WINNING SHORT FILM:
Little Golden Skull: Night Satan & The Loops of Doom (Finland) de Christer Lindström

There were representatives from 40 accredited media outlets, which created a media impact of $5,760,133.00US dollars, thanks to coverage on the radio, television, in the press and by digital media, as well as by news agencies.

MÓRBIDO 2013: MAGIC AND SUPERSTITIONS
Mórbido’s sixth edition hosted over 15,000 people during five days of activities. The programme included 70 short films and 30 feature films; there were eight art exhibitions and two concerts. Because it was the year of magic, there was a tribute to acclaimed magician Chen-Kai.

It had 125 special guests, including directors, actors, producers and musicians. The Mexican guests included Kuno Becker, Dan Rovzar, Raúl Mendez, Rigoberto Castañeda, Sasha Montenegro, Sergio Arau and Blanca Guerra. Among the foreign guests, we had the presence of: Elijah Wood (USA), Hideo Nakata (Japan), Nacho Vigalondo (Spain), Eugenio Mira (Spain), Javier Alvariño (Spain), Richard Stanley (France), Simon Boswell (UK), Lola Gunn (UK), Natalie Vega (Canada), Michael Bartlett (USA), Blake Berris (USA), Fiona Dourif (USA), Bruce Spaulding Fuller (USA) and Thunder Levin (USA).

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: Generation Last (Mexico-Turkey-USA, 2013); Halley (2012); La maldición de la llorona (1963); El Espejo de la Bruja (1962); Pánico 5 bravo (2013); Santa sangre (1989); Triángulo diabólico de Las Bermudas (1978).

FOREIGN FILMS: American Mary (UK, 2012); Chimères (Switzerland, 2013); Found (USA, 2012); Frankenstein no asusta en Colombia (Colombia, 2012); Frankenstein’s Army (Netherlands, 2013); Grand Piano (Spain, 2013); Henge (Japan, 2011); House of Last Things (USA, 2013); L’Autre Monde (France, 2013); Livide (France, 2011); Mar Negro (Brazil, 2013); Mujer Lobo (Argentina, 2013); Only God Forgives (USA, 2013); Ray Harryhausen FX Titan (UK-France, 2011); Septic Man (USA, 2013); Sharknado (USA, 2013); Sonno Profundo (Argentina, 2013); The Battery (USA, 2012); The Complex (Japan, 2012); Truth or Dare (USA, 2013); Zombies from Outer Space (Germany, 2012).

In 2013, we created the Wood Skull, an award given by the accredited press to the best feature film.

WINNING FEATURE FILMS:
Blood Skull: Richard Stanley for L’Autre Monde.
Golden Skull: Frankenstein’s Army by Richard Raaphorst (Netherlands).
Wood Skull: Grand Piano by Eugenio Mira (Spain).
Honourable Mention: House of Last Things by Michael Bartlett (USA).

WINNING SHORT FILMS:
Little Bronze Skull: Vengeance Rhythm by Chris Ullens (USA).
Little Golden Skull: Sequence by Carles Torrens de Carles Torrens (USA).
Little Silver Skull: The Voice Thief by Adan Jodorowsky (Mexico-USA-Chile-France).
Honourable mention: Sangre de Unicornio by Alberto Vázquez (Spain).
Honourable mention: Una estatua mutilada by Juan Carlos Oñate Chirot (Mexico).
Honourable mention: Fist of Jesus by David Muñoz y Adrián Cardona (Spain).
Honourable mention: La maldición by Homero McDonald (Mexico).

There were representatives from 50 accredited media outlets, which created a media impact of $6,341,474.00 US dollars, thanks to coverage on the radio, television, in the press and by digital media, as well as by news agencies.

MÓRBIDO 2012: VAMPIRES: DRACULA & BRAM STOKER
Mórbido’s fifth edition hosted 36,000 people during fur days of activities. The programme included 80 short films and 36 feature films; there were nine art exhibitions, including one by musician Michael Nyman and artists Greta Gamboa and Liliana Mercenario; two concerts and one play, Renfield. The tribute honours went to Mexican director, actor and producer Federico Curiel, “Pichirilo” (1917 – 1985).

There were 120 special guests, including directors, actors, producers and musicians. Mexican guests attended included: Rafa Lara, Alvaro Curiel, Mil Máscaras, Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro and David Michan. Foreign guests included: Richard Elfman (USA), Rodrigo Gudiño (Canada), Ricardo Islas (Uruguay), Russell Cherrington (UK), Richard Stanley (France), P.J. Mathews (Ireland), Marcel Sarmiento (USA), Jeffrey Uhlmann (USA), Rodney Perkins (USA) and Kristen Bell (USA).

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: Ahí va el diablo (2012); Cronos (1993); Dame tus ojos (2010); El ataúd del vampiro (1958); El eco del miedo (2012); El vampiro (1957); Los vampiros de Coyoacán (1974); Nahuales (2012); Reacciones adversas (2011); Untitled horror project (2012).

FOREIGN FILMS: Attack the Block (UK-France, 2011); Blood for Irina (USA, 2012); Dance of the Vampires (UK, 1967); Dead sushi (Japan, 2012); Diamond Flash (Spain, 2011); Dracula (USA, 1931); Dracula’s Bram Stoker (UK, 2003); Dust Devil: The final cut (UK, 1992); Frankenstein: Day of the Beast (USA, 2011); German Grusel-Die Edgar Wallace Serie (Germany-France, 2011); Horror of Dracula (UK, 1958); Inbred (Germany-UK, 2011); Iron Sky (Finland-Germany-Australia, 2012); La memoria del muerto (Argentina, 2012); Mil Máscaras vs The Aztec Mummy (USA, 2007); Modern vampires (USA, 1998); Morituris (Italy, 2011); Nightbreed: The cabal cut (Italy, 2012); Sint (Netherlands, 2010); The ABCs of death (USA, 2012); The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (Canada, 2012); The white darkness (UK, 2002); ¡Vampiros en la Habana! (Cuba-Spain-Germany, 1985); V/H/S (USA, 2012).

In 2012, we created the Little Golden Skull version, an award from Mórbido for the best short film, and the Little Silver Skull version, which is an audience award for short films.

WINNING FEATURE FILMS:
Blood Skull: Ahí va el Diablo by Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina).
Golden Skull: Ahí va el Diablo by Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina).
Honourable mention: The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh by Rodrigo Gudiño (Canada).
Honourable mention: Dust Devil by Richard Stanley (France).

WINNING SHORT FILMS:
Little Golden Skull: Ethereal Chrysalis by Syl Disjonk (Canada).
Little Silver Skull: The Captured Bird by Jovanka Vuckovic (Canada).
Honourable mention: Extracorpus by Bernardo Antonaccio (Uruguay).
Honourable mention: Curiosity Kill by Sander Maran (Estonia).

There were representatives from 60 accredited media outlets, which generated a media impact of $9,234,139.00 US dollars, thanks to coverage on the radio, television, in the press and by digital media, as well as by news agencies.

MÓRBIDO 2011: MUSIC
The fourth edition of Mórbido hosted 23,500 people during four days of activities. The programme included 55 short films and 34 feature films; there were eight art exhibitions, five concerts and a monologue, “Una velada con Vincent Price” (An Evening with Vincent Price). Since this was the year of music, we paid tribute to 80 years of sound in Mexican film, and Mexican composer Raúl Lavista (1913 – 1980).

There were 53 special guests, including directors, actors, producers and musicians. Some Mexican guests were: Sasha Montenegro, René Cardona III, Juan García, Charlie Gore, Rigoberto Castañeda and Pepe Romay. The international guests included: Carles Torrens (Spain), Tim Luna (Germany), Richard Elfman (USA), Todd Brown (USA), Rodrigo Aragão (Brazil), Miguel Gómez (Costa Rica) and Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina).

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: El quinto mandamiento (2007-2009); Alucardos, retrato de un vampiro (2010); Bajo la sal (2008); Club eutanasia (2005); Dos fantasmas y una muchacha (1959); El Porvenir (2011); Libera tu alma (2008); Los infectados (2011); Nikté (2009); Pastorela (2011); Santa (1932); Santa Claus (1959); Sleep dealer (2008).

FOREIGN FILMS: American Horror Story (USA, 2011); A noite do chupacabras (Brazil, 2011); Baby shower (Chile, 2011); Cold Fish (Japan, 2010); Die Farbe (Germany, 2010); El fin (Costa Rica, 2011); Emergo (Spain, 2011); Empusa (Spain, 2010); Ferozz (Cuba, 2011); Forbidden Zone (USA, 1982); La granja (Argentina, 2009); Malditos sean (Argentina, 2011); Masks (Germany, 2011); Penumbra (Argentina-Spain, 2011); Phantom of Paradise (USA, 1974); The Orphan Killer (USA, 2011); The Thing (USA, 2011); The Woman (USA, 2011); Troll Hunter (Norway, 2010); Wound (New Zealand, 2010); Extraterrestre (Spain, 2011).

In 2011, we created the Blood Skull, an award given only by and among our invited directors.

WINNING FEATURE FILMS:
Blood Skull: Penumbra by Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina).
Golden Skull: Emergo by Carles Torrens (Spain).
Honourable mention: Masks by Andreas Marschall (Germany).

There were representatives from 34 accredited media outlets, which generated a media impact of $5,868,395.00 US dollars, thanks to coverage on the radio, television, in the press and by digital media, as well as by news agencies.

MÓRBIDO 2010: THE MASK
Mórbido’s third edition hosted 22,500 attendees during four days of activities. The programme included 29 short films and 35 feature films; there were five art exhibitions, including one by musician and painter Sergio Arau. Tribute was paid to the Cardonas (René Cardona Sr. (1906 – 1988), René Cardona, Jr. (1939 – 2003) and René Cardona III).

There were 46 special guests in attendance, including directors, actors, producers and musicians. Some of the Mexican guests were: René Cardona III, Daniel Birman-Ripstein, Humberto Zurita, Christian Bach, Pepe Alonso, Rodrigo Ordoñez, Raúl P. Gamez, Jorge Michel Grau, Emilio Portes and Viviana García Besné. The foreign guests included: Nacho Vigalondo (Spain), Julián Villagran (Spain), Andreas Prochaska (Austria), Tim Luna (Germany), Miguel Gómez (Costa Rica) and Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina).

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: Ángel caído (2010); AAA La película (2009); Arañas infernales (1966); Conozca la cabeza de Juan Pérez (2008); Depositarios (2010); El escapulario (1966); La leyenda de una máscara (1991); La pantera negra (2010); La venganza de Huracán Ramírez (1967); Misterios de ultratumba (1958); Perdida (2009); Purgatorio (2009); Somos lo que hay (2010); Viernes de ánimas (2007); La noche de los mil gatos (1972); Santo en la venganza de la momia (1971); Vacaciones de terror (1988); Zindy, el niño de los pantanos (1972); Atroz (Mexico-Argentina, 2010).

FOREIGN FILMS: Diabolik (Italy-France, 1968); El sanatorio (Costa Rica, 2010); Funeral siniestro (Colombia, 1977); In 3 Tagen Bist Du Tot (Austria, 2006); Les Yeux sans Visage (France, 2008); Los cronocrímenes (Spain, 2008); Sudor frío (Argentina, 2010); Supersonic Man (Spain, 1980); The Human Centipede [First sequence] (Netherlands, 2009); Where the Wild Things Are (USA, 2009).

In 2010, the Golden Skull, an audience award for feature films, was created. The winning feature film was El Sanatorio by Miguel Gómez (Costa Rica).

There were representatives from 31 accredited media outlets, which generated a media impact of $6,220,976.00 US dollars, thanks to coverage on the radio, television, in the press and by digital media, as well as by news agencies.

MÓRBIDO 2009: SERIAL KILLERS
Mórbido’s second edition had 7,510 attendants during four days of activities. The programme included 25 short films and 30 feature films; an art exhibition by sculptor Carlos Miller, and a monologue, “Ojo de gato” (Cat’s Eye), an adaptation of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. We paid tribute to Mexican director, actor and producer Abel Salazar (1917 – 1995).
The special guests included Mexicans: Rigoberto Castañeda, Rodrigo Ordoñez, Roberto Coria and Armando Vega Gil. Foreign guests included: Peter Koller (Austria), Vicente Amaya Piquers (Spain), Sergio Blasco (Spain), Tim Luna (Germany) and Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina).

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: Km 31 (2006); Doña Macabra (1971); La loba (1965); La muñeca perversa (1969); El museo del horror (1964); El castillo de los monstruos (1958); Pepito y el monstruo (1957); La crónica (2008); El barón del terror (1962); El hombre y el monstruo (1959).

FOREIGN FILMS: REC 2 (Spain, 2009); Masacre esta noche (Argentina-Mexico, 2009); Boogie, el aceitoso (Argentina, 2008); Cuento de Navidad (Spain, 2004); Doctor Infierno (Spain, 2007); Mangue negro (Brazil, 2008); Morgue Story: Sangue, Baiacu e Quadrinhos (Brazil, 2009); NO-DO The Beckoning (Spain, 2009); No moriré sola (Argentina-Spain, 2008); On Evil Grounds (Austria, 2007), Plano detalle (Spain, 2009); The Snake Pit and the Pendulum (Germany, 1967); Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (USA, 2009); Halloween II (USA, 2009); Trik’r Treat (Canada-USA, 2008); The Hills Run Red (USA, 2009); Humains (France, 2009); Macabre (USA, 2009); Break (Germany, 2009); Paintball (Spain, 2009); Zombieland (USA, 2009); Cannibal (Germany, 2006); Á l’intérieur (France, 2007).

The media impact was $5,494,456.00 US dollars, thanks to coverage on the radio, television, in the press and by digital media, as well as by news agencies.

MÓRBIDO 2008: BLOOD
In its first edition, Mórbido hosted 6,200 spectators during four days of activities. The programme included 19 short films and 13 feature films; a Catrina doll exhibition and an art show by painter José Manuel Schmill. The Festival paid tribute to Mexican director Fernando Méndez (1908 – 1966).

FEATURE FILMS
NATIONAL FILMS: Spam (2008); Cañitas (2007); Hasta el viento tiene miedo (2007); Cronos (1992); Keiko en peligro (1989); Hasta el viento tiene miedo (1967); La tía Alejandra (1978); El Vampiro (1957).

FOREIGN FILMS: The Midnight Meat Train (USA, 2008); El Orfanato, (Spain, 2007); 36 Pasos (Argentina, 2007); Belcebú (Spain, 2005); Litio (Spain, 2002); Más Carnaza (Spain, 1997); Habitaciones para turistas (Argentina, 2004); Tears of Kali (Germany, 2004).

Guest directors included René Cardona III (Mexico), Julio Cesar Estrada (Mexico), Sergio Blasco (Spain), Adrián García Bogliano (Argentina) and Tim Luna (Germany).

There were representatives from 25 accredited media outlets, which generated a media impact of $983,906.00 US dollars.

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