Update: After Dark Films Gives Indie Filmmakers a Chance with New Originals Festival!

Updated with cast and directors below! Over the years After Dark Films has had their ups and downs with horror fans; and since the start I’ve always thought the direction they were headed might be the wrong one. I stand corrected today as they have announced After Dark Originals, a new festival dedicated to their own original productions that will give up-and-coming directing/writing talent a chance to shine. Below you can read all of the details and find out the first 8 films announced. What do you guys think about this new endeavor?
Update: Click any title below for cast and crew (if available).

Building on the success and brand awareness of the After Dark Horrorfest 8 Films To Die For brand, After Dark Films, in cooperation with Lionsgate and NBC Universal’s SyFy, has created a new series, After Dark Originals.

Tapping into the vast and innovative talent of directors and filmmakers from Horrorfest’s acquisitions over the past 4 years, After Dark has taken the horror festival concept to a higher level. After Dark Originals showcases eight new cutting edge horror films spanning the genre. The mission is to create high quality horror films that provide After Dark full control from script concept through final editing. The first installment of ADO includes Husk, Fertile Ground, Scream Of The Banshee, Prowl, The Task, Re-Kill, Seconds Apart and 51.

Notable directors and writers include Brett Simmons, whose short film Husk took Sundance by storm several years ago, Steven C. Miller of Automaton Transfusion fame, and previous After Dark writer/director Adam Gierasch (Autopsy; Night of the Demons). All ADO films were shot in the US and Bulgaria.

The writers and directors in our After Dark Originals line are outstanding. We are excited to showcase their work and to give a home to all this fresh young talent that we will continue to develop over time“, says After Dark Films owner and CEO, Courtney Solomon.

Currently seven of the eight films have been filmed and are in post-production. The eighth to slated to start production this month. All eight Originals will be released in Third Quarter 2010 with a new and innovative marketing and release strategy. Additionally, the second set of Originals has already been green lit and will start production in July 2010.

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Source: After Dark Originals