BREVARD COUNTY — Residents looking to satisfy their cravings for a horror-filled Halloween season should look no further than the Picture Show Panic’s inaugural Horror Film Festival this weekend.

The weird, strange and spine-chilling short films will be shown all day long from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Titusville Mall Cinema, 3550 S. Washington Ave.

“We wanted to give the opportunity to indie filmmakers, so we reached out to all of Brevard County and then it kind of expanded worldwide,” said Patrick Phillips, co-founder of Picture Show Panic.

Films have selected for three separate categories: Best In Show, Animation and Strange & Unusual. Some of the selected films showing will be unrated and may be unsuitable for children.

Tickets are available for a $10 early bird day pass, and will go up for showings later in the evening. Tickets can be purchased by searching for “Picture Show Panic” under the “events” on Facebook.

Titusville Mall Cinema will also be playing features such as “Beetlejuice,” “Army of Darkness” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The Horror Film Festival was inspired by two guys with a passion for pop culture, filmmaking and creating horror movies.

“The show is being run by myself and OP Garza,” Mr. Phillips said. “About November of last year we were talking about making a short horror film, and it snowballed into it would be cool if there was a short horror film festival. We go to Halloween Horror Nights and we do all the haunted houses in the area, so I guess we wanted something to call our own.”

Starting at 5 p.m., more activities will be in store for patrons with vendors from local businesses and restaurants, and raffle prizes. A costume contest will later begin at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the raffle prizes will be donated to local nonprofit The Children’s Hunger Project, which provides meals for elementary school children to take home on the weekends during the school year.

The nonprofit is currently feeding more than 2,100 children each week, but the need is still there to help more as there over 1,000 kids still on the waiting lists according to Keith Gee, executive director of The Children’s Hunger Project.

“We always knew that we wanted to get involved with a charity, and it didn’t take long for us to pick one. We wanted something that would make a difference and be beneficial to the community,” Mr. Phillips said. “I’m really excited for people to come experience the diversity because out of the 20 films not one of them is like the other.”

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