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A week-long party with real bite is coming to London this summer as the World’s biggest Vampire Festival arrives from Transylvania.

The 2019 International Vampire Film & Arts Festival – aka Vampfest – will take place in various locations across Highgate Village, Camden Town and East Finchley from July 9th-13th.

In Highgate and East Finchley it will showcase the best in classic and new vampire films, literature, theatre and the latest academic research into the genre, while in Camden Town after dark things will get scary and sinful with the spectacular VampFire Ball.

The festival has been running for three years in the home of the vampire legend and the birthplace of the real Dracula: Sighisoara in Transylvania. Now, the vampires have decided to pack their coffins and travel, drawn by London’s own legend of the Highgate Vampire.

Guests can expect the latest and greatest in all things vampire, including film premieres and classics; theatre shows in our very own haunted theatre; Q&As from special guests including Interview With a Vampire filmmaker Stephen Woolley and several legendary Hammer actors; renowned authors Kim Newman and Nick Groom; talks from film industry professionals and critics, including Mark Kermode; book readings and signings; workshops, seminars, scary talks, scary walks, masterclasses, plays, exhibitions and lots of parties.

Peter Phillips, IVFAF Co-Producer said: “Bringing IVFAF to London in 2019 is particularly appropriate as it is the 200th anniversary of the publication of The Vampyre, the book that started the public fascination with a genre that seems immortal in in its own right.

“From a vampire media industry point of view, there is no other event like it where filmmakers, writers, actors, authors, academics and fans get to meet and mingle and share a bite to drink.

“And this year we’re going one step further with what is without a doubt going to be the best vampire party anywhere ever. The VampFire Ball will be a spectacular spectacle of dancing, danger, fire and blood. It’s not to be missed but it might be worth eating some garlic before dressing up for it - everyone knows vampires like to party!”

‘Welcome to our festival. Come freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring.’

Read on for the festival highlights and the full programme.

For further general information and to buy tickets for individual events, please go to www.ivfaf.com



The 4th International Vampire Film and Arts Festival AKA ‘VampFest’

HIGHGATE VILLAGE, EAST FINCHLEY & CAMDEN TOWN, LONDON

JULY 9TH– 13TH 2019

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

Blood and Lust:

Late night screenings of the best Hammer Vampire moviesevery night from Tuesday at the iconic Phoenix Cinemain East Finchley, culminating with the screening of the Christopher Lee classic ‘Dracula’on Saturday. Thursday night is our big Hammer Vampire night, where, along with a classic movie, we’ll showcase the best of their fanged classics with an illustrated talk from Hammer vampire expert Bruce Hallenbeck. He’ll be joined by the stars of the movies – the Hammer Vampire Scream Queens– for an audience Q&A and then signing and photo opportunities in the bar area.

The Vampire Academic Conference (VAC):

Lauderdale House in Highgate hosts the presentation of the latest and best academic papers on all things vampire. This year’s featured topics include Hammer’s Vampires; The legend of the Highgate Vampire, and the 200thanniversary of Polidori’s seminal classic ‘The Vampyre’.The VAC features two amazing keynote talks: the first from the ‘Prof of Goth’, Nick Groom, and the second from legendary author Kim Newman.

The Vampire Creative Congress (VCC):

Bringing together vampire experts and creativesfrom film, literature and games (along with anyone with a general interest in vampires) for a series of talks, debates, readings and masterclasses. Topics cover self-publishing your own vampire novel; getting an agent; pitching your vampire project and raising the finances to make a vampire movie. Hosted at the historic Lauderdale House, within view of the legendary Highgate cemetery.

Mark Kermode Presents ‘Near Dark’:

Author and critic Mark Kermodepresents Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire classic, ‘Near Dark’, followed by a Q&A with Markat the Phoenix Cinema.

Interview with a Vampire Filmmaker:

On Saturday, 25 years on from the release of what is widely regarded as one of the best vampire films ever made, we’ll be screening ‘Interview with a Vampire’, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Straight afterwards, the BAFTA-winning producer, Stephen Woolley,talks us through the making of the classic movie, including how the setting for the talk – the Phoenix Cinema – turned intoTheatres Des Vampires for the film. He also produced another vampire classic in Byzantium. Then join us later for our ‘Interview with a Hammer Vampire’ themed Festival Wrap Party.

IVFAF Film Screamings & The Golden Stakes Awards:

Come and see some of the best new vampire movies from around the world… if you dare..! Each film screaming session at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre will feature two short films and one feature film, along with talks and Q&As with the filmmakers.Watch them with a critic’s eye and register your vote for the film which you want to win this year’s prestigious Golden Stake Award. That awards ceremony will take place at the Phoenix Cinema and will be presented by critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode.

Théâtre Des Vampires:

Performed across three nights at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, IVFAF’s theatre programme this year focuses on making you laugh – and occasionally shiver with fear.‘Dracula’s Ghost’, ‘Sherlock Holmes Vs the Sussex Vampire’ and ‘Evan Helsing – Welsh Valleys Vampire Hunter’ feature the best of British on-stage talent.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula London Walking Tour:

On Friday and Saturday, renowned storyteller and Bram Stoker expert Anthony Davis takes you on a walking tour around Stoker’s London haunts, exploring the writer’s vampiric relationship with the man who was one of the models for the bloodsucking count.

The VampFire Ball:

The Birdcage at Fest Camden hosts the legendary Vampire Masque Ball on the Friday – but this year we’ve added fire to the fangs and burlesque to the blood. Come dressed dark and dangerousand party with us until the early hourswhen the rising sun sends you scurrying back to your coffins…

Please note the programme is subject to change and we’ll be adding more events soon!




• FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS •

All events marked with a ** are not included in the Delegate ticket – but they are included in the ViV ticket.

TUESDAY 9TH

2000 - 2200 Phoenix Cinema **

‘Blood & Lust!’ Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

‘Vampire Circus’ (1972)

  • ‘Human fangs ripping throats – no sawdust can soak up the torrent of blood! The greatest blood-show on earth!’ Starring Adrienne Corri.

2200 - 0000 Venue TBC

IVFAF launch party



WEDNESDAY 10th


0900 – 1700 Lauderdale House Entrance Hall:

IVFAF Registration

0900 – 1700 Lauderdale House Entrance Hallway:

Vampswap

  • Swap your vampire books, DVDs and other oddments

1100 - 1700 Lauderdale House Long Gallery:

The ‘Vampire Academic Conference’ (VAC)

AM: VAC Papers & Panels

‘Prof of Goth’ Nick Groom keynote

PM: VAC Papers & Panels

1100 – 1700 Lauderdale House Lower Gallery:

The ‘Vampire Creative Congress’ (VCC)

AM: Author readings

Panel on the ‘Rules’ of Vampirology

  • Chaired by Nick Groom


PM: Panel on self-publishingyour vampire novel

  • Featuring self-publishing expert and author Gareth Howard from Authoright in discussion with vampire writer Katie Ruth Davies

Author readings

1100 – 1600 Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre:

IVFAF Film Screamings

  • Two shorts, one feature + Q&As

1700 – 1800 Lauderdale House walled garden:

Join us for A Bite to Drink…

IVFAF Networking Drinks Reception

1930 – 2100 Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre: **

Théâtre Des Vampires:

‘Sherlock Holmes Vs The Sussex Vampire’

  • Join the king of the detectives as he takes on his most terrifying challenge ever: The Sussex Vampire!

2200 – 0000 Phoenix Cinema: **

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

‘Twins of Evil’ (1971)

  • ‘One uses her Beauty for Love; One uses her Lure for Blood!’ Starring Peter Cushing, Mary and Madeleine Collinson and Judy Matheson.

2200 - 0000 The Gatehouse Pub:

VampQuiz

  • Think you know your Nosferatu from your Near Dark? Then get your fangs into Dewi’s Famous and Fiendish Vampire Pub Quiz.

‘Fury of Dracula’ boardgame

  • It is 1898. It’s been eight years since Van Helsing and his valiant vampire hunters thwarted Count Dracula’s nefarious plans – or so they thought… in Fury of Dracula, one player is Count Dracula secretly travelling Europe, turning humans into vampires with his gruesome bite and laying deadly traps for those hunting him. The other players are the hunters who must find the bloodthirsty fiend and destroy him before his undead host claim the night as their own.



THURSDAY 11th

0900 – 1700 Lauderdale House Entrance Hall:

IVFAF Registration

0900 – 1700 Lauderdale House Entrance Hallway:

Vampswap

  • Swap your vampire books, DVDs and other oddments.

1100 – 1700 Lauderdale House Long Gallery:

VAC

AM: VAC Papers & Panels

Kim Newman keynote

PM: VAC Papers & Panels

1100 – 1700 Lauderdale House Lower Gallery:

VCC

AM: Author readings

‘Go For The Jugular’

  • Workshop on How to Pitch your Vampire project Idea

Bram Stoker at the London Library

  • Talk with exhibition of the Stoker Papers

PM: Raising Finances to Raise the Dead

  • Film Finance Panel and Q&A featuring Steve November from Lionsgate Films UK

Author readings

Panel on writing scary stuff…

  • featuring Kim Newman

1100 – 1600 Upstairs at the Gatehouse:

IVFAF Film Screamings

  • Two shorts, one feature + Q&As

1930 – 2100 Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre: **

Théâtre Des Vampires:

‘Evan Helsing – Welsh Valleys Vampire Hunter’

  • Stage magic and stand-up combine in this high-stakes one-man show from illusionist and funnyman Jasper Blakeley

2200 – 2230 Phoenix Cinema: **

‘Blood and Lust’: Hammer’s Best Vampire films

  • Featuring Q&As with Hammer Scream Queensand talk with clips from Hammer expert Bruce Hallenbeck

2230 – 0000 Phoenix Cinema: **

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

‘Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter’ (1974)

  • ‘The Only Man Alive Feared by the Walking Dead!’ Starring Horst Janson and Caroline Munro.



FRIDAY 12th

1100 – 1400 Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre:

IVFAF Film Screamings

  • Two shorts, one feature + Q&As

1400 – 1500 Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre:

‘Go For The Jugular’

  • Vampire project pitching competition, judged by a panel featuring Steve November from Lionsgate Films UK.

1100 – 1300 Central London: **

Bram Stoker’s DraculaLondon walking tour

  • Renowned storyteller and Bram Stoker expert Anthony Davis takes you on a walking tour around Stoker’s London haunts, exploring the writer’s vampiric relationship with the man who was one of the models for the bloodsucking count. Meet opposite the Lyceum Theatre (Wellington Street WC2E 7RQ). Ends near Trafalgar Square.

1830 – 1910 Phoenix Cinema:

The Golden Stakes Awards

  • Presented by Mark Kermode

1920 – 2200 Phoenix Cinema:

Mark Kermode Presents: ‘Near Dark’

  • Author and critic Mark Kermode presents Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire classic, followed by a Q&A with Mark

2000 – 2200 Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre: **

Théâtre Des Vampires:

‘Dracula’s Ghost’

  • When Bram Stoker's widow welcomes lawyer Mr Leech into her home, there begins a tale of the most feared vampire of all time, of his un-dead life and times, and the remarkable characters he has met down the centuries. An original stage-play concerning the actual story of Count Dracula - prepare for nothing but the bloody truth!

2220 – 0000 Phoenix Cinema: **

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

‘The Vampire Lovers’ (1970)

  • ‘If You Dare – Taste the Deadly Passion of the Blood Nymphs!’ Starring Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith.

2200 – 0200 The Birdcage, FestCamden: **

The VampFire Ball

  • The Birdcage at Fest Camden hosts the legendary Vampire Masque Ball on the Friday – but this year we’ve added fire to the fangs and burlesque to the blood. Come dressed dark and dangerousand party with us until the early hourswhen the rising sun sends you scurrying back to your coffins…

SATURDAY 13th

1030 – 1230 Central London: **

Bram Stoker’s Dracula London walking tour

1930 – 2200 Phoenix Cinema: **

‘Interview with a Vampire’ Featuring a Q&A with BAFTA-winning Producer Stephen Woolley

  • Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story of his adventures with Lestat (Tom Cruise) and a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Filmed at the Phoenix in 1994, this year marks Interview With The Vampire's 25th anniversary. And what a way to celebrate! **Please note there will be no trailers before this event and the screening will start promptly at 7.30pm, with the Q&A taking place after the film**

2220 – 0000 Phoenix Cinema: **

‘Blood & Lust’: Hammer Classic Vampire Film Screaming

‘Dracula’ (1958)

  • ‘The TERRIFYING Lover Who Died – Yet Lived!’ Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Janina Faye.

0000 – 0200 The Bald Faced Stag pub (across the road from the Phoenix Cinema):

‘Interview with a Hammer Vampire’ themed IVFAF Wrap party



Please note the programme is subject to change and we’ll be adding more events soon!

‘Welcome to our festival. Come freely, go safely and leave some of the happiness you bring…’


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