Local filmmaker's award-winning short film, Samuel's Got A Sweet Tooth, making impressive run at International Film Festival

Hat City Pictures, LLC's latest short, "Samuel's Got A Sweet Tooth", runs just under five-minutes long, but manages to carry a pretty potent punch; evidence of which can be seen by the response the film has been receiving on the international film festival circuit. The short centers around a young boy named Samuel (played with an almost spooky, ethereal perfection by 7-year-old first time actor, Jack McCubbin), and his covert visits to the kitchen for late-night bowls of ice cream. This being much to the dismay of his strict disciplinarian, inebriate mother (played by versatile actress Bryn Berg, whose performance has been described by audience members as "creepy AF").   

In just the first six months of 2018, "Samuel's Got A Sweet Tooth" has already earned an array of accolades and awards, including being selected as a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, and being awarded a Silver Medal at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. "Samuel's Got A Sweet Tooth" has been shown at film festivals across the U.S., as well as festivals overseas. It was selected as an Official Selection of the Berlin Flash Film Festival, where it was screened at the famous Stage Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany. The short was also listed as a "First Selection" of the Moving Pictures Festival in Nieuwmoer, Belgium. 

Needless to say, things have been looking pretty sweet for the cast and crew of "Samuel's Got A Sweet Tooth". We look forward to seeing what else the future has in store for this talented group of filmmakers. 

See below for the full list of selections, screenings and awards so far. 

Austin Spotlight Film Festival Austin, Texas 
United States 
April 18, 2018 
Texas Premiere 
Official Selection

Berlin Flash Film Fest Berlin, BE 
European Premiere
Official Selection

Film Fest 52 Bethel, Connecticut 
United States 
May 16, 2018 
Official Selection

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards Los Angeles, CA 
United States 
California Premiere 

Miami Independent Film Festival Miami, Florida 
United States 
May 27, 2018 
Florida Premiere 
Selected for Competition

Moving Pictures Festival - Nieuwmoer
June 1, 2018 
First Selection

New Haven International Film Festival New Haven, CT 
United States 
May 4, 2018 
Connecticut Premiere 
Official Selection

Red Corner Film Festival Cochecton, NY 
United States 
New York Premiere
Official Selection

Short Film Slam presented by MadLab Post - Philly Philadelphia, PA 
United States 
March 24, 2018 
World Premiere
Official Selection

Short Film Slam presented by MadLab Post - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 
United States 
April 28, 2018 
Encore Screening 
Nevada Premiere
Official Selection

Spotlight Horror Film Awards Atlanta, GA 
United States 
Top 100 Best Independent Horror Films of 2018 
Georgia Premiere
Silver Medal Winner


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