Stanley Hotel to Hold Indie Horror Fest

The Stanley Hotel, part of the Grand Heritage Hotel Group, announced today the inaugural Stanley Film Festival that will run May 2 – 5, 2013 in Estes Park, Colorado.

The location, of course, is best known for its connection to Stephen King’s The Shining.  They’re missing out big time if the ushers don’t dress like the creepy twins.  Better yet, hire twins.  

The four-day event will celebrate the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of films, panels, student competitions, audience awards and receptions – all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

“The Stanley Hotel is iconic not only for being one of the great historic hotels of our country, but also for the inspiration it gives to its fans. From the making of The Shining to the one million people that have toured the hotel in the last three years…it has inspired generations,” says Grand Heritage Hotel Group Founder and President John Cullen. “I hope to honor The Stanley Hotel and propel horror filmmakers to create and exhibit their work for a new worldwide audience.“

“It’s an honor to join the Stanley Film Festival team in its inaugural year and build a prestigious cinematic event specifically for the horror genre,” says Festival Director Jenny Bloom. “The Stanley Hotel’s history with Hollywood and real paranormal activity makes it such a natural fit for an annual celebration of film.”

The Stanley Film Festival is a unique destination Festival, as all events – both screenings and receptions – will take place throughout The Stanley Hotel. Packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival are on sale and include lodging at the Stanley Hotel. Pass levels include the Thriller ($400), Paranormal ($217) and Slasher ($80) and are available at

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