The 11-minute horror short Dawn of the Deaf has been accumulating incredible praise (not to mention a gaggle of awards) since it premiered at Sundance in January. The apocalyptic horror puts a unique spin of the zombie subgenre with an original premise, creative storytelling, and genuine human drama. Dawn of the Deaf was recently made available to horror fans worldwide via Vimeo (where it became an official Staff Pick), and it’s an absolute treat.
About Writer/Director Ron Savage: Rob Savage is a multi-award winning writer/director and 2013 Screen International Star of Tomorrow, working in shorts, features and commercials. He wrote, directed, shot, co-produced and edited micro-budget feature film Strings at age 18, which has screened at a number of prestigious International Festivals around the world, including Raindance for its UK premiere and the Rome Film Festival for its European. The film has been acquired for release by Vertigo Films and won the “Independent Spirit” award at the British Independent Film Awards.
***DUE TO THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE SOUND DESIGN/MIX OF THIS FILM, HEADPHONES/GOOD SPEAKERS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE FULL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.
Official Synopsis: When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive. The film stars Caroline Ward, Stephen Collins, Haley Bishop, and Radina Drandova.
BAFTA – Best British Short Film (Shortlisted)
Sitges International Film Festival – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Won)
Monsters of Film – Best Short (Won)
Toronto After Dark – Silver Short Film Award (Won)
Deaffest – Grand Prize (Won)
Monster Fest – Honourable Mention
Encounters International Film Festival – Grand Prize (Nominated)
Fantasia – Best Short Film (Nominated)
Fantastic Fest – Best Short Film (Nominated)
Nashville Film Festival – Graveyard Shift Award (Nominated)
RazorReel Flanders – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Nominated)
Molins Film Festival – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Nominated)
MotelX – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Nominated)
Trieste Science + Fiction – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Nominated)
Strasbourg Fantastic Film Festival – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Nominated)
Twister Alley – Best Short Film (Nominated)
FanCine Film Festival – Melies D’argent for Best Short (Nominated)
Twister Alley Film Festival – Best Midnight Short (Nominated)
B-Movie & Underground Film Festival – Best Short Film (Nominated)
Final Frame Film Competition – Best Short Film (Nominated)
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