Abertoir Film Festival Raises For Local Hospices

L-R in image: Director Sean S. Cunningham, Jeff McGorry, Kristen McGorry and Julian Neilson. Image credit Matt Hardwick, 2018.
L-R in image: Director Sean S. Cunningham, Jeff McGorry, Kristen McGorry and Julian Neilson. Image credit Matt Hardwick, 2018.

Abertoir Horror Film Festival raised over £600 for local hospice care, thanks to generous donations from its attendees during the 2018 edition of the festival. The fundraising came as a result of the festival’s guest of honour, cult director and producer Sean S. Cunningham, best known for Friday the 13th, whose most recent project is a short documentary film, The Nurse With The Purple Hair, about an American hospice nurse, Michelle Lasota.


A large portion of the funds raised came from the auction of a horror-themed teddy bear which made reference to Friday the 13th. The teddy bear was donated by festival attendee Alan Jones, and signed by Sean S. Cunningham before it was put to auction. Julian Neilson was the winning bidder, and his bid was match-donated by Kristen and Jeff McGorry.


Elsewhere at the festival, attendees made optional donations during an autograph signing session with Sean S. Cunningham. The sale of second-hand DVDs, donated by several attendees, over the course of the six days of the festival, also raised money through an honesty box system. Between the auction, signings and the DVD sale, the Abertoir festival audience raised a total of £620.


The funds have been donated to two local hospice care providers, North Ceredigion’s HAHAV, which provides practical, social and emotional support to patients who are living with advanced, incurable and progressive illness in the comfort of their own homes; and the Skanda Vale hospice, located in Llandysul, which is predominantly staffed by volunteers. The hospice is now also in touch with Cunningham, and hope to host their own screening of his film in the new year.


Abertoir Festival director, Gaz Bailey, said:

“We were thrilled to be able to raise so much money for such a good cause. Our festival-goers have always been among the kindest people you could ever hope to meet, and their generosity confirms that. We were really touched that such a meaningful and important subject such as hospice care could be embraced so warmly by our attendees.”


Abertoir Horror Festival took place 13-18 November, 2018 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Abertoir is an annual horror and horror film festival held in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Ceredigion, Wales in November. Abertoir is Wales' only horror festival and is a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. Abertoir is supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales. As well as screening new big-budget horror films, classic and independent films form a large and important part of the festival line-up. Each year a short film competition is held, which showcases horror and fantasy short films from around the world. In addition to film screenings, the festival regularly features concerts, theatre shows and masterclasses in its line-up.