Etheria Film Festival Brings Official 2021 Lineup to Kansas City



Screenland Armour Theatre to Host 8th Annual Event

KANSAS CITY, June 7, 2021- Etheria Film Night ( is returning to Screenland Armour Theatre (www.screelandcom) on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:30 PM.  The 2021 lineup features nine short films from around the world.

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films directed by women. Past official selections have included films from directors Axelle Carolyn (The Haunting of Bly Manor), Roseanne Liang (Shadow in the Cloud), Natalie Erika James (Relic), Anna Biller (The Love Witch), Prano Bailey-Bond (Censor), Jill Gevargizian (The Stylist), Gigi Saul Guerrero (Into the Dark: Culture Shock), and Bridget Savage Cole (Blow the Man Down).

“The Screenland Armour Theatre and the Kansas City genre fans have been so welcoming to Etheria and our filmmakers.  We can’t not wait to see how they react to this year’s amazing selections”, says Festival Director, Stacy Pippi Hammon.

The 2021 Jury Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the Saturday, June, 26, 2021, event at Screenland Armour Theatre. Audience Award voting will be open on both the Etheria Film Night and Screenland Armour Theatre websites from June 25,, 2021 to July 25, 2021, to align with the Shudder online streaming of the festival. An encore presentation of the lineup will play at the theater on Monday, June 28th, 2021 at 9:00 PM.  

Adam Roberts, Screenland Armour Theatre co-operator/owner  says, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Etheria allowing these emerging voices a chance for their work to be seen in a theatrical setting”.

The 2021 Etheria Inspiration Award recipient is Angela Kang, current showrunner and executive producer on AMC’s The Walking Dead. The Inspiration Award is given annually to a person in the entertainment industry who has inspired women to pursue careers working in genre film and television. Kang joined the show’s writing staff in season two as a Story Editor, quickly rising the ranks to Co-Executive Producer by season five. Kang’s promotion to Showrunner of The Walking Dead was announced in January 2018, going into season nine of the acclaimed series. Kang is also currently co-creating The Walking Dead’s Untitled Daryl & Carol Spinoff. Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator) will present the award to Kang and the ceremony will be included as part of the official Etheria 2021 content streaming on Shudder.

Kang says, “As a life-long fan of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and thrillers, I am truly humbled to be in the company of the incredible women Etheria has honored over the years with their Inspiration Award, not least the incomparable Gale Anne Hurd. I am on a trail she blazed and love that Etheria is showcasing new genre films created by women who want to travel the same exhilarating path.” 

“The Etheria Film Festival is the preeminent forum showcasing the many talented women working in the genre field.  As The Walking Dead’s first female showrunner, Angela Kang has proven herself to be a visionary in the horror/sci-fi medium, and she is also one of the most talented people working in television today,” says Hurd.  “Being a previous recipient of the Inspiration Award myself, I am honored to pass the torch to Angela.”

Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected genre film and television producers. Along with The Walking Dead, Hurd is also an Executive Producer on Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which has started filming its second season. A Walking Dead feature film has also been announced and will premiere theatrically via Universal Pictures, with Hurd serving as a Producer.


The 2021 Etheria Film Festival short film lineup includes the frenetic grand-Guignol horror The Fourth Wall from director Kelsey Bollig, the nail-biting sci-fi thriller Narrow directed by Anna Chazelle, the sci-fi time-travel comedy Bootstrapped from director Katy Erin, the deeply unsettling Spanish cosmic horror You Will Never Return by Mónica Mateo, the perfectly-paced comedy/fantasy The Gray from Myra Aquino, the new period thriller Misfits from director Ciani Rey Walker, the Philip K. Dick-style A.I. encounter Polvotrón 500 from Spanish director Silvia Conesa, the creepy, Gilliam-esque Eye Exam from acclaimed Irish director Aislinn Clarke, and the shockingly bleak and terrifying period horror western Who Goes There from Norwegian/U.K. director Astrid Thorvaldson.

Detailed information about the festival can be found on the official Etheria website at

Etheria Film Night 2021 Official Short Film Selections:

Directed by Kelsey Bollig (11:30 min) (Horror) (Switzerland/France)
Chloé fights for her moment in the spotlight. How far will she go to upstage the annoying actors with whom she is forced to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?

Directed by Anna Chazelle (10 min) (Sci-Fi/Horror) (USA)
In a post-apocalyptic world where survival means never stepping off a thin narrow path, a lone woman must evade a creature that stalks her every move.

Directed by Mónica Mateo (13:30) (Sci-Fi/Horror) (Spain)
After Ana and David say goodbye like any other day, something extraordinary happens that alters reality.

Directed by Katy Erin (7:30 min) (Sci-Fi) (USA)
A physicist travels back in time to try to save her relationship – and in turn, the world.

Directed by Ciani Rey Walker (18 min) (Thriller) (USA)
When they learn their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination, two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history.

Directed by Myra Aquino (9:30 min) (Fantasy) (USA)
A former cop works in purgatory and processes people going to heaven and hell. One day, his 20-year-old son appears.

Directed by Silvia Conesa (11 min) (Sci-Fi) (Spain)
In the year 2065, a man enters an old holographic sex booth intending to take a nap, but he accidentally activates the sex hologram.

Directed by Aislinn Clarke (2:30 min) (Horror) (U.K.)
A woman regrets attending a free eye exam when she begins to suspect that her optometrist has nefarious intentions.

Directed by Astrid Thorvaldsen (23 min) (Horror/Western) (U.K.)
When a stranger appears on their prairie in 1880 Minnesota, Ingrid invites him in to heal her dying sister, but she doesn’t realize that a supernatural force is crossing her threshold.

The 2021 Etheria Jury includes numerous development and acquisitions executives, agents, managers, showrunners, critics, journalists, filmmakers, and distributors.


Contact for Etheria

Stacy Pippi Hammon, Festival Director & Co-founder

Contact for Screenland Armour Theatre

Adam Roberts, Co-operator/Owner