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Liz Adams wins GOLD in Houston with “a new prescription for horror� and invited to largest genre festival in Asia on continuing world tour!

(Media Giants, West Hollywood, CA) – May 21, 2009 *** Around the world, from Hollywood to Houston to Detroit to Puerto Rico, across the pond to the UK, Spain and Korea, Liz Adams’ SIDE EFFECT is edging toward world domination!

Out of more than 4,300 international entries in 10 major competitions at the 42nd Annual Worldfest-Houston (April 17 – 26th), Liz Adams’ SIDE EFFECT walked away with a GOLD REMI AWARD for creative excellence in the student film category. Liz Adams now joins WorldFest’s distinguished list of “discovering� film greats such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Robert Rodriguez, Brian de Palma, the Coen Brothers and many others early in their careers. The Gold Remi Award is the 5th major festival award that Liz Adams has garnered in the past year.

“The exciting success of this little film with such a huge controversial subject matter and shocking tale is beyond my expectations,� states Liz Adams. “I am just so thankful SIDE EFFECT is being received so well. My little baby [SIDE EFFECT] is traveling without me to so many places I have never been…I wish I could be tagging along for the ride!�

In addition to winning many awards, SIDE EFFECT has received multitudes of raves at festivals including a 5 Star Review at the Philadelphia Film Festival in March. Anthony Thurber of described it as

“…a shocking and horrifying short that carries a powerful message regarding the dangers of prescription pills.�

Liz Adams’ directing also received kudos after this years’ Women of Horror Festival held April 25th. Brian Kirst praised her skills in his review,

“[Adams’] finished product hums with haunting beauty and fervent strength.�

SIDE EFFECT continues to gain momentum around the world and was recently invited to play its first Asian festival, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) in Korea from the 16th to 26th of July 2009.

SIDE EFFECT will be returning to Spain for The 15th Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival, [FANT] held from May 3-10th. FANT takes pride in showcasing great films that may not always reach commercial screens, and is comprised of many premieres in Bilbao, brought by filmmakers from the United States, Mexico, Korea, along with a selection of European filmmakers.

If you are planning a visit to Puerto Rico try to catch SIDE EFFECT at Rincon International Film Festival that is taking place April 28th – May 3rd with films chosen from submissions from around the world. The final lineup includes over 60 films, including 20 World Premieres and a special segment of Puerto Rican films.

Horror fans can also catch SIDE EFFECT at the Detroit International Short Film Festival, a grassroots event held in downtown that receives about 1,500 attendees taking place May 28-30th.

This fall SIDE EFFECT is back in the UK at FantasyCon UK, the British Fantasy Society’s annual convention held in Nottingham over the weekend 18-20 September. FantasyCon was first staged in the mid-1970s in Birmingham and has run continuously since. Guests of Honour are Jasper Forde, Brian Clemens, and Gail Z Martin. Convention highlights include guest interviews, panel discussion and the British Fantasy Awards Banquet.

Liz Adams’ SIDE EFFECT has already garnered the Best Screenplay Award at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Best Short at Germany’s Oldendburg Film Festival, the Pretty/Scary Award for Excellence in Horror Filmmaking at the 8th Annual SHRIEKFEST Film Festival and the coveted Chainsaw Statuette in the Cutting Edge Short Film Competition at the Dead by Dawn Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. SIDE EFFECT was nominated for the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award at the Denver International Film Festival and recently screened at the New York City Horror Festival the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and at SITGES International Film Festival in Spain – one of the most recognizable film festivals held in Europe and the number one horror genre festival in the world.

Set in a world where the pressure to perform is at an all time high, and everyone seems to be on some kind of medication, Adams’ SIDE EFFECT poses the question, ‘What if EVIL were a side effect? A recent participant in AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, Liz Adams is forging her own path as a maverick female director working in the male dominated horror genre.

About Liz Adams

After more than twelve years as a successful entrepreneur, providing sales and marketing services to the computing resources and nanotechnology industries, Liz negotiated the sale of her business in order to follow her dreams into the world of motion picture production. She completed film school at Los Angeles City College in 2006 and has written and directed several short films for festival exhibition. Liz’s latest project Side Effect is a short horror film made during her participation in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. After coming off a year as Vice President of Development at Independent Filmmakers Alliance in Los Angeles. Liz is currently preparing Side Effect for festival exhibition as well as continuing to develop the feature length version of Side Effect called Blood Level.

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