US Horror Festivals Welcome ‘Prodigal Son’

Clara Kavanagh (The Girl) and Sean Conroy (The Boy)

Irish director CJ Scuffins’ award-winning short film Prodigal Son has been selected to screen at three US horror festivals this coming October and November. This Halloween season will see the horror drama screen at New York’s Buffalo Screams, Boston’s Killer Film Fest, and Atlanta’s HorrorQuest.

The news follows on the heels the film’s appearance last weekend at the 7th Budapest International Short Film Festival. Prodigal Son comes home to Dublin this Saturday, 15th September with a screening at the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoighaire

Prodigal Son was made by Scuffins’ Dublin production company Story Factory and won the best horror/sci-fi film at Cork’s Dare Media International Short Film Festival in August.

More success arrived for Scuffins and Story Factory yesterday when his newest short film, adventure comedy The Blow-Ins, was officially selected for the 57th Corona Cork Film Festival.

Writer-director Scuffins adapts his screenplays from short stories. His newest story, Chips, was shortlisted for the prestigious Irish Times/Powers literary prize in 2012 and will be published by the Times’ in their short story anthology, What Truly Matters, on 9th October. He is currently adapting a version of the story for the screen.

More details of Prodigal Son and The Blow-Ins can be found at


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