David Taylor - Festival Director and Founder
Originally from Toronto, Taylor comes from a long lineage of horror-themed and esoteric traditions, beginning with the family-owned occult bookstore Ben Abraham Books, and his father’s work as a film consultant on horror movies in the 1980’s and 1990’s. David is committed to growing the horror community in Vancouver, and providing independent filmmakers to have a platform to showcase their work.
Taylor is also a Registered Nurse in Vancouver, and drummer for the indie prog rock band Colour Tongues.
Meghan Hemingway - Artistic Director
Meghan Hemingway is the co-founder of the VHS Film Festival, a writer and an actress. Most recently, Hemingway landed Citi-AAdvantage Mastercard’s latest campaign, and starred in the Run & Gun Audience Choice Award Winning short Supreme. She starred in Tabatha Golat’s United Guys Network and garnered a nomination for Best Supporting Actress from the Austin Comedy Film Festival.
With writing partner Stephen Sheffer, Meghan’s work has spanned over a decade. The duo is currently under option with Don Ferguson Productions in Toronto for their episodic series The Joint, a fresh, darkly comedic take on the age-old traditions of marriage.
Hogan Short - Director of Programming
Hogan Short joined the Vancouver Horror Show as its Director of Programming in its second year. Hogan was a part of the screening and programming teams at the Calgary Underground Film Festival, the Calgary International Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. In addition to working at VHS, Hogan is the Programming Coordinator for the Whistler Film Festival.
Keara Barnes - Director of Sponsorships & Development
Keara Barnes is an award-winning actor, writer and producer from Vancouver, B.C. She holds a BFA in Theatre from The University of Victoria and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
Keara has worked as the Artistic Director of Standing Room Only Theatre Company, a theatre critic for Three Weeks Magazine at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a theatre blogger for the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.
She is the creator/performer behind two critically-acclaimed solo shows which have toured throughout Western Canada, and the writer/producer of several short films in varying stages of development.
She is a huge horror fan, an avid traveller, and a popcorn enthusiast. www.kearabarnes.com
Lloyd Darling - Technical Director
Lloyd Darling is originally from Sydney Australia but has called Vancouver, Canada his home for twelve years. After success in the theatre industry Lloyd co-formed the film company Fresh As A Daisy Films with his film partner Connor Campbell in early 2016. Their first short film On The Waywritten, produced, and directed by Darling was accepted into The Best Shorts Film Festival 2016 in San Diego USA and the online Vancouver Canada Lift Off Festival in 2017. Since then he has gone on to produce, write, and direct other shorts which include The Forgotten Man, Poison, Upset State,The Gardener and Fete.