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The Boogeywoman

A Film by Erica Scoggins


Late blooming Sam Rains finally gets her first period at the annual all-night skate. At first a triumph, her new condition brings strange side effects. An erie electrical problem has the kids teasing about “the Boogeywoman,” a local legend, a sorceress who feeds on men’s souls and eats little girls. When a friend leaks about Sam’s period, the boys tell her she’s fair game for The Boogeywoman. With an expected tryst derailed, Sam leaves the skating rink in a fever only to meet the legend in the flesh. Instead of a monster, Sam finds a mother, a goddess, a mentor–opening the door to womanhood.


  • Picture of Erica Scoggins © Erica Scoggins

    Erica Scoggins

    Erica Scoggins is a Tennessee-based artist and filmmaker nurtured by the beauty and ghosts of southern soil. Her multi-disciplinary practice examines altered states of consciousness brought on by adrenaline, desire, disease, and trauma and draws on myth and archetype to challenge modern social standards. After studying fine art and writing at Belmont University in Nashville, Scoggins completed her MFA in Film Directing at California Institute of the Arts. As a postgraduate teaching fellow at Calarts, she taught a hybrid theory/practice course on the depiction of unexplainable phenomena in cinema. Scoggins is currently developing a feature film drawing on the themes and relationships in her latest short, The Boogeywoman.

Awards + Festivals

  • 41st CLERMONT-FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Clermont-Ferrand, France)February 1, 2019
  • 20th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Gerrmany)March 20, 2019
  • *3rd PRIZE*
    21st MECAL PRO - BARCELONA INT'L SHORT AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)March 28, 2019
  • 4th KINOTRIP INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)March 28, 2019
  • 2nd MILKBUSCH INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)March 31, 2019
  • 10th SKEPTO - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)April 3, 2019
  • 43rd ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (Narrative Shorts Program, Atlanta, GA, USA)April 4, 2019
  • 7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • 31st FILMFEST DRESDEN 2019 INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, Dresden, Germany)April 9, 2019
  • 12th HALLUCINATIONS COLLECTIVES (Official Selection, Lyon, France)April 16, 2019
  • 16th CALGARY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Calgary, AB, Canada)April 22, 2019
    HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Official Selection, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 7th ALTAN KHALIS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)June 4, 2019
  • 6th BASTA FEST - INT'L SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bajina Bašta, Serbia)June 4, 2019
  • 6th FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL - GALACTICAT (Official Selection, Penelles, Lleida, Spain)June 5, 2019
  • 3rd BUDDHA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2019
  • 39th FANTAFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)June 10, 2019
  • 27th ART FILM FEST 2019 (International Competition of Short Films, Bratislava, Slovakia)June 14, 2019
  • OLBIA FILM NETWORK (Film Market Professional Video Library, Olbia, Italy)June 19, 2019
  • 8th CARDIFF MINI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cardiff, United Kingdom)June 22, 2019
  • 13th CRYPTSHOW FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain)June 28, 2019
  • 8th KO:SH FILM FEST (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)July 2, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
    23rd FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)July 11, 2019
  • 20th FANTOSFREAK FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTMETRATGES FANTÀSTICS I FREAKS (Official Selection, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)July 15, 2019
  • 2nd PORTO FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Porto, Portugal)July 18, 2019
  • 26th OPENEYES FILMFEST MARBURG (Official Selection, Marburg, Germany)July 24, 2019
  • 20th LUCANIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pisticci, Italy)August 7, 2019
  • 4th STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ballymahon, Co. Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2019
    2nd NORTH BEND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, North Bend, Washington, USA)August 15, 2019
  • 18th CONCORTO SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pontenure and Piacenza, Italy)August 17, 2019
  • 19th NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nevada City, CA, USA)August 23, 2019
  • LIVE AT HEART FILM 2019 (“Fright Night” Section, Örebro Sweden)September 4, 2019
  • 15th FESTIFREAK LA PLATA INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Plata, Argentina)September 5, 2019
  • 4th CROSSING THE SCREEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eastbourne, UK)September 19, 2019
  • 5th FILMFEST BREMEN (Official Selection, Bremen, Germany)September 19, 2019
  • 13th PENTEDATTILO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Calabria, Italy)September 19, 2019
  • 16th CURTOCIRCUITO - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)September 28, 2019
    10th AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)October 3, 2019
  • AUDIENCE COMPETITION AUSTRIAN FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)October 4, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Short List, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)October 7, 2019
  • 60th INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BRNO16 (Official Selection, Brno, Czech Republic)October 9, 2019
  • 13th BUFFALO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)October 10, 2019
  • 16th BENDFILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bend, OR, USA)October 10, 2019
  • 17th ANNUAL TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, KS, USA)October 16, 2019
  • BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NYC, USA)October 17, 2019
  • 45th FILMETS - BADALONA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)October 18, 2019
  • 14th PORNFILMFESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)October 22, 2019
  • 3rd ANATOMY CRIME AND HORROR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)November 1, 2019
  • 2nd LINZ INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)November 7, 2019
  • SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Corrientes, Argentina)November 7, 2019
  • 8th WINCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, United Kingdom)November 8, 2019
  • 22nd ICARO - FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE EN CENTROAMÉRICA (Official Selection, Guatemala)November 8, 2019
  • NITEHAWK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NYC, USA)November 14, 2019
  • 8th SHORTS THAT ARE NOT PANTS (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)November 15, 2019
  • 20th DU GRAIN A DEMOUDRE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gonfreville l'Orcher and Le Havre, France)November 16, 2019
  • 20th BACKUP & BEYOND FILM AND MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Weimar, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 6th PORNY DAYS - FILM KUNST FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zurich, Switzerland)November 28, 2019
  • AFSAD 3rd INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ankara, Turkey)December 13, 2019
  • 2nd COVEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Francisco, CA, USA)January 10, 2020
  • 2nd BUDAPEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)February 6, 2020
  • 4th FINAL GIRLS BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 6, 2020
  • 2nd PALEOCHORA LOST WORLD SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paleochora, Crete, Greece)May 30, 2020


Erica Scoggins
Erica Scoggins
Sinah Ober, Dakin Cranwell, Ian Flannery
Director of Photography
Albrecht von Grünhagen
Art Direction
Madeline Young
Costume Design
Grace Holtz
Keith Nolan
Erica Scoggins
Sound Design
Erica Scoggins
Sara Sinclair Gomez + original music by Jordan Chism


Running Time
17 minutes
Shooting Format
Arri Raw
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 & Stereo



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Erica Scoggins