Short to Watch For at the Phoenix Film Festival: A TRICKY TREAT by Patricia Chica

by Lynn Sorel

Short to watch for at the


A Tricky Treat by Patricia Chica


(Phoenix, AZ) – April 7th, 2016. The Phoenix Film Festival has programmed multiple award-winning short comedy A Tricky Treat directed by Patricia Chica, among the top horror shorts in the circuit, including another one of Chica’s protégés Night of the Slasher by Shant Hamassian.



Playing @ Horror Shorts B

Friday, April 8 • 9:55pm

Sunday, April 10 • 2:15pm

Thursday, April 14 • 2:50pm



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7000 E Mayo Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85054





This shocking tale of the unexpected presents the story of a man (Leonard Waldner) who is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids. The family members are played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy and newcomer Marco Reilly.

A TRICKY TREAT is the first collaboration of creative duo Patricia Chica (director) and Kamal John Iskander (writer) who have been called the “Twosome Gruesome” by Ray Schillaci of the Movie Guys film critics American website. The film was shot in Los Angeles, executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Los Angeles), produced by Patricia Chica (Montréal), Grace Santos (Los Angeles) and Byron A. Martin (Toronto). Co-Executive producers are Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions (Los Angeles) and Morris Umali (Australia).

Patricia Chica is a multiple award-winning director whose previous films La Promesse (2000), Rockabilly 514 (2008), Day Before Yesterday (2010), Ceramic Tango (2013), Serpent’s Lullaby (2014), A Tricky Treat (2015), and Crimson Dance (2016) have won numerous awards and have been screened in over 200 film festivals worldwide. She is also an avid social media guru with over 10K+ real followers on her various online platforms.

Patricia Chica’s main purpose as a director is to use the language of cinema to open conversations about material often silenced as taboo or controversial. Through her speaking and filmmaking, Patricia has helped bring awareness and discourse to social issues like HIV-AIDS, Blood Donation, Depression, Suicide Prevention, and Homelessness, as well as LGBTQ, Aboriginal and Human Rights.

Patricia Chica is presently preparing her next film entitled Morning After and will be filming it in Montreal, Canada during the summer of 2016.

To know more about the Patricia Chica’s work, visit her sites:



Twitter: @PatriciaChica

Instagram: @Chicatronica


Horror Comedy, 3:07, 2015

Synopsis:  A man is kidnapped by a very strange family, and his fate is held in the hands of two kids.  ‘A Tricky Treat’ presents a shocking tale of the unexpected with a twist.

Starring:  Leonard Waldner, Andrea Fletcher, Steve Brewster, Keira McCarthy and Marco Reilly



Patricia Chica

Director, Producer

Patricia Chica is a Canadian multi award-winning director-producer who has built a loyal audience and cult following internationally. Dread Central put her on the list of the “Rising Female Filmmakers” to watch. She specializes in high-quality author driven genre films that have great commercial appeal and that uplifts the audiences. One of Patricia’s principles is to always depict strong characters, with mood and tone, and exhibit visual ingenuity while delivering an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining story. Her horror shorts Ceramic Tango, A Tricky Treat, and Serpent’s Lullaby have won multiple awards. The latter was part of the “Coup de Coeur” selection of the favorite international shorts at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner). For the last three years, she has been part of the Massive Blood Drive PSA anthology curated by the Soska Sisters for the Women in Horror Month. Patricia Chica presently divides her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Montreal.


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