Los Angeles-based painter/cartoonist Tom Neely has dedicated his talents to creating the official artwork for the first annual Heavy Metal Film Festival, set to take place at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles, California this coming March 31 through April 3.Festival organizer and long-time metalhead Samuel Douek states the following about his collaboration with Neely: "Hollywood has certainly seen a fair amount of film festivals, but none as heavy as this! The artwork celebrates the heavy arrival of metal in Hollywood and I'm very happy with Tom Neely's fingerprints being all over this soon-to-be historical event." On his involvement with the Heavy Metal Film Festival, Neely shares: "Being the first edition of this festival, I wanted to make sure the arrival of the festival in L.A. was noted. What better than to say: Hell descends on Hollywood!" There is still an open call for submissions, which can include full-length features, documentaries, shorts, "making-of"s and live concerts. The only required theme is that the footage focus on heavy metal music. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 11. Filmmakers, please write in to [email protected] for specs. The program for the Heavy Metal Film Festival will be finalized and announced on Friday, February 18. For more information about submitting to the film festival or volunteering for the event, please write in to [email protected] Visit the Heavy Metal Film Festival online on Facebook to be among the first to receive updates.