A place for underground, bizarre, insane, ludicrous, outlandish, unconventional, preposterous, incephalonamous, unorthodox, renderonerous, and spina bifidous films.
Every film will be rated on a "Panic Meter" showing how much the audience should be wary of the film they're about to watch, so they can't say we didn't warn them...
All films will screen at the newly reopened, historic Black Lodge in Memphis, TN. Since this festival is run by filmmakers, we know you don't want to screen at 10am on a Sunday, so we don't even have slots like that! We also encourage you to come and sell your movies, merch and other materials at your screening, because we want you to make money too.
In addition to film screenings, there will be a Psychotic Arcade Challenge that awards players for advancing in the world's most terrifying, deranged, and senseless games imaginable. Also featured are several food challenges that will test the limits of all five of your senses.
Memphis and Shelby County filmmakers receive free submission. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
Awards are chosen entirely by audience choice.
Best Feature (of all categories)- $500
Best Comoedia Disturbia - Short - $250
Best Horrorphilia/Sciencfections - Shorts - $250
Best Unclassifiable Cinema Insanity - Short - $250
Final exhibition formats must be provided as one of the following: DCP, Blu Ray or a Digital File. The entrant guarantees that they have legal right to submit their film to the 2018 Cinematic Panic and have obtained all necessary rights and clearances to have it publicly screened during the festival dates. Submission of the film confirms that Cinematic Panic has permission to exhibit the work at the 2018 festival, should it be accepted, and that the entrant understands that no screening fees or other reimbursement is provided.
Films must have been made within the last two years, except for the Back From The Dead category.
We are only accepting narrative films at this time, no documentaries.
If in a language other than English, the film must have English subtitles for submission and exhibition.
Upon acceptance into the festival, you agree to give us the right to speed up any ending credit sequences, for time concerns, as long as they contribute nothing to the plot of the film.