THE FESTIVAL
Mórbido is a thematic cultural festival, so every year, its programming revolves around the selected theme; thus, in addition to the film selection, there are also fine arts exhibitions, plays, thematic lectures, book presentations, concerts, and even a traditional Mexican wrestling match. Likewise, every year, the festival pays tribute to an important person in the Mexican horror film industry.

The Festival’s programming is divided into the Thematic Section (depending on each year’s theme), the Latin American Section, the Global Section, the New Directors Section, the Brutal Midnight Section, the Tribute Section, the Future Releases Section and the Children’s Section.

TO SUBMIT:

All applicants must fill out the 2018 online entry and authorization form, pay the entry fee and send all the required documents to entries@morbidofest.com.
The deadline for submissions and screeners is September 01st, 2018 at 9pm.

The Day of the Dead celebration is one of the most representative festivities in Mexican culture, so we decided to honour traditional sugar skulls by turning them into Mórbido’s official award.

This year prizes will be awarded in two different categories:
• Films from Latin American
• Films from the Rest of the World

In each category Morbido Fest will award the following prizes:

• Gold Skull: Audience award for feature films
• Blood Skull: Directors’ award for feature films
• Wood Skull: Press award for feature films
• Bronze Skull: Special Mentions for feature films
• Little Gold Skull: Morbido award for short films
• Little Silver Skull: Morbido award for animated short films
• Little Bronze Skull: Honorable Mention for short films

The festival reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions to those feature and short films that merit distinction.

Once again Mórbido Fest and Cinépolis will award a distribution prize to a latin american film.
Mórbido / Cinépolis Prize : Distribution in Mexican cinemas for latin american feature films. In order to be eligible to this prize, films must be Mexican premiers.

In order to kick-start the commercial prospects of the festival’s Latin American world premiere selections, Morbido Fest will offer interested sales agents and distributors a 24 hour window to consider the film and make an offer for distribution .
This window will start at the exact same time as the world premier in the festival. The purpose of this initiative is to to create a focus on Latin American genre cinema and give them a chance to get better sales and exposure.

ELIGIBILITY
Morbido accepts films of all productions techniques and budgets produced between 2017 and 2018.

Accepted running times for entries to the festival are:

• Fiction Feature Films: minimum running time 60 minutes
• Documentary Feature Films: minimum running time 45 minutes
• Short films: up to 30 minutes
In order to be eligible for the 2018 Official Selection, it is imperative that submitted feature films have not been screened at any other fantasy and horror film festival in Mexico. We are looking for Mexican Premiers.
In the case of short films, these have no restrictions if they have been exhibited at other fantasy and horror film festivals in Mexico. Nevertheless, our selection team will be keen to select short films that have not been screened at other fantasy and horror film festival in Mexico. We are looking for Mexican Premiers.

SUBMISSIONS
To enter the selection process all filmmakers must complete or send the following documents and materials:
1. Fill out the online Entry and authorization form
2. Payment confirmation of inscription fee
3. Stills from the film (3) at 300 DPI in either JPG, TIFF or PSD format
4. Vertical Poster of the film with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI in JPG or TIFF format
5. Trailer/ Teaser of the film in HD QuickTime/MPEG format & link to downloadable trailer
6. Links to all available social media of the film
7. Online screener (FilmFreeway / private videos on YouTube / Vimeo) or 2 DVD’s or 2 Blu-ray’s (zone 0) in NTSC
Any fee generated by any of these services (Filmfreeway) is independent of the inscription fee to the festival.

SUBMISSION FEES
All applicants must fill out the 2018 online entry and authorization form.
Payment of the inscription fee can be made either by PayPal or through the Morbido online store. Please make sure to send us the payment confirmation.
The inscription fee for each submitted feature film is $24 USD.
The inscription fee for each submitted short film is $12 USD.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
All submitted films will be entered into the selection process once the festival has received all the after mentioned documents and materials. Two or more members of the selection team view submitted films. All programming selections are at the discretion of the festival director, whose decision is final.

SUBTITLES
Upon acceptance of a film to the official selection the film must be subtitled:
• Subtitles are the responsibility of its’ producers
• If the film is in Spanish, the films must be subtitled in English
• In any other language, subtitles must be in Spanish

NOTIFICATION
Once a film has been included in the Official Selection, the applicant will have 6 working days to send any missing materials and to confirm all information included in the entry form.
The film information submitted in the online entry form will be the same information to be included in the print catalogue and the festival’s website. Any information or revisions sent after September 19th, 2018 will not be taken into account.
Morbido will acknowledge whoever signed the entry form as the sole representative of the selected film. This individual will be responsible regarding all aspects of the films’ participation in the festival. Confirmation from the film’s representative signifies the full acceptance of the festival’s guidelines, with no exceptions.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Screening formats in the Official Selection are DCP, Blu-Ray and QuickTime H264.
Morbido Fest will establish screening dates and times for all selected films. Submitting films to Morbido Fest implies full acceptance of the festival’s guidelines. Any situation not included in this call for entries will be considered and resolved by the festival’s management.

PUBLICITY
All promotional materials (stills, posters, trailers & social media) are essential for the timely promotion and publicity of selected films. These materials can and will be reproduced by Morbido publications & website as well as pay TV and press in all platforms. We invite you to deliver these materials in a timely fashion. Help us promote your work.

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELECTED FILMS
The festival’s management reserves the right to decline screening copies of a film that are deemed of insufficient technical quality for their presentation.
The screening copies of the selected films should be sent to the following address:
Mórbido Fest / Tabasco 93 - A / Col. Roma / C.P. 06700 / CDMX / México.
All representatives of films selected to the Official Selection must deliver no later than October 01st, 2018:

1. A subtitled (in English or Spanish depending on the original language) screening copy of the film in any of the previously mentioned formats
2. An additional back up copy of the film on Blu Ray with subtitles (in English or Spanish depending on the film’s original language)
3. Vertical Poster
4. Downloadable Teaser or trailer in HD in QT or MPEG format

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL
Morbido encourages all selected filmmakers to attend the festival. Full details of ticketing arrangements and support offered will be included in any notification of acceptance into the festival.

Overall Rating
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  • Mórbido is one of the BEST film festivals in the WORLD! Great movies, great parties, great events, great guests, great hosts, a great crew. It simply could not be better.

    November 2018
  • Ha sido un muy buen festival. Con tiempo buscaron lo mejor para que la presentación de Cygnus fuera exitosa. La sala estuvo llena. La inauguración, a pesar de que se encontraron con problemas serios, fue bien realizada; hicieron lo necesario para que fuera una divertida fiesta. La clausura fue sencilla, pero divertida. Nos recuerdan que en el cine se trata de divertirse y pasarla bien. Desde que terminó el festival le han dado seguimiento a la situación de la película con el objetivo de apoyarla en todo momento y eso es algo que yo agradezco mucho. Las fechas no le favorecieron porque estaban encimadas con otro festival importante. Me hubiera gustado relacionarme con más directores y productores que asistieron, pero no habían reuniones de networking. El director de programación siempre estuvo al tanto de nosotros. Altamente recomedable.

    May 2018
  • TABARLY Arnaud

    A very professional and serious festival. An excellent organization, a very good team and a very complete feedback on the follow-up of your films. I highly recommend it

    January 2018
  • Alan Deprez

    Morbido Fest's a blast. One of the best genre films festivals in the whole world. By far! Its atmosphere seems incredible. Too bad I wasn't able to attend it... but I was so proud that our short film "Cruelle est la nuit" ("Cruel is the night") was in official selection in competition. That means a lot for us. #Mexicotoruletheworld

    December 2017
  • Timothy Vandenberg

    Wonderfully Unique festival. Certainly nothing else like it around . The Fest staff were super communicative and accommodating!!

    November 2017