Have a feature-length film? Please check out our new Magic of Horror Feature Film Competition on FilmFreeway:
https://filmfreeway.com/TheMagicofHorrorFeature
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ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL RECEIVE SCORE CARDS AND JUDGE’S NOTES!
(See rules and terms for details.)

The Magic of Horror celebrates all kinds of films, screenplays, and art in the horror genre. Creepy creatures, psychological thrillers, gothic tales, supernatural terrors, or even good old-fashioned slashers, we think they all have the magic to scare the pants off of genre fans!

Selected films and trailers will be competing against each other with live screenings at our event at the historic Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Attending filmmakers will be invited to participate in a Q&A session at the end of their film, trailer, or music video's screening block.

Movie posters, horror artwork, and specialty contest photographs will also be viewed by the audience in-between film blocks.

For writers, we have screenplay competitions. Finalists will be invited to participate in our “Script Talk” session at the festival to tell the audience about their work.

The event ends with the awards ceremony and we have a lot of awards to hand out, including some Audience Choice Awards voted on by the festival attendees.

We have a few new contests this year to celebrate horror-themed artwork, makeup, and costumes!

SHORT FILM COMPETITION – Films up to 45 minutes in length.

MOVIE TRAILER COMPETITION – Trailers for either short or feature films.

SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION – Scripts up to 40 pages long.

FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION – Scripts between 41-120 pages long.

LOGLINE CONTEST – We know how important a logline is for marketing a film or script! Submissions in this category are judged on their ability to grab attention.

SCRIPT FIRST 10 PAGES CONTEST – The all-important opening scenes of a screenplay are judged on how well they capture the reader’s attention and leave them wanting more.

MOVIE POSTER CONTEST – Promotional posters for both films and screenplays.

MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION – Horror-themed music videos under 3 minutes long.

HORROR ART CONTEST – Including paintings, drawings, and photographs of sculptures or other 3-dimensional mediums. Must be original work, not “fan art”.

FX MAKEUP CONTEST – Photograph of original makeup creations.

ORIGINAL COSTUME CONTEST – Full-length photograph of original creations. Must be completed costumes, not concept sketches. Costumes must be at least 80% hand-made/fabricated by the submitter.

COSPLAY COSTUME CONTEST – Full-length photograph of cosplay replica or mash-up creations. Must be completed costumes, not concept sketches. Costumes must be at least 80% hand-made/fabricated by the submitter. Submission requires inclusion of the character name and source material (TV show, anime, movie, etc..)

All submitted projects receive the scorecards and notes given by the judges regardless of if the project is accepted into the festival or not. Scorecards are sent to the submitter at the end of the judging period. Withdrawing a submission cancels this perk.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS:
At the live event our audiences get to vote for their favorite films and trailers and the winner is announced at the awards ceremony.

The winners of Audience Choice awards receive trophies.

Because our trophies are each engraved with the title of the winning project, Audience Choice winners will not receive their actual trophy on the night of the event. (We'll let the winners use a blank trophy so they won't be left out of the red carpet photos!) The real trophies will be created and mailed out a few weeks later.

FILM & SCREENPLAY JURY AWARDS:
All Official Selections, Finalists, and Winners will receive digital laurels.

Selected films will be screened at the 2021 Magic of Horror Film Festival.

Finalists and Winners will have the option to showcase their film trailers or screenplay synopsis on The Magic of Horror’s website and social media.

Winners in the following categories will receive trophies during the Awards Ceremony. Winners who are unable to attend will have their trophies mailed to them free of charge.

Best Short Film
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay

Short Film Superlatives - Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Set Design, Best Special Effects, Best Costumes, Best Music Score, & Best Editing.

NOTE: Some superlative categories may be dropped if there are not enough qualifying films to compete in them. (This hasn’t happened yet, but there is always a possibility.)

FILM TRAILER & MUSIC VIDEO JURY AWARDS:
All Official Selections, Finalists, and Winners will receive digital laurels.

Selected trailers and music videos will be screened at the 2021 Magic of Horror Film Festival.

Award certificates will be given to the winners during the live event. (Winners who are unable to attend the event will have it mailed to them free of charge.)

Finalists and Winners will have the option to showcase their film trailers or music videos on The Magic of Horror’s website and social media.

MOVIE POSTER, HORROR ART, FX MAKEUP, & COSTUME JURY AWARDS:
All Official Selections, Finalists, and Winners will receive digital laurels.

Finalists will have their entry displayed on-screen during the live festival.

Award certificates will be given to the winners during the live event. (Winners who are unable to attend the event will have it mailed to them free of charge.)

Finalists and Winners will have the option to showcase their film trailers or music videos on The Magic of Horror’s website and social media.

LOGLINE & FIRST 10 PAGES SCRIPT CONTEST JURY AWARDS:
All Official Selections, Finalists, and Winners will receive digital laurels.

Award certificates will be given to the winners during the live event. (Winners who are unable to attend the event will have it mailed to them free of charge.)

Finalists and Winners will have the option to showcase their loglines or screenplay synopsis on The Magic of Horror’s website and social media.

PLEASE READ OUR RULES & POLICIES BEFORE SUBMITTING!!!

All completed submissions will receive the scorecards and any corresponding notes from the judges once the judging period has concluded. These are sent electronically, so please make sure that your email address on FilmFreeway is correct. NOTE: Any submissions that are withdrawn will not be eligible for scorecards and judge’s notes.

SUBMISSION RESTRICTIONS:

All entries must be in English (or have English subtitles).

This season there is no "created by" time frame restrictions for entries.

No works-in-progress will be accepted.

All entries must be original works, no “fan films” or adaptations. (Unless adapted from the film-maker’s own original story/novel or a work that is the public domain.) The only other exception to this rule is for the CosPlay Costume contest.

Submissions may not include real violence toward humans or animals. Absolutely no pornography.

There are no premiere or release restrictions on films. However, all screenplays must be un-produced and not under option at the time of the festival.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Please make sure that you have entered your submission in the appropriate category. Projects are judged in accordance to the category they have been submitted to. (For example, a movie trailer submitted as a short film will be judged as a short film and is not likely to do well.)

The person submitting a project to this festival affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of story, audio, video, images and music of the film/script/photographed work and he/she remains responsible before the law.

FILMS & TRAILERS - Only a director or producer may submit a film or trailer.

MUSIC VIDEOS – Must be original music. Only a producer, director, or musician representative may submit a music video.

SCREENPLAYS & LOGLINES - Only the writer may submit. In the case of multiple writers, only one need to submit but all authors must be credited on the entry.

POSTERS & ARTWORK - Only the artist, film director, or producer may submit.

FX MAKEUP PHOTOS- Only the artist, director, or producer may submit. Submitter affirms that he/she has either created the makeup themselves or has the right to submit on behalf of the makeup artist (makeup artist must be credited in the submission.) Makeup must be an original creation and any prosthetics used must be at least 80% fabricated by the artist.

COSTUME PHOTOS- Only the artist, film director, or producer may submit. Submitter affirms that he/she has either created the costumes themselves or has the right to submit on behalf of the artist (the creator of the costume who did the work must be credited in the submission.) Costumes must be at least 80% fabricated by the artist.

ALL SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

In the spirit of fairness to all, we DO NOT offer student discounts or hardship waivers for the submission fees.

Submission fees must be in U.S. dollars. These fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Submissions that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

Multiple submissions are accepted, but each must be submitted with a separate fee. There are no discounts for multiple submissions.

Understand that the submission fee does not guarantee your project a place in the festival. Entries are judged by a panel who make the decisions of Official Selections, Finalists, and Jury Prize winners. The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.

All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please do not send DVDs, BluRays, images, photographs, or any downloadable files to us directly.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit to this contest. You understand that there are thousands of film-makers, writers and other artists and the similarities in story, characters, design, etc... of two or more submissions are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.

IF SELECTED FOR THE FESTIVAL:

All Official Selections understand and accept that if their submission is accepted for presentation and/or screening at the live festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for Rogue Chimera Films LLC / Magic of Horror (MOH). to screen or show their entry project at times of the festival’s choice and understand that the festival will charge an admission fee for the general public.

The Submitter understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the ticket sales to the festival, which are fully retained by the event organizers to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation.

Official selections are entitled to two free passes to the screening block that their entry is scheduled to appear in. Finalists will also receive two free passes for the Awards Ceremony. Because the venue has limited seating capacity, Official Selections must reserve (RSVP) at least three weeks before the festival date to receive two complimentary tickets to their screening block. Those who do not RSVP in time will forfeit their complimentary tickets and there will be no guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the end of the festival. Award-winners who are unable to attend the festival will have their awards mailed to them.
Selected film-makers may be asked to submit an additional digital screening copy of their film, trailer, or video along with any promotional materials they have available such as film poster, trailer, still photos, film-maker biographies, etc... The Filmmaker grants MOH the right to use any and all promotional materials in any manner they see fit for publicity purposes related to the festival. All requested materials must be received by the festival no later than October 25, 2021 to be included in the event.

We keep all entries as secure as possible prior to and during the festival. (Digital files are erased after the festival is concluded.) However, with the popularity of camera devices (cell phones), we cannot promise the security of content shown at the festival. The Submitter releases MOH and its organizers from any and all liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations, or piracy of the entry.

The Submitter accepts and understands that the festival, in conjunction with the Firehouse Theatre, will do everything possible to present the films and still images in the best possible manner but the festival is not responsible for any and all malfunctions or technical difficulties during the presentation of any film or photograph at its festival screening.

The Magic of Horror festival reserves the right to make changes in the screening date and times and to possibly not screen a film regardless of its being selected for screening.

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  • Ray Biddle

    These folks are awesome. They were helpful and made sure during the pandemic everyone was taken care of. The online awards show was as good or better than the TV broadcast major ones. I would deal with them at any time!

    Awesome, just plain awesome!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoyed the show!

  • Conrad Schapansky

    The Magic of Horror was a very well laid out festival. The communication from the organizers was top notch!! Nice work guys.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! And thank you so much for sharing your film with us!

  • This was a cool festival...and a bit different than typical. Although the live event is postponed due to Covid - the organizers put together a very nice virtual event. My film was named as a finalist. I am very pleased.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Pete! We are looking forward to screening your film at the live event next year!

  • Kevin McGuiness

    The festival organizers were very friendly and offered useful feedback on my script.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We're very glad that you found it helpful.

  • Riccardo Jurkovic

    Thanks for the the chance to show our film at this years venue! The team managed to cope with the Corona situation and although networking wasn’t possible as it usually is we are looking forward to next year when the live event will be held! Great job!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your film with us! We think the audience will love it at the event next year, and we look forward to meeting you!