After a very successful screen-writing contest last year, we've decided to really up our game this year and add a few new competitions and cash prizes!
All of our contests are for works in the horror genre. This includes psychological thrillers, horror-comedy, slasher, splatter, grindhouse, mumblegore, monster movies, paranormal/supernatural thrillers, horror-dramas, etc...
However, we DO NOT accept fan films. We feel that those kind of films are infringing on someone else's magic!
THE BI-MONTHLY FILM CONTEST:
A new round of submissions begins every two months. At the end of each round we pick the best over-all films in the Short and Feature categories. The winning films of each round will go on to compete as finalists in the Best of Series contest that will be announcing the winners in August 2018.
We recognize that it takes a lot of different elements to make a great horror film, so every month a winner will be chosen among all the submitted films (regardless of length) for the Spotlight Category award! Spotlight winners will be selected only on the merit of the featured category each round, so any film that is strong in that aspect is a contender! (In other words, any of the Bi-Monthly Winners won't necessarily also be the Spotlight Category Winner.)
We do this because we know that film is a collaborative medium and every production team has its strengths and weaknesses. If a film does a fantastic job in one department while not-so-great in others, we feel that it should be recognized for what makes it really stands out.
The Bi-Monthly Spotlight Categories:
Round 1 - COSTUME DESIGN (August-September)
Round 2 - PRACTICAL SPECIAL EFFECTS (October -November)
Round 3 - SET DESIGN / SET DRESSING (December-January)
Round 4 - CINEMATOGRAPHY (February - March)
Round 5 - DIGITAL SPECIAL EFFECTS / CGI (April-May)
Round 6 - MUSIC SCORE (June-July)
All bi-monthly film contest winners are notified and announced on our website on or around the 20th of the following month. (August-September winners are announced in October, etc...)
There is also a submission option for feedback in the form of a written review that can be used by the film-maker for promotional purposes. (Selecting this option will not increase your chances of winning, nor does it guarantee a favorable review.) While we try to get feedback out as quickly as possible, please note that any reviews will be sent only after the film has been fully evaluated by one of our critics, which may be several weeks from the time of submission.
TRAILER OF THE MONTH CONTEST
Whether it's the trailer to a completed film or one shot purely to promote a project in the works, we're looking to shine a spotlight on trailers that grab attention and don't let go!
All trailers must be in the horror genre and no more than 3 minutes long. Trailers of the Month are chosen from all entries submitted over a calendar month.
ANNUAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:
Our Annual Screenplay Competition for horror scripts returns! This is a yearly contest with winners being announced in AUGUST 2018.
Feature (50-100 pages)
Short (Under 50 pages)
All submissions must be in the horror genre. They may be in any horror sub-genre, such as horror-comedy, thriller, creature feature, etc... However, they must be original stories and characters. Fan Fiction, Remakes, and Adaptations are NOT accepted.
We know how important feedback is to writers, so our screenplay competition also has a submission option for feedback that includes detailed judge's notes. (Selecting this option will not increase your chances of winning.) All of the judges for our screenplay contest are award-winning writers who will give notes and suggestions where they feel the strengths and weaknesses are in a script. While we try to get feedback out as quickly as possible, please note that feedback will be sent only after the script has been fully evaluated by one of our judges, which may be several weeks from the time of submission.
Awards & Prizes
BI-MONTHLY FILM ROUND WINNERS -Will receive winner's laurels and the film trailer and/or poster featured on our website and social media (if desired). Round winners are automatically entered to compete for the annual Best of Series Finals contest.
BI-MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT CATEGORY WINNERS - Will receive winner's laurels and the film trailer and/or poster featured on our website and social media (if desired). Stills or screen shots that depict an example of the winning element of the film will also be featured if provided by the film-maker.
ANNUAL BEST OF SERIES WINNERS (Announced August 2018) - All Best of Series films will receive winner's laurels, film trailer and/or poster featured on our website and social media pages, a promotional review, and a cash prize (sent via PayPal in US funds).
Best of Series Winner Feature Film - $100
Best of Series Winner Short Film - $50.
TRAILER OF THE MONTH WINNERS: The winning trailer will be featured on our website and social media. Trailers must be uploaded and available to the public on YouTube for us to link to in order to promote them. While there is no annual contest or grand prize for trailers, we will continue to promote the winning trailers throughout the contest season on our social media outlets.
ANNUAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS: (Announced August 2018) The winning writer of each category will receive winner's laurels, the comprehensive final notes from all of the judges, and a cash prize (sent via PayPal in US funds). They will also be spotlighted on our website and social media.
Winning feature screenplay - $100.00
Winning short screenplay - $50.00
Rules & Terms
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS:
Only a director or producer (or writer for screenplays) may submit work. The director/producer with the submission of the film or screenplay affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film or rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law. All submitters must be at least 18 years of age.
Entry fees must be in U.S. dollars. All entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Films and screenplays that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.
All entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
Winning laurels and cash prizes are sent to the submitter only. If there is more than one producer/director or writer, it is up to them to agree on how to divide and share any monetary awards.
All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please do not send DVDs, BluRays, or any downloadable files to us directly.
The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed. This also holds true for critics if the film or screenplay review option is selected. The contest and its coordinators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions by the judges.
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 writers and film-makers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more films are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.
Please see below for additional rules that are specific to the different contest types.
Bi-MONTHLY FILM COMPETITION & BEST OF SERIES ANNUAL FILM COMPETITION
We will not show any work online (in public). Winning films will be invited to send us links to their film trailers to be shown on our website and social media, but this is optional. Our judges will have access to all submitted work via FilmFreeway screening copy only. We will contact you if there is a problem with viewing the screening on FilmFreeway.
Running time limits including credits: Feature Films 50 to 120 minutes long, Short Films must be under 35 minutes long.
There are no restrictions on completion date or distribution status.
Multiple submissions are accepted but a separate submission fee is required for each film. Because the Spotlight Category changes every round, films that are not selected as the First Place winners in a round may be submitted again to later rounds.
If there are not enough entries in a category after a deadline has passed, submitted films will automatically be entered into the next round in the contest.
Films may not include hardcore pornography, real death and/or cruelty (animal or human).
Running time is limited to 3 minutes.
All submissions must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please do not send DVDs, BluRays, or any downloadable files to us directly. Winning trailers will be required to send a YouTube link for promotional purposes.
Multiple submissions are accepted but a separate submission fee is required for each trailer. Trailers that have not previously won may be submitted again, but another submission fee will be required.
If there are not enough entries after a monthly deadline has passed, submitted trailers will automatically be entered into the following month's contest.
Trailers may not include hardcore pornography, real death and/or cruelty (animal or human).
ANNUAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Only the writer may submit a screenplay for this competition. We will not show any work online (in public). The writers of winning screenplays will be invited to send us links to their website or promotional site to be shown on our website and social media, but this is optional.
All scripts and screenplays must be written in English. A title page with contact information must be included with every script. All pages must be numbered. Submissions should be in industry standard screenplay format.
Multiple projects may be submitted. However, duplicate entries of the same script will be automatically disqualified.
All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). Adaptations, sequel/prequel specs, and “fan film” scripts are not eligible to compete.
Screenplays must not have been sold, optioned, or produced prior to the end of the contest.
Revisions, corrected pages, or re-drafts will not be accepted - please ensure that what you submit is your final and complete version.
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 writers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more screenplays is certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party. It is recommended that you register your script with the WGA and/or the US Copyright Office before the time of submission.