Media Fright Fest is a program of the Media Film Festival in Media, Pennsylvania. Since 2010, Media Fright Fest has been showcasing the best local, national, and international short films in the genres of horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, and thriller. The selected films will be split between both Media Fright Fest events, one in the spring and one in the fall, with each event having a unique line up.

The festival jury votes on the best horror film, which is announced at the end of the fest where the filmmaker, if present, is presented with a certificate for Best Horror Film.

Additionally, voting sheets are distributed to the audience to vote for their favorites, and the films with the most votes are listed on the Web site as winners of the Audience Awards.

1. ELIGIBILITY. This Contest is open to entrants ages 18 and over. All entry forms and all communications from entrants must be in the English language. Films submitted in any language other than English must have English sub-titles.

2. ENTRIES. All entries must be original works. Contestants may submit multiple entries in one or more categories. Use of any third party materials without both acknowledgement and written permission of the copyright owner, including but not limited to third-party prose, song lyrics, photography, or video, will result in disqualification.

3. SUBMISSION. As per FilmFreeway requirements.

4. JUDGING. Entries will be judged based on artistic merit and technical excellence. The Media Arts Council reserves the right to use alternate judges if necessary. All judges’ decisions are final.

5. PUBLICATION AND LICENSE. By entering this Contest, in the event your film is chosen, you hereby grant to the Media Arts Council the right to use your name, likeness and film for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the Internet and picture data storage) which the Media Arts Council may deem appropriate.

6. FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE. Entrants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the festival. Entrants are responsible for all costs incurred to attend this festival. Entrants receive two free all-fest passes for both the spring and fall festivals.

7. RELEASE. Entrant acknowledges that the Media Arts Council may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with this Contest. Entrant agrees to indemnify the Media Arts Council for all costs, damages, and attorneys fees resulting from any third party claims, including copyright infringement, arising from entrant’s participation.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I, the undersigned, acknowledge and affirm that, while Media Arts Council is a not-for-profit that works to further its mission to actively support local artists and integrate a wide range of arts into the life of the entire community, the scope of its mission does not include filmmaking and/or protection of copyright. I acknowledge and affirm that my participation with Media Arts Council is voluntary and is made with the understanding that I am acting as an individual who is independently responsible for my actions and the propriety of my film. In consideration for Media Arts Council permitting me (the undersigned) to participate with the Media Arts Council Film Festival, I agree to unconditionally and absolutely RELEASE, WAIVE, INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DISCHARGE Media Arts Council, its officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors assigns and volunteers (“Released Parties”) for any and all claims, expenses, damages (including injury to person or property or death), actions, and causes of action, of whatsoever kind or nature, whether caused by the negligence or gross negligence of the Released Parties, arising out of the undersigned’s participation with the Media Arts Council Film Festival. I also agree to indemnify the Released Parties against any and all claims, expenses, damages (including injury to person or property or death), actions, and causes of action, of whatsoever kind or nature, brought by and/or incurred by third parties, whether caused by the negligence or gross negligence of the Released Parties, arising out of the undersigned’s participation with the Media Arts Council Film Festival. In the event my film is chosen, I hereby grant to the Media Arts Council the right to use my name, likeness and film for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the Internet and picture data storage) which the Media Arts Council may deem appropriate. The undersigned acknowledges that the Media Arts Council may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with this Contest, and agrees to indemnify the Media Arts Council for all costs, damages, and attorneys fees resulting from any third party claims, including copyright infringement, arising from entrant’s participation. The undersigned agrees that any lawsuits arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be maintained only in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The undersigned agrees that the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall govern the use, interpretation and application of this Agreement. The undersigned acknowledges that this release, waiver and indemnification Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law, and that if any portion of the agreement is held to be invalid, it is agreed that the balance of the Agreement shall; notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect. The undersigned further acknowledges that he/she has carefully read this Agreement and knows and understands its contents, and further knows and understands that by signing this Agreement he/she voluntarily gives up substantial rights and assumes all risks, and signs this Agreement as his/her own free act.

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  • Great festival! Tamme, Karen and the Media team are so nice, communicative, and supportive. Thank you for accepting my short film TWIN! It was nice that it played both in person and online so viewers had options.

    April 2022
  • nathan crooker

    I was thrilled to have #Nofilter selected for Media Fright Fest, and my experience of the festival did not disappoint. They are extremely responsive and do a great job of choosing top notch genre films. The whole festival team really do have the best interests of their filmmakers at heart, and my thanks go out to them for including my film in this year’s selection.

    April 2022
  • Great!! Even though I was not able to attend, communication was perfect. They answered my emails really fast and kindly and offered to help me with whatever I needed. Really glad to have an official selection from this fest. Highly recommended

    April 2018