The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival packs all the thrills, scares, and fun of October into one summer weekend. Dozens of haunt and Halloween themed attractions, including walk thru mazes, horror themed VR experiences and escape rooms, and immersive theatre, along with over three stages featuring panels, presentations, and performances from Southern California's biggest theme parks and names in dark entertainment!
The HorrorBuzz "Screaming Room" features a carefully curated mix of film programming blocks with terrifying creations to cater to every taste, and an especially keen interest in supporting the indie horror and beginning filmmaker communities.
We're seeking a variety of films that celebrate Halloween and the spirit of horror to fill potential programming blocks including animated and family friendly shorts, "creepy pasta"/urban legend inspired tales, comedic horror, extreme horror, and, new for 2018, LGBTQ themed horror!
**Only submit films that fall into the horror genre or are featured around Halloween.**
In addition to an amazing lineup of films submitted specifically for Midsummer Scream, the 2017 Screaming Room included presentations from Buzzfeed Unsolved, an exclusive video presentation of favorite clips from "Trick R Treat" by writer/director Michael Dougherty, and a shorts block from the Etheria Film Fest. For 2018, even bigger surprises await - submit your film for a chance to be part of it!
Categories and prizes to be announced soon!
Two weekend passes to Midsummer Scream (July 28 and 29, 2018) will be provided to the creators of each accepted project.
Submitted films or video (hereafter referred to as "the project") must be 15 minutes or less in length. In an effort to include as many films as possible, shorter films will be given higher consideration.
Submitter agrees to take all responsibility for obtaining any and all rights and permissions for screening the project at Midsummer Scream.
By submitting the project, you agree to provide Midsummer Scream and its agent with a non-exclusive right to screen the project at Midsummer Scream on July 28 and 29, 2018 in front of an audience. If accepted, filmmaker allows Midsummer Scream to use clips and images of their film in promotions.
Response from festival:
Thanks for being part of the event! We don't view the Screaming Room as a side note but as one part of an event that tries to encompass all that Halloween has to offer. Alas, we take your feedback to heart and will continue to work on making the filmmaker experience better for 2018 and beyond!