SCREAM it off SCREEN is a short film competition where audience members real-time vote "LET it PLAY" or "GONG it" on each film. It airs LIVE on YouTube the 2nd Friday of every month. It's free to submit and watch. Submissions are open until the Saturday before each show, and entered into a lottery. 10 contestants are then randomly selected to compete LIVE on YouTube just before the show begins. Exciting, isn't it?

Audience members are signaled to vote when a red square enters the corner of the screen. A link to vote is provided in the chat.

- Films less than 4 minutes get the red light at the half way point.
- Films more than 4 minutes get the red light at the 3 minute mark.

If "GONG it!" is the majority, the film will be cut short and we'll move on to the next. Gonged films are not eligible to win the cash prize, but can be reworked and reentered to a competition in the future.

At the end of the night each viewer casts one vote for their favorite film. The winner will then be announced LIVE on AIR.


Winners also go on to compete in the Best of 2021 Competition where the prize will be much BIGGER and much NASTIER, we're just not sure how much bigger and nastier yet.

1. Must be 3-15 minutes long
2. Must be your own original work (filmed or animated by YOU)
3. No Commercials or Reels
4. Only Official Music Videos are permitted
5. You must have all necessary rights for your film, and exhibition of your film must not breach or infringe upon any rights including music, images, and any other content.
6. Must comply with YouTube community guidelines.
7. One Film Entry / Person or Group
8. A film can only be entered more than once if it has been GONGED at a previous competition AND re-worked.

Overall Rating
  • I had so much fun participating in Scream it off Screen!

    December 2021
  • CJ Riggs

    Great festival! We can’t wait to submit again!!

    December 2021
  • C Bell

    Fun, campy community of basement story tellers. Allot of thoughtful work put into the program.

    December 2021
  • It's like peeking in on a college party, with one beleaguered soul in the corner running the board. I say everyone chip in a few bucks so the gang can have a little more than a plain cheese pizza for the event. Some real gems show up here ("Jumbo" and "Kerfuffle" were among the recent and past animations), but the luck of the draw brings in a fair number of squeamish "run for snacks" moments. And it's free. Free and hardly PC. They sacrifice sobriety and good nutrition to provide you with a free show. 91 entries for the December show, 10 chosen, one back up. "Odds are good, but the goods are odd."

    December 2021
  • I'm so happy this event exists. 10/10. I'll be submitting & tuning in as often as I can.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Meegan! You're killing me!