SCREAM it off SCREEN Short Film Gong Show is a virtual short film competition that's live-streamed to YouTube, but also has a live in-studio audience. Viewers & audience members work together to determine each film's destiny by voting "LET it PLAY" or "GONG it". Gonged films are cut short & no longer eligible to win the BIG NASTY CA$H PRIZE. All films that did not get gonged will be in the winner's poll & viewers will vote to crown a champ at the end of the night.

All films that meet entry requirements are accepted into the competition and entered into a lottery. 10 films will be randomly drawn from the lottery to compete, live on air, just before showtime. FILMMAKERS MUST COMMIT TO TUNING INTO THE LIVE SHOW ON YOUTUBE & WATCHING UNTIL THE END, REGARDLESS OF THEIR FILM BEING SELECTED. This is a community thing we're trying to build.

This show airs LIVE on YouTube the 2nd Friday of every month. If your film isn't drawn from the lottery, you can keep submitting the same film every month until it's selected. If your film is gonged, you can re-work it, and re-submit, but you must make significant edits first.


The host, Terry, dedicates an original winner's song to the champion, and a photo of the winner with the big check will be posted on our website for all to adorn (forever).

Winners also go on to compete in the Best of 2022 Competition where the prize will be much BIGGER and much NASTIER.

BIGGEST BADDEST RULE: Submitting Filmmakers MUST tune into the live broadcast of the competition which streams on YouTube. If you can't 100% commit to attendance, don't enter. We do not want to ban you from the competition for 8yrs.
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
  • David Anderson

    Thank you for your love of my film Twin Cities Pride 2020! Your hosts are entertaining and funny. I enjoyed the experience of chatting with my fellow filmmakers and giving them constructive feedback. I hope to have my name drawn from your lottery soon. I'm going to keep trying!

    Lastly, my lead actor expresses his love too.

    August 2022
  • Jessica Love

    I feel that this festival is one of the most unique ones you can find! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try and show off my film to such a great festival!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Jessica Love, we love you! Please keep submitting until the dragon gets drawn. WE NEED THAT DRAGON.

  • Great Communication from festival to FilmMakers and fun interacive creative Fest! Kudos!

    June 2022
  • My film ¨Outside the ring¨ was screened during the show, it was a nice surprise and the response was outstanding! More than 100 people were watching, commenting and voting, it was a great experience and it's an outstanding achievement to have gained that much of a loyal audience!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    The people loved you, Mario! Thanks for being a part of the show!

  • Can’t believe my short film the overnight stay was selected…. This festival was very different one, the host was super funny fun and unique.

    May 2022