SLAY calls for filmmakers to send in homemade short horror films—eight minutes or less—capturing what scares them most. From classic ghost stories and slasher films to dystopian cults and political nightmares, SLAY dares you to show us your darkest fears. We know reality is scarier than fiction right now. Let’s purge our fears together. All you gotta do is SLAY. SLAY will open in Seattle and Portland in October 2020.

ALL SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 1st ANNUAL SLAY FILM FESTIVAL ARE DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020 AT 5PM PST.
SLAY welcomes every horror genre: Slow burns and thrillers! Giallos and Grand Guignols! Ghosts and spirits! Trumpian sci-fi! Deep-state Cthulhus! Weirdos and witches! Capitalist cults! Buckets of blood! Climate change dystopias!

VOTING CATEGORIES & CASH PRIZES!
There will be three first-place category prizes and one grand prize awarded at SLAY. All winners are decided by secret audience ballot. Films may qualify for more than one prize category. This year’s categories and prize packages are:

Goriest: $2,000
Funniest: $2,000
Scariest: $2,000
BEST IN SHOW: $5,000

EXTRA CREDIT!
As with all our festivals, SLAY has optional extra credit items:

Velvet Painting
Corkscrew
Bathrobe

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
8:00 minuets maximum length
24 frames per second is preferred (but can also work with 23.98 or 29.97)
Audio: 48k, 16 bit, stereo
Codec either Apple Pro Res or H.264
PREFERRED EXPORT: 1920×1080 • 24 frames per second • H.264 video file