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"TERROR IN THE BAY FILM FESTIVAL gets a very POSITIVE REVIEW for filmmaker friendliness. Submit to this festival and you will get a square shot." - Justin Bowler (themovieguys.net)

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NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO'S TOP HORROR FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK!
We are pleased to announce the 7th Annual "Terror In The Bay" Film Festival! From October 18th-21ST, 2023 we will be showcasing a wide range of films and trailers from around the world - HORROR, THRILLER AND MYSTERY FILMS ARE WHAT WE LOVE!

Our festival is built by filmmakers for filmmakers, and we know the hard work and dedication it takes to make a film of any genre and length. Film festival submission fees can add up very quickly, so we kept our entry fees low.

This 4-day event will take place at the historic Paramount Theatre, which has recently changed it's name to Maple Tops Paramount Theatre, located in the downtown core of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The downtown core and entertainment industry in Thunder Bay has been growing steadily over the past several years, and MapleTops Paramount Theatre is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It has been newly renovated inside, has a full concession stand and hosts several local plays and musicals.

*We accept films of any budget, length, and production value. Our judges treat every film equally, and will be graded with our utmost honesty, and unbiased view. If your film is picked as an official selection, it will automatically be considered for individual award nominations. Good Luck!

*ALL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS, IN EVERY CATEGORY WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS.

Four lucky winners of the MORA Awards (Best Feature Film, Best Featurette, Best Short Film and Best Mini-Short Film) will receive 1 month of FREE advertising by PromoteHorror.com! This will include extended advertising for your winning film on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK!

Our festival is partnered with an online streaming platform - OPPRIME.TV - Official Selections of Terror in the Bay Film Festival (which fit the proper criteria) will automatically be granted a distribution opportunity. OPPRIME.TV is a wonderful platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their films to the world! *(the filmmaker and streaming platform will receive a commission)

- Official Selections receive a festival laurel and will be considered for individual award nominations and awards including the coveted MORA AWARD!

- Individual award winners will receive an additional laurel and a printable AWARD CERTIFICATE.

- The 4 Major award winners (Best Feature, Best Featurette, Best Short and Best Mini Short) will receive a laurel, printable AWARD CERTIFICATE, CUSTOMIZED STATUE "MORA" Created by sculptor Victor Oriecuia.

- Official Selections (filmmakers) in attendance will receive a complimentary 4-DAY pass and official Terror in the Bay Film Festival T-Shirt!

- We are IMDb qualified, which means every official nominee and winner will be posted on our IMDb festival page.

*6TH ANNUAL NOMINEES AND WINNERS - https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0006207/2022/1

*MORA AWARDS - https://vimeo.com/375235385

*MORA AWARD WINNING FILMMAKERS Melissa Lyons and Edward Lyons - www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ4pugrKhdY

AWARDS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

*BEST FEATURE FILM (MORA Award) - 60 MINS+
*BEST FEATURETTE (MORA Award) - 24-59 MINS
*BEST SHORT FILM (MORA Award) - 10-23 MINS
*BEST MINI-SHORT FILM (MORA Award) - UNDER 10 MINS
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-NEW! BEST ATMOSPHERE
-NEW! BEST SPECIAL FX MAKEUP
-BEST WEB SERIES
-BEST MUSIC VIDEO
-BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY
-BEST FILM POSTER
-BEST TITLE / CREDIT SEQUENCE
-BEST DIRECTOR
-BEST ACTOR
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
-BEST ACTRESS
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
-BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
-BEST EDITING
-BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
-BEST TRAILER
-AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
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*2022 AWARD WINNERS:

-BEST FEATURE FILM *PUPPET KILLER
​-BEST FEATURETTE *ORDINARY FAMILY
-BEST SHORT FILM *TISTLEBU
-BEST MINI SHORT FILM *SMILE
-BEST DIRECTOR *LUCIA FORNER SEGARRA (DANA)
-BEST ACTOR *RHODRI MILES (CONFESSION DAY)
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR *ALEKSANDER D'AVIGNON (THE DEVIL IN BITTER WOODS)
​-BEST ACTRESS *YANG MING (PART FOREVER)
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS *MAN YANG (ORDINARY FAMILY)​​
-BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY *ZACK ZUPKE (CONFESSION DAY)
-BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY *MARTIN KALANDA (AT BAY)
-BEST EDITING *CHRISTIAN BACHINI (ESCALATION)
-BEST ORIGINAL SCORE *ALEXANDER CIMINI (THE GOLDSMITH)
​-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY *TORFINN R. SANDERUD (TISTLEBU)
-BEST FILM TRAILER *ISAAC RODRIGUEZ (TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS)
-BEST WEB SERIES *J. WILLIAM BOOTHMAN II (GHOST TRIPPERS)
-BEST MUSIC VIDEO *DANIEL MOSHEL (METUBE: AUGUST SINGS 'UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA'
-BEST FILM POSTER *ANDREA TRAINA (THE GOLDMSITH)
​-BEST TITLE / CREDIT SEQUENCE *CHRISTIAN BACHINI (ESCALATION)
​-AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD *LUCIA FORNER SEGARRA (DANA)

THE RULES ARE BASIC BUT NECESSARY. PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW BEOFRE YOU SUBMIT.

The entrant / submitter (individual or corporation) submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized and have the legal right to commit the film for screenings at Terror In The Bay Film Festival. 

It is agreed, by submitting, to allow Terror In The Bay Film Festival to screen this film without any associated screening fees. The submitter (individual or corporation) understands and accepts these requirements and regulations upon submission.

Terror In The Bay Film Festival is hereby granted to the right to utilize any excerpt from any film and/or trailer submitted and accepted for exhibition at Terror In The Bay Film Festival for promotional and/or advertising purposes.

The entrant / submitter (individual or corporation) may submit the film digitally through FilmFreeway exclusively. We do not accept hard copies. You may have multiple entries.

Submissions in a language other than English must have subtitles. Works in progress are not accepted.

All selections are final. The judging panel is mostly independent of the selection committee, making their voting entirely independent of one another. 

In addition, entrants represent and warrant to Terror In The Bay Film Festival that the film and all parts thereof are original; that the film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the film to Terror In The Bay Film Festival; the film entrants submitted to Terror In The Bay Film Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

Entrants agree to defend and indemnify Terror In The Bay Film Festival, its directors, officers, employees, contractors, consultants, judges and agents against any and all claims, demands, actions, or lawsuits arising out of or related to the screening of the submitted film, performance of the music, or displaying of the art.

FURTHER CLARIFICATION: Entrants / Submitters (Individual or corporation) agree to all of the rules and regulations listed below prior to submitting the film.  

*The film contains no genuine acts of Violence (Animal cruelty, Rape, Murder). 

*I hold Terror In The Bay Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or media materials(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

*I hold Terror In The Bay Film Festival its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

*I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

*I give permission for Terror In The Bay Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the short for promotional purposes.

*I give permission for Terror In The Bay Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.

Entrants / Submitters (Individual or Corporation) acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the film, or by the festival’s acceptance, review or retention of the film.

Terror In The Bay Film Festival has the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to change the festival date or location if necessary to ensure a successful festival.

Entry fees are non-refundable. Projects can be from any of the last five years (production having been completed by December 2017). Entry Fees are in $US.

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  • Destiny Soria

    Really happy to be nominated!

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your trailer and Congratulations on the Nomination!

  • Falko Jakobs


    We are very grateful that our feature film was selected and nominated for the Terror in the Bay festival.
    Unfortunately, we didn't manage to be there, but we will definitely submit future projects to Terror in the bay festival again.
    The communication was great and friendly

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review. It was great to screen your film for our passionate audience, and we look forward to seeing more of your films!

  • Three Wishes Productions

    Terror in the Bay has been nothing but great. Our Film, Tistlebu, won two awards this year, and even though we weren't able to go, we were welcomed kindly by the organizers. Recommended festival. We wish we could have attended.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you kindly for the review, and Congratulations on winning two awards including the MORA Award for Best Short Film!

  • Lisa Ovies

    So grateful to have been selected to play this amazing festival. I am gutted I wasn't able to attend in person but will definitely submit all future projects to you guys again. Thanks for such a wonderful experience!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for leaving us a review and Congratulations on taking home the MORA Award for Best Feature Film! Our audience loved your film and we look forward to viewing more of your films in the future!

  • Joanna T

    Excellent festival! Great communication. So honoured to have been included. Thank you!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review and Congratulations on winning the MORA Award for Best Mini-Short Film!