*THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL TERROR IN THE BAY FILM FESTIVAL ENDS ON MARCH 31ST, 2021!

FilmFreeway GOLD MEMBERS RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 25% OFF! WE HAVE KEPT OUR FEES LOW FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS WORLDWIDE + STUDENT FILMMAKERS RECEIVE A SPECIAL DISCOUNT!

"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)

*2020 "Best of the Best" Film Festivals in Thunder Bay (1st place) The Walleye Magazine
*2019 "Best of the Best" Film Festivals in Thunder Bay (2nd place) The Walleye Magazine
*2018 "Best of the Best" Film Festivals in Thunder Bay (3rd place) The Walleye Magazine

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

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO'S TOP HORROR FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK!
We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual "Terror In The Bay" Film Festival! From October 14th-17th, 2021 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. LAST YEAR WE SCREENED AT A SECOND LOCATION - the newly opened Interstellar Outdoor Cinema!

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!

*PLEASE NOTE: EVERY "OFFICIAL SELECTION" (TRAILER, MINI SHORT, SHORT & FEATURETTE) WILL BE PLAYED AT OUR FESTIVAL AND UP TO 3 (FULL LENGTH FEATURE 60 MIN+) OFFICIAL SELECTIONS WILL BE PLAYED AT OUR FESTIVAL.

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

NEW! 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!

NEW! we are pleased to announce that our festival has 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, film festival 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.

*4TH ANNUAL NOMINEES AND WINNERS - https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0006207/2020/1

*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:
(Minimum of 3 nominated films) for each "Major Award" Category below:

*BEST FEATURE (MORA Award) - 60 MINS+
*BEST FEATURETTE (MORA Award) - 24-59 MINS
*BEST SHORT (MORA Award) - 10-23 MINS
*BEST MINI SHORT (MORA Award) - UNDER 10 MINS
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-NEW! BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY
-BEST FILM POSTER
-BEST TITLE 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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*2020 AWARD WINNERS:

-BEST FEATURE FILM *ALEX GALVIN (THE TURN OF THE SCREW)
​-BEST FEATURETTE *JOE DIBENEDETTO (ADELE)
-BEST SHORT FILM *SOPHIE WEBB (INGENUE)
-BEST MINI SHORT FILM *MAKSIM NOGINOV (MANNEQUINS)
-BEST DIRECTOR *ALEX GALVIN (THE TURN OF THE SCREW)
-BEST ACTOR *CORY KAYS (STRAIGHT EDGE KEGGER)
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR *JULIO ALEXANDER (STRAIGHT EDGE KEGGER)
​-BEST ACTRESS *LISA SMIT (LILI)
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS *JANE WADDELL (THE TURN OF THE SCREW)​​
-BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY *PETE CARBONI & SOPHIE WEBB (INGENUE)
-BEST EDITING *EKATERINA LO & JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ MEDRANO (BELLE)
-BEST ORIGINAL SCORE *EWAN CLARK (THE TURN OF THE SCREW)
​-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY *LUKAS HOFMANN (LIVE OR LET DIE)
-BEST FILM TRAILER *VASYL MOSKALENKO (SYNTHETIC LOVE)
-BEST FILM POSTER *THE HOWLING WIND
​-BEST TITLE SEQUENCE *LIVE OR LET DIE
​-AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD *MANNEQUINS (INTERSTELLAR OUTDOOR CINEMA - OPENING NIGHT)

The rules are basic but necessary. Please take a quick look at the info below before you submit.

Please 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.

Terror in the Bay Film Festival may offer a submission coupon deal from time to time, but we do not offer a waiver fee. The submission fees are used to cover the cost of the festival awards, theatre rental fee, event decorations, equipment and supplies.

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

Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to the Terror In The Bay Film Festival. As the Director/Producer of the Film, entrants have submitted to the Festival, entrants represent and warrant to the 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 the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the 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.

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.

*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 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.
 
Entry fees are non-refundable. Projects can be from any of the last five years (production having been completed by December 2016). Entry Fees are in $US.

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  • Belle Cortometraje

    We highly recommend being part of Terror in the Bay Film Festival. The communication with organizers has always been clear, fast and professional. Love the films and energy of the festival.
    Definitely a professional festival for professional genre filmmakers.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you kindly for the wonderful review! Congratulations on winning the Best Editing Award and we look forward to seeing more films from you in the future!

  • My team and I were very excited to be a part of this festival and to have our film honored with an award. The communication and energy from the organizers was super professional. I highly recommend Terror in the Bay to other genre filmmakers. Awesome Festival!!!

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    Response from festival:

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

  • Maria Brenda

    Great festival. Thank you. We will definitely submit our future projects.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations on your Official Selection Maria and thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing more of your trailers and films!

  • We'd like to say a massive thank you to Terror in the Bay Film Festival for selecting our trailer. Really good communication and online presence.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review! It was great to have your trailer play at our festival this year. Congratulations!

  • Amazing Festival, great peoples great line up

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Manuel and Congratulations on your official selection! We are excited to be screening your feature film for our audience in the very near future.