As part of Asylumfest (our horror pop-culture event held in a decommissioned 1800s asylum in Victoria, Australia), we are excited to announce our inaugural Mayday Hills Short Horror Film Competition (the ‘Mayday Awards’).

To open Asylumfest with a bang, we're screening ten short horror films from around the world, screened in the very haunted Bijou Theatre Friday night. Do you dare?

We are hoping to help new voices to be seen in film, the way we have done for writers for close to a decade with Cohesion Press, our small-press publishing house that punches well above its weight in terms of connections and networking.

Tim Miller - Film Director/Producer
Tim is an Academy Award-nominated American animator, film director, creative director and visual effects artist, best known for directing Deadpool and co-creating the Original Netflix anthology series Love, Death + Robots.

Christopher Lee Sun - Author, Screenwriter, Director
Chris is an Australian screenwriter and director with a singular passion for all things horror, and a knack for finding and bringing new Australian content to the world of cinema. His films include Come and Get Me, Daddy's Little Girl, Charlie's Farm, Boar, and The Possessed.

​Aaron Dries - Author, Artist and Filmaker
Award winning-author, artist, and filmmaker, Aaron has released five novels and just this year, Cut to Care, his first collection of short stories. Aaron is one host of the popular podcast, Let the Cat In, as well as co-founder of Elsewhere Productions.

We will select the top five finalists for each of two categories (AU/NZ and international), and pass these on to the judging panel comprised of Tim Miller, Chris Sun, and Aaron Dries.
The ten finalists (five for each category) will also be shown in full at Asylumfest on Friday night in the main hall.


1st Place - trophy and cash prize (AU$500)

Second - certificate and cash prize (AU$250)

Third place - certificate and cash prize (AU$100)


​ 1st Place - trophy and cash prize (AU$500)

Second - certificate and cash prize (AU$250)

Third place - certificate and cash prize (AU$100)

(chosen from the two category winners)

​ - Zoom* chat with judging panel to discuss film. Limited to 45 mins.
*Zoom call will be within 3 months of winning at a time decided by the judges.

The Mayday Hills Short Film Competition Rules (2023)

1. Your film must be no more than 10 minutes duration, including intro and credits. No exceptions.

2. This competition is open to worldwide entries.

3. Films must fall into the ‘horror’ category to be eligible. Scare us.

4. Any Participant who sends their work as part of this competition certifies and guarantees that they are the exclusive and sole author and do not directly and/or indirectly violate any rights of third parties (original music, images, film excerpts etc.), or that they hold all the rights above.
The Participant will indemnify the Organiser against any loss, injury, or damage finally sustained (including any legal costs or expenses and any compensation costs and disbursements paid by the Organiser) occasioned to the Organiser in connection with any breach of this warranty. Any entry must also send copies of the rights for third-party material to the organisers to be eligible for the competition.

5. Any Participant in the competition accepts, if selected, that their project may be shown publicly the evening of Friday October 27th in Beechworth, Victoria, and/or appear on Asylumfest’s website and/or via links.

6. If the film is of defamatory, racist, pornographic nature or is likely to harm the physical or moral integrity of anyone, the film will be excluded.

7. Creativity, originality and storytelling will be more highly considered in judging than production value – you don’t need a flashy camera to make a great, captivating short film. It’s your story and how you tell it that counts.

8. One entry per person.

9. Your film is to be comparable to, at maximum, an M rating. If your film cannot be shown at a public screening for adults, your film may not be eligible at the judges’ prerogative.
MHSFC reserves the right to not include any films that contradict this rule. If in doubt, ask us on the Asylumfest Facebook page or via the contact page on our website.

10. For your film to be eligible you will need to officially enter it by submitting your film via a private Youtube or Vimeo link by September 7th, 2023.
The Mayday Awards gives new films an audience, therefore your film must have finished principal photography after January 1st, 2022.

11. Participation in this competition implies the acceptance of these rules in their entirety. Violation of these rules will result in the disqualification of the entry.

12. All selected finalists must be able to attend the award ceremony Friday October 27th at 6pm ADST in Beechworth, Victoria, either in person or via Zoom.

Overall Rating
  • What an amazing weekend! Great people! Great art! I had the time of my life! Thank you for the opportunity!

    November 2023