What is the Creature Feature Competition?

Filmmakers will be assigned a random creature and genre during the kick-off event and will have two weeks to make a 5-8 minute film.

Frankenstein. Nosferatu. The Toxic Crusader. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Legendary creatures which have sparked the imaginations of audiences for all cinematic history.

And now it's your turn. Make a monster film. Present it at a fan convention. And 100% of profits go to charity, making the registration fee a charitable contribution for tax purposes.

The Creature Feature Film Competition, in association with Tampa Bay's long-running Necronomicon convention, is a chance for you to bring a cinematic creature to life. Grab your crew, pack your monster make-up and make a 5-8-minute movie in two weeks starting at the end of September. It's open to filmmakers at any level, so if this is your first film of your 40th, you're welcome to join! And although the films will be shown in Tampa, anyone from anywhere in the world can participate. Whether you're in Seattle or Senegal, St. Petersburg, Florida or St. Petersburg, Russia, we encourage you to join.

Why would I do this? What's in it for me?

- Fame! Glory! Your film will be shown as part of Tampa Bay's Necronomicon, a convention for Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror fans.

- Awards!

- Kids and puppies! No, seriously, kids and puppies. All profits go toward Kids and Canines, a charity which works with at-risk teens, teaching them how to train assistance dogs. You can read more about them at http://KidsAndCanines.org.

So, it all goes to charity?

Our time is 100% donated, so all profits go directly to charity, not to our pockets.

So, do it for the kids! Do it for the puppies! Do it for the awards! Or do it because you want to make a movie about a creature that will be seen and enjoyed by tens of people and maybe even some puppies.

And in case you're wondering, you keep the rights to your film. None of this "we own it, sign away your rights to us" stuff other competitions use. Of course, there is more to that, so be sure to read the small print when you have a chance, but we're filmmakers too, and we work to be fair. That's it! Don't wait! Sign up now!

Like our Facebook page for updates! https://www.facebook.com/CreatureFeatureCompetition/

Let us know if you have any questions!

Awards & Prizes

Judges:
Lloyd Kaufman, legendary filmmaker that brought us Troma films and jump started careers of many successful filmmakers. (http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0442207/)
Dr. Paul Bearer, Central Florida's favorite horror host (https://www.facebook.com/DrPaulBearer2/)
Ken Mitchroney, known for his artist work on Monsters Inc, Toy Story 2 and Lego Movie (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0593838/)

All films will be shown at the 36th annual Necronomicon convention.

Winners of the Best Film, in the general category, in addition to an award will get:
- An interview with IndieCine.net podcast (http://indiecine.net/)
- Film will be shown on Troma NOW (http://watch.troma.com/)
- Film will be shown at the Florida Horror Festival (https://www.facebook.com/FloridaHorrorFilmFestival/)
- Film will be shown at the Silver Screen for Short Films festival (https://www.facebook.com/ss4sf/)
- Film will be shown at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival (http://tampabayundergroundfilmfestival.com/)
- Membership to Women in Film (https://www.facebook.com/WIFTTampaBay/)
- Membership to the the 2018 Necronomicon!

Separate awards are given based on the three categories.

Awards for General Registration:
- Best Film
- Best Performance
- Best Script
- Best Cinematography
- Best Directing
- Best Editing
- Best Creature (Design and usage)

Filmmakers in the Novice category will have the opportunity to win awards for Best Film and Best Script.

Filmmakers in the Student category will have the opportunity to win an award for Best Film only.

Rules & Terms

General Information:
Filmmakers will be assigned a random creature and genre during the kick-off event and will have two weeks to make a 5-8 minute film.

Dates:
9/23 6pm Kick-Off Event will begin the two week competition. Creature and genre will be randomly selected. Live event will take place in Tampa, FL and live broadcast on Facebook.
10/7 All films are to be submitted through Filmfreeway by 6pm.
10/20 All films will be shown at Necronomicon in Tampa, FL. Each film entry will receive one free ticket to attend the festival.

Categories:
Student - Filmmakers that are 18 years of age or younger
Novice - Filmmakers that want to tell a great story and have fun but don’t have experience yet
General - All other filmmakers

Registration:
$65 General registration fee
$35 Novice filmmakers registration fee
$25 Students filmmakers registration fee
Since the competition is for charity, registration fees are considered charitable donations for tax purposes.
Refunds will not be given.

How to Register:
Before submitting, create a default project with Creature Feature Film Challenge as title and your submitter information. No other information is needed at time of submission. Prior to film challenge end, October 7 at 6pm , upload film title, any production details (director, cast, etc) and final copy to the existing project in FilmFreeway.

Rules:
- Communication will be primarily through the Creature Feature Competition Facebook Page. Join the page to receive notifications and updates. https://www.facebook.com/CreatureFeatureCompetition/
- Creature assigned must be a major part of the film.
- No nudity
- You cannot use existing footage. All footage must be filmed within the competition time frame (stock footage can be used)
- Before the event, you can:
Organize crew
Organize cast
Secure equipment
Secure locations
- Before the event, you cannot:
Write the script
Rehearse
Create costume
Create set design
Film any scenes
- Films can be any length between 5-8 minutes
- Film must be in English or have English subtitles
- Must have rights to use music or use public domain music
- Filmmakers retain 100% of the rights to their project
- In submitting your work, you are admitting that your entry is your original work and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people

Possible Creatures:
- Vampires or werewolves
- Mythical creatures and urban legends
- Ghosts and demons
- Psychics and witches
- Innocently evil (Ex: a child, elderly person, mother, doll)
- Technology and robots
- Object
- Alien
- Undead

Submission:
Films should be submitted through Filmfreeway in h.246/mp4 format by 6pm on 10/7 to qualify for awards. Films sent after 6pm will still be shown at the event but are not eligible for awards.
All films must also be sent on a thumbdrive to be received by 10/18. This is a backup in case there are any issues.
Creature Feature Competition
P.O. Box 34088
Tampa, FL 33694

Liability:
No liability or responsibility is assumed by The Creature Feature Competition, Necronomicon, Wicked Window, sponsors or any Project Parties resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the Creature Feature Competition or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Competition. No responsibility or liability is assumed by The Creature Feature Competition, Necronomicon, Wicked Window, sponsors or Project Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Competition: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Competition, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Competition, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Competition. The Creature Feature Competition, Necronomicon, Wicked Window, sponsors or and Project Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site or social media sites maintained by the Creature Feature Competition. Use of Web Site and the Creature Feature Competition's social media sites is at user's own risk. The Creature Feature Competition, Necronomicon, Wicked Window, sponsors and the Project Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in the Competition, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Competition, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold the Creature Feature Competition, Necronomicon, Wicked Window, sponsors or and Project Parties harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant's participation in the Competition.