The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival: Horror, Cult, and Exploitation!

"Toxie Loves Fright Night" - Lloyd Kaufman (President & Co-Founder, Troma Entertainment)

MARCH 24-26, 2017

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival (FNTFF) is the only festival dedicated to horror, cult, and genre cinema in the greater Hamilton, ON area. Operating annually, this fan-favorite event screens 7 feature films and approx 20 shorts each year over three exciting nights of genre film mayhem at the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N). \

The Fright Night Theatre Film Fest is not just a scary night at the movies; it’s a celebration of fringe film-making, controversial cinema, tongue-in-cheek B-movies, and the art of the macabre.

"Aaron Allen [festival director] is Hamilton's unofficial horror meister, or, if you prefer, our master of misery, perhaps even guru of gore … earl of eerie, duke of dark, lord of the lurid, sultan of slash." - The Hamilton Spectator

"[T]he historical Canadian city of Hamilton (located just half an hour outside of Toronto), is a hotbed for horror." - Shock Till You Drop

Founded in 2009 as an all-year genre screening series, the FNTFF continues its 9th year as a full-fledged festival with a mission to bring back the fun, communal atmosphere, and showmanship of going to the movies by showcasing shocking, scary, schlocky, and scintillating independent and mainstream horror / genre films to our die-hard genre film audience in and around the Hamilton, Ontario region. Horror fans and genre junkies can expect our unique brand of down-to-earth Q&A's with local and visiting filmmakers, themed parties, and a one-of-a-kind theatre-going experience by fans for fans.

Canadian and International filmmakers and distributors are invited to submit feature and short films in the horror, cult, and exploitation genres (i.e. horror-comedies, horror-fantasy, horror sci-fi, etc.)

Previous official selections and award winners include high-profile and ground-breaking films such as: THE BABADOOK (dir. Jennifer Kent), WOLFCOP (dir. Lowell Dean), RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH - VOL. 1 (Dir. Lloyd Kaufman), NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (dir. Jonathan Straiton), ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSENZOMBIES (dir. Dominik Hartl), HARVEST LAKE and PLANK FACE (dir. Scott Schirmer), THE BARN (dir. Justin Seaman), BUNNY THE KILLER THING (Dir. Joonas Makkonen), NOVA SEED (dir. Nick DiLiberto), LATE PHASES: NIGHT OF THE LONE WOLF (Dir. Adrián García Bogliano)

Awards & Prizes

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival offers recognition awards in the following categories:

BEST FILM [audience choice]
BEST SHORT [audience choice]

(( Feature Film Awards ))
SCARIEST FILM
MOST SHOCKING FILM
FUNNIEST FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST WRITING
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST MUSICAL SCORE
BEST VILLAIN
BEST MONSTER
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP FX

(( Short Film Awards ))
BEST HORROR SHORT
BEST COMEDIC SHORT
BEST FANTASY SHORT
BEST SCI-FI SHORT
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
BEST CANADIAN SHORT

LIST OF PREVIOUS WINNERS: http://www.frightnighttheatre.com/p/fntff-awards.html

Rules & Terms

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival (FNTFF) is a horror, cult, and genre film festival in Hamilton, ON, Canada. This year’s festival date is:

MARCH 24-26, 2017
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FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE FILM SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

PROGRAMMING & CATEGORIES

Programming: The FNTFF accepts Canadian and International films of feature and short length in the horror/cult genre (including but not limited to horror-fantasy, horror-scifi, horror-comedy, etc.) that are unreleased in Canada. The FNTFF does not accept films currently available for public consumption in Canada on wide-release home media or streaming and online video sites.

All FNTFF screenings are curated and all submissions will be fully considered by the FNTFF selection team. Films selected to screen at the FNTFF are eligible for selection committee awards and audience choice awards.

For the purposes of eligibility, Fright Night Theatre uses the following definitions:

Film Length
• Feature Length: 60 min. or longer
• Short: under 30 min.

Country of Production/Submission Country
• Canadian Submissions: All films produced in Canada
• International Submissions: All films produced outside of Canada.

o Country of Production: the country from which most of the financing for the film was received and the residence of the films key crew members i.e. the director(s) and producer(s). This is not necessarily the same as the shooting location.

*Student film entries must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc. and should be emailed at time of entry to submissions@frightnighttheatre.com with entry title in subject line of the email).

Selection: Entrants will be notified by email if their work has been selected for the festival run to which they have applied.

Disqualifications: Submissions that fail to meet the outline criteria and terms may be disqualified. No refunds will be provided for disqualified or rejected submissions.

Final programming and slotting of films will be determined by FNTFF programming team in conjunction with input from applicants. The programming team’s decision as to the date and time of the screening is final. Successful applicants will receive this information regarding the date and time of the screening in their official invitation.

If selected, the entrant grants The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival the right to utilize publicity materials related to the production (e.g. press kits, posters, stills, etc.) for promotional purposes, and to broadcast or screen clips / trailers of a maximum of five minutes.

No screeners or application materials will be returned unless arrangments have been made in advance. Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
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ELIGIBILITY

All submissions:
• must be submitted as Region 1, NTSC format on two (2) DVD screeners or two (2) Bluray screeners; or submitted as an online screener including login information and password if the screener is private
• must be in English, subtitled in English or English versioned
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ENTRY PROCEDURES

Submit your film electronically via Filmfreeway.com
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FrightNightTheatre

• Each film must be submitted as either a Feature or Short film submission.
• Rough/Fine Cuts: Fright Night Theatre will only accept one cut of each film for programming consideration. If needed, Fright Night Theatre will request an updated version and will contact those applicants directly. Please send your film in the most complete and finished form possible.
• If selected for a screening, it is mandatory that you submit two DVDs or Blurays clearly labeled with the film title for preview screening purposes. Fright Night Theatre prefers Region 1, NTSC format DVDs and Blurays. Alternatively, you may also provide us with with a HQ downloadable digital copy of your film for screening purposes.

The FNTFF will not assume responsibility for nor will it accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage.
Please note: The FNTFF does not accept international shipments via United Parcel
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Submission guidelines for the FNTFF are subject to change. The FNTFF reserves the right to rule on all issues not expressly covered in these guidelines.

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    Catherine Laine

    Brilliant festival. Highly recommend submitting - we premiered here and it has really driven our film forward. Thanks so much for having us and for all your supportive words xx

    November 2016
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    House of Cool Kate (main contact)

    Fright Night Theatre Film Festival is a festival that should not be overlooked. They are incredibly passionate about the genre, embracing, supportive and professional. Festival director Aaron Allen is knowledgeable about the films he supports along the rest of the team. We truly enjoyed the experience!

    October 2016
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    David Gilbank

    This is a top frestival run by people with a deep passion for the horror genre. Amazing.

    October 2016