CALL FOR ENTRIESThe 2018 submission period for films is OPEN.

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SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 9 - 18th, 2018 TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES HOLLYWOOD, CA

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

ALL DEADLINES CLOSE AT 11:59 PM PST

Early Deadline: April 15, 2018

Regular Deadline: July 15, 2018

Final Deadline: August 1, 2018

Extended Deadline: August 15, 2018



FILM TYPEEARLY 4/15REGULAR 7/15FINAL 8/1EXTENDED 8/15
Feature Film (60 mins +)$52.00$57.00$67.00$82.00
Extended Short Films (Between 26 and 35 mins)$42.00$47.00$57.00$72.00
Short Films (10-25 mins)$37.00$42.00$52.00$67.00
Super Short Films (Under 10 mins)$32.00$37.00$47.00$62.00

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
  • Premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film’s (shorts & features) inclusion in the Festival. Feature-length films including international features should have a World, North American, US or West Coast premiere. Short films must be an LA premiere.
  • Feature films must not have had any public or festival screenings in the Southern California regional area.
  • Feature films and short films must not have had any commercial theatrical, television, or internet play in the US.
  • Feature films and short films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.

The following are the film length that should determine your film submission type:

  • Feature-length fiction and documentary films — 60 minutes or more
  • Super Short films — Less than 10 minutes
  • Short films — between 10-25 minutes
  • Extended-length short films — between 26 and 35 minutes
  • Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission only if significant changes have been made to the film. A detailed list of the changes must be included in the submission packet.
  • For submission purposes, online screeners may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs. Rough cuts and works-in-progress can only be submitted in the final deadline and if the completed film will be available by September 15th, 2018.
Find answers to FAQ here.

SUBMISSION FORMAT:

  • We will accept links to online versions of your film. You may enter a password protected link for Vimeo or an unlisted or private link for Youtube when completing the submission form.
  • Links must remain active and accessible through September 30, 2018.
  • Verify that your link is working properly.
  • Please do not email us links to new versions of your film after you have completed your submission. We are only able to judge one version of each film.

ENTRY FEES

Payment in US dollars may be made by American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Discover through Paypal online. You may checkout without having a Paypal account.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

  • Completed submission form, submitted electronically via our website.
  • A link to a secured online screener for your film that is accessible until September 30, 2018.
  • As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the film submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above), which are payable ONLY by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

FESTIVAL AWARDS

Films selected for the Screamfest Horror Film Festival’s competition sections are eligible for the prestigious skull award designed by the legendary Stan Winston.

Feature films qualify for the following awards:

  • BEST PICTURE
  • BEST DIRECTOR
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
  • BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  • BEST ACTOR
  • BEST ACTRESS
  • BEST MAKEUP
  • BEST EDITING
  • BEST MUSICAL SCORE

Short films qualify for the following awards:

  • BEST SHORT
  • BEST STUDENT SHORT

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS

  • If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the festival will require:
  • Filmmakers must deliver final format (DCP) for festival screenings by October 1st. No exceptions will be permitted.
  • For features: DCP (must be DCI compliant)
  • For shorts: DCP (must be DCI compliant)
  • Production film stills
  • Head shot of Director(s)
  • Short biography of Director(s)
  • Trailer link, synopsis, cast and crew and other film info that you will upload to your film content page.
  • Posters and postcards, if available, to promote your film during the festival.

THE SMALL PRINT

  • Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.
  • All entries selected into Screamfest grant Screamfest the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for Screamfest's promotional purposes, without limitations.
  • All DCP's must be picked up after the screening and signed for by the filmmaker. If you attend the festival and fail to retrieve your DCP, you will be responsible for the shipping.
FAQ

Choose the following film category below to submit your film:

EARLY DEADLINE - APRIL 15TH

Super Short

$32.00/ fee

  • Under 10 mins
  • EARLY Submission
  • April 15th
OPEN
SHORT FILM

$37.00/ fee

  • 10-25 mins
  • EARLY Submission
  • April 15th
OPEN
EXT SHORT FILM

$42.00/ fee

  • Between 26 and 35 mins
  • EARLY Submission
  • April 15th
OPEN
FEATURE FILM

$52.00/ fee

  • 60 mins +
  • EARLY Submission
  • April 15th
OPEN

REGULAR DEADLINE - JULY 15TH

Super Short

$37.00/ fee

  • Under 10 mins
  • REGULAR Submission
  • July 15th
CLOSED
SHORT FILM

$42.00/ fee

  • 10-25 mins
  • REGULAR Submission
  • July 15th
CLOSED
EXT SHORT FILM

$47.00/ fee

  • Between 26 and 35 mins
  • REGULAR Submission
  • July 15th
CLOSED
FEATURE FILM

$57.00/ fee

  • 60 mins +
  • REGULAR Submission
  • July 15th
CLOSED

FINAL DEADLINE - AUGUST 1ST

Super Short

$47.00/ fee

  • Under 10 mins
  • FINAL submission
  • August 1st
CLOSED
SHORT FILM

$52.00/ fee

  • 10-25 mins
  • FINAL Submission
  • August 1st
CLOSED
EXT SHORT FILM

$57.00/ fee

  • Between 26 and 35 mins
  • FINAL submission
  • August 1st
CLOSED
FEATURE FILM

$67.00/ fee

  • 60 mins +
  • FINAL Submission
  • August 1st
CLOSED

EXTENDED DEADLINE - AUGUST 15TH

Super Short

$62.00/ fee

  • Under 10 mins
  • EXTENDED Submission
  • August 15th
CLOSED
SHORT FILM

$67.00/ fee

  • 10-25 mins
  • EXTENDED Submission
  • August 15th
CLOSED
EXT SHORT FILM

$72.00/ fee

  • Between 26 and 35 mins
  • EXTENDED Submission
  • August 15th
CLOSED
FEATURE FILM

$82.00/ fee

  • 60 mins +
  • EXTENDED Submission
  • August 1st
CLOSED
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