CONTEST CLOSED! Get Your Short Film Made!

Tired of sitting back and watching everyone around you doing all of the heavy lifting in the film industry? Have a gazillion and one ideas for a movie but just can’t catch a break? Thanks to a new short film competition put together by our very own Heather Wixson, that break could be a lot closer than you think!

From the Press Release
Final Girl Films LLC is proud to announce a new short film competition for independent horror filmmakers looking to make their next short film project.

From May 20th through June 20th, 2010, interested filmmakers may enter the competition where, if chosen, the recipient will win $500 towards making his or her short film, and when completed, the project will be entered into the 2010 Shriekfest Short Film Competition for a chance to be a part of the 10th Anniversary Shriekfest Film Festival this upcoming October.

Final Girl Films: Get Your Short Film Made!

How to Enter:
Filmmakers can enter by visiting Final Girl Films to fill out the entry form and submit their original and completed short film screenplay before June 20th. On June 25th the winner will be announced. The winner will receive $500 towards getting the short film completed. Please note: This is not a competition for a completed short film but for short film scripts. We will not accept any entries for projects that have already been completed.

Each screenplay entry is subject to a $10 entry fee, which will go 100% towards future contests and promotions to help support independent filmmakers working in the horror genre.

shriekfestThe Fine Print:

  • Contest is open to US residents only. Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 20th.
  • The winning filmmaker will retain creative control over the final project; however, FINAL GIRL FILMS will serve as producer on the project and should be listed as such in the credits, any promotional materials, etc.
  • The winner will have the entry fee waived into the Shriekfest Short Film Competition, but that does not guarantee the project will be selected as a finalist since all entries into Shriekfest are reviewed by a panel of judges.
  • Heather Wixson, President of Final Girl Films LLC, is a four-year veteran horror journalist who has been a long-time champion of independent horror through her work with Dread Central and Terror Tube. Wixson started Final Girl Films in November 2009 and is currently in pre-production on the animated short “Buddy Cop Precinct” as well as her own horror short called “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

    “I’ve spent four years learning a lot about the independent filmmaking process, and what I’ve learned is that for most of the directors, money is always an issue,” explained Wixson. “With that in mind, I wanted to create a contest that gives back to the independent horror filmmakers and provides them an opportunity to create their own short film and not let money be a hurdle for them.”

    “Since Shriekfest is the premiere independent horror film festival in Los Angeles, I am excited to get to partner with Denise Gossett, founder, for this exciting new venture. If all goes well, look for more competitions from Final Girl Films,” Wixson added.

    For more information on Final Girl Films, check out Final Girl Films online or at their Facebook fan page here. Be sure to also visit the Shriekfest Film Festival online, or find them on Facebook.

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    • James Coker

      why don’t you write one terminal, i’m gonna write one, I bet alot of other DC fans are curious to see you make some horror of your own?

    • Terminal

      I like indie films that are made with the complete control of the director and their vision, not a vision picked out of random with the cost of ten dollars.
      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • thehorrorchick

        Hey Terminal,

        I can totally appreciate that but what I’m just trying to do is help people get their foot in the door. With the indie filmmaker series I’ve done (and pretty much any interview I’ve ever done with anyone doing a project independently), money is always a sticking point for them. So I thought it would be kind of a cool way to give them a shot with at least some funding for now…

        I instituted the entry fee as a way to fund future opportunities for indie filmmakers. It’s something that has become a focus of my writing career so far so it just seemed appropriate.

        If we end up with a few killer scripts submitted, who knows what may happen with those beyond just this initial competition.

        • Terminal

          Fair enough, miss. Not trying to kick you in the jaw or anything, I’ve seen a lot of independent films that worked because they weren’t under the direction of people with restrictions and or guidelines.

          But good luck to you! As an indie film supporter anything that helps the indie community is fine by me.
          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • James Coker