One Week Left For Submissions to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition

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A couple of weeks ago we mentioned a great opportunity for you struggling filmmakers out there, that being Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition. And I’m sure many of you jumped right up and got your favorite work submitted for the contest. This article is not for you.

This is for those of you who want to enter the contest but have been dragging ass for the past two weeks and haven’t submitted jack squat. This is it! You have just seven short days left to get your best work in to be judged. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, you slackers!

One Week Left For Submissions to Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights Short Film CompetitionUniversal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition is judged by industry insiders, including Eli Roth, who has said of this contest, “As a producer I’m always looking for new talent and happy to help a first-time director get their big break. New blood, so to speak, is vital for the continuation and growth of our beloved genre, and programs like this one can help deserving people get noticed. I am excited to see the competing films, and whoever makes me lose the most sleep will win.”

Do your worst! Universal wants your deepest, darkest, most twisted visions. Don’t hold back. Make your Uncle Creepy proud! The deadline for submissions is August 1. See the press release below for submission details. Good luck, Gorehounds. Knock ’em dead!

From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood invites aspiring filmmakers to compete in its annual Halloween Horror Nights short film competition, offering budding directors an opportunity to have their most disturbing horror short films judged by a panel of industry insiders, including horror film auteur Eli Roth, Daily Variety senior writer Marc Graser and Halloween Horror Nights Creative Director John Murdy.

The winning film will be awarded a premiere showing on Chiller, a posting on a cash prize of $1,000, and a trip for two to Halloween Horror Nights’ opening night “Eyegore Awards” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Contest entries will be accepted through August 1, 2011. Prospective filmmakers can submit short films from 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD (two copies of each film must be submitted). Films will be judged based on storytelling skill, originality and scare factor. The top 10 horror shorts, as determined by the panel, will be posted online at from August 22 to September 9, 2011 for public voting. The winning film will be announced on September 12, 2011.

Returning film contest judge, Marc Graser of Daily Variety, said: “As a studio known for bringing the horror film genre to life, it’s a thrill to help Universal Studios identify the next generation of filmmakers that will scare audiences. I can’t wait to see who steps forward with their creepy visions this year.”

John Murdy, Creative Director, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “Just as Halloween Horror Nights interprets horror filmmakers’ visions into living horror movies for the most ardent fans, our film competition provides a platform for future horror film directors to showcase their work to an audience of influential entertainment industry professionals.”

Entries must be sent to: Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608. Additional information on the contest, including a complete list of rules and regulations, is available online at the Halloween Horror Nights website.

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