Horror Film Competition

Local film makers rise to the challenge of making three minute Horror movies!
"Phobophobia" by Owen Garritty

Please Note

Due to limited access to equipment and event venues, health concerns, and general uncertainty, the Eugene Film Society board has decided to cancel the 2021 72-Hour Horror Film Competition. We hope to be back in 2022!  Please check back here or follow our Facebook page for updates.

Competition Overview

This October, filmmakers are invited to compete to produce the best 2 – 3 minute horror film within 72 hours, incorporating a mandated line of dialogue and prop. Films submitted by deadline will be screened by a jury of media professionals, and a public audience. The film selected “Jury Award” winner will receive a $1134 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner at the screening event will receive a $666 cash prize.

"Phobophobia" by Owen Garritty

Kick-Off Event

Registered filmmakers will attend a competition kick-off event at the Broadway Metro where they will be notified of the mandated line of dialogue and prop, and will be issued a USB drive. This is a casual drop-in event, so filmmaking teams can sign in and dive right into the creative process (perhaps while enjoying a tasty beverage).

Meet the Deadline

Completed films must be returned on the issued USB drive at the competition wrap event. Films submitted by deadline, and meeting all specifications and guidelines, will be screened publicly at the Broadway Metro, where audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2020 “Audience Award” winner. Tickets for the screening event are offered for $10 in advance, and $12 at the door.

Screening Horror Films

Both the “Jury Award” and “Audience Award” winners will be announced at the competition screening, along with awards for excellence in several categories, with prize packages provided by our sponsors.

Scholarships Available

If you would like to compete but cannot afford the $35 registration, we will be offering a limited number of scholarship packages, courtesy of Mark & Joy Gall, which will include waived registration fees and 4 tickets to the screening event. Requirements to qualify include a sample of previous video work, and a short written submission. For more information on how to apply, please Email Us.

Remote Participation

If you are unable to attend the kickoff and/or wrap events, it is still possible to participate in the competition, but arrangements must be made in advance. After registering, please email us to make arrangements for remote participation.

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