Emerald broadband presents the eugene film society’s 8th annual


Horror Film Competition

Eugene’s most popular local filmmaking challenge is back!
"Phobophobia" by Owen Garritty


After a three year hiatus, the Eugene Film Society is reviving the 72-Hour Horror Film Competition for an 8th season, thanks to the generous support of Emerald Broadband.

Competition Overview

From Thursday, October 19th through Sunday, October 22nd, local and regional filmmakers are invited to compete to produce the best 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 public audiences at the Art House (formerly the Bijou) cinema on Sunday, October 29th. 

 The film selected “Jury Award” winner will receive a $666 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner by the screening event audiences will also receive a $666 cash prize.

 Additionally, awards will be given for excellence in several categories, with prize packages provided by sponsoring businesses.

Kick-Off Event

All competing teams must register by 7:59pm on Thursday, October 19th. Registered filmmakers must check in at the Art House cinema on Thursday, October 19th between 6:00pm-8:00pm where they will be notified of the mandated line of dialogue and prop.  This is a casual drop-in event, so filmmaking teams can check in and dive right into the creative process.

Meet the Deadline

Completed films must be returned via USB drive at the Art House, or via GoogleDrive, DropBox or WeTransfer, no later than 8:00pm on Sunday, October 22nd. 

Screening Horror Films

Films submitted by deadline, and meeting all specifications and guidelines, will be screened publicly at the Art House at 3:30pm, 6:15pm, and 9:00pm. Additional screenings may be added based on demand. Audience members at the public screenings will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2023 “Audience Award” winner.

Tickets for the public screenings are offered for $11/Adult, $10/Student, $8/Senior, and can be purchased anytime at the Art House box office, or online via the Art House website. A 50% discount code will be made available to registered participants.

Scholarships Available

If you would like to compete but cannot afford the $35 registration, we are offering a limited number of scholarship packages. Scholarships will include waived registration fees and 4 free tickets to the screening event.  Requirements to qualify include a sample of previous video work, and a short written submission. Please reach out to us a eugenefilmsociety@gmail.com for further details.

Remote Participation

If you are not in the immediate area and/or are unable to check in for the kick-off in person, we are happy to make reasonable accommodations for remote participation, but arrangements must be made in advance.  Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to participate remotely, and we will reach out to you to outline the standards for remote participation and submission.


Registration is open now and can be completed by following the link below.  You will first be directed to PayPal where you can pay your $35 registration fee, and also have the option of purchasing $5 discounted advance tickets to the screening event as an add-on.  Please note that this is the only time discounted tickets will be made available, so we encourage purchasing for your team or any supporters who you expect to attend the screening event. 

After completing payment, PayPal will direct you to a registration page where you can enter your team’s details.  If you are not automatically directed to this page, please use this direct link to enter your team’s details.

Please note, participation is limited to the first 40 teams to register, so sign up early!


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