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Call for Filmmakers – 4th Annual EFS 72-Hour Horror Film Competition

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From October 20 – 23, regional 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 at Regal Cinemas Valley River 15. The film selected “Jury Prize” winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner at the screening event will also receive a $500 cash prize.

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 19th at 11:59pm
  • COMPETITION KICK-OFF: Thursday, October 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Level Up
  • COMPLETED FILMS DUE: Sunday, October 23 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, drop-off at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar downtown
  • COMPETITION SCREENING: Sunday, October 30 at 7:00pm at Regal Cinemas Valley River 15

All competing teams must register online by 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 19th. Registered filmmakers will attend the competition kick-off event at Level Up Arcade on Thursday, October 20th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, where they will be notified of the mandated line of dialogue and prop, and issued a USB drive.

Register early, as this year’s participation is limited to the first 60 teams to register.

Completed films must be returned on the issued USB drive at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar downtown between 6:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, October 23. Qualifying films submitted by deadline will be screened publicly at Regal Cinemas Valley River 15 on Sunday, October 30 at 7:00pm. Audience members at the screening event will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2016 “Audience Award” winner.

Both the “Jury Prize” and “Audience Award” winners will be announced at the competition screening, along with awards for excellence in several categories. Prize packages will provided by Shout! Factory, Blunt Graffix, Broadway Metro, Tactics Boardshop, American Traditional Barbershop and more!

For more information, rules and to register, please visit the EFS website and the registration form.

Additional support for this event comes from University of Oregon Cinema Studies, and Mark & Joy Gall.