Summer has just started but Universal Studios Hollywood has already been looking ahead to fall. What's so special in the fall? "Halloween Horror Nights!" Today USH has announced their annual "Halloween Horror Nights" short film contest. You can submit your horror short to be judged by Eli Roth, Variety's Marc Graser, and "Halloween Horror Nights" Creative Director John Murdy.
The contest winner will have their winning short shown on Chiller, Syfy.com, a trip for two to the "Halloween Horror Nights" opening celebration "The Eyegore Awards" and a cash prize of $1,000. "The Eyegore Awards" is exclusive to Universal Studios Hollywood and is where individuals are honored for their significant contribution to the horror genre. Past recipients include Roger Corman, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.
Here is what the panel of judges told USH about the competition:
Eyegore Award recipient and horror filmmaker, Eli Roth said: "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."
Returning film contest judge, Marc Graser, 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."
All entries can be between 90 seconds to three minutes in length. You must submit two (2) copies of your movie on DVD to: "Halloween Horror Nights" Short Competition, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608. Your short will be judged on storytelling skill, originality and scare factor. The panel will then choose the top submissions to move on. From August 22 - September 9 the top 10 movies will be posted at HalloweenHorrorNights.com for public voting. The winning movie will be announced on September 12.
For more information about the contest and "Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal Studios Hollywood, visit the official website: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2011/
Now go forth and make scary stuff.
Source: Universal Studios Hollywood