SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2020.
We try very hard to promote screenwriters and know how difficult it can be without a visual on the screen! We now have several competitions for writers and finalists will be invited to participate in our "Script Talk" session at the festival!
This competition is for both feature and short scripts. Loglines may not be longer than five sentences. Judging focuses on the ability to catch attention in a very short period of time.
FEATURE FIRST 10 PAGES CONTEST:
This competition is for the all-important first ten pages of a feature screenplay. Judging focuses of the ability of a script to capture the reader within the first few scenes.
SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:
Scripts may be no longer than 30 pages.
FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:
Screenplays may not exceed 120 pages.
All submissions will receive the judge's scorecards (sent electronically) in August 2020. Please make sure that your email address on Film Freeway is correct.
All entries must be in English.
There is no "created by" time frame restrictions on screenplays.
No works-in-progress will be accepted.
All entries must be original works, no “fan films” or adaptations. (Unless adapted from the film-maker’s own original story/novel or a work that is the public domain.)
All screenplays must be un-produced and not under option at the time of the festival.
Only the writer may submit. In the case of multiple writers, only one need to submit but all authors must be credited on the entry. The writer with the submission of the screenplay affirms that he/she has all the rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.
Multiple submissions are accepted, but each must be submitted with a separate fee. There are no discounts for multiple submissions.
Understand that the submission fee does not guarantee your project a place in the festival. Entries are judged by a panel who make the decisions of Official Selections, Finalists, and Jury Prize winners. The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.
All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please do not send any downloadable files to us directly.
Submission fees must be in U.S. dollars. These fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Screenplays and other written works that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.
In the spirit of fairness to all, we do not offer student discounts or hardship waivers for the submission fees.
You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit to this contest. You understand that there are thousands of writers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more scripts are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.
SCREENPLAY CONTEST FINALISTS:
Screenplay Finalists may be asked to submit a short synopsis of their screenplay along with any promotional materials they have available such as a poster, writer biographies, etc... The Writer grants MoH the right to use any and all promotional materials in any manner they see fit for publicity purposes related to the festival. All requested materials must be received by the festival no later than August 25, 2020 to be included in the event.
We had a fairly large crowd in 2019 and have reason to believe that we may sell out for the 2020 event. Because the venue has limited seating capacity, film-makers and screenwriters must reserve (RSVP) at least three weeks before the festival date to receive two complimentary tickets to their screening block. Those who do not RSVP in time will forfeit their complimentary tickets and there will be no guarantee that ticket will be available for purchase.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the end of the festival. Award-winners who are unable to attend the festival will have their awards sent to them either digitally (certificate awards) or via postal service (trophies).
The Screenwriter understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the ticket sales to the festival, which are fully retained by the event organizers to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation.
We keep all entries as secure as possible prior to and during the festival. (Digital files are erased after the festival is concluded.) However, we cannot promise the security of any content shown at the festival. The filmmaker/screenwriter releases MOH and its organizers from any and all liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations, or piracy of the entry.
The Magic of Horror festival reserves the right to make changes in the schedule at any time.