The Magic of Horror festival takes place every year at the historical Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. We are hoping to spread the magic around with other events in locations around the USA in the future.
The event is designed for the enjoyment of both film-makers and film-watchers with a selection of short and feature films from creators of all experience levels. Short films and movie trailers screen in blocks throughout the day along with Q&A sessions with the attending film-makers.
In our "Script Talk" session, Screenwriting Finalists tell the audience about their stories.
make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for the film-makers to
interact with the audience to promote their projects and do some
networking as well. We also have concessions available and vendors who display their creepy creations!
We never make an entire film available to the public online! Finalists for our online events send in their film trailer, a short clip of their film, or even just a video message to be shown in the Awards Show video and to be used to promote their films.
In the weeks leading up to the premiere of
the Awards Show video, we really push our promotions in order to get as
many eyeballs on it as as possible. Press releases are also sent out to
special interest groups and media outlets that focus on independent
films and the horror genre.
During the video premiere, Finalists are invited to join in for live chats and to interact with one another (and the other viewing audience!) The video is then left online indefinitely to continue to help promote the films.
THE AWARDS & PRIZES
Everyone seems to love our skeleton trophies that we give out to the
winners of our competitions. These are awarded at the end of the live
festival or mailed to the winners if they are unable to attend the
But we also believe in giving that all-important feedback to everyone who submits their work to our competitions (regardless of if they are selected or not!) So everyone who enters receives the scorecards that were used in the initial evaluation of their work along with some notes from the judges.
Official Selections, Finalists, and Winners are also promoted on our social media. We don't just limit this to the year they were selected, but we keep up the promotions for years! For this reason, we encourage our selections to keep us updated with any updates about films being released or screenplays being produced so that we can share the news with our followers.
All submitted projects are evaluated on their own merit by members of a rotating jury pool, so a micro-budget film has just as much chance of being nominated for an award as a film with a six-figure budget. Finalists and Award Winners are determined by committee with each project being further evaluated solely on its nomination aspect.Judges for The Magic of Horror competitions remain anonymous since many of them are active in the film industry. (We know that sounds a little shady, but we really don't want someone not getting a job just because they once judged a film by a producer who wasn't happy with the score!)
Because our judges are anonymous, it is possible (and has actually happened) that one has worked on a submitted film as an actor or crew person. When this happens, we simply don't allow that judge on the jury for that particular film.
The Magic of Horror website, film festival, and contests are produced by their company, Rogue Chimera Films, LLC.
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