The Universal Studios Hollywood publicity department has just announced a film contest to create the best scary short subject. Top prize is $1,000 cash, an airing of the winner on Chiller, and a trip for two to the opening night of this year's Halloween Horror Nights, which for better or worse will build its theme around the SAW franchise for 2009. Read the details from the press release:
Universal City, Ca, July 6, 2009-– Chiller and Universal Studios HollywoodSM are partnering to recognize the nation’s top short-form filmmaking horror genre talent with the “Halloween Horror Nights-Chiller Scary Good Film Competition,” offering filmmakers an opportunity to have their scariest short film rewarded with a broadcast on Chiller of their work, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip for two to the October 2 opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Contest entries will be accepted from July 1, 2009 through August 21, 2009.
Prospective filmmakers are invited to submit short films of 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD (two copies of each film must be submitted). Selected films will be judged by a panel of horror industry professionals. Criteria will be storytelling skill, originality and the degree of the “good scare.” The top 10 shorts will be posted online at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Chiller from September 8 – 24 for public voting.
The winning “Scary Good” film will be announced on September 25. In addition to the prize and the Chiller broadcast of the film, the winning filmmaker will be honored in front of celebrities, studio executives and media at the October 2 Chiller-Eyegore Awards ceremony, which will kick off the annual Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Entries should be sent to Halloween Horror Nights-Chiller Scary Good Film Competition, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511, 100 Universal City CA 91608. Additional information on the contest, including a complete list of rules and regulations, is available online at the website above.
This year, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will present all-new “live” experiences based on one of the all-time biggest box-office horror franchises, “Saw,” per an agreement among , Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures and on “The Wolfman,” per an agreement with Universal Pictures. All-new mazes, all-new new scare zones and new shows will be featured.
Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com), The Entertainment Capital of L.ASM., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas; and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as “The Simpsons Ride®,” “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride,” “Shrek 4-D™,” “Jurassic Park® – The Ride,” and the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations as Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.”
Chiller, the recently-launched channel from NBC Universal, is the only network devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares. Chiller’s eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes classic drama and anthology series (Tales from the Darkside, , Nightmare Cafe), international programming (Spine Chilers, Strange) and a broad offering of films, including feature-length premieres every Friday. Chiller is currently available in 35 million homes. To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com.