Are you an aspiring UK filmmaker with a killer idea for a short? FrightFest and Movie Mogul, in association with Horror Channel, are looking for entries for the 666 Short Cuts to Hell short film competition. Beware the sinister catch, however: entrants must follow 6 ‘killer’ restraints including a maximum of 6 lines of dialogue, a maximum of 6 cast and crew members and a maximum budget of £666. (Full list of guidelines and restrictions here.)
Succeed in their unholy demands and receive a prize fund of £6,666, plus the opportunity to develop a horror short or feature idea under mentorship from Movie Mogul, for a possible 2014 production. The six best films will be shown on Horror Channel and at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest event.
Chris Sharp, Chief Operating Officer for CBS Chello Zone Channels, commented in the press release: “Horror Channel has a rich history in supporting new film making talent through Directors’ Nights, new talent seasons, its FrightFest Short Film Showcases and Horror Club. We’re looking for the next talent which we will support with on air exposure and undoubtedly feedback from our loyal viewers. We know there are many keen filmmakers among our audience – this is their chance to get their work in the spotlight and get noticed by the UK film industry.”
John Shackleton, M.D of Movie Mogul also said: “In the current technological HD/digital climate, it really is possible to make just about anything, and new entrant filmmaking is a level playing field. Now is the perfect time and opportunity to uncover new talent with big ideas, who just need that little nudge to really get going. Horror is a fantastic genre in which to cut teeth and sharpen skills because it is historically more of an ideas-driven genre, that doesn’t necessarily require big name stars to break through”.
Paul McEvoy, co-director of FrightFest added: “We want filmmakers of all kinds to take up the gauntlet and entertain horror audiences with some bold, fun and original ideas. An army of inspired filmmakers all equipped with the same limitations of genre, budget and duration, should really make for a very exciting competition!”
To enter, upload your submission to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm June 6, 2013.