Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival
Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival serves as an outlet for the University of Montevallo Department of Communication to showcase and reward Students and Professionals from the state of Alabama. Our entry fees are currently FREE. There will be awards, prizes, and candy. We do not charge admission to attend our festival and all attendees receive free candy.
About the Festival
The first Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival took place October 27, 2017. The College Student winners were:
Best Actress- Jocelyn Da La Cruz
Best Actor- Daniel Lewis
Best Technical Production- Soon Enough
Audience Favorite- The Path
All attendees received free candy.
Each winning entry received a large photo frame with real baby shorts with a certificate, and also a $25 gift card.
Admission to our Festival is free and open to the public.
2018 will be our second year, and we want to also include High School Students and Professionals in our Festival from the state of Alabama.
Recognizing Students and Professionals from Alabama, Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival will be accepting submissions showcasing 5-Minute or Less Horror, Thriller, or Scary short films.
We are seeking submissions in three categories:
High School Students
*You can learn more about the festival at
Accepted films will be screened on the campus of the University of Montevallo on Friday, October 26, 2018, beginning at 3:30pm, in Strong Hall, Room 119. Films will be judged by University of Montevallo faculty members. Awards will be given for: Best Technical Production, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience Favorite, and Best High School Production. Audience Favorite will be voted upon by members of the audience.
The total running time from beginning to ending must be under 5-minutes in length for the High School, College, and Professional categories.
Those with accepted entries will be invited to attend the screenings and discussions of the productions at the campus of the University of Montevallo. Chosen filmmakers will be notified of their film screening no later than October 24, 2018.
Awards & Prizes
Awards & Prizes are contingent upon funding. 100% of the funding received goes towards providing awards and prizes to the submitter of a winning entry. Also, the audience members are provided free candy.
Films will be recognized by our judges for: Best Technical Production, Best High School Production, Best Actress, & Best Actor.
Films will be recognized by our attending audience members for: Audience Favorite.
Rules & Terms
How will films be submitted?
All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway.
No other form of submission will be accepted.
Judges may disqualify any entry for any valid reason. Common disqualifications could result from: Entry into wrong category, Entry longer than 5-minutes, Multiple submissions of the same project, Music not listed in the Credits, No Proof of Music Releases and Music Clearances, No Proof of Talent Release Forms, etc.
What category should I enter?
All submitted films must be less than 5-minutes in length. Films will then be competing in the categories of:
High School Students
Alabama High-school students are any filmmaker between the ages of 14-years-old and 19-years-old who completed their project while not currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. If a filmmaker is currently home schooled, they can compete here. If a student completed a project in while attending high school, but is currently attending college, they can submit the project here.
Any state of Alabama student who completed a project while enrolled in an institution of higher education should compete in the College Student category.
State of Alabama Professionals are those that are not currently enrolled in an institution of higher education.
Rated G, PG, and PG-13 Films have the greatest probability to screen.
Rated R Films with foul language, excessive violence, drug usage, and sexual situations have a lower probability to screen.
Filmmakers are responsible for all copyright clearances and releases for Actors and Music.
Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival will not be held liable for copyright infringements. It is assumed that all copyright and legal releases have been gathered before entering Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival.
Does it matter when I made my project?
Films accepted must be from the year 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018.
Does it matter when I submit my project?
Projects must be submitted by October 22. Projects submitted before October 22 have a higher chance of screening at the Festival. October 24 will be the notification date. The Event Date will be October 26 starting at 3:30 pm Central Standard Time.
Can I have a waiver?
No. At this time, the Festival is FREE to enter, but all entries must be from Alabama.
Can I get a screening fee?
Nope. Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival does not pay screening fees.
What do I need to submit?
Upload your film to Filmfreeway as a high definition file.
If your film is accepted, we will request a digital downloadable copy of the film, which Filmfreeway provides. You would copy and paste the high definition file link to us, when requested.
Marketing materials are requested at the time of submitting your film.
Not having marketing materials does not disqualify the project from our Festival, but it is highly encouraged to submit a poster, post card, trailer, or Press Kit.
If a digital downloadable copy of the film is not available when requested, your film can be excluded from the festival.
If accepted into our Festival, the digital downloadable copy of the film must have 1080 lines of resolution.
Can I submit a rough draft?
Judges only look at the film one time. If a Rough Draft is submitted, that is the version that the judges review for our festival.
Who are your screeners?
Films will be judged by the University of Montevallo faculty members.
How many films can I submit?
You can submit one film per FREE submission.
How will I know if I am accepted?
We will notify filmmakers through FilmFreeway. We will also post accepted film names onto our Website and also to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shorthorrorfilmfestival/
While we will attempt to alert filmmakers by October 23, we guarantee to alert all filmmakers by October 24 if they are accepted.
What genres do you accept?
We only screen 5-minute or less Horror, Thriller, or Scary short films.
Can I submit the same project I submitted last year?
No. The judges are looking for new projects that they have not already voted upon.
Do you take away my rights as a filmmaker?
No. Filmmakers own all rights to submitted films. However, by submitting you agree to allow the University of Montevallo to use your film in its entirety both for educational and promotional purposes.
In consideration for the selection opportunity into the Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival, I release and discharge the Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising from or relating to my submission.
The University of Montevallo Department of Communication will keep a digital library of all the projects that have screened at the Scare My Shorts Off Short Horror Film Festival. This library is a private library and is used to document the Festival. Also, screened entries could be used in the Department of Communication for Educational and Promotional purposes.
Entry Deadlines and Fees
October 22 Deadline-FREE to enter, but must be from the state of Alabama.
October 24 Notification date
October 26 Event Date