Creepy Tree Film Festival
Type: Regular shortfilm festival
Location: International, Online
Start Month: December
Welcome to Creepy Tree Film Festival!
We are an international horror film, screenplay, and photography festival that runs quarterly throughout the year, and home to the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA). Here at Creepy Tree, we seek to discover talented up-and-coming directors, screenwriters, and photographers that truly capture the horror genre. To support the vast number of talent globally, we sought to create a festival that expands the reach of the audience to include the international horror community. With four festival seasons and several contest categories, our festival platform offers a unique approach to gaining industry exposure for your creepy creative talents. That said each festival season will build from the last, leading to our live annual event where CTEAs from each season will be showcased in front of a live audience, and streamed live before hundreds of thousands members among the international horror community. To learn more about the live annual event see our “Events” page. Here at Creepy Tree, we believe that the festival experience should incorporate a more personal approach. That said our festival is about YOU, the filmmaker, screenwriter, and photographer driven by your pursuit to share your creepy creative contribution to the genre. We are relentless when it comes to showcasing your talents through our festival, and promoting you in every way to connect your talents to real opportunities in the industry. As an added bonus, and to support you as you pursue this endeavor, we have provided thousands of creepy short films and education videos organized into five networks and thirty channels to inspire your creative processes, sharpen up those creepy skills, or learn new techniques that will allow your unique talents to rise to the surface. We look forward to promoting you as you work to “branch out” to new audiences, share your unique talents with the world, and grow within the entertainment industry.
HORROR SHORT FILM CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
At Creepy Tree, the sky is the limit when it comes to what kind of horrors you want to bring to the surface in your film, however there are a few requirements that are important that you must be sure to follow. Below are the submission requirements for the horror short film contest for all contest seasons:
*Films must have been completed after January 1, 2010 and must be submitted by the film director and or whom has ownership rights for the film.
*Each film submission must be accompanied with a press kit. This includes your biography and profile picture, your film trailer and or behind the scenes video via link to YouTube or Vimeo, your project poster or photo/portfolio cover, your screenplay synopsis, and any production pictures you would like to add.
*All films must meet their film length parameters for each category. List of categories and film length parameters are as follows:
Micro Short (2-5 minutes)
Standard Short (5-20 minutes)
Extended Short (20-40 minutes)
Feature (40-80 minutes)
Horror Series – Pilot (20-40 minutes)
Horror Documentary (40-80 minutes)
*Note that we have also added a unique opportunity for student filmmakers where those competing for this award category will be required to follow a prompt (click the Student Prompts button below for more info). That said if you are a student, be sure to state that in your entry form, and indicate which prompt you have chosen to focus your project on. Student films that follow a prompt will enter their projects to the categories that match the film length parameter set in the prompt, but will be judged separately than those competing in each category.
Horror Documentary and Horror Series are intended for television time slots standard for programming. Be sure to meet the length parameter for these categories to develop projects that can be eligible for opportunities.
*CTFF does allow films that have already been submitted to public streaming sites like YouTube or Vimeo, that said however, each submission must match the contest category prompt, as submissions that do not effectively meet the contest prompt will not be selected. Note that you are competing against other projects within the same subgenre and or mix, that said be sure to take that serious as you develop concepts and elements no one has ever seen before. In other words take that opportunity to the very depths of your creepy creativity.
*Also be sure if your film is not in English that it is subtitled or dubbed in English.
*As we do prefer new and original material never seen before, we also understand the importance of giving a previous project another platform to shine. So dig around in your creative knapsacks of creepy projects or create us something new, just be sure it meets the contest category prompt.
*Lastly, remember that to be the best, consider applying skills and techniques not typically explored in the contest category you choose, as to truly embrace the CTEA, each submission must bring to the forefront a creepy concept or element never fully explored before.
HORROR SHORT FILM JUDGING CRITERIA:
All film submissions to any contest category are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel that determines the CTEA recipients and creepy finalists for each contest category. Each submission will receive a thorough evaluation under the following areas to determine the short film that exemplifies all of the following criteria:
Originality, New Concept, or Element Presented
Film Length Parameter
Contest Category Prompt
Narrative Flow & Compelling Storyline
Performances, Unique Perspective, & Interesting Characters
Production Design – Props, Costumes, Sets, & Location
Visual Composition & Cinematography – Camera Angles, Movement, Lighting, Framing of Shots, Etc.
Digital Cinematography & Special Effects
HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Here at Creepy Tree, we value your creepy creative processes of screenwriting. That said we tend to stretch the rules a bit to allow you to present your most creepy literal works. That said the sky is the limit, so dig deep into that knapsack of creepy ideas and pull us out something truly a fright. Below are the submission requirements for the screenplay contest for all contest seasons:
*The CTFF Screenplay Contest is an international contest that is open to entrants among the international horror community. That said however, all submissions must be transcribed in English for judging purposes.
*You must be the original screenwriter on the project to upload the screenplay. Any unauthorized use of another’s work is considered both plagiarism and copyright infringement.
*Submissions must be original screenplays written solely for the small screen unless adapted from source material. Submissions that use outside source material must have written permission from the author of said source material.
*Submissions should be short-script feature screenplays (5 – 45 pages) written for short film or television.
*Submissions must be accompanied with a screenplay cover to be presented in lieu of their screenplay script if chosen as a CTEA recipient. Due to the sensitivity of the screenplay pursuit, full screenplay scripts will not be presented via live stream or on our website. This protects your screenplay and allows you to reserve your right to scare us all later.
*Correct formatting is most easily achieved by using screenwriting software built for industry standards. Books are also available that demonstrate the proper format. Do not show any personal information within the interior pages of the submitted script (name, address, etc). Contact information may appear on the cover or title page only. Remember to number your pages, but you do not need to number your scenes. Note: this is not a production script.
*The purpose of this contest is to judge entries solely on the quality of the writing itself. Do not submit with your script any pitches, log lines, testimonials, casting recommendations, trailers, links or any other documentation wishing to support your entry. Such material received will be ignored.
*Be sure your screenplay is perfect upon submission. No revisions, new pages, missing pages or any other alterations to the entry will be accepted once the contestant has completed the submission process. Any revised scripts you wish to submit will need to be submitted as a new and separate entry.
*All screenwriters of any submission must be listed on the FilmFreeway registration form. Up to three screenwriters may be listed and only a single entry fee is required for the script. The first screenwriter listed should be considered the primary contact.
*Upon submitting the entry, all screenwriters listed agree to the terms of the contest. Prizes, such as the CTEA cash prize should be considered fixed, and does not multiply for multiple screenwriters of a single submission.
*Lastly, all scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
HORROR SCREENPLAY JUDGING CRITERIA:
All screenplay submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel that determines the CTEA recipient and creepy finalists. Each submission will receive a thorough evaluation under the following areas to determine the screenplay that exemplifies all of the following criteria:
Concept: The idea behind the story. What the film or series is about.
Presentation: Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
Structure: The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear or non-linear story progression.
Plot: The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).
Pacing: The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development.
Characters: Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.
Dialogue: Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.
Theme: The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.
Style: The overall quality of the writing. Narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “creepy feel” of the film or series.
Commercial Appeal: The audience appeal and marketability for the script’s particular genre or niche.
HORROR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Here at Creepy Tree we value horror photography. By embracing horror photography throughout the international horror community, we learn about lifestyles, culture, and traditions that truly lean on the unknown and often unusual. That said we urge you to take this photography contest to the deepest depths of horror. Below are the submission requirements for the horror photography contest for all contest seasons:
*You may submit a single photo as your project, or a photo series (3-9 photos). All projects will enter to the same category, but will be judged separately.
*Single photos must be given a title, as a series must actually be a series and not a collection of random photos. The series must be given a title as well that suggests the storyline.
*Your photo/photo series must be original, and should not be found on the public domain. Judges will check, so be sure you are presenting your own creepy creations.
*Each photo/photo series must include concepts and elements from the genre. That said entries may expand upon the subgenres of horror to explore international traditions, cultures, and rituals that expand the genre, and the very creepy elements of humanity that keep us in love with horror.
*Your photo/photo series must be labeled, providing a title for each photo. Please do not use numbers. All titles must be transcribed in English.
*Last but not least, the sky is the limit, so dig deep into your knapsacks of creepy creativity as you work to embrace horror with every shot.
HORROR PHOTOGRAPHY JUDGING CRITERIA:
All photo submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel that determines the CTEA recipient and creepy finalists. Each submission will receive a thorough evaluation under the following areas to determine the photo that exemplifies all of the following criteria:
Adherence to Theme
Uniqueness of Concept or Element
Originality and Creativity
Quality of Submission
Color, Lighting, Exposure, and Focus
Expands Horror Genre or Subgenre
Submission Deadline: Varies
Each film submission must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are per film submission/contest category, and are non-refundable. Fees cover submission of your project to the contest category, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results. Fees are subject to change with discount promotions, or are waived when we issue a season pass. Our fees are based on market analysis of fair costs across several festivals in the same genre space. Below are the costs for submission across each contest category:
Standard submission cost = $17 (USD)
Extended submission cost = $22 (USD)
Horror Short Film & Creepy Screenplay:
Standard submission cost = $27 (USD)
Extended submission cost = $32 (USD)
*Payment may be made by American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover through PayPal. You may checkout without having a PayPal account. All transactions are made through the FilmFreeway website.
Awards / Prizes:
THE CREEPY TREE EXEMPLAR AWARD & AWARD CATEGORIES:
The Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) is an award trophy that comes in the form of our signature black glass tree skull, and states the festival season, contest division and category, the award category in which you earned the CTEA, and your name as it is listed on your entry form. Below are the award categories for each contest division:
Horror Short Film Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Short Film:
*Creepy New Concept & Plot
*Creepy Director & Crew
*Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX
*Creepy Audio Enhancements
*Creepy Actor/Actress Performance
*Creepy Production Design
*Creepy Consumer Appeal
*Creepy New Series
*Creepy New Director (Student Award)
Horror Photography Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Photography:
*Creepy New Concept
*Creepy Photographer & Crew
*Creepy Visual Design & Artistic Impression
*Creepy Visual Enhancements
*Creepy Makeup & Costume Design
*Creepy Location & Background
*Creepy Consumer Appeal
*Creepy Photo Series/Portfolio
*Creepy New Photographer (Student Award)
Horror Screenplay Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Screenplay:
*Creepy New Concept & Theme
*Creepy Screenwriter & Crew
*Creepy Creative Writing Style
*Creepy Plot & Pacing
*Creepy Characters & Dialogue
*Creepy New Series
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Creepy New Screenwriter (Student Award)