Creepy Tree Film Festival

Creepy Tree Film Festival

Type: Regular shortfilm festival
Location: International, Online
Start Month: March


Description

Welcome to Creepy Tree Film Festival! 
We are an international horror festival that runs quarterly throughout the year, and home to the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA). We seek to discover talented filmmakers, writers, photographers, and artists 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 through the use of the online experience. With four festival seasons and several contest categories, our festival platform offers a unique approach to gaining industry exposure for your creepy creative talents. Here at Creepy Tree, the festival is about YOU, the rising talent driven by your pursuit to share your creepy creative projects. We are relentless when it comes to showcasing your talents through our festival, and supporting you in every way we can so that your talents can connect to opportunities in the industry. Our mission is to provide everyone the opportunity to share their creepy projects with the horrorverse, and gain the exposure they deserve for their creepy contributions to the genre. 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. Stay creepy!


Submission Requirements:

HORROR FILM CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The horror film contest leans on the cinematic and interpretive elements that support the expansion of the genre. Horror films as they are represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms of storytelling through the use of cinematology as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror filmmakers can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Exemplary films at various length parameters are awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror film contest:​
*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)
*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.
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HORROR 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
*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.
*Visual Enhancements & Special Effects
*Audio Enhancements
*Editing​

HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The horror screenplay contest leans on the use of specific writing skills that supports the expansion of the genre through film. Horror screenplay as it is represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror screenwriters can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Exemplary screenplays are awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror art contest:​
*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 should be short-script screenplays (5-40 pages) written for short film, or for feature-script screenplays (40+ pages). As a rule of thumb, each page of a screenplays equals 1 minute of screen time. Short-script and feature-script will be submitted to the same category, however judged separately. 
*Submissions must be accompanied with a screenplay cover to be presented in lieu of their screenplay script if chosen as an official selection or CTEA recipient. Due to the sensitivity of the screenplay pursuit, full screenplay scripts will not be presented on our website. This protects your screenplay and allows you to preserve your right to produce it later without spoilers.
*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.
*Lastly, all scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
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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:​​​​
The horror photography contest leans on the photographic and interpretive elements that support the expansion of the genre. Horror photography as it is represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms of storytelling through the use of photography as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror photographers can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Exemplary photography is awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror film contest:​
*You may submit a single-shot or a photo series (3-6 photos). All projects will enter to the same category, but will be judged separately. Below are the focus areas and parameters you may lean on to share your craft:
-Horror Interpretation (single-shot/photo series that is based on the photographers
interpretation of the genre/subgenres of horror)
-Horror Makeup (photo series that showcases a horror makeup sequence – either
through process or completed pose)
-Horror Cosplay (single-shot that showcases a character from any mainstream
horror movie – must provide title and source)
*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 also be given a title that suggests a storyline or sequence of events.
*To differentiate between a single photo and a series, a series submission must have either a master photo or a portfolio cover. This may be the first photo in your series, or a cover with a title. We will use the first photo/cover in your submission as the first to be shown for the series.
*Your photo/photo series must be original, and should not be found on the public domain by another photographer. 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 vast number of subgenres that make up the horror genre, and lean upon the various creepy elements of humanity that keep us in love with horror.
*Your photo/photo series must be titled. Please do not use numbers. All titles must be transcribed in English.
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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:​
*Inherent Meaning and Fulfilled Intent
*Skills and Abilities
*Uniqueness of Concept or Element
*Originality and Creativity
*Visual Design
*Artistic Impression
*Composition
*Quality of Technical Execution
*Color, Lighting, Exposure, and Focus
*Expands Horror Genre or Subgenre
*Audience Appeal

HORROR ART CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The horror art contest leans on all those creepy creative crafts that support the expansion of the genre. Horror art as it is represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror artists can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Exemplary works of art are awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror art contest:​
*You must be the original artist on the project. Any unauthorized use of another’s work is considered both plagiarism and copyright infringement. Judges will explore whether the artwork or craft is original, so be sure you are the original creator.  
*All art submissions for this category may reflect arts and crafts not explored by other categories within this festival, which expands to areas that may not be fully reflected here. Though this category is broad, we expect original work that expands the interpretations found within the genre. That said projects should work to support the genre and it’s evolution among the international horror community.
*Submissions for this category must be reflected using digital images that reflect the artwork. You may use a total of 6 images to reflect a single project. Whether that be in sequence of creation, or still shots to showcase various perspective. Multiple projects may not be reflected using the 6 available image slots, however you may submit multiple entries to this category to reflect different projects.
*All art projects must lean on the horror genre and the various subgenres that support it. 
*All submissions must provide a profile picture, a brief bio, and a description of your project.
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HORROR ART JUDGING CRITERIA:
All art submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel who determine the CTEA recipients for each season. Each submission will receive a thorough evaluation to determine short horror stories that exemplify areas from the following criteria:
*Expands the Horror Genre
*Uniqueness of Concept or Element
*Originality and Creativity
*Visual Design
*Artistic Impression
*Craftsmanship
*Inherent Meaning and Fulfilled Intent
*Skills and Abilities
*Quality of Technical Execution
*Commercial Appeal

HORROR WRITING CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The horror writing contest leans on the use of creative storytelling to support the expansion of the genre. Horror writing as it is represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms of creative writing as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror writers can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Exemplary literary works are awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror art contest:​
*You must be the original writer on the project. Any unauthorized use of another’s work is considered both plagiarism and copyright infringement. Judges will check, so be sure you are the original story teller. 
*All writing submissions for this category must not exceed 25 pages, and must be a completed project. In other words, we are not accepting unfinished manuscripts of much larger projects.
*Submissions must be accompanied with a horror short story cover to be presented in lieu of showcasing the writing manuscript if chosen as an official selection or CTEA recipient. Due to the sensitivity of the writing pursuit, the story will not be presented on our website. This protects your writing and allows you to preserve your right to publish it later without spoilers.
*All short stories must lean on the horror genre and the various subgenres that support it. That said all submissions must also be original stories, and not a retelling or portion of an already published literary project.
*Lastly, all horror stories must be submitted in PDF format, and formatted respectively. 
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HORROR WRITING JUDGING CRITERIA:
All writing submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel who determine the CTEA recipients for each season. Each submission will receive a thorough evaluation to determine short horror stories that exemplify areas from the following criteria:
*Concept: The idea behind the story. What the film or series is about.
*Presentation: Standard writing format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.
*Structure: Refers to the order of ideas; the progression of your writing should feel smooth with similar points linked together.
*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, literary, and effectively conveys the mood or “creepy feel” of the horror story.
*Commercial Appeal: The audience appeal and marketability for the writer’s particular use of the genre or niche.

HORROR MUSIC CONTEST SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The horror music contest leans on all the creepy music that supports the expansion of the genre. Horror music as it is represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror composers can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Exemplary works of music is awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror music contest:​
*You must be the original composer on the project. Any unauthorized use of another’s work is considered both plagiarism and copyright infringement. Judges will explore whether the composed music is original, so be sure you are the original creator.  
*All music submissions for this category may lean on various forms to expand the audience’s experience. Though this category is broad, we expect original work that expands the interpretations found within the genre. That said projects should work to support the genre and it’s evolution among the international horror community.
*Submissions for this category must be an audio file upload that reflects no more than three minutes of horror composition. Note that you may only submit one music clip per submission, however you may submit multiple entries to this category to reflect different projects.
*All music projects must lean on and support the horror genre and the various sounds that represent it. That said new sounds and elements are encouraged to expand the audience’s experience.
*All submissions must provide a profile picture, a brief bio, and a description of your project.
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HORROR MUSIC JUDGING CRITERIA:
All music submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel who determine the CTEA recipients for each season. Each submission will receive a thorough evaluation to determine short horror stories that exemplify areas from the following criteria:
*Expands the Horror Genre
*Uniqueness of Sound or Element
*Originality and Creativity
*Musical Composition
*Sound Design Techniques
*Sound Effects
*Dissonance
*Instrumental Design
*Editing
*Quality of Technical Execution
*Commercial Appeal

ENTRY FEES:
*Each project 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.
*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.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:
Creepy Tree Film Festival (CTFF) accepts entries via FilmFreeway. Follow the checklist below to be sure all your creepy criteria is covered:
*Completed entry form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.
*Also be sure that you have filled out your entry form thoroughly; making sure that all areas of your submission form has been filled out.
*Be sure to upload all areas of the digital 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, and any production pictures you would like to add.
*As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the project submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above) are payable ONLY by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) on the FilmFreeway website.​

Submission Deadline: Varies



Fees:

ENTRY FEES:
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 all contest categories:
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 that exemplifies an area of exemplary skill found within your project. Below are the award categories that our judges choose from for each contest division:

Horror Film Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Film:
*Creepy New Concept & Plot
*Creepy Director & Crew
*Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX
*Creepy Audio Enhancements
*Creepy Actor/Actress Performance
*Creepy Production Design
*Creepy Editing
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Creepy Short Film
*Creepy Feature Film

Horror Photography Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Photography:
*Creepy New Concept & Theme
*Creepy Photographer & Crew
*Creepy Composition
*Creepy Visual Design & Artistic Impression
*Creepy Visual Enhancements
*Creepy Makeup & Costume Design
*Creepy Location & Background
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Creepy Makeup Artist
*Creepy Cosplay Artist

Horror Screenplay & Writing Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Screenplay &
Best Horror Writing:
*Creepy New Concept & Theme
*Creepy Screenwriter
*Creepy Storyteller
*Creepy Writing Style
*Creepy Plot & Pacing
*Creepy Characters & Dialogue
*Creepy New Series
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Creepy Creative Screenplay
*Creepy Creative Story

Horror Art Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Art:
*Creepy New Concept or Element
*Creepy Creative Artist
*Creepy Craftsmanship
*Creepy Drawing & Illustration
*Creepy Painting & Design
*Creepy Sculpture Art
*Creepy Comic Art
*Creepy Masks and Prosthetics
*Creepy Digital Art
*Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Music Contest
Award Categories for Best Horror Music:
*Creepy New Theme
*Creepy Creative Composer
*Creepy Instrumentation
*Creepy Sound Design Technique
*Creepy Sound Effects
*Creepy Vocal Effects
*Creepy Chaotic Noise
*Creepy Climax
*Creepy Editing
*Creepy Commercial Appeal

Contact: info@creepytreefilmfestival.com

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