4th Annual

Zompire: The Undead Film Festival

October 04, 2013 to October 05, 2013

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2626 NE 31st Ave
Portland OR 97212
Phone: 503-734-8822
Fax: 503-715-4981

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Any film that deals with Zombies (re-animated dead).
Any film dealing with Vampires.
This is a catch-all category for films that are not clearly Zombie or Vampire but deal with similar themes.
This category is for trailers or short festival openers/bumpers under two minutes in length. A Trailer should be a preview of an upcoming or currently available film.

If you'd like to make a festival bumper/opener for our festival, it should include the festival logo (available on request).


This festival is dedicated to all things undead. We want to highlight various filmmakers's creative attempts to show the undead in new and unexpected ways.


From the organizers of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR, Zompire was created in 2007 to showcase films about all things undead. While Zombies and Vampires are the main focus of the festival, any films showing the undead in new and unexpected ways are welcome. Organized by Brian and Gwen Callahan since 2012, this unique festival specializes in artistic, adventurous, experimental, and often bloody short films, and the occasional independent feature, centered on Zombies, Vampires, ghosts, and other Undead beasties.

Andrew Migliore founded the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR in 1995 (and it's still going strong, with ever-increasing success over 18 years later), but while he loved screening independent Lovecraftian film for Portland audiences, he longed to showcase his other great love, Films of The Undead!

Zompire: The Undead Film Festival will take place at the historic Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR on October 4th and 5th, 2013.


Andrew Migliore (Festival Registrar); Andrew Migliore (Festival Registrar); Andrew Migliore (Festival Registrar); Brian Callahan (Director); Brian Callahan (Director); Brian Callahan (Director); Gwen Callahan (Director); Gwen Callahan (Director); Gwen Callahan (Director)


All submissions must be complete, with all of the items requested to be considered for submission. Entry selection is made from DVD, digital file, or online screener. All submissions must be clearly labeled, including tracking ID number. All entries selected into Zompire grant Zompire the right to use any footage from the preview screener, and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for Zompire's promotional purposes, without limitations. Notification of acceptance into the current year's film festival will occur no later than three weeks before the festival. If accepted, an exhibition copy must arrive at the festival office not later than two weeks before the festival.

Films received after the final deadline will not be considered for this year's festival, but may be reviewed for possible exhibition the following year.


SHORTS AND FEATURES: Our audience loves independent film and wants to see as much of it as possible, so we reserve most of our schedule for short films, and typically show 1 or 2 independent feature films.

RUNTIME: We will consider all runtimes, but, historically, most of the short films we accept are between 4 and 15 minutes in length with great pacing. Short films that run longer than 20 minutes are accepted more rarely. Having said that, great films of any length have a good chance of acceptance, but we think it's helpful for you to know what most often makes the cut.

SUBMISSION FORMATS: We prefer media files, such as .MP4 or .MOV files (either on a data DVD or thumbdrive), over playable DVDs or Blu-Ray discs. Links to password-protected on-line screeners on YouTube or Vimeo are also okay. If submitting DVD media (either playable DVD or data DVD) for consideration, always include 2 copies and PACKAGE THEM WELL. DVDs scratch easily, and if we can't watch your film, we can't accept it (we probably won't have time to ask you for a replacement).

INCLUDE FINAL EXHIBITION COPY (optional): For the sake of convenience, we recommend either submitting, or including with your submission, a final exhibition-ready 720p or 1080p HD file of your short film, or a final Blu-Ray disc (Blu-rays for feature films only please). This will save us all time, if we accept your film, and can help reduce headaches caused by postal delays or huge downloads. Better to include that 2GB+ file with your submission, so that it's ready to go, if we accept your film.

ON GENERAL AVAILABILITY: We want to show great independent shorts and feature films to our audience on a beautiful big screen in a historic movie theater, especially those films that our audience *can't see at home*. While we will absolutely consider all films that fit our topics, regardless of general availability, we prefer films that are not easily currently available to the public on YouTube, or other video sites. We recommend that you wait to reveal your masterpiece on video web sites until after it has made its festival appearances. This is optional, but we feel it gives us the best opportunity to attract a large audience that supports independent film in a fantastic setting.


I represent and warrant that I have full legal right and authority to submit the heretofore mentioned film/video project for consideration by Zompire, and that all necessary consents, licensing and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto. I agree to hold Zompire and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into Zompire. No one from Zompire or its sponsors has guaranteed me admission into the festival.