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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
A Night of Horror International Film Festival is Sydney, Australia's premier horror film event.
Now in its eighth year, the festival remains dedicated to screening and promoting the work of independent filmmakers working in the horror genre from both Australia and abroad.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
What began as an idea for a one-night event (hence the festival’s name) now spans for 11 days.
In 2014, A Night of Horror will again be taking place in conjunction with Fantastic Planet Film Festival. Together the festivals provide Australia's leading showcase of independent genre specific cinema. Combined, the fests screened over 100 films in 2013. Both festivals retain independent programs and their own specific award categories.
What the press say about A Night of Horror:
Fangoria: "A festival of frights gorging itself on a diet of sinister submissions from local and international filmmakers, it’s the only one of its kind in Australia... an institution."
Encore magazine: "Australia's first horror film festival ... recognises the past and gives the horror genre a platform for the future."
Showtime Movie News: "If your taste runs into the darker side of life then you don't want to miss A Night of Horror Film Festival".
FilmInk magazine: "Fans of all things dark and nasty are in for a real treat."
Oz HorrorScope: "Sydney's first real horror film fest ... a fantastic event."
People magazine: "ghoulish gold for all tastes".
Drum magazine: "Australia's leading horror movie event... renowned and successful."
Feedback from attending filmmakers:
John Michael Elfers (FINALE): "Saying that we had a tremendous experience at A Night of Horror would be an understatement. It was our world premiere and exceeded our expectations. The festival staff was on call to answer questions, pass out programs and promote, not to mention their proud sponsors offering wine and energy drinks to power through long nights networking and celebrating. The screenings were packed, projection was gorgeous and the Dendy theater is beautiful. We had a blast with the Q&A after our screening. A Night of Horror is committed to helping independent horror filmmakers find their audience and get noticed. They put our film in the hands of distributors, reviewers, and got us on the radio. The personal attention was unlike anything I've experienced at other festivals."
Mike Masters (REEL ZOMBIES): “I’ve attended all types of festivals across the world with “Reel Zombies” and my experience at A Night of Horror ranks amongst the best of them all. Festival Directors Dean Bertram and Lisa Mitchell do a great job and the festival is extremely well organized with a great selection of films making inclusion in the festival an honour. I look forward to seeing this festival continue to grow and expand and it will be at the top of the list for festivals to submit to with my next genre picture”
Steven Kastrissios (THE HORSEMAN): "A Night of Horror is fast becoming a major player on the Australian festival circuit. With so little support for local genre films, Dean Bertram and Lisa Mitchell's festival is a shining beacon of light. There's a genuine warmth and celebration of the films they support and it infects everyone who comes along."
Seve Schelenz (SKEW): "I am very honored to have been accepted and showcased at A Night of Horror. I can't think of a better place then this outstanding festival to kick off the world premiere of SKEW... I had an unforgettable experience here and look forward to submitting my future films in a hope to have my world premieres at A Night of Horror Film Festival."
Damien Slevin (A BREAK IN THE MONOTONY): "I was very honoured to be a part of A Night of Horror International Film Festival. As a lover of the genre it is one festival that I would want to attend, let alone be included in. It is the only festival flying the horror flag in Australia, which in some respects is unfortunate; but on the other hand horror could not have better representation than this gem of a festival. Aside from the great line up of quality international and domestic films it would have to be about the friendliest and most welcoming fest I have attended. I look forward to next year’s line up."
Wade K. Savage (THE DEAD WASTES): "A Night of Horror is one of the most incredible horror festivals you will go to. Put together by people who love horror, it's an utter blast. Dean Bertram and the team are championing horror content in Australia, and what's more importantly, they are supporting true upcoming talent. If there is any horror festival you need to be apart of A Night of Horror is it. "
Daniel Giambruno (THE NEW LIFE): “At last! A film festival in Sydney which is not about having cocktails with public servants!… unless they have been dead for three weeks and still willing to tear the Scream Queen’s dress into shreds… to start with! Horror and fantasy are without doubt the genres that give film directors the most creative freedom. And if A Night Of Horror is the only festival in Australia that celebrates these genres, that also means that is the only festival in the country that cares about the true essence of filmmaking.”
Lee After (THE LONE WOLF): "Going to A Night of Horror was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. From seeing awesome films to meeting the great people running the show, everything about the fest was fantastic! If you're thinking about going, don't think, just go!"
David Curzon (OVERBOARD): “A welcoming and well organised festival with a great atmosphere.”
For the 2014 event, the festival is calling for: Feature films, shorts, animations, H. P. Lovecraft inspired films, and music videos that have dark or horror themes. And in an effort to find and showcase talented screenwriters working in the horror genre, the festival also holds a screenplay competition for unproduced horror scripts.
Winning films will be chosen by a jury of leading film and media professionals: Previous jurists have included Antony I. Ginnane (SPAA president, IFM World Releasing), Brian Trenchard-Smith (Director THE MAN FROM HONG KONG, TURKEY SHOOT, DEAD-END DRIVE IN), Jon Dalgaard (Lionsgate), Neil Foley (MONSTER PICTURES) Jason Di Rosso (ABC Radio National MovieTime), Simon Foster (SBS), and David Michael Brown (EMPIRE).
Readers of finalists in the festival's screenplay competition have included: John Dalgaard (Lionsgate) and Sony Malhi (Vertigo).
Deadlines: Earlybird: December 31, 2013. Regular: May 30, 2014. Late: July 31, 2014. Final (Withoutabox): August 15, 2014.
Festival website: www.anightofhorror.com
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Dean Bertram (Festival Registrar)
; Grant Bertram (Technical Director)
; Lisa Mitchell (Festival Director)
; Shane Kavanagh (Shorts Programmer)
In submitting your film or video to A Night of Horror International Film Festival you guarantee that you have all the relevant permissions, licenses and releases for your film or video to be screened in a public exhibition. You must have in your possession the permissions, licenses and releases for the submitted film or video's music, script, actors etc.
Entrants in the Horror Screenplay (Feature) or Horror Screenplay (Short) categories, must read and agree to the rules specific to these categories.
There is no restriction as to the year that the film was made.
We require films initially be submitted through Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener system. We no longer accept physical submissions (i.e. DVDs).
If your film is selected to screen at the festival, you must supply us with a copy of your film in one of the following formats: Blu-Ray, digital media file (avi, .mov, or mpeg-2.), DVD, or 35mm print.
While care will be taken, we are unable to guarantee the safety of your DVD, Blu-ray, hard drive, or film while in our possession, or in transit. If selected to screen at the festival, please do not send us a master copy, or your only copy of the film.
After the festival, 35mm feature film prints and hard drives containing digital files submitted to the festival for exhibition will be either returned to entrant or forwarded to another film festival as requested by entrant.
Additional publicity materials (stills, posters etc.) are encouraged if your film is selected to screen at the festival (although not required).
Please select the most relevant category for your film. You may choose between:
1. Horror Feature Films: Any feature length film (45 to 140 minutes in duration) that deals with horror themes. (Documentaries are also welcome.)
2. Horror Short Films: Any live action film (45 minutes or under in duration) that deals with horror themes. Your film can be narrative fiction, experimental, or even a documentary about horror.
3. Horror Short Animations: Any animated film (45 minutes or under in duration) that deals with horror themes.
4. Short Films based on, or inspired by, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft: Any film (including live action, animated, narrative, experimental, or documentary as long as it is under 45 minutes in duration) that deals with, or is inspired by, horror author H. P. Lovecraft or his writings.
5. Horror Themed Music Videos: Any music video that deals with dark or horror themes.
If you are entering an unproduced screenplay please select from:
6. Horror Screenplay (Feature): For feature length screenplays between 60 and 130 pages in length.
7. Horror Screenplay (Short): For short screenplays that are less than 60 pages in length.
A panel of judges, selected by Lovecraft 21C Productions, will decide the winners of each of the above categories. The winners of each category, along with additional festival awards including, Best Director, Best Special Effects, and Best Performance, will be announced at the festival's awards night. In all cases, the judges' decisions are final.
Entrants whose films are chosen for screening at the festival will be notified by late October 2014. Entrants whose films are selected will be given one free ticket to the screening of their film at A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2014.
If you decide to attend the festival and require accommodation while in Sydney we are able to recommend local hotels/motels, but unable to cover any costs that your travel or accommodation might incur.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I authorize Lovecraft 21C Productions Pty Ltd to screen the film or video listed above, upon the film or video's acceptance in A Night of Horror International Film Festival. For the purpose of the screenings I authorize Lovecraft 21C Productions to market the film or video in whatever manner they see fit. I acknowledge that Lovecraft 21C Productions holds the screening rights of the above listed film or video for A Night of Horror International Film Festival. I confirm that all other rights remain the sole property of myself and/or my nominated production company. I hereby confirm that all material used in the production of the film or video is the original work of myself or my nominated production company, or is work for which I or my nominated production company have obtained with releases, including but not limited to actors, performances and the musical score. I guarantee that I have obtained all the necessary permissions, licenses and clearances to enter this film or video into A Night of Horror International Film Festival, and that the film and the screening of the film by Lovecraft 21C Productions, does not infringe the moral and ethical rights including copyright of any third party. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into A Night of Horror International Film Festival, and that nobody representing Lovecraft 21C Productions or A Night of Horror International Film Festival has guaranteed my acceptance into the festival prior to this submission. I have read and agree to the general rules, terms and conditions of A Night of Horror International Film Festival. I have also read and agree to the specific rules relating to the category that I am entering my film, video, or screenplay.