2nd Annual

Famous Monsters Film Fest at Big Wow

May 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014

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Feature Film
FM Fest is accepting Feature Films that exceed a running time of 60 minutes.
Short Film
Famous Monsters of Filmland’s Film Festival is now accepting short film submissions submissions of less than 60 minutes in running time.
The FM Fest is looking for animation submissions of less than 60 minutes. Animation can be computer generated, cel animation, stop-motion, or any mix thereof. An animated film is created 50% through an animation process. Films containing a majority live action elements must be submitted to the Feature or Short Film categories.
All Screenplays
FM Fest is looking for the best, non-produced, genre screenplays of any length. Screenplays must be original works. No adaptations (unless they are of the screenwriters own original content) are accepted. Screenplays must be properly formatted to industry standards and registered with the Writers Guild or other reputable registry (with registration information on the cover page) or they will be dismissed with no refund.


FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine was established in 1958 as a way to celebrate genre films and unite fans from around the world. The magazine has gone on to become one of the most influential entertainment magazines of all time with a rich and storied history. In honoring FM's history of taking readers behind the movie magic and inspiring them to bring their own monsters to life, the Famous Monsters Film Fest looks to find the next great genre filmmakers and share their creations with the world!


FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine was established in 1958 by editor Forrest J Ackerman and publisher James Warren. The duo originally set out to make a single magazine that would celebrate the classic films of Universal's golden horror age. But the issue proved to be such a massive success that it went on to become one of the most popular and influential periodicals of all time. Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Rick Baker, George Lucas, and many more have all spoken at length about the influence and inspiration the magazine brought to their creative development.

The magazine made a point to not just honor classic films and provide details on new and upcoming projects, it also contained tips and tricks for readers on how to create their own monster and Sci-Fi films at home. From filming secrets to basic makeup and blood effects, FM became a "how-to" for aspiring storytellers.

Before iconic editor Forrest J Ackerman passed away in 2008, he was very clear that as we continued with FM, it was our duty to find the new talent, the new storytellers that would capture the imaginations of audiences for generations to come. And that is exactly what we intend to do with our FM Fest.

Big Wow is one of the biggest and best pop culture and comic conventions in northern California (San Jose). In partnering with our friends at Big Wow (one of the few conventions FM attends along with San Diego Comic Con) we've been able to make sure that the accepted films will have a large audience that is receptive to fun and imaginative filmmaking. It's a great atmosphere with a large and enthusiastic crowd just looking to be entertained.

The Fest will include screenings, awards, prizes, parties, and more!


Dominie Lee (Director of Operations); Ed Blair (Executive Editor); Ed Blair (Executive Editor); Philip Kim (Senior Manager)


Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form and applicable entry fees. Entries must be submitted on DVD (any region). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

FM Fest at Big Wow is an awards based competition calling for feature and short length films, short animations, and short and feature length screenplay submissions.
All films/screenplays are subject to reviews and rejection.

It is kindly requested, though not obligatory, that any awards received be mentioned in the promotional materials or websites of the films or screenplays being awarded.
All submissions are handled fairly and equally. We encourage you to submit as early as possible.
All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The Festival will make no cuts or changes. All entrants will be notified by email. Selected films will also be posted on our website. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work. If selected, exhibition format is DVD, or Blu Ray.

If shipping preview copy or screenplay by a method that includes a signature upon delivery, please waive the signature requirement.
Submissions of film or screenplays will be viewed only after your entry fee payment is received and paid in full.
Submission dates listed are postmark deadlines.
The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in scheduling.
We will not transfer PAL for viewing — only forward NTSC format.

The number of screenings, days and venues is at the sole discretion of the Festival.

Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'S will be refused. All Tapes/DVDs must be labeled with the title of the entry, running time, and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

It is cost prohibitive for the festival to insure individual prints. Make sure you have your own insurance.

We strongly encourage you to only send materials you do not wish to have returned, it's cheaper and easier for all involved. Please do not send us masters, originals, your only copy, etc. Videos will not be returned.

Visit our website, roswell.famousmonsters.com, for more information, updates and announcements.
Any questions please contact us at filmfest@famousmonsters.com.


By submitting your entry into competition in the FM Fest you agree that you have read and accept all aforementioned rules and regulations.
Scripts must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced.
FM Fest is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for promotional purposes. A brief clip of any entries may also be streamed on roswell.famousmonsters.com.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening to the public, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Famous Monsters of Filmland/Monsters Ink/Big Wow/Movieland Classics from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos and screenplays entered.

Entries will not be returned.

FM Fest reserves the right to refuse entries.