2019 72-Hour Horror Film Competition

72 Hour Horror Film Competition

The Eugene Film Society is proud to present the 7th Annual 72 Hour Horror Film Competition.

Film Deadline:
Due between 7:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, October 13th at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar.

Screening and Awards:
Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC Campus on Sunday, October 27th at 7:00pm


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From Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13, local and regional filmmakers are invited to compete to produce the best 2 – 3 minute horror film within 72 hours, incorporating a mandated line of dialogue and prop. Films submitted by deadline will be screened by a jury of media professionals, and a public audience at Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC Campus on Sunday, October 27th. The film selected “Jury Award” winner will receive a $1134 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner at the screening event will receive a $666 cash prize.

All competing teams must register by 6:59pm on Thursday, October 10th. Registered filmmakers will attend the competition kick-off event at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar downtown on Thursday, October 10th from 7:00pm-8:00pm where they will be notified of the mandated line of dialogue and prop, and will be issued a USB drive. This is a casual drop-in event, so filmmaking teams can sign in and dive right into the creative process (perhaps while enjoying a tasty beverage).

Completed films must be returned on the issued USB drive at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar downtown between 7:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, October 13th. Films submitted by deadline, and meeting all specifications and guidelines, will be screened publicly at Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC Campus on Sunday, October 27th at 7:00pm. Audience members at the screening event will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2019 “Audience Award” winner. Tickets for the screening event are offered for $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased anytime at www.eugenefilmsociety.com or at the kick-off and wrap events.

Both the “Jury Award” and “Audience Award” winners will be announced at the competition screening, along with awards for excellence in several categories, with prize packages provided by Shout! Factory, Epic Seconds, Café Yumm, Blunt Graffix, Broadway Metro, American Traditional Barbershop, The Barn Light and more!

Major support for this event comes from Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, LCC Media Arts, and Mark & Joy Gall.


If you would like to compete but cannot afford the $35 registration, we are offering a limited number of scholarship packages, courtesy of Mark & Joy Gall, and LCC Media Arts. Scholarships will include waived registration fees and 4 free tickets to the screening event. Requirements to qualify include a sample of previous video work, and a short written submission. For more information on how to apply, please inquire at info@eugenefilmsociety.com.


If you are unable to attend the kickoff and/or wrap events, it is still possible to participate in the competition, but arrangements must be made in advance. Once you have registered, please email us at info@eugenefilmsociety.com to make arrangements for remote participation.


Registration is open now and can be completed by following the link below. You will first be directed to PayPal where you can pay your $35 registration fee, and also have the option of purchasing advance tickets to the screening event as an add-on. Advance tickets will also be available at the kickoff and wrap events.

After completing payment, PayPal should direct you to a registration page where you can enter your team’s details. If you are not automatically directed to this page, please email us at info@eugenefilmsociety.com for a direct link.

Please note, participation is limited to the first 60 teams to register, so sign up early!


1) No equipment, cast/crew, or support of any kind will be provided by the Eugene Film Society during the competition. Each team must use the resources independently available to them. Participants are solely responsible for understanding how to use and maintain their own equipment. All risk associated with the production, including but not limited to equipment failure or damage, lies solely with the production team. Additionally, no technical assistance will be provided by EFS at any point during the competition– please take the time to verify your post-production workflow in advance.

2) With the sole exception of music, which must be original, licensed (creative commons or otherwise), or otherwise royalty free, all intellectual material — including but not limited to script, story, animation, sound effects, and special effects — must be generated within the seventy-two hour competition time period. No stock or found footage created outside of that time period may be used. Films will be disqualified or penalized for unauthorized use of copyrighted or pre-existing material in their production.

3) Each production team is responsible for generating, securing and submitting talent and location release forms for every member of their cast, crew, and for all locations used.

4) EFS reserves the perpetual and non-exclusive right to exhibit, reproduce, manipulate, distribute or sell, without consideration to the production team or talent, any and all submitted films, in whole or in part, in any format or form of media.

5) To be eligible for the “Jury Award” and “Audience Award,” films must be submitted during the competition wrap-up event on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 between 7:00pm-8:00pm at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar on Willamette Street. Films must be submitted via the designated thumb drive provided at the event kick-off on Thursday, October 10th, 2019, unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

6) Total runtime of the completed film must between 2 and 3 minutes long, including any credits; the completed film must include both the mandated prop and creative element, must feature the mandated competition “title card” for at least 3 seconds. Completed films must be submitted at a resolution of 1920×1080 at 23.98 or 24 fps; and total file size must not exceed 4GB.

7) Please use the following naming convention when saving your final file: “YOUR MOVIE TITLE_Your Team Name”


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All competing films will be screened publicly at 7:00pm, Sunday, October 27th at the Ragozzino Performance Hall in Building 6 on the LCC Campus (shown below). Enter campus via Shafer Drive for most convenient access to the Performance Hall.