2018 72-Hour Horror Film Competition

72 Hour Horror Film Competition

The Eugene Film Society is proud to present the 6th Annual 72 Hour Horror Film Competition.


Registration Deadline:
11:59pm on Wednesday, October 17th

Kick-off Event:
The Barn Light Cafe & Bar downtown on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Competition Dates:
Thursday, October 18th — Sunday, October 21st

Screening and Awards:
Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC Campus on Sunday, October 28th at 7pm

From Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, regional filmmakers are invited to compete and 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 28th. 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 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 17th. After registering, filmmakers will attend the competition kick-off event at The Barn Light Cafe & Bar downtown on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm where they will be notified of the mandated line of dialogue and prop, and 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 6:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, October 21st. 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 28th at 7:00pm. Audience members at the screening event will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2017 “Audience Award” winner. Tickets for the screening event will be available at discounted prices at the wrap event, and will go on sale to the general public the next day.

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 Epic Seconds, Café Yumm, Blunt Graffix, Broadway Metro, American Traditional Barbershop and more!

Additional support for this event comes from LCC Media Arts, University of Oregon Cinema Studies, 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, which will include waived registration fees and 4 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 reply back to this email.


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 be first be directed to PayPal where you can pay your $35 registration fee, and also have the option of purchasing discounted advance tickets to the screening event as an add-on. Discounted tickets will also be available at the wrap event.

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.

As always, 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 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 21st, 2018 from 6:00pm-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 18th, 2018.

6) Total runtime of the completed film must between 2 and 3 minutes long, including any credits; must include both the mandated prop and creative element; must feature the mandated competition “title card” for at least 3 seconds; 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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