Universal and Rob Zombie: Calling all short film horror auteurs for Halloween

Universal Studios Hollywood and rocker Rob Zombie have unleashed a film competition for short-form horror filmmakers with media showings and $1000 at stake.  Here are the contest highlights:

The Halloween Horror Nights – Rob Zombie Film Competition is calling all horror genre auteurs to submit their scariest short entries with the winning film being broadcast on Chiller TV, posted on SyFy.com, one grand in cash and a trip for two to attending opening night of USH’s Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles.

The judging panel will be led by Zombie, members of Universal’s HHN team and horror industry professionals.  The top 10 film finalists will also be posted online at Halloween Horror Nights from September 3 − 17, 2010 for viewer voting.

Short film entries will be accepted from July 7 to August 14, 2010, must have a run time between 90 seconds and three minutes in length, and must be submitted on DVD (two copies of each film entered).

Good luck to all who enter, go kill ’em!  Read the full press release below for complete details:

Universal Studios Hollywood and Rob Zombie Invite Filmmakers to Submit Short Films for the ‘Halloween Horror Nights — Rob Zombie Film Competition’

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Studios Hollywood(SM) and Rob Zombie are partnering to recognize the nation’s top short-form filmmaking horror genre talent with the “Halloween Horror Nights – Rob Zombie Film Competition,” offering filmmakers an opportunity to have their scariest short film judged by a panel led by the multi-media horror auteur, rewarded with a premiere showing on Chiller TV, a posting on SyFy.com, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip for two to the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Contest entries will be accepted from July 7 through August 14, 2010. Prospective filmmakers are invited to submit short films from 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD (two copies of each film must be submitted). Selected films will be judged by Rob Zombie, members of Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” team and horror industry professionals. Criteria will be storytelling skill, originality and the degree of a “good scare.” The top 10 shorts will be posted online at Halloween Horror Nights from September 3 – 17, 2010 for public voting.

The winning film will be announced on September 17. In addition to the prize and the broadcast of the film, the winning filmmaker will be honored in front of celebrities, studio executives and media at the Eyegore Awards ceremony, which will kick off the 2010 Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Entries should be sent to “Halloween Horror Nights-Rob Zombie Film Competition,” 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511, 100 Universal City CA 91608. Additional information on the contest, including a complete list of rules and regulations, is available online at the website Halloween Horror Nights.

Rob Zombie’s latest release, “Hellbilly Deluxe 2,” is in stores now and you can catch him on tour headlining the Rockstar Mayhem Festival this Summer. Zombie has sold 15 million albums to date and is a seven-time Grammy nominee. He is also the writer and director of 5 full-length feature films, including the critically acclaimed cult favorite The Devil’s Rejects (2005), the blockbuster re-imagining of John Carpenters classic, Halloween (2007), and its successful follow up, Halloween II (2009).

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features the groundbreaking attractions as “The Simpsons Ride™,” “Revenge of the Mummy(SM)—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park®—The Ride” and “Shrek 4-D™ as well as and the newly enhanced Studio Tour, which features “King Kong 360 3-D” Created by Peter Jackson, state-of-the-art Hi-Def monitor system and new movie and TV sets on the historic backlot.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBC Universal.

NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric (NYSE: GE) , with 20% controlled by Vivendi.

SOURCE Universal Studios Hollywood


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