competition guidelines: The 48-hour horror fest

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re participating in our very horr-ible “48-hour horror film festival.”

(No pun intended.)

We’re excited to see your work.

(But admittedly less excited for the nightmares that will probably follow.)

Anyway, this is a competition. Which, of course, means there are a few rules.

Read on to learn what they are:


We designed this festival with women of color in mind; as a place where they’ll be able to show off their horror chops.

With that in mind, 50% of each team must be made up of women of color, above and below the line; meaning on the producer level, crew, and cast we’re looking for 50% WOC.

We ask that all team members be 18 years or older.

The competition is location-independent. This means you can participate regardless of where you currently reside.

It also means you can submit a film in whichever language you prefer.

Please keep in mind though that in order to qualify, the film must include English subtitles.

A. Times

The 48 Hour Horror Festival will occur between a Friday, October 1st, at 9 PM PST and Sunday, October 3rd, at 9 PM PST local time.

All participating groups/teams must complete their film/video work in time to submit it on Sunday, October 3rd, by 9 PM PST.

Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.

b. Creative Process

All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period.  Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing the script
  • Rehearsing
  • Costume/Set Design
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Rendering
  • Outputting to USB drive or other media

C. Preparation

The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:

  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Securing Equipment
  • Scouting/Securing Locations

D. Footage

All footage must be shot within the Official Time Period of the project.

Animation and special effects are permitted but must be created during the Official Time Period.

No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.

e. Required Elements

Each participating group will receive “3 Keys” that must appear in their film. These “Keys” may be a genre, a character, a prop and/or a line of dialogue.

How to use the “Keys”:

  • The required Character must be seen on-screen and it must be clear–either directly shown or by context–who the required character is.  The Character name does not have to be said out loud or written on-screen.
  • The required Prop must be seen on-screen. A picture of the required prop is also allowed.
  • The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. It may be in any language, though if it is unclear that it is the required Line, there must be a translation.
  • To qualify as an Official Entry, each group’s film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.

f. submission materials

What do I need to submit?

  • A film poster:
    • Get creative. What visual elements represent your film best? We will be awarding the top 3 winning teams with hoodies that have the film’s poster imprinted on it, so make it a good one!
  • Ending credits:
    • You know what we’re talking about, giving credit where credit is due. Please make sure your film includes end credits citing everyone’s involvment.
  • The “3 Keys”:
    • As soon as the festival opens on October 1, you will receive an email with the “3 Keys” all films are required to include. Please note that even if you create a genius, beautiful, terrifying masterpiece, it’ll be disqualified if it doesn’t include the 3 required elements.
  • Legal Waivers:
    • Paperwork that states that you give us permission to your film. Cast and crew consent, location waivers, music waivers, and material waiver. We’ll supply you with these forms, no stress.

g. legal stuff

What about the legal stuff?

After submitting your film, you’ll receive a document that we’ll need every team member to sign. It’ll basically state that entertwine is not responsible for any damages or incidents caused as a result of a team’s filming. It will also state that everyone on the team is at least 18 years of age and that all actors who appear on camera, have consented to do so.

If you fail to meet any of these requirements, entertwine reserves the right to withdraw your film from the competition.


Okay. Onto the fun stuff. The prizes.

Etheria Film Festival

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

HollyShorts Film Festival

Pan African Film Festival

The top 5 films will be screened in front of execs, directors, and our celebrity judges at our Halloween party in Hollywood on Friday, October 29.

The top 5 teams will receive exclusive invites to the screening where they’ll be able to network and expand their reach.


Budget limit is set to $500 per team.

Got questions?

Feel free to contact us at

We’re more than happy to answer any of your questions.

1 thought on “competition guidelines: The 48-hour horror fest”

  1. Bernadette Speakes

    I have secured my team. Should I just wait until I submit everything along with their names or can I do it now? And is the 3-5 minutes include the title and ending credits?

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