judges and evaluation guidelines

Once submitted your films will be viewed by our quality film critics. The top ten will be seen and evaluated by out celebrity judges.


The Fabulous Judges!

We are so very excited to have such an incredible panel of judges participating in this event – they’re truly amazing creatives and we feel so lucky to have them judge the horror.

So, we thought we’d spend some time introducing them!

Tananarive Due – Author, EP, Writer, Educator (UCLA Professor “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and the Black Horror Aesthetic”)

An award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator Steven Barnes wrote “A Small Town” for Season 2 of “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access anthologies.

C. Robert Cargill – Screenwriter, Novelist, Podcast Host (Sinister, Doctor Strange)

An American screenwriter, novelist, podcast host, and former film critic known under the pseudonyms Massawyrm.


Effie T. Brown – Producer (Dear White People, But I’m a Cheerleader)

A film and television producer known for such films as Rocket Science, Real Women Have Curves, Everyday People, Desert Blue, Dear White People, and But I’m a Cheerleader. She is seen in the fourth season of Project Greenlight as a producer on that season’s film project The Leisure Class.


Fanshen Cox – Producer, Educator, Writer (Argo, The Mentalist, Gone Baby Gone)

Fanshen Cox is the president of TruJuLo Productions. TruJuLo uplifts stories that speak truth in pursuit of justice in service of LOVE. For seven years Fanshen traveled throughout the nation performing her one-woman show, One Drop of Love, which explores the complicated realities and perceptions of history, family, race, class, justice, and love. Cox has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR, with OpEds published for Blavity, Shondaland, and The Lily.


Jess Carson – Writer, Director (The Flash, You)

An American writer. She was a writer and staff writer in The Flash.


Geno Brooks – Writer, Director, Producer (Harriet, Black Boots) An experienced Director, Writer, and Content Producer with a demonstrated history of working in the motion pictures and film industry.

Miguel Rodriguez – Founder Horrible Imaginings Film Festival


Evaluation Guidelines

Because we never want you to feel blindsided, here is the exact same rubric the critics and the judges will be using when they reviewing your work:

Updated Judging Criteria
Does the Film Include the “3 Keys”?

Cinematography: (score 1-5)
How are the scenes?
Are the pictures clear?
Are the camera shots ideal for the story being told?

Storyline: (score 1-5)
Do you understand the story?
How is the dialogue (if any)?
Is there a beginning, a middle, and an end?

Tone: (score 1-5)
Would you consider this a horror film?
Why or why not?
What genre is this film if not horror?

Editing: (score 1-5)
Are the transitions to scenes smooth?
Is the sound clear (including sound effects)?
Is the scene/film too light or too dark?

Clarity in Vision: (score 1-5)
Are you able to see or interpret the story of the filmmaker? Either in script or in visuals.
If so, what aspects are clear?
If not, what aspects need clarity?

Overall Craftsmanship: (total score)
Is this an award-worthy film?
Support your answer.


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