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This Halloween... only the dark matters.



The Dark Matters 48-Hour Horror Film Challenge is a fast-paced experience where filmmakers are challenged to create a completed short-horror film within an amazingly short amount of time, all the while networking with other artists virtually in real time, creating a new and exciting experience, and pushing themselves to the extreme. From classic slasher to found footage, Dark Matters opens itself to any and all thirsting to create and dying to tell their story.


First Place Winners take home the coveted SLEEPLESS Award, $250 Cash Prize, and a load of bragging rights. Second Place Winners receive a $100 Cash Prize, and 3rd Place Winners receive a $75 Cash Prize. Special prizes will be awarded for "Best of..."

Filmmakers challenged to create a short film based in the genre of Horror, no longer than 10 minutes. Films may be in any style. Films may NOT contain gratuitous nudity, sexual acts, or hate speech of any kind. The task is to write a script, act, direct, film, edit, apply sound and music, and deliver the film DIGITALLY within 48 hours. The Dark Matters VIRTUAL Film Premiere will be on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st at 6pm. All films must be completed and uploaded to our Google Drive by Sunday, October 25th at 6pm.

Each team will receive a list of specified tasks to complete, as well as a list of special properties to be used, thus making the challenge a real time event.

There will be VIRTUAL support teams available to help and advise the participants prior to and throughout the challenge period, as required.

The registration fee for applications is $75 per team and must be received by Wednesday, October 21st at 5pm.

Accreditations and detailed instructions for the festival will be sent via email.  (Details will be available nearer the date).


To register for the Challenge, please click the link below.