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2013 Call For Entries: Portland Underground Film Festival, Spooky Movie

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 6, 2013

Balloon logo for the Portland Underground Film Festival

Portland Underground Film Festival

The Portland Underground Film Festival has been around for awhile now. 2013 will mark its 9th year in operation.

However, the fest changed hands last year when it was taken over (peacefully) by underground filmmaking sensation Bob Moricz. For his second year in control, Moricz is expanding the fest in a dramatic and ambitious way.

2013 will be first year PUFF will run for six nights, plus it will screen at two theaters in its hometown: The Clinton St. Theater (the fest’s regular home) and the Hollywood Theatre.

For that kind of expansion, PUFF needs films. So, send yours in! The fest is completely free to submit to, either by mailing a DVD or submitting a link. As for types of films that they’re looking for, the field is wide open. From their website:

This festival is for truly original and renegade filmmakers. All points of view are encouraged to enter. We believe in the underground artist. If you make films for very little money and have a vision, we want to see your work.

Final Deadline:
July 15

Please visit the Portland Underground Film Festival website for more info.

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival logo

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival

Speaking of epic film festival, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival had their biggest year yet last year when they celebrated their seventh shocking year by drenching the prestigious AFI Silver Theater in Washington, D.C. with blood, guts and gore.

But Spooky Movie is hoping to do it all over again for their 8th annual event that will be held on October 10-19, expanding a little bit themselves by adding an extra night of terrifying programming.

The great thing about Spooky Movie — i.e. in addition to growing into one of the most prestigious and respected horror film festivals in the world — is that the fest is devoted to not settling for the status quo. Every year, the fest pushes the boundaries of what horror is and can be; and offering a wide selection of films from all over the world. (They take the word “International” in their name very seriously.)

Last year included films such as Jennifer Lynch’s controversial thriller Chained, Michael Kosakowski’s genre-bending documentary Zero Killed, Steven Kostanski’s cult sensation Manborg, Michael Davis’ drop-dead hilarious President Wolfman, Elias’ minimalist Gut and tons more. You can view last year’s full Spooky Movie lineup here.

If you think your horror flick belongs with good, gory company like that, then submit! Deadlines are below:

Regular Deadline: May. 24, 2013
Entry Fee: Feature: $45; Short: $35
Late Deadline: Jun. 21, 2013
Entry Fee: Feature: $50; Short: $45
Final Deadline: Jul. 12, 2013
Entry Fee: Feature: $60; Short: $55

Please visit the official Spooky Movie website for more info.