Universal Studios Hollywood 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).