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2020 South African HORRORFEST Submissions

The S.A. HorrorFest will celebrate its 16th edition in 2020 !

Early Bird Deadline: 1 April 2020
Regular Deadline: 1 June 2020
Late Deadline: 1 August 2020
Final Deadline: 1 September 2020
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All submitted Feature Films and Short Films will be viewed by the selection panel, and if chosen will be screened at the S.A. HORRORFEST.
Where deemed fit, Official Selection status will be awarded & various winning categories selected after the event.

Please read all submission requirements carefully

For physical entries, in addition to sending a printed version of the entry form with your movie, please copy and paste the form below, fill in the relevant areas and e-mail it to us.
In the case of multiple entries – please complete a separate form for each submission (it can be sent in one package).

Physical Submission Formats:

DVD-PAL viewing copies (x2)*
Plus data files on flash drive or disc containing:
- SD or HD QuickTime file (25fps)* / High Quality h264 .mov file (mp3 audio, 25fps) or
- SD or HD Windows AVI (25fps)*

If your film's spoken language is not English, English subtitles must be hardcoded/burned into the film and not supplied as a separate track or file.

* NTSC and other frame rates are also accepted, but your film will be converted to be played at PAL 25fps. To avoid unwanted quality loss, please submit your film at PAL 25fps.

Short film running time should not exceed 30 mins.
Feature film length: minimum 60 mins. / maximum 125 mins.
contact us if your production falls outside of these running times )


Note: Physical entries have no submission fee. In addition to e-mailing submission info, please print the completed form and include it with your two DVD copies of the film (and data drive or disc) to the following address:

Flamedrop Productions
c/o Paul Blom
9 Thornhill Road, Marlo Court 5,
Cape Town, 8005

Do not attach a monetary value for the contents.
Please mark package: "For cultural purposes only, no commercial value"
(any value may result in customs charges which the HorrorFest won't cover, thus not collected)


The HorrorFest is now also allowing on-line submissions.
Where the DVD submissions have NO entry fee, for on-line submissions the bandwidth download cost and time result in the added bulk of entries (which the judges will have to assess) has a $us fee attached.

Receipt of physical submissions will be notified via e-mail. Entrants will also be notified in the event of a feature / short being accepted for inclusion in the S.A. HORRORFEST program.

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(copy and paste the below text, fill out and return to us)


(Submission Deadlines at the top of the page)

Title of Film:

Date of Production:


Running Time:

Colour / Black and White (delete as appropriate)

Feature Film
Short Film
Music Video
Other (please specify briefly)

(English subtitles have to be hardcoded into the movie image - no separate files)

Is this the director's first film?

Is it a student film?

If so, name of film school?

How was this film funded?

Synopsis (50-100 words):

Any info or interesting details about the production you'd like to share:

Production's shooting format (ie. digital video, HD, Super-8, 35mm film…):

Director / Film- / Video makers' contact details
(Please attach filmography/biography if applicable)

Production Company:
Producer's name:

Film Details
Director of Photography:
Special FX:
Main Cast:

Filmmaker biography:

Names of festivals where the film has already been screened (if any), plus any awards it has won:

Entry Fee: none on physical entries
(a late entry fee will be charged after the official closing date)

Please include press shots (& captions) where possible (or e-mail hi-res shots). Any additional promotional materials like posters or lobby cards are also welcome.

Conditions Of Submission
There are no restrictions for the production's country of origin.
Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc., and the South African HorrorFest cannot guarantee that the short- or feature films submitted will be selected and screened in public, as the festival selection members / committee will be the final arbiters.
Permission must be granted from the relevant rights holders (where applicable) of any copyrighted material used in your production (eg. music, film, video, news, audio, clips from other sources etc.), and the organizers of the South African HorrorFest cannot be held liable for the unlawful use of such material in submitted works.
DVD copies and flash drives supplied to the SA HorrorFest is non-returnable, and we request 2 DVD copies in the event of either physical damage (in transit via the mail system etc.), or any other technical problems (of a digital nature like corrupted disc data etc.). The data version will be used for compiling and / or direct screening.
Some of the information on this form may be used in various Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc. / SA HorrorFest online and print publications. If you do not want any information you have included in this form made publicly available, please notify accordingly.

I have read and understood these conditions and with this form grant Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc. / South African HorrorFest the rights to publicly exhibit my submitted film/video production.

Signature (for printed copy):
Date of submission:

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