Universal and Rob Zombie team up for short film contest

Here's something awesome for you burgeoning horror filmmakers out there: you're getting a chance, via Universal Studios and Rob Zombie, to have your own scary short film shown on Chiller TV and Syfy.com, win $1,000 prize and get a free trip to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. All that for creating something that freaks people the f*ck out. Pretty sweet opportunity, wouldn't you agree?

Check out the press release:

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, 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.

Contestants can submit their scariest short films from July 7 through August 14. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their film judged by a panel of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights team members and horror industry professionals – including Rob Zombie himself! The top 10 shorts, judged on storytelling skill, originality, and the degree of a “good scare,” will be open to public voting online at Halloween Horror Nights from September 3 – 17, 2010. The grand prize winner will win amazing prizes including a premiere showing on Chiller TV, a posting on Sy-Fy.com, a $1,000 cash prize, and a trip for two to the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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.

Maybe you'll meet Sheri Moon Zombie!

Extra Tidbit: Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES was filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood; the company refused to release the film after seeing the final cut. Glad they've made up!



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