CALL FOR ENTRIES!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON OPENS ON JUNE 1ST!

ABOUT US:

CTFF is an international horror festival that runs quarterly throughout the year, and home to the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA). We seek to discover talented filmmakers, writers, photographers, and artists that truly capture the horror genre. To support the vast number of talent globally, we sought to create a festival that expands the reach of the audience to include the international horror community through the use of the online experience. With several seasons a year and our multidivisional approach, our festival platform offers a unique approach to gaining industry exposure for your creepy creative talents. Spending much of our own creative journeys endeavoring to reach our fullest potential in this industry, we have always seen the importance in a platform that allows ALL creators, regardless of creative medium or location, an opportunity to gain exposure for their unique talents. That said, here at Creepy Tree the festival is about YOU, the rising talent driven by your pursuit to share your creepy creative contributions to the genre. We are relentless when it comes to showcasing your talents through our festival, and supporting you in every way we can so that your talents can connect to real opportunities in the industry. We look forward to supporting you as you work to "branch out" to new audiences, network with your fellow horror creators, and grow within the entertainment industry.

HOW TO GET STARTED:

Each season offers you an opportunity to gain exposure for your project in various divisions. Review submission requirements by clicking on a division button below. New seasons will be opened as others pass their "Event" dates. Here at Creepy Tree, we value your creepy creative crafts, and believe that you need plenty of opportunities to gain exposure in this competitive industry, that said please feel free to enter as many categories as you like in any one season. Just remember that you may only submit up to two different project submissions per division category. Be sure to view how it all works down below to better understand how creepy we do things. When you're ready to submit your creepy contribution, click on the FilmFreeway button on any submission requirement page.

ACHIEVEMENT PROCESS:

Official Selection

Once you have submitted your project, the CTFF Team will determine whether the project has met ALL the submission requirements for the submitted division to be eligible for official selection. Submissions are processed Tuesday-Saturday between 10am and 2pm (PST) to process new projects submitted. If projects have not met their requirements, the submitter will be notified, and will be given an opportunity to make any needed adjustments that must be made to enable eligibility. Those chosen as official selections will receive notification when the project has been processed by the CTFF Team. All projects that receive official selection will be provided a link to retrieve our official selection laurel to be placed on their projects to showcase their achievement. When earning official selection, we encourage ALL participants to network with our Creepy Tree community on our social media channels. To participate, simply create and post your project poster/cover with the official selection laurel on our Instagram community page at #creepytreefilmfestival. This announcement not only informs other participants of your presence among the current season, but works to share your project with both our expanding community of creators and industry affiliates, and with the international horror community. Here at Creepy Tree, we encourage all members of our festival community to network and support one another's talents as you all grow within the industry. Just because this is horror, doesn't mean it has to be "cut-throat". Creators that support one another go much farther than those who don't.

Earning an Award

Upon the final deadline of every festival season, all official selections from that season will be judged to determine the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) recipients for each division, and for which award categories our judging panel has determined that those project(s) have best exemplified (see award categories below). Each CTEA recipient will receive the following:

  • Receive a CTEA from their submitted division in both a digital copy form (used for media announcements) and a hard copy form sent in an award packet

  • Receive a "CTEA Profile" on our website to promote the creator's CTEA projects, biography, and links to their professional websites and or social media pages

  • Receive the CTEA Recipient laurel for the winning year to be placed on your award winning project

  • Public recognition for their award(s) status in an awards announcement across our platforms

  • Placed on our industry "Watch List" to expand their professional network and connect with potential opportunities in the industry

  • Receive promotions on our social media pages in the form of "Creator Spotlights"

  • Receive waivers for future festival seasons to promote new projects

THE CREEPY TREE EXEMPLAR AWARD & AWARD CATEGORIES:

The Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) is an award that exemplifies an area(s) of exemplary skill found within your project. Below are the award categories that our judges choose from for each horror division:

Horror Film Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Film for:

  • Creepy New Concept & Plot

  • Creepy Director & Crew

  • Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX

  • Creepy Audio Enhancements

  • Creepy Actor Performance

  • Creepy Actress Performance

  • Creepy Creature/Character Design

  • Creepy Production Design

  • Creepy Costume Design

  • Creepy Makeup Design

  • Creepy Location

  • Creepy New Series

  • Creepy Comedy

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Photography Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Photography for:

  • Creepy New Concept & Theme

  • Creepy Photographer & Crew

  • Creepy Models

  • Creepy Composition

  • Creepy Artistic Impression

  • Creepy Visual Design

  • Creepy Costume Design

  • Creepy Makeup Design

  • Creepy Location & Set Design

  • Creepy Cosplay/Character Design

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Screenplay & Writing Divisions

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Screenplay &

Best Horror Writing for:

  • Creepy New Concept & Theme

  • Creepy Screenwriter

  • Creepy Storyteller

  • Creepy Writing Style

  • Creepy Plot & Pacing

  • Creepy Climactic Development

  • Creepy Characters & Dialogue

  • Creepy Creature Development

  • Creepy New Series

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Art Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Art for:

  • Creepy New Concept or Element

  • Creepy Creative Artist

  • Creepy Craftsmanship

  • Creepy Drawing & Illustration

  • Creepy Painting & Design

  • Creepy Sculpture Art

  • Creepy Comic Art

  • Creepy Masks and Prosthetics

  • Creepy Digital Art

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Music Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Music for:

  • Creepy New Theme

  • Creepy Composer/Band

  • Creepy Instrumentation

  • Creepy Sound Design Technique

  • Creepy Sound Effects

  • Creepy Vocal Effects

  • Creepy Chaotic Noise

  • Creepy Climax

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

ENTRY FEES:

  • Each project must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee listed on our FilmFreeway page. Entry fees are per film submission/contest category, and are non-refundable. Fees cover submission of your project to the contest category, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results.

  • Payment may be made by debit or credit card. You may checkout without having a PayPal account. All transactions are made through the FilmFreeway website.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

Creepy Tree Film Festival (CTFF) accepts entries via FilmFreeway. Follow the checklist below to be sure all your creepy criteria is covered:

  • Completed entry form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.

  • Also be sure that you have filled out your entry form thoroughly; making sure that all areas of your submission form has been filled out.

  • Be sure to upload all areas of the digital press kit. This includes your biography and profile picture, your film trailer and or behind the scenes video via link to YouTube or Vimeo, your project poster, and any production pictures you would like to add.

  • As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the project submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above) are payable ONLY by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) on the FilmFreeway website.

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