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15 second horror film challenge

The 15 Second Horror Film Challenge’s road to our Halloween showcase is underway, featuring more than 500 entries from filmmakers around the world. 

The wildly popular 15 Second Horror Film Challenge is now in its fourth year and bigger than ever. This nonprofit International filmmaking contest was founded in 2015 by prolific filmmaker Andrew Robinson as a way to celebrate the art of filmmaking. The highly inclusive competition provides a forum for professional filmmakers as well as those just starting out to share their work, get noticed, and celebrate the genre. It’s a way to honor the icons who have paved the way to the up-and-coming voices of tomorrow.

The premise is simple. Each filmmaker has fifteen seconds to try to scare a panel of celebrity judges. The greatest hits from each year’s competition are screened at conventions for audiences worldwide (including at the inaugural season of the Medusa Underground Film Festival).

This year’s submission process concluded on October 15th, and more than 500 filmmakers from around the world participated.

Beginning now through December, a prestigious panel of horror icons, filmmakers, and industry insiders will evaluate the entries to award the top films. In addition, a community panel will award films in a variety of categories. On Halloween, everyone’s entries are showcased online. The official rankings and winners will be published in December before Christmas.

This year’s 15 Second Horror Challenge featured celebrity judges are: 

  • Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell)
  • Alan Bagh (Birdemic 1 & 2)
  • Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
  • Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II)
  • Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria)
  • Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)
  • Bloodbath & Beyond (News/Reviews/Interviews)
  • Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2, Mulholland Drive)
  • Catherine Mary Stewart (Night of the Creeps)
  • Cindy Hinds (The Brood, The Dead Zone)
  • Count Gore de Vol (Horror Host)
  • Crypticon Seattle
  • David Howard Thornton (Terrifier)
  • Deborah Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning)
  • Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers)
  • Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)
  • FilmQuest
  • Geretta Geretta (Demons)
  • Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren)
  • HorrorHound
  • Jackey Raye Newyman Jones (Manos: The Hands of Fate)
  • Jason Lively (Night of the Creeps)
  • Jennilee Murray (Smash Cut)  
  • Jessica Cameron (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon)
  • Jill Gevargizian (42 Counts, The Stylist)
  • Joe Castro (Terror Toons, Night of the Demons III)
  • Kansas Bowling (The B.C. Butcher)
  • Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall)
  • Kevin Van Hentenryck (Basket Case, Brain Damage)
  • Kevin Martin (Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey)
  • Laura Ortiz (Victor Crowley, The Hills Have Eyes)
  • Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2 & 3)
  • Lloyd Kaufman (Troma)
  • Lotta Losten (Lights Out)
  • Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger)
  • Melanie Kinnaman (Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning)
  • Mick Strawn (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 art director)
  • Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser, Nightbreed)
  • Nightmare on Film Street (News/Podcast)
  • Reagan Dale Neis (Daywalt Horror)
  • Simon Bamford (Hellraiser, Nightbreed)
  • Spooky Astronauts (Reviews/Interviews)
  • Tiffany Shepis (Troma, Sharknado 2)
  • Tina Romero (Queens of the Dead)
  • Will Keenan (Terror Firmer, Tromeo & Juliet)

Make sure to visit the festival’s website or Facebook page on October 31st to check out all this year’s incredible entries.

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