the skelly award

A short film competition that's all about scaring your audience

Whether you're a working professional or a young beginner, make a short (13 minutes or less) horror film and scare the pants off your competition.


You'll have enough time. This isn't a weekend production. Filmmaking begins in  August 2020 and ends in October 2020.


You'll have 2 months to write, produce and edit your scary film. That's time enough to create an award winning film (read video) that could start you on the way to becoming the next Tobe Hooper or Wes Craven.


Learn more about last year's films in our 2019 Press Release

(October 27, 2019, Cincinnati, Ohio)-

Headline: Winners Announced at the Frightfilm 2019 Competition Premiere and Awards.


The winners of the inaugural Frightfilm Competition have been announced at a ceremony hosted by Michael Flannery at the historic Woodward Theater, Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday October 27, 2019.

The awards ceremony held immediately following the premiere of all twelve films was attended by a sold out audience. In addition to awards in various outstanding film categories, best costume awards were presented to individuals attending the event.


“We couldn’t be more pleased by the judges selections. They had a very difficult job.” Said Frightfilm co-founder Bill Anderson. He went on to say, “I’m kinda glad it was them and not me”. Nineteen industry professionals served as judges in twelve different categories.


“In addition to presenting the Skelly award to the filmmakers in traditional categories, our audience got to serve as judges as well”. Jim Timmerman, co-founder went on to say, “It was great fun to have our audience also select their favorite films”. The Skelly statuette is the award presented by Frightfilm for outstanding achievement in horror short film-making.


Jeff Winkelman, co-founder summed up the event saying, “Everyone tonight should feel great about their Frightfilm picture. They created a thirteen minute horror film in less than two months. That takes a lot of dedication, attention to detail and creativity. Our filmmakers are true professionals.”


For more information about Frightfilm and how you can participate, visit www.frightfilmcompetition.com


The complete list of Frightfilm nominees and winners.

Make-up & Wardrobe 

Nominees:

Liza Haney & Nathan Mirshall, “The Wondrous, Somewhat Woeful, Life of Jean Jackobo” 

Rae’ven Cheyenne Reed, “The Water Within”

Elizabeth DeFelice, “Good Works”.

Winner: Elizabeth DeFelice, “Good Works”.


Sound Design

Nominees

Jack Miller, “The Water Within”

Jesse Merlin Williams, “Darkness Awakens”

Silas Sheperd & Raphael Boyce, “Precognition”

Winner: Jack Miller, “The Water Within”


Screenplay

Nominees

Christian Nicholson, “My Murderer, Me”

Jason Orr, “Good Works”

Darius Dudley, “The Wondrous, Somewhat Woeful, Life of Jean Jakabo”

Winner: Jason Orr, “Good Works”


Original Music

Nominees

Shawn Boosveld, “The Water Within”

Fyodor Novonty, “Good Works”

Midnite Syndicate, “The Hanging Joke”

Winner: Shawn Boosveld, “The Water Within”


Supporting Actor

Nominees

Jasmin Demane Walker, “Still Awake”

Bob Speed, “Still Awake”

Scott Fox, “Darkness Awakens”

Winner: Scott Fox, “Darkness Awakens”


Supporting Actress

Nominees

Calloway Denton, “The Water Within”

Angelia Green, “Good Works”

Journi Miles, “Still Awake”

Winner: Calloway Denton, “The Water Within”


Actor

Nominees

Chris Wagner, “Cradle to Hold Me”

Sean Anthony, “Soman”

Paul Morris, “My Murderer, Me”

Winner: Paul Morris, “My Murderer, Me”


Actress

Nominees

Trinity Hamm, “The Wondrous, Somewhat Woeful, Life of Jean Jakobo”

Brielle Fitzgerald, “The Water Within”

Stella Ryan, “Good Works”

Winner: Brielle Fitzgerald, “The Water Within”


Cinematography

Nominees

Adam S. Depew, “The Water Within”

Adam Kurtz, “Good Works”

Christian Appleby, “My Murderer, Me”

Jack Bolander, “The Wondrous, Somewhat Woeful Life of Jean Jakobo”

Winner: Adam S. Depew, “The Water Within”


Editing

Nominees

DJ Remark, “Good Works”

Jack Miller, “The Water Within”

Morgan Chamberlain, “The Wondrous, Somewhat Woeful, Life of Jean Jakobo”

Winner: DJ Remark, “Good Works”


Directing

Nominees

Christian Appleby, “My Murderer, Me”

DJ Remark, “Good Works”

Michaela Miller, “The Water Within”

Winner: Michaela Miller, “The Water Within”


Audience Favorite-Group A

Team B-Positive, “My Murderer, Me”

Audience Favorite-Group B

Focal Point Productions, “The Water Within”


Best Picture

Nominees

Focal Point Productions, “The Water Within”

Blood Scribe Creations, “Good Works”

B-Positive, “My Murderer, Me”

Winner: Focal Point Productions, “The Water Within”


Visit the Fright Film Facebook page to see pictures from our premiere night and awards ceremony.  https://www.facebook.com/FrightFilmCompetition/

We had a blast!

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About Us

Our Mission

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The Fright Film competition, LLC, is a time restricted film event that will recognize outstanding filmmakers in the horror/scary film genre.

Fright Film Competition Rules

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The goal of this competition is to make just one type of film, SCARY! 


All submitted films must fit in that genre. Mixed genres (Horror/scary, Horror/comedy, Scary SCI-FI, etc) will be accepted. Films that do not fit in the scary genre will be disqualified from all awards, but will be shown at the screening event.

Entry Fees

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Are you a scary/horror film fan? But watching is not enough. Do you have ideas for the scariest film ever? The 2020 competition dates will be announced soon.

entries open now

REGISTRATION FORM

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, United States

competition timeline

April 6th to June 1st, 2020

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BEGINS

All day

Event Details

April 6th to June 1st, 2020

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BEGINS

Starting April 6th pay the Early Bird discounted fee of $120 USD.  Payments in check or money order must be postmarked by June 1st  in order...

Event Details

All day

August 4th, 2020

Competition Kick-Off

7pm - 8pm

TBA

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August 4th, 2020

Competition Kick-Off

Turn  in your Team Leader Agreement and get the competition's required  elements for all scripts. Will also answer any questions and get you...

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7pm - 8pm

TBA

August 4th to October 4th, 2020

Production!!

7pm-

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August 4th to October 4th, 2020

Production!!

Two months to write, produce and edit your horror film.

7pm-

October 4th, 2020

Production Ends

- Midnight

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October 4th, 2020

Production Ends

All movie files and production paperwork files must be uploaded to your online server and a link must be sent to entry@frightfilmcompetition...

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- Midnight

October 25th, 2020

Screening and Awards

2pm - 7pm

TBD

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October 25th, 2020

Screening and Awards

Come  to the screening of all entered films. Dress up as your favorite horror  character. Cocktail hour, followed by screenings, raffle priz...

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2pm - 7pm

TBD