Friday, December 9, 2016

The 2nd Annual Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the prestigious Bram Stoker Award®, in conjunction with StokerCon2017, today announced the 2nd Annual Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition: A new celebration of succinct horrors selected from around the globe. Who will make it to the Final Frame?

StokerCon2017 will be held aboard The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, April 27-30. Selected films will be screened Friday, April 28th in the Queen's Salon from 8-10 pm. The grand prize winner will be announced at the film competition cocktail reception in the Royal Salon once the screening is complete.

The submission process begins now! Entries in the Final Frame Film Competition should be thirteen (13) minutes long or under. Films cannot be available to public online or otherwise. The Final Frame Award will be awarded to one film and filmmaker as decided by a panel of industry judges.

Judges include: Mike Flanagan (director, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the upcoming Gerald's Game), Rebekah McKendry (editor-in-chief, Blumhouse Productions), Daniel Knauf (creator of HBO's Carnivale and writer/producer of Blacklist), Lisa Morton (Author and President, Horror Writers Association), John Skipp (director, Tales of Halloween and pioneering horror author), Mike McCarty (formerly of KNB EFX Group, currently shop supervisor at Autonomous FX Inc.), Mike Miller (VP, Seraphim Films) + more to be announced.

Grand prize is $1000. Additional prizes to be announced soon.

To enter, submit your film at Film Freeway or the StokerCon website; entry fee is $25 (USD) until February 15th, 2017. The late entry fee is $35 from February 16th - March 15th. Finalists will be notified by March 31st.

Visit for tickets and to learn more about the convention.

About the Film Festival Director

Jonathan Lees: In addition to his professional career as a Video Director and Producer working with media institutions such as Complex, Viacom, Sundance Channel, AMC and more, Jonathan has been part of NYC's independent film scene since 1999. His passions lie in a side hustle as a Film Festival Director / Programmer working with the legendary New York Underground Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Tribeca Film Festival and the TromaDance Film Festival in Park City, UT and championing the works of filmmakers worldwide. Horror is where his heart rests and is proud to continue a focus on the darker side of film for the StokerCon audience.

About the Horror Writers Association

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field's greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. The HWA is home to the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® and the annual StokerCon horror convention.

For more on the Horror Writers Association, please visit

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