Calgary's 48 Hour Horror Movie Challenge!

Write, Shoot, and Edit your very own horror movie in 48 hours!

Have you ever wanted to make a horror movie? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your very own movie shown on the big screen? Or maybe you're looking to put your movie making skills to the test? Well, now is the time to do just that.

Get your cast and crew together because it's show time!

Take the Challenge!

See the show!

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Terror Challenge

How it works

On Friday October 12th, 2018 at 6:00pm MST, teams will gather to compete in the Terror Challenge! All teams (represented by at least 1 team member each) will be meeting at Vern's (622 8Ave SW, Calgary) for registration (if they have not already done so), attend a Q&A session, and participate in the Element Swap. Teams will also receive a sealed envelope with additional random elements to be used in their film. These elements can include but are not limited to: sub-genre, prop, line of dialogue, character, style, etc.

At exactly 7:00pm MST teams will be allowed to open their sealed envelope and this will mark the start of the Terror Challenge. Teams will have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit their 2-7 minute short horror movie that incorporates all of the elements (e.g. a color, a prop, etc.) that they have received. All movies must be submitted no later than 7:00pm MST on October 14th, 2018.

Then on Saturday October 20th, 2018 at 9:00pm MST, each team that completes the Terror Challenge will have their film shown to the public and judged by the Terror Challenge's panel of judges at the Globe Cinema (617 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary). Prizes will be awarded to the 1st Place, 2nd Place, and Audience's Choice winners.


• The Terror Challenge is limited to 20 teams
• This is an 18+ event. ID may be requested at the door.
• Teams must be able to receive their challenge envelope and be able to drop off their final film in person

Pre-Party + Showcase

Terror Challenge Pre-Party October 19, 2018 8pm

Our Terror Challenge Pre-Party will be at Vern's (622 8 Ave SW, Calgary) on Friday October 19th with 5 live music bands and a chance to win prizes (party starts at 8pm the day before
the Showcase).

Terror Challenge Showcase October 20, 2018 9pm

Join us on Saturday October 20th, 2018, at the Globe Cinema (617 8 Avenue SW, Calgary) where we will be premiering the wicked short horror movies that were created by local filmmakers at this year's Terror Challenge. Help us select which team should win the coveted Audience Choice Award and be a part of our awesome event as we celebrate, local talent, creativity, and horror. Oh, don't forget to enjoy some of the best popcorn in the city!

These are 18+ events. ID may be requested at the door.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for their great support, X92.9 Calgary's Alternative, Calgary Horror Con, Video Game Trader, Night Terrors Film Society, Globe Cinema,
and Treemansion!

Terror Challenge Rules


Registration can be completed here. Each team must submit a team name and can consist of as many people as are needed to complete the challenge. Prizes will be limited with a 5 person team in mind. This is an 18+ event. Contestants must be able to prove their age,
if requested.


Cost of registration is $45 (Early Bird) $55 (Reg.)

On the Friday, October 12th, 2018, teams or a team representatives will meet at Vern’s and must present proof of registration in the form of a ticket or email confirmation. Teams will then be given their challenge envelopes and sub-genre card for the Sub-Genre Swap.

Challenge envelops as well as a sub-genre card will be distributed upon team’s arrival and opened at 7:00pm MST, October 12th, 2018. Each envelope will contain two of the three film elements to be incorporated into the film, a set of challenge rules, contact information for challenge organizers, and any other information needed by the teams. Teams or a team representative must physically receive the envelope, and element card. The envelope will include the other two random elements that are to be incorporated into each film.

A note on registration: Due to time constraints, the challenge is limited to 20 teams.

Film Format:

-Opening Slate/ Credits: Films must open with a 5 second opening slate with team name, title of the film, the three elements incorporated. The slate must be clean with a white/black composition.
-Aspect Ratio: Final film will be presented in 16:9 aspect ratio. If the film has been shot in any other ratio, it will be letter-boxed to fit the screen.
Films must be high definition, and filmed at 1080p. If the film has been shot at a lower quality, it may result in less than ideal reception.Teams are responsible for providing their own equipment including: camera, costumes, props, sound and editing equipment. All elements of creativity must take place within the 48 hour period. This is including, but not limited to: writing the script, costume/set design, shooting, editing, graphics and visual effects, animation, sound and music design.Work that can occur outside of the 48 hour time limit includes: Organization of cast and crew, securing the equipment needed, scouting and securing locations.Running time: The film must fall between 2 minutes and 7 minutes including opening and closing credits and the slate. The film can be made up of live action, animation, or a mixture of the two. Films must include all three challenge elements to qualify for awards, and adhere to the Halloween/horror theme. Music used in the film must be used within rights and permissions. Royalty free music is allowed, music with permissions is allowed. Teams must be able to provide artist’s permission if it is requested.
Drop off and Late entries:

The final submission must be dropped off at the predetermined location by 7:00 pm Sunday, October 14th, 2018. Late entries (Received after 7:00 pm) will be screened but are not eligible for any judged awards. Late entries screened during the Showcase will be eligible for the Audience Choice award. In order for the late entry to be screened, the Terror Challenge organizers must be notified that the film will be late, and an alternative drop-off will need to be organized.

Film premier:

The entries will be presented in a previously assigned, but otherwise random order at the Globe Cinema on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:00pm MST.

Films will be judged, prior to the October 20th Showcase. The Audience Choice Award will be determined during the Showcase and all Prizes will be awarded at the event. This is an 18+ event. No minors will be allowed into the Showcase.


1st Place TBA

2ND Place TBA

Audience Choice Awared TBA