A West Norfolk film-making company is giving budding directors and horror lovers the opportunity to create a spooky short film that could win them up to £9,000 of prizes as well as several awards.
Coinciding with Halloween week, the team behind Bloody Cuts are setting their first film challenge to create a terrifying slice of fear in the form of a short horror film.
Entries that make the final cut could stand a chance of being seen by top industry professionals.
Ben Franklin, creator of Bloody Cuts, said: “We’ve had a lot of support from film-makers and fans of our series, from all over the world, and we love the thought of being able to give back.
“So for us, the best way of doing it was to produce a film competition, where we could reward other film-makers and inspire them to be creative in a similar way to us.
“It’s a similar way to how we got started, via a film competition, so its really coming back full circle for us.”
The production company first formed when a team of horror-lovers started work on creating an anthology of 13 short horror films.
These have now been played all over the world at festivals including Raindance, Texas Frightmare, LA Screamfest and Toronto After Dark, and have had over 750,000 views online.
Now the team are looking for budding filmmakers to join the team in bringing three minutes of terror to their audiences, using the theme of “Who’s There?” on a maximum budget of just £1,000.
Mr Franklin said: “Grab your script, hunt down that cast, pick up those cameras and create something terrifying.”
The team shot a three-minute film, called Dare, over at Stradsett Hall to launch the competition and the short can be viewed on the company website.
Mr Franklin added: “You can interpret “Who’s There?” however you see fit – use your imaginations and surprise us.
“We also want you to aim for scares so you should make these films as terrifying as possible.”
Films can be about ghosts, zombies, vampires, werewolves, serial killers, evil clowns, mad monks, insane cultists, found footage, horror-comedies or even a documentary.
Mr Franklin added: “Happy, sad, mad and terrifying.
“As long as it’s horror, it’s welcome here. Just make sure that it’s scary.”
All entries must be uploaded to YouTube by December 30 and entered through the website, go to www.bchorrorchallenge. com