Title: Play Time
Written / Directed by: Ryan Thompson
OVER $9500 in prizes (Full details here)
Written / Directed by: Peter Czikrai
OVER $1600 in prizes (Full details here)
Written / Directed by: Adam-Gabriel Belley-Côté and Francis Fortin
OVER $600 in prizes (Full details here)
Chosen from over 280 entries, these awards represent the individual achievements of filmmakers, as voted for by our individual judges chosen specifically for each category.
Please note: these awards were chosen by the awards judges, without them knowing the result of the ‘Top 6’ shorts or the other awards.
Prize: The generous folks over at ShootingPeople.org are giving away a 1 year membership to their invaluable network for independent filmmakers as a prize to the winner of this award (UK only).
Prize: The generous folks over at ShootingPeople.org are giving away a 1 year membership to their invaluable network for independent filmmakers as a prize to the winner of this award (UK only).
PRIZE: 1 year subscription to Celtx Edge
PRIZE: a copy of Final Cut Pro X Video Training from Ripple Training
Jennifer Dionne, Rémy Couture & Sébastien Montpetit
PRIZE: As an extra special prize, Rampant Design Tools have given us a copy of their “MonsterFX Undead” visual effects creature kit, to go to the winner of this award
PRIZE: Flanders Scientific are going to award the winner of this award with a magnificent CM171 17” Professional Grading Monitor.
PRIZE: an amazing bundle of Horror SFX packs from the fantastic sound library at SamplerBanks.com
Prize: 1 year subscription to Celtx Edge
Congratulations to the winners and to ALL the filmmakers who created so many amazing short films. The judges – all of them – were blown away by the range, quality, depth, talent and originality on display.
Following this Blog post, over the next couple of weeks our judges will be revealing why they chose the winners of each award, chatting about the ‘runners up’ and honourable mentions, alongside defining what makes a good ‘script’ or ‘edit’ etc…, giving an insight into the award judging process.
The winners will be contacted within the next week regarding delivery of prizes etc… but feel free to contact us if you’re one of the prize winners and let us know delivery addresses etc…
Once again, a MASSIVE thank you to every single person who entered a short film into the Bloody Cuts Film Challenge 2013. You are the future of Horror.
We hope you’ve been as inspired as we have.
The time is almost upon us. The votes are in. The ballots have been counted. The awards have been chosen. It is almost time to reveal… the winner.
The competition that began 4 months ago is finally coming to a close. Which of the Top 6 films will snatch that coveted top spot, alongside the huge stack of prizes (over $9500!!)?
The Top 6 have been watched by Joe Dante, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Drew Daywalt, Gale Anne Hurd, Soska Sisters, Sam McCurdy, Ryan Connolly, Neill Gorton and Scott Beggs.
Watched. Judged. Voted for.
The awards categories have been damn tough to judge too. The awards judges have watched ALL the short films, trying to find that very-best actor, cinematographer, director, editor, effects person, grader, sound designer and writer…
Not an easy task, considering the huge wealth of talent, genius and quality on display.
But these have also been chosen… and will be revealed VERY SOON.
There it is. The Top 6.
These awesome pieces of work will now be judged by our panel of industry experts; Joe Dante, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Drew Daywalt, Gale Anne Hurd, Soska Sisters, Sam McCurdy, Ryan Connolly, Neill Gorton and Scott Beggs.
Then the First, Second and Third place shorts will be revealed on FEBRUARY 23RD 2014 at 6pm, GMT.
It’s going to be a long month for some people…
Those who didn’t make the Top 6, don’t despair! We also have individual AWARDS that can be won by ANY of the shorts entered (not just the Top 50), which focus on:
These will be judged by members of the Bloody Cuts team, alongside other industry experts from these fields. Not only do these awards represent a solid piece of prestige for the filmmakers, they also come with individual prizes…which is nice.
Check out the Awards details in full on the competition website – http://www.bchorrorchallenge.com/
Once again, we need to thank everyone that entered the Who’s There Horror Film Challenge. We watched your shorts, reviewed them, ‘judged’ them and re-watched them.
The toughest thing we’ve ever done, and we’ve done some very tough things…
We hope you agree with our Top 6 and understand why we’ve chosen them, but if not please send over your Top 6’s to our Twitter and Facebook pages – we’d love to see what you all think!
So, for 6 filmmakers the long wait begins again.
Until then, keep on making awesome films.
A number of Who’s There Challenge filmmakers have contacted us recently, rightfully questioning one of the most-flouted Term & Conditions, which is the following:
“18. All submissions must have the 5 second TITLE CARD at the beginning of the short. This is downloadable from the competition website. This Title Card cannot be altered, tampered with or displayed with any sound; doing so would lead to immediate disqualification.”
It is the “displayed with any sound” section that has caused some confusion and frustration.
A number of entries were submitted with sound under the Title Card, but we realized this confusion was undoubtedly caused by our example film “Dare”, which also features sound under the Title Card.
This was an error on our part, and we apologise for the confusion.
It was only after we received all entries that we noticed this rule wasn’t 100% adhered to on some occasions, so there was little we could do about correcting or amending the Terms & Conditions (posthumously, so to speak…) and certainly didn’t want to automatically disqualify a number of entries because of this.
However, we can confirm that having sound under the Title Card has not negatively or positively impacted our overall judging decisions in ANY WAY.
All entries with or without sound under the Title Card shall be considered for the Final 6, but rest assured that the additional five seconds of additional sound (I’m sure you’ll agree) hasn’t vastly improved or ruined any entries chances in any way.
We hope this clears up any issues / questions / queries etc… in regards to this, and apologies for creating any confusion over the rules.
…onto the Final 6.
The Final 6 shorts will be revealed on Sunday 27th January at 6pm GMT!
The films have been watched. The votes have been discussed. The films have been re-watched. The judges argued. Table-slapped. Yelled. Had a fight.
There was crying. Hair-pulling. Cup bending. Exasperated fist-shaking. Anthony bit someone’s nose. Ben disowned his brother. Jonny didn’t care. Dave lost his fake hand somewhere in the melee.
This was – in all seriousness – the toughest decision we’ve had to make, in our lives. Ever.
The selection of talent out there was outstanding. The films, fantastic.
We judged the shorts on a HUGE amount of factors, from writing, directing, cinematography to grading, acting, SFX and theme.
But the Top 50 has been decided. And it cannot be un-decided.
Over 280 entries whittled down to 50. That’s over 230 groups of filmmakers – hardworking, talented people – that we’re leaving disappointed and saddened (and maybe a little angry?).
Rest assured, your work was watched and considered and appreciated. The hard work is there on the screen, on all the entries.
We wish everyone could win, but then that’d be a pretty lame competition…
999 – Submitted by: Stephem Oxborrow
A… – Submitted by: Peter Czikrai
Abominio – Submitted by: Lorenzo Fassina
Archive 361 – Submitted by: Desislav Angelov
Behind Closed Doors – Submitted by: Stanislava Beuvich
Behind The Door – Submitted by: Baylea Hart
Book vs an Antiquarian – Submitted by: Stanislava Beuvich
The Burner – Submitted by: Colin Watts
Chestwyrm – Submitted by: Gary Rogers
Cut – Submitted by: Peter Lemper
D.S. – Submitted by: Federico Sfascia
Departure – Submitted by: John Lipartito
Devil Woods – Submitted by: Yvette Solis
Dispossessed – Submitted by: Andrew Hoffman
The Divide – Submitted by: Imanuel Thallinger
Don’t Look At Me – Submitted by: Ash Beheshti
Emerentia – Submitted by: Shams Abou El Enein
Fear, INC – Submitted by: Vincent Masciale
Free – Submitted by: Derek King
Frostbite – Submitted by: Josh Thays
GhostFace – Submitted by: Luka Belle
Harvest – Submitted by: Craig-James Craig-James
Headshot – Submitted by: Ryan Wolfe
Hypnosis – Submitted by: Wyatt Irmen
Invectum – Submitted by: Adam-Gabriel Belley
Juice – Submitted by: Midian Crosby
Lights Out – Submitted by: David Sandberg
The Lost Ones – Submitted by: Marko Grujic
Love Me Again! – Submitted by: Abdullah Jassin Kadiri
Malware – Submitted by: Sachan Nathan
The Monster – Submitted by: Sebastian Khayat
Open House – Submitted by: Richard Northwood
Play Dead with Me – Submitted by: Chaz Schoenbeck
Play Time – Submitted by: Ryan Thompson
Possessed Forklift of Death – Submitted by: Levi Caleb Smith
Post It – Submitted by: Alistair Quak
Pripyat – Submitted by: Chris Lodge
The Psychopath – Submitted by: Chris Stone
Rainy Nights – Submitted by: Richard Greenwood Jr
Rat, The – Submitted by: Andreas Wißkirchen
Roshambo – Submitted by: Dean Q. Mitchell
Samaritan – Submitted by: Brian Lillie
Shackled – Submitted by: Stephen Wise
Sins of the Father – Submitted by: Adam Milicevic
Slasher – Submitted by: Basil Beyah
Stranger – Submitted by: Geoff Stebbins
Suckin Face – Submitted by: Jesse James Hennessy
Who’s There? – Submitted by: Gene Blalock
Who’s There? – Submitted by: Steven Bray
The Workshop– Submitted by: Asim Chitrakar
6 of those Top 50 films above will be chosen as the TOP 6 finalists and will be judged by our panel of industry experts; Joe Dante, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Drew Daywalt, Gale Anne Hurd, Soska Sisters, Sam McCurdy, Ryan Connolly, Neill Gorton and Scott Beggs.
The TOP 6 will be revealed at 6pm GMT on Sunday 26th January 2014.
Before anyone asks – to pre-empt this! – we cannot give individual feedback on shorts that did not (and did) make the Top 50. Due to the volume of entries and the busy behind-the-scenes process we’re currently going through, we simply won’t have the time to give decent and detailed feedback.
Thank you – once again – to everyone involved and THANK YOU for entering the Who’s There Horror Film Challenge 2013. It has been – genuinely – emotional.
The consideration was simple. We had to watch all the shorts in order to choose the Top 6. All the shorts. All the way through.
Rather than watching the 280+ shorts individually across a number of days, we decided to convene at Bloody Cuts Towers to watch them as a group, as a whole, in one epic day of horror awesomeness.
At 11am we plonked ourselves down in the Bloody Cuts Cinema in Norfolk. Ready. Unsure how mentally capable we all were at handling this kind of experience,…
Those present for voting duties were: Anthony Melton, Ben Franklin, Jonny Franklin and David Scullion (me!). We also had Roy Franklin and Jessica Taylor joining us, so we had a full range of opinions – old, young, sane, mad, open-minded, cynical, jaded, optimistic, male and female. You can decide who represents what yourselves…
This also ensured the range of opinion from all different filmmaking perspectives: producing, directing, writing, cinematography, sound design, lighting, SFX and production design. All bases covered.
During the screenings there were a number of open discussions regarding some of the shorts, often about scares, themes, grading-fails, acting and consumer units. Consumer what? Look it up. We all learned a few interesting facts about buildings yesterday (thanks Roy!).
The range of work on offer was astounding, from witches, demons, zombies, ghosts, vampires, serial killers and chestwyrms all the way to evil books, ear-shattering soundscapes, blood-splurging taps, creepy messages from beyond, two charming giant-puppet-monsters and a possessed forklift truck (seriously).
There was the occasional film that might actually be a snuff film shot by a serial killer and one or two that broke our brains through the complex metaphysical and allegorical contextualisation of their imagery and sound, yet none of the shorts screamed “no effort applied”.
Everything had time taken behind it. Passion. Thought. Maybe a little lunacy…
…and we loved it. Knowing what it takes to make even the most barely-competent horror short (!) we are utterly honoured to have to many filmmakers enter this competition with such inventive work.
But there can be only one winner. Only six finalists can be judged by our panel of industry experts. 6 out of 280+ entrants. Not an easy task.
As a super-special treat, we are going to announce our TOP 50 shorts as decided through our voting process. This will be announced next Saturday at 6pm GMT.
Having sat down after watching ALL the shorts, we totted-up our scores and collated the findings. We argued about semantics, scares, themes, copyright infringement and consumer units.
Finally, after an hour of late-night debating, we came up with a short list. This will need rectifying. Tweaking. Re-watching. More arguments. Possibly some death threats.
But next week all will be revealed.
Well, the Top 50 will…
You’ll have to wait until January 26th for the Top 6 finalists to be revealed!
Today the survivors of the ‘Who’s There Film Marathon’ have all stumbled back to their respective dungeons, swamps, cells, castles and hovels, exhausted and awed by the talent, effort and ingenuity of filmmakers all over the world. Some of the images, stories and scares are still bouncing around our brains like creepy, evil pinballs. Probably will be for some time.
Congratulations to all that entered. We watched your shorts. And some of you are clearly insane.
Please pop on by the the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge website and check out the amazing prizes, super talented judges and superbly generous sponsors. STAT.
That is our reaction to the filmmakers who responded to our Who’s There Film Challenge 2013.
We had expected a decent response considering the talent we knew was out there, but this has gone above and beyond our expectations.
“Don’t Move” writer David Scullion (yeah, me) had estimated /bet that we would receive 124 entries overall… so when we passed 250 he ate his words, with a side order of amazement pie.
Bloody Cuts’ producers Ben and Anthony said “This pleases us”.
Yes, they said that statement in unison, like some kind of creepy demonic twins. They were also holding burned dolls and occasionally wept crimson tears. Call a doctor immediately.
They also said things individually, so check out their thoughts here…
“We really hoped for a strong reaction to the competition, but I don’t think we predicted quite that many entries, and to such a high standard too. It was thrilling to see so many landing in our inbox on that final day, and we couldn’t be more excited to take them to the judging stage. Overall it’s been fantastic to inspire others into making great horror, and with such a huge response it’s actually had the positive effect of making us want to get out there and make even more quality short films ourselves!”
“We’ve always encouraged folks to just get out there and do it, not to be afraid of criticism and to embrace the awesomeness that is filmmaking and 280 plus teams have all done exactly that. The response to the competition has been phenomenal, Ben, Jonny and I were absolutely blown away by the quality of films submitted to the competition and hugely excited to see the truly international reach of our humble little horror challenge. Each and every filmmaker involved here should be HUGELY proud of what they’ve achieved, not only in the production of their films but of the camaraderie and support shared in the online community surrounding the competition. The insanely high volume of fantastic, varied and well executed horror shorts is going to make the selection process over the coming weeks really hard… But we’re all really excited to dive in to 13 (YES 13) hours of horror goodness.”
What surprised team Bloody Cuts the most was the demographics involved in the entries. Who doesn’t love demographics?! It’s like “demon-graphics”, except less about paintings of Satan and more about the study of quantifiable population statistics. Thrills!
The final count knocked us sideways, but it was the sheer scope of entries that sent us into a Lovecraftian madness. We received entries from all across the globe. Like where?!
Be prepared for a list. You ready? Here goes:
The United States of America
We may’ve missed off a couple of places, so apologies for anyone in Wessex or Atlantis is you’re location isn’t mentioned above. We have a lot of documentation to look through…
Looking back, we have received over 100 entries from America, with California smashing out about 25% of those, which is no surprise considering it’s apparently the modern home of film. Britain also delivered a good 50+ entries, sent in from all over the United Kingdom, from Cornwall to Dundee, from Pye Bridge to Newcastle.
To those filmmakers involved in creating your shorts, we thank you for the time, dedication, passion and work put into making these films. Judging this will be the toughest thing we’ll ever have to do.
Team Bloody Cuts is planning to do a massive one-day session on January 11th, with an aim of watching all 13 hours of content and picking the top 50 or so…
…and then having to whittle these down to 6. Not an enviable task.
We will keep you updated on our progress as always.
The final six will be revealed on January 26th 2014. If you worship something, begin praying / sacrificing / howling into a bucket NOW.
Don’t Move will continue to terrorize 2014 at the 7th British Shorts Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Huge thanks to the good folks at “British Shorts” for the selection, we really value the support and exposure.
Here’s to hoping ‘Don’t Move: Ep8 of Bloody Cuts’ tears the roof off, and maybe something else n’all…
If your in the area around (17th-20th January 2014), then check out the schedule here to feast on the cinematic treats on show.
Poster Art by Marc Schoenbach of Sadist Art
That is the sound of the portcullis slamming closed at Bloody Cuts Towers.
The Who’s There Challenge 2013 competition is closed.
No matter how many goats you sacrifice or how much cake you send us, we cannot accept any more entries.
It is over.
How was it? From our point of view it’s been absolutely bloody fantastic and awe-inspiring.
We knew there was talent, invention, skill and imagination out there, but this competition has taught us that the world is FULL of amazing filmmakers waiting to be found. Hopefully our little challenge can help them be discovered by the world.
Now the hard part – for us, anyway! – begins as the Bloody Cuts Team have to watch every single entry multiple times and decide (somehow) which 6 are the best!
This will be an impossibly tough task considering the quality on display. There will be debates, arguments, discussions and probably some knife-fights.
Due to the fantastic volume of submissions, we’ve had to split the entries into two alphabetical groups:
See what we mean? It’s going to be a very hard competition to judge.
It has arrived.
The monster under your bed. The serial killer in your closet. The banshee on your windowsill. The horde of zombies in your shopping mall. The cockroach under your skin. The ghost in your toilet. That demonically-possessed motorbike that keeps following you everywhere and has now somehow got into your kitchen while you’re making a blueberry pie, which is really annoying because you’ve got guests and the motorbike is creating a lot of mess and noise and is basically really bloody embarrassing. Stupid motorbike.
It is HERE.
Deadline day has arrived with a resounding SCREAM.
The entries have been spilling forth like a tidal wave of crimson gore exploding from a hotel elevator, all over the face of a lunatic writer.
Death, violence, blood, ghosts, monsters, chills, horrors and evil beyond your wildest imaginings. They keep on coming. More and more and more like an unstoppable plague of killer bumblebees, stinging our souls with horror and terror and madness.
Over 100 entries and counting
Only a few hours to go. Filmmakers are still sending in entries. That 11pm guillotine will soon be dropped, decapitating any late entries and sealing off the entry-vault for good.