Winner Announced

Congratulations, Anthony Williams and Danny DelPurgatorio

Do you live to scream? Do you love to scare? If you’re a filmmaker with an appetite for fright, look no further: Project Greenlight Digital Studios and horror/ thriller streaming service Shudder bring you the REEL FEAR Horror Contest. Enter now for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see your $300,000 indie horror film come to life – with mentorship from iconic horror film director Clive Barker.

Contest Details

Submissions Open 10:00AM PST
Feb 13, 2017
Submissions Open
The Reel Fear Horror Contest is officially open for entries. Submit your original video pitch by clicking the “Submit” button above. See the FAQ if you have questions.
Submissions Closed 11:59AM PST
Mar 17, 2017
Submissions Closed
All entries for the Reel Fear Horror Contest must be received by 11:59 AM PST March 17, 2017. No entries will be accepted after that time.
Public Voting Open 10:00AM PST
Apr 18, 2017
Public Voting Begins
The Top 10 Semi-Finalists will be posted at this time and public voting will be opened. Anyone with a Facebook account is welcome to vote, including contest entrants. You may vote on multiple submissions.
Public Voting Closed 11:59AM PST
Apr 25, 2017
Public Voting Ends
Public voting closes at this time and votes will no longer be accepted.
Top 5 Announced 11:59AM PST
May 08, 2017
Top 5 Announced
The Top 5 Finalists will be posted at this time for viewing and filmmakers will be notified. The Top 5 Finalists will be reviewed by an industry judging panel to determine a winner.
Final Scenes Due 11:59AM PST
Jul 07, 2017
Final Scenes Due
The final scenes from the Top 5 Finalists are due on this date.
Final Scenes Displayed 10:00AM PST
Jul 11, 2017
Winner Announced
The final scenes from the Top 5 Finalists are displayed on
Winner Announced 12:45PM PST
Aug 02, 2017
Winner Announced
The winning scene will be posted at this time and will also be announced on YouTube and in social media.

Phase 1: Pitch Submission

Submissions for the Reel Fear Horror Contest open February 13, 2017 at 10am PT on, and close on March 17, 2017 at 11:59am PT. See the below guidelines for tips on submitting the best pitch possible:

  • Introduce yourself. Tell us about your background in filmmaking. Why do you want to make an indie horror film?
  • Present a clear and concise plot summary in your pitch video. Is the story you want to tell original? Are the characters interesting? Most importantly, why should your idea be chosen?
  • Show us some creativity! Talking heads are great, but don’t be afraid to include clips of your past work -- or shoot something new just for the pitch. We tend to receive a lot of talking heads in front of webcams, so submit something that stands out to improve your chances of moving forward to the finalist round. Production quality also matters to us, so make sure your sound and lighting design are as professional as possible.
  • Please do not submit a fully finished short or pilot as your entry. We want to see you pitch your project!
  • Your pitch (and pitch video) must be original and of your own creation. It should be longer than 1 minute and less than 3 minutes.
  • The pitch video should be in MP4 format. The aspect ratio must be 1920x1080, and no larger than 1GB.

Already have an outline, treatment, storyboards, script, or a director reel? Be sure to link to these supplemental materials in the submission form.

On April 11, the Top 10 semi-finalists will be notified and asked to submit a 3-5 page treatment of their film concept by April 25 at 11:59am PT (close of voting).

Phase 2: Fan Voting

Beginning on April 18 at 10am PT, fans can vote for their favorite pitch video among 10 semi-finalists on

Voting ends on April 25 at 11:59am PT. The semi-finalist who has acquired the most votes by this deadline will automatically move into the Top 5 finalist round, winning an automatic spot to attend Shudder Labs in June.

Phase 3: Top 10 Semi-Finalist Interviews

From April 26 to May 5, judges from Adaptive Studios and Shudder will interview all Top 10 semi-finalists via 30-minute Skype/conference call. Semi-finalists will be asked to talk about their qualifications/backgrounds, their film’s story/characters/plot, and present their creative vision for the film in a clear, concise, and entertaining manner.

Phase 4: Pre-Written Scene and Shudder Labs

On May 8 at 11:59am PT, The Top 5 finalists (including the winner of the fan vote) will be announced on Finalists will be contacted to arrange travel and accommodations for Shudder Labs (June 11-15), where they will work on creative concepts for a pre-written horror scene.

Beginning on June 16, finalists will be extended $2,000 in funding to produce and direct a pre-written scene as a proof of concept. Scenes are due by 11:59am PT on July 7 to

Phase 5: Top 5 Finalist Interviews and Winner Selection

From July 11 to July 18, Adaptive Studios and Shudder will conduct full panel interviews with each of the Top 5 finalists regarding their scene. The winner will be announced on August 1.

For more details, make sure to check out the rules page. Good luck!

One filmmaker or filmmaking team receives a $300,000 budget to see their feature film idea come to life, and mentorship from Executive Producer Clive Barker.

Five finalists will receive fellowships to Shudder Labs. Taking place on June 11-15, 2017, Shudder Labs is a workshop retreat, dedicated to building the skill set and talent of emerging genre filmmakers. Shudder Labs aims to marry our belief that horror can be the most thrilling, sharpest and subversive of genres—through our dedication to supporting the developing voices crafting it. In its second edition, Shudder Labs has partnered with Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Clive Barker on the Reel Fear Horror Contest. Finalists of Reel Fear will be invited to Shudder Labs, where they will come together with established masters and special guests at the scenic, secluded Mohonk Mountain House in Hudson Valley, New York. There, master classes, field trips and an intimate, encouraging creative atmosphere will bolster some of the most thrilling work you’ll see in the future. For more information, visit the Shudder Labs website.

1. How do I enter the contest?

Record and upload a video pitch for your film. The pitch must be at least 1 minute long and no longer than 3 minutes, and must clearly state your film concept and why your project deserves to win. Click here for a complete list of the creative requirements. If you have additional materials (website, links to previous work, outline, reel), you can link to them in the entry form.

2. Can I enter if I’m not a U.S. resident?

Not currently. While we hope to extend Project Greenlight Digital Studios competitions to other countries in the near future, right now, you must be a U.S. resident (and 18+ years of age) to enter. For complete contest rules, click here.

3. Do I need Facebook to submit an entry to the contest?

Yes, at this time you will need a Facebook account to register with our site and enter the contest. As we continue to build our platform, we hope to expand to other options in the future.

4. I am getting an error when trying to log in via Facebook.

If you are using Safari, please try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox. Please note that cookies MUST be enabled on your browser. If you continue to receive the error, enable the cookie setting and try again.

If that still does not work, please contact

5. How long does my submission have to be?

At least 1 minute long but no longer than 3 minutes.

6. What sort of file formats can I upload?

Only MP4 files are accepted in our system. The aspect ratio must be 1920x1080, and no larger than 1GB.

7. Can I upload other supporting materials?

You can upload a custom thumbnail for your submission pitch video, and include a link to a website with supporting materials, including storyboards, graphics, PDFs, and bio information.

8. Can I submit via smartphone?

While your smartphone’s browser may support mobile submission, we recommend submitting via desktop for best results.

9. What happened to my entry?

If you saw a confirmation screen on after you uploaded your entry, don’t worry – it’s been submitted. If you did not, or have another question, please email us at

10. How will I know if I made it to the Top 10 Finalists?

We will notify all top finalists via email on April 11, 2017.

11. Who can vote in the contest?

Voting is open to anyone with a Facebook account, including filmmakers who enter the contest.

12. How will I know if I made it to the Top 5?

We will notify the Top 5 finalists via email on April 27, 2017.

13. What is Shudder Labs?

Shudder Labs is a week-long workshop retreat, dedicated to building the skill set and talents of exciting, emerging horror filmmakers. Please see the official website for more information:

14. How will the winner be announced?

The winner will be contacted directly by the Project Greenlight Digital Studios team on or about July 20, 2017. He or she will be publicly announced via on August 1, 2017.

15. What does the winner receive?

One director or directing team will receive $300,000 to develop his/her own film, with help from Executive Producer Clive Barker, and additional mentorship from Adaptive Studios and Shudder. (Five finalists will also receive a fellowship to Shudder Labs in June.)

16. Can my team really only have 2 members?

Only two people can submit as official team members. However, we understand that more creative team members might be necessary to complete your project; if you would like, you may note additional attachments/crew members in the "Additional Details" section of your entry.

17. Can U.S. citizens living in other countries apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission at this time. As we expand our platform, we hope to be able to interface with international submissions.

18. When does production start? If I can't start immediately, would I be disqualified from the final round?

We will work with our winner or winners to produce the winning submission following a method and timeline that is most convenient for all parties.

19. Can I use a crowdsourcing platform to add more money to my budget?

At this time we are not planning to utilize crowdsourcing to augment our production budget. The winning submission should be capable of being produced for $300,000.

20. Can I submit multiple times?

Only one submission per user is allowed.

21. By entering the contest, does Project Greenlight Digital Studios automatically own my idea?

The short answer is no, but please see our contest rules and above FAQs for more complete guidance -- we've made a conscious effort to address all legal questions as simply as possible in those documents.

View the full contest rules here.

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