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The Final Frame Film Competition is Now Open for Submissions!

FINAL FRAME Horror Short Film Competition to be judged by renowned film director, Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus, The Stand, Masters of Horror, Nightmare Cinema). Joining him as judges are: Oscar-winning producer Jennifer Handorf (Prevenge); screenwriter, novelist and comic-writer M.R. Carey (The Girl With All the Gifts); author Adam L.G. Nevill (The Ritual); writer and award-winning filmmaker Frazer Lee (On Edge, Panic Button, The Lamplighters); novelist and film critic Kim Newman (Anno Dracula); novelist and screenwriter Sarah Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes, Cross Her Heart); novelist and screenwriter Lisa Morton (Ghost Stories, The Sammanach and other Halloween Treats, Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween).

The Horror Writers Association announces the fifth annual short film competition held in conjunction with StokerCon UK at the Royal and Grand Hotel, Scarborough, on Friday, April 17th, 2020. Final Frame will celebrate the best in short horror films from around the globe and everyone is encouraged to enter the competition.

Selected films will be screened at the convention. A grand prize winner will be announced at the film competition’s cocktail reception once the screening is complete.

Submissions remain open until March 13th, 2020. All entries should be 13 minutes long or under. Films cannot already be available to the public online or otherwise. The Final Frame Award will be awarded to one film and one filmmaker as decided by a panel of industry judges.

Grand prize is $1,000 and additional prizes will be announced prior to the competition.

Earlybird entry fee is $15.00 (USD) until December 15th, 2019. After that date, the entry fee is $20.00 (USD) until February 15th, 2020. Late submission fees and student fees available. Finalists will be notified by March 16th, 2020.  To enter, please go to filmfreeway.com/FinalFrame and hit “Submit Now.”

Join Guests of Honour: award-winning writer/director MICK GARRIS (The Stand, Hocus Pocus, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Masters of Horror), multiple award-winning British author, critic and journalist KIM NEWMAN (Anno Dracula), Bram Stoker Award-winning American author GRADY HENDRIX (Paperbacks from Hell) and GILLIAN REDFEARN, Deputy Publishing Director at leading British genre imprint Gollancz—along with author and scriptwriter A.K. BENEDICT as Mistress of Ceremonies and Special Guest ROBERT LLOYD-PARRY of Nunkie Theatre in Scarborough, with many more names yet to be announced.

Amongst those already scheduled to attend and participate in the four-day event are North American horror writers Linda Addison, Colleen Anderson, Christopher Golden, Nancy Kilpatrick, John Edward Lawson, Rena Mason, Jennifer McMahon, James A. MooreThomas F. Monteleone, Lisa Morton, John Palisano, Marge Simon, Alexandra Sokoloff, Dacre Stoker, Tim Waggoner and F. Paul Wilson, UK authors Guy Adams, James Brogden, Ramsey Campbell, Mike (M.R.) Carey, Simon Clark, Adrian Cole, Barry Forshaw, Daniel Godfrey, Susi J. Holliday, Paul Kane, Peter LawsTim Lebbon, Des Lewis, Alison Littlewood, Adam Nevill, Reggie Oliver, Sarah Pinborough, Laura Purcell, Tina Rath, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Lisa Tuttle, Martyn Waites and Ian Whates, and such international writers as Alan Baxter, Robert Hood, Maura McHugh, Lee Murray, Angela Slatter, Christina Sng and Cat Sparks, along with anthology editors Peter Crowther, Ellen Datlow, Paul Finch, Stephen Jones, Marie O’Regan and Charles Prepolec, producer Jennifer Handorf, literary agents Meg Davis (Ki Literary Agency) and Ian Drury (Sheil Land Associates), and such publishing imprints as Alchemy Press (UK), Black Shuck Books (UK), Borderlands Books (USA), Flame Tree Press (US), Gollancz (UK), Haunted Books (UK), Hersham Horror Books (UK), Horrific Tales (UK), Jo Fletcher Books (UK), Newcon Press (UK), PS Publishing (UK), Raw Dog Screaming Press (USA), Sinister Horror Company (UK) and Swan River Press (Ireland).

As well as Panels, Interviews, Presentations, Readings, Workshops, Pitch Sessions, Dealers’ Room, and Book Signings and Launches, StokerCon UK will also feature Horror University, the Final Frame Short Film Competition, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, and the gala presentation of the prestigious Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards® at a sit-down Banquet on the Saturday evening.

StokerCon UK is being held over two main hotels in the historic seaside town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, over THURSDAY–SUNDAY, APRIL 16–19, 2020. Membership is open to everyone (with discounts for HWA members), and full details, including how to join, can be found at the convention’s website: stokercon-uk.com

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