Halloween Film Festival ready for some virtual ghoulishness

Digital Filmmaking set for another 48-hour short film challenge

10/20/2020 10:31:08 AM

STEPHENVILLE, NL – Think you have what it takes to put together a short horror film in 48 hours?
College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Digital Filmmaking program hopes the answer will be: Challenge accepted! Preparations are already underway for the fourth annual Halloween Film Festival challenge, where short films are crafted within a 48-hour period.
Anyone interested in some chills and thrills will need to register by Friday, October 23 at 5 p.m. For the registration form, or for more information on the rules and prizes available to be won, visit www.cna.nl.ca/halloween.
At 6 p.m., participants are asked to tune in online via the CNA Digital Filmmaking Facebook page where they will be given three clues that must be used in the final version of the film. These clues could range from dialogue to props and costumes to theme, so hocus focus your time to be sure you get it right!
All films must be submitted via YouTube by Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. with all challenge instructions located  on the website. The submissions will then be reviewed by a third-party panel comprised of CNA staff. The screening of the final cuts, as well as the announcement of winners, will be shown during the 48-Hour Halloween Film Festival Facebook live-stream on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
This year, there will be three prizes awarded for the categories of Best film, Best Performance, and Most Creative Use of Clues. To make the cauldron even sweeter, there will be some CNA swag available for some lucky participants.
“With no experience required, this challenge welcomes anybody who is interested in filmmaking and the process of filmmaking,” said Peter Buckle, an instructor of the program. “We know this year might be challenging given the pandemic and the need to abide by public health safety guidelines, but that isn’t a reason to prevent people from having fun with this. This has been such a successful event for our program in the past that we are excited to host this event again.”
Halloween is an opportunity to let loose, tell spooky stories and dress up and be someone (or something) else for a day, says Buckle.
“It really gets everyone in the spirit, and this film festival as a way for people to express themselves creatively,” added Buckle. “You don’t need to be a professional to enter. Use any equipment they have at their disposal to make their films. We want people to have fun with this.”
For more information about CNA’s Digital Filmmaking program, visit: www.cna.nl.ca.
Media Contact:
Michelle Barry
Communications Manager
College of the North Atlantic