Yes, it's another Horror Film Festival
Actually, the Tabloid Witch Awards is primarily a contest. We seek to discover and promote new horror talent (directors, actors, composers, makeup artists, more!) through our annual competition. That's why it's the Tabloid Witch Awards, not the Tabloid Witch Film Festival. The screening is merely part of the prize -- along with a trophy!
Why enter THIS horror film contest and festival, when there are so many others out there?
1. We're a No Entry Fee event. So you needn't fear being scammed for your money.
2. We're located in Santa Monica, California. In Los Angeles County -- Entertainment Industry Capital of the World. Home to film stars, producers, directors, studio executives, and agents. No guarantees, but still, you never know who might wander in to one of our screenings.
Got a horror film?
Want to enter the Tabloid Witch Awards?
WHAT TO DO: If you have a finished horror film -- short or feature length -- send it to us. Between now and August 31, 2013, we'll review all submissions, selecting the best of the best.
WHAT YOU GET: Winners will be profiled in the Hollywood Investigator and on this website!
Selection of winners will be at the exclusive discretion of the Hollywood Investigator.
TROPHY: The 2005 and 2006 trophy was a lucite starburst. Since 2007 it's been a purple brass plaque (right), which will likely remain for 2013.
SCREENING: Our goal is to screen all winning films, but that's never guaranteed. This is a No Entry Fee contest, so the budget is limited. It's always possible that only some, or none, of the winning films will be screened.
However, in the past seven years, we've held ten screenings! In 2007 we had a Premiere Screening in October and an Encore Screening in November. There were also special "Best Of" screenings in 2008, in Salt Lake City, and in 2009 in Winnipeg, Canada.
Eleven screenings in eight years! A pretty good track record, no?
In 2012, the Tabloid Witch winners screened at Loscon 39, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy convention. That was the Tabloid Witch's fifth Loscon screening, having previously screened there in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. It might screen there again in 2013.
ENTRY FEE: There is NO entry fee! We're not looking to soak desperate artists -- only to discover new talent for a news story! That can change any time, so enter while it's free. If a fee is charged, entries already received will be "grandfathered" in.
FORMAT: DVD. We prefer NTSC but will accept PAL. Format will not affect judging. Winners may be required to submit a good quality NTSC DVD prior to any public screening.
LANGUAGE: Films must be in English, or English subtitled, or with minimal dialogue such that it may be understood by an English language audience.
GENRE: Horror, broadly defined. Evil space aliens, the supernatural, psychos -- or even comedic horror (Motel Hell, American Werewolf in London) are fine, provided a horror content remains.
DEADLINE: We must receive your entry by August 31, 2013.
ISN'T IT TOO EARLY TO ENTER? No! Some winning films were received nearly a year early. Others were received days before the deadline.
ISN'T IT TOO LATE TO ENTER? No! Films that are received after the deadline are considered for next year's contest.
WHERE TO SUBMIT: Please send DVDs to: Thomas M. Sipos, PO Box 1903, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1903. Films will not be returned. There is no submission form.
LATEST UPDATES: To hear the latest news and developments concerning this year's Tabloid Witch Awards, keeping checking our blog.