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To provide a respectful, competitive, celebratory and affordable film fest event that is judged by a panel for independent filmmakers to enter their Strange-ifical, Weird-ifical, Horror-ifical, Sci-fi-tastical, Fantastical and Macabre-licious films to be viewed by the fans with the opportunity to win awards, increase film visibility via press and possibly obtain distribution. All this while maintaining manageable entry fees.
What's it all about?
TwitchTwitch Productions presents Long Island's only Macabre Faire Film Festival 2x a year with its main focus always being the "Official Selections" and its filmmakers/crew.
For starters the word "Macabre" is pronounced: Ma-Cob. The "re" is hardly ever heard. What does it mean?
Although it is an adjective meaning: disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury, we usually approach the Macabre Faire Film Festival with a lighter touch in the sense that, not all of the films screened have been a gore fest. Of course, there isn't anything wrong with adding some gore to a macabre film fest but, when we hear the word "Macabre" we remember those hauntingly fascinating films that starred legendary greats such as: Vincent Price & Peter Cushing. Or those fantastic Gothic horrors like those from "Hammer" films. These names in themselves represent what "macabre" means to us. What we are saying is that the word "Macabre" doesn't have to be about the hardcore gore, violence or scare but instead it could be about what you don't see or hear but, somehow manages to reach your fear's core. Let's also not forget those fantasy films or comedies with their horror twists. Truth be told that those exist too and yes, we welcome them. How can we not? Would you have turned down something like "The Evil Dead's: Army of Darkness" which is both a fantasy, a comedy and a horror wrapped into a tight burrito? Yeah, we wouldn't either. So folks, this is what many of the films selected for the Macabre Faire Film Festival have to offer. About the only thing we may have to say "No Thanks" to would be a romantic comedy/drama... unless, there's a monster or weird dark force that takes over then we may reconsider.
We have had judges and guests such as director Stevan Mena "Bereavement", Eileen Dietz "The Exorcist", Doug Jones "Hell Boy", Cleve Hall "Monster Man", Michael Gingold "Fangoria", Nick Nicholson "CNN Film Critic", Evan Ginzburg "The Wrestler" and others.
Trophies & Award Certificates will be presented.
Note: As Acquisitions Managers for the popular interactive live streaming: www.MonsterChannel.Tv all films submitted to the Macabre Faire Film Festival become eligible to be part of the channel's programming. All films will undergo review by the Monster Channel's additional management team for consideration. If a film is not chosen as an Official Selection for the Macabre Faire Film Festival this does not mean that the film may not be considered for programming on the Monster Channel. Forms from Fourth Castle that grants permission to showcase your film to Monster Channel's captured audience can be found with the Film Fest forms at: www.MacabreFaireFilmFest.com
Keep in mind, the Monster Channel is a bonus feature to submitting your film to the Macabre Faire Film Festival and completely optional. Programming shall begin streaming on the Monster Channel of the selected original films by the later part of 2013.
The Macabre Faire Film Festival currently takes place at the Best Western Mill River Manor Hotel in Rockville Centre, NY offering 3 screening rooms. This allows us to screen between 25-50 films per event (totals vary according to amount of days allocated for the event). It is presented by our umbrella company "TwitchTwitch Productions" which is family owned and operated. The brand "Macabre Faire" may be recognized by many because of it's affiliation with the "Macabre Faire" convention-like party events that take place through out the year occasionally for a weekend long gathering.
Our Macabre Faire events and Film Festival have a reputation for being a very friendly environment with a wonderful celebratory ambiance within an intimately sized space. Here's what Fox 5 News had to say about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oVRMl4BQwQ&feature=share
All Festival Submissions MUST have a screening link as several of our judges reside in other states. Submissions MUST also have a teaser/trailer link for promotional purposes once it is chosen as an Official Selection. DVDs are the only screening method at this time for showcasing the film at the Film Fest. Before submitting ANY links for judging ALL forms and fee(s) must be squared away in advance.
Step 1: Print All Forms
Step 2: Complete all applicable fields and sign the document to confirm that you are the sole owner(s) and originator(s) of the work.
Step 3: Place the completed form, your entry fee check and 2 (two) copies of your NTSC DVD entry with your name, telephone and email printed on the DVD in a single package for submission.
All accepted filmmakers will be required to supply a self addressed stamped envelope for their screeners and applicable insurance (if needed).
Step 4: Submit package.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or missing entries. We would like to remind you to send a COPY of your original work, not the original work itself. DVD's will not be returned unless a SASE is provided, however, we will contact you to let you know we received your film or screenplay and we will contact everyone if you have been chosen as an Official Selection or to be showcased on MonsterChannel.Tv only via email or FB message.
Please do not send submissions "signature required".
Send the package to:
27 – Vista Place
Osprey Pointe, NY 11951
Location: Mill River Manor Best Western Hotel, 173 – Sunrise Hwy, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
DEADLINE: April 5, 2013. Late DEADLINE: April 15, 2013
Super shorts/Music Videos (10 min/pages & under, including credits) Regular: $15.00, Late: $20.00
Regular shorts (11 min/pages-45min/pages, including credits) Regular: $20.00, Late: $25.00
Features (46 min/pages & up) Regular: $25.00, Late: $30.00
These fees may be paid by check, money order, or Travelers checks payable to:
Or you may pay with credit card via PayPal using Email Address: Deathlyyours@gmail.com
Please note: If you are paying with PayPal we must add $3.00 to your entry amount to cover PayPal fees.
Please have your submission postmarked by the deadline dates. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Festival screenings must be NTSC DVD format.
If your film becomes an Official Selection and you plan on attending the event you will be provided with up to 4 weekend passes at no charge for the event.
Hotel accommodations/transportation/meals/vendor table spaces are strictly the responsibility of the attending parties.
Once you have been notified about becoming an Official Selection we kindly ask that you provide a poster for your film(s) if possible or at least provide a Hi-res image of your poster so that we may print an 11x17 and a trailer link for promotional purposes.
Each submission should have its own entry form and corresponding
** Entries must be original, written and/or directed by the submitting filmmaker(s) or responsible party with ownership rights.
** All submissions will be kept at the film festival production office.
** All entries using copyrighted material (sound or picture) must obtain proper clearances and permission to use the material. Documentation showing this clearance and permission must be submitted with the
application. Examples of copyrighted material may include: popular music, stock footage and still photographs. It is the Filmmakers responsibility to obtain rights, clearances and permission. The Macabre Faire Film Fest assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.
** It is to the discretion of the Film Fest advisory board as to what films are deemed appropriate, eligible for entry, & shown in the Macabre Faire Film Fest. All films will be shown that are accepted however, they will be scheduled according to what the Film Fest advisory board deems fitting for the time of day and audience as there are children under 16 yrs of age that attend the Fest. All rules & guidelines are subject to change. Any change(s) made will be posted & made available to film makers at the earliest possible moment.
** The Macabre Faire Film Fest is Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre, Suspense-Thriller, Dark Drama, Horror Comedy, Twisted Tales and Fantasy themed Film Fest.
** Submission of an entry automatically authorizes unlimited exhibition and duplication rights for the entry to Macabre Faire Film Fest for the purpose of judging as it is a competitive event and publicity. Any media and the contents contained on the media becomes the property of Macabre Faire Film Fest. Entries will not be used in any way for commercial purposes. The intent is to allow the Festival to use your entry for promotional or educational purposes. By submitting and entry to the Macabre Faire Film Fest, each entrant expressly grants permission to use their name, likeness, hometown, etc...
** Entries will not be returned to entrants a fully paid SASE is provided.
** No entry will be considered unless the entire entry form is completed. If you are entering more than one project, you must submit a separate, completed entry form for each one.
** Each entry MUST be accompanied by the following:
a.) A 25-50 word synopsis of the film
b.) The filmmaker's biography
c.) Appropriate clearances or rights
d.) A basic list of the film credits
e.) Submit 2 copies of your work in DVD format or 1 DVD & 1 Blu-Ray
** Entrants shall indemnify, defend and hold the Festival, its agents and its representatives harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any breach of these representations, or arising out of any matter contained in the media or otherwise by the Festival's use of the media.
** Entries may be disqualified for the following reasons:
a.) Inappropriate material
b.) Incomplete application materials and documentation
c.) Submissions on unacceptable media
d.) Entries which are submitted past the deadline due date
** In case of questions, disputes or misunderstandings the decisions of the Directors of the Festival are final.
** Entry is void where prohibited by law. Entries must be submitted on DVD (video mode only). They must conform to the National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) specifications.
DO NOT SEND THE MASTER COPY OF
YOUR PRODUCTION. HOWEVER, DO SEND A HIGH QUALITY COPY.
DON’T FORGET: TO FILL OUT THE FOURTH CASTLE PERMISSION FORMS WITH YOUR MACABRE FAIRE FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION FORMS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POPULAR INTERACTIVE WWW.MONSTERCHANNEL.TV PROGRAMMING.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THOSE TARGETED AUDIENCE EYEBALLS