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H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon

Festival of fiction films.

About

Our purpose is simple: to promote the works of H.P. Lovecraft (as well as cosmic horror & weird tales) through cinematic adaptations by student, amateur and professional filmmakers. The fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, though still popular in print, has fared rather poorly when adapted to film by commercial filmmakers.

Awards

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - Portland, OR gives the following awards: 

  • Best Short Film 
  • Best Feature Film 
  • Audience Choice (voted on by festival attendees) 
  • Best Adaptation (must adapt a work of H.P. Lovecraft) 
  • Best Screenplay (for submitted screenplays)

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - San Pedro, CA gives the following awards: 

  • Judges' Award 
  • Audience Choice (voted on by festival attendees) 
  • Best Screenplay (for

Rules

Submissions should be one of the following:

  • Original works that showcase Lovecraftian ideas like the Cthulhu Mythos, Cosmic Horror, the Weird Tale, or the Uncanny.
  • Adaptations of Lovecraft stories: direct or indirect.
  • Adaptations of Lovecraft's literary circle OR his inspirations OR his spiritual descendants: Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Dunsany, Robert Bloch, Robert W. Chambers, Clark Ashton Smith, Arthur Machen, M.R. James, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, Clive Barker, etc.
  • FUNNY. Sometimes  «Lovecraftian» means funny (especially if the humor involves cultists, occult books, and tentacled monsters). Our audience loves a good chuckle poking fun at this most serious brand of horror.

Film submissions should be made available as streaming screeners through FilmFreeway. 

Festival has Rolling Deadline.

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Andrew Migliore (Founder)
  • Brian Callahan (Portland festival director)
  • Gwen Callahan (Portland festival director)
  • Aaron Vanek (San Pedro festival director)

Documents

Place

United States
Portland and Los Angeles

Official website

hplfilmfestival.com

Contacts

Address:

HPLFF c/o Sigh Co. Graphics
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #169
Portland, OR 97214
United States

Email:
submissions@hplff.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    November 24, 2017
  • Earlybird deadline
    December 10, 2018
  • The Thing on The Deadline
    December 31, 2018
  • The Lurking Deadline
    January 21, 2019
  • The Deadline of Erich Zann
    February 11, 2019
  • Memento Mori deadline
    March 15, 2019
  • The Deadline in The Witch House
    April 15, 2019
  • The Deadline of Randolph Carter
    May 13, 2019
  • Midsummer deadline
    June 03, 2019
  • The Deadline Out of Time
    July 08, 2019
  • At The Deadlines of Madness
    July 29, 2019
  • Notifications
    September 02, 2019
  • Event dates
    4 — 6 October 2019
Categories & Fees

Short film screenplays should have a projected runtime of less than 40 minutes, be formatted like a typical script, and provided in PDF format.

  • Earlybird deadline — $25
  • The Thing on The Deadline — $25
  • The Lurking Deadline — $25
  • The Deadline of Erich Zann — $25
  • Memento Mori deadline — $25
  • The Deadline in The Witch House — $30
  • The Deadline of Randolph Carter — $30
  • Midsummer deadline — $35
  • The Deadline Out of Time — $40
  • At The Deadlines of Madness — $50

Feature film screenplays should have a projected runtime of 40-120 minutes, be formatted like a typical script, and provided in PDF format.

  • Earlybird deadline — $40
  • The Thing on The Deadline — $40
  • The Lurking Deadline — $40
  • The Deadline of Erich Zann — $40
  • Memento Mori deadline — $45
  • The Deadline in The Witch House — $45
  • The Deadline of Randolph Carter — $50
  • Midsummer deadline — $50
  • The Deadline Out of Time — $60
  • At The Deadlines of Madness — $70

Feature Films should have a TOTAL RUNTIME (including credits) of at least 40 minutes, but no more than 120 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — $25
  • The Thing on The Deadline — $40
  • The Lurking Deadline — $40
  • The Deadline of Erich Zann — $40
  • Memento Mori deadline — $45
  • The Deadline in The Witch House — $45
  • The Deadline of Randolph Carter — $45
  • Midsummer deadline — $45
  • The Deadline Out of Time — $42
  • At The Deadlines of Madness — $50

Short-length Short Films should have a TOTAL RUNTIME (including credits) of less than 10 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — $25
  • The Thing on The Deadline — $25
  • The Lurking Deadline — $25
  • The Deadline of Erich Zann — $25
  • Memento Mori deadline — $30
  • The Deadline in The Witch House — $30
  • The Deadline of Randolph Carter — $30
  • Midsummer deadline — $30
  • The Deadline Out of Time — $30
  • At The Deadlines of Madness — $35

Longer-length Short films should have a TOTAL RUNTIME (including credits) of at least 10 minutes, but no more than 25 minutes.

  • Earlybird deadline — $25
  • The Thing on The Deadline — $30
  • The Lurking Deadline — $30
  • The Deadline of Erich Zann — $30
  • Memento Mori deadline — $35
  • The Deadline in The Witch House — $35
  • The Deadline of Randolph Carter — $35
  • Midsummer deadline — $35
  • The Deadline Out of Time — $35
  • At The Deadlines of Madness — $40
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