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Sinister Nights SIN Film Festival and Rue Morgue announce the “Quarantine Short Film Competition”

Friday, March 20, 2020 | News

Filmmakers, trapped at home … Quarantined! What else is there to do but make a film? Sinister Nights SIN Film Festival and Rue Morgue challenge you to put your creative juices to work … just, don’t get them on anybody – you might be infected. We are looking for DIY, made at home, family in the cast, no budget, short films. Don’t go all over town on locations. The point is to be quarantined … to feel trapped, isolated, on your own.

Guest judges include Ken Foree, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Felissa Rose, Kevin Tenney, Adam MacDonald, Graham Humphreys, Debbie Rochon, Kane Hodder, Vincenzo Natali, Josh Malerman, Ellie Church, Gary Sherman, Michael Gingold, Michael Berryman and Linnea Quigley.
Deadline to submit is April 30.


  1. Genres: Horror, Thriller, Creature Feature, Paranormal, Supernatural, Dark Comedy, Dark Sci-Fi
  2. Live action, stop-motion, animated, CGI … all are welcome
  3. Your film must make reference to our current situation (directly, indirectly, figuratively, or metaphorically) … get creative!
  4. Your film must also make reference, in some way, to at least one of the 7 Deadly Sins (Greed, Envy, Pride, Sloth, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony)
  5. Your films must be no longer than 7 minutes (including credits)
  6. Films must be loaded to YouTube or Vimeo before April 30 (no privacy settings or passwords).
  7. Once your film is loaded, please go to and scroll down and click on the Quarantine link. Complete the form … and you are all set! You will receive a conformation email that your entry was received. (Check your spam folder)

The films will be screened by the SIN Film Festival Judging Panel. The best shorts will be posted on the Sinister Nights website. People can view and vote for their favorite (Audience Choice). There will be three award categories:

  1. Most Clever Reference to our Current Global Condition
  2. Best Overall Short
  3. Audience Choice

The winning film from each category will:

  1. Be included in the SIN Film Festival, as part of Sinister Nights, Halloween Weekend, Miami, Florida (USA). As such, these films will be included as competitive entries, eligible for the SIN Awards. Each winning film will also receive two weekend passes to Sinister Nights/SIN Film Festival.
  2. Be presented on RUE MORGUE TV.

Open to everyone! 


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