Make a no budget horror short film for our DIY Challenge #1

16 – 25 year old? Interested in breaking into film? Then join our first DIY film challenge, part of the new  BFI Film Academy programme of activities designed to give you the tools and knowledge to follow your passion for all things film related.

Be afraid, be very afraid…..In the run up to Halloween we want you to make shorts that scare the hell out of us! Or make us see horror in a different light. We want to see what you can do with very little, so shoot it on your phone. Production value is not as important as bold, original ideas that standout from the crowd. Keep it simple but smart, have fun playing with horror subgenres like comedy, folk, found footage, Gothic or make up your own horror genre!

Entries will be reviewed by BFI Network and a guest horror director. The strongest entries will get a one to one with Film4 and BFI Network execs, be showcased at a special screening at HOME in Manchester and be featured online.  The filmmaker(s) with the winning entry will receive a £200 bursary towards industry mentoring or development of their next film.

The winner will be announced at our online Meet up on Sat 30 Oct, where you will hear feedback on some of the films and get some top tips from our industry pals. We’ll also reveal what the next DIY film making challenge will be!

Criteria at a glance:

  • Horror short
  • Under 3 minute duration
  • Shot on your phone
  • Made by filmmakers 16 to 25 year old
  • Made by filmmaker living in the North of England

Enter your film

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Led in partnership by HOME, Manchester and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield working with a wide-ranging group of exhibitors and filmmakers throughout the region.

This activity is part of the UK-wide BFI Film Academy programme and is supported using funds from the National Lottery #NationalLottery @bfifilmacademy