Submit to the Freeky Creek!

From August 2, 2010:

Freeky Creek Short Film Festival

Freaky: \ˈfrē-kē\ (adj.); weird, somewhat frightening, strange or unusual; bizarre; conspicuously or grossly unconventional.

If you’re an amateur filmmaker with a “freeky” film, we want to see it! Sleepy Creek Vineyards is holding its first annual Freeky Creek Film Festival on Halloween weekend (October 29 through October 31) of 2010.

We are seeking short films with running times no more than 20 minutes – 10 minutes or less would be ideal – with freaky, frightening, and funny content in the spirit of the Halloween season. Halloween is about scaring and being scared, but it’s also a time to mock the things that frighten us, so comedy is appreciated (but not required)!

The event will be held at our winery, just south of Oakwood, IL; directions can be found at Feel free to forward/post this announcement to your fellow filmmakers or film group. (And, yes, “freaky” is spelled “Freeky” in the festival name…)

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Monday, Septempber 20, 2010
Final Films Selected: by Monday, October 4, 2010
Screening of Films:
Friday, October 29 @ 8 p.m. – voting
Saturday, October 30 @ 8 p.m. – voting & Awards Night
Sunday, October 31 @ 6 p.m. – encore screening

Submission Details

All submitted films must be original material, including soundtrack. The act of submitting your film will serve as your verification that the work is original. If a submission is deemed to include the copyrighted work of others, the submission will be rejected, and the submission fee will not be refunded.

All submitted materials MUST be mailed/shipped. We will NOT accept ANY files sent via e-mail. Currently, we do not accept submissions through Withoutabox.

We are committed to completely screening every film submitted before the deadline.

Materials REQUIRED for submission (DO NOT send via e-mail):

– DVD or QuickTime file
– Synopsis of film
– $5 non-refundable submission fee

  • Make checks payable to Sleepy Creek Vineyards

– Contact information:

  • E-mail
  • Contact name
  • Phone
  • Address

– OPTIONAL: JPEG artwork (to represent film in printed material)
– OPTIONAL: Trailer

Mail to:
Sleepy Creek Vineyards
8254 E. 1425 North Rd.
Fairmount, IL 61841

Awards & Prize Money

Awards will include the following categories:

– Best Film
– Special Jury Prize
– Best Actor
– Best Animated Short
– Funniest
– Freakiest
– Best F/X

Audience and Jury voting will determine winners.
Cash prizes will be awarded for some categories, including Best Film.

The Venue and Organizers

Sleepy Creek Vineyards (see is an avid supporter of the arts, and prides itself on offering unique art exhibits, music, and film experiences. The tasting room at Sleepy Creek will be set up to accommodate approximately 70 people per screening. All films will be screened in high definition on a 12 foot screen. Most of the money from entry fees and ticket sales will go to the winning filmmakers.

Vineyard owner Joe Taylor and Festival Coordinator Bill Kephart began collaborating on film projects after meeting at a local film club, Champaign Movie Makers. Inspired by the work of fellow group members and knowing there were other amateur filmmakers seeking a venue for their unusual short films, they established this festival.

Miscellaneous Details

This is Sleepy Creek’s first film festival, so we’re still ironing out the details. While we anticipate a three to four-hour program, three screening nights, and two nights of voting, these details are subject to change depending on the number of submissions and audience response.

Notifications of acceptance and details of the event will be communicated via e-mail.

Questions may be submitted to Bill Kephart at filmfest [at] sleepycreekvineyards [dot] com.

We look forward to seeing your “freeky” shorts!

Bill Kephart
Festival Coordinator


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