Clive Barker and Project Greenlight Will Fund Your Horror Film With $300,000

project_greenlight_reel_fearBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Have an idea for a horror film? Then this is the contest for you!

Clive Barker, legendary director of films like Hellraiser and Nightbreed has teamed up with Project Greenlight Digital Studios to announce a contest called Reel Fear. The project is being financed by AMC Networks’ horror streaming service Shudder, and Adaptive Studios, which is the company behind Project Greenlight. Together they’re offering a filmmaker the chance to win a $300,000 budget to create a horror film.

Here’s what Barker said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

When I was looking for financing while making Hellraiser, I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me. Teaming up with Adaptive Studios and Shudder is a wonderful opportunity to support emerging filmmakers in finding the new horror icon. This is also a great chance to scare and entertain audiences at the same time.

Entering the contest is pretty simple: All you have to do is shoot a one to three minute original pitch idea for your film, and upload it to the Project Greenlight website between February 13, 2017 and March 17, 2017. If you make it through each of the rounds, not only will you win the grand prize of a $300,000 budget for your film, but Clive Barker will act as your mentor through the entire production, as well.

Here are the contest details:

  1. Ten semifinalists will be chosen.
  2. Audience voting will determine a single winner along with four additional filmmakers which will be selected by a panel of judges to advance to the finals.
  3. The five finalists will receive funding to shoot a short scene from their horror script.
  4. Finalists will be invited to the second annual Shudder Labs, a creative retreat where they will receive more guidance on how to enhance their scenes, in June.
  5. The winner will be selected to develop their film with Barker serving as executive producer and a budget of $300,000.

For more information, head on over to the Project Greenlight website. Currently, there doesn’t seem to be any specific details about the rules or requirements, but that will probably change once the contest goes live.


About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.