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2020 OBX Halloween Film Festival moving online

The 5th Annual Halloween International Film Festival is moving online. Originally scheduled to return to Kill Devil Hills this year from October 1-3, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of attendees and staff in mind, festival organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s in-person screenings and events, but a virtual edition with screenings streamed online is in the works.

Original independent film submissions are currently being accepted for consideration for the 2020 festival program through FilmFreeway. Films may be submitted in either the short film category (under 50 minutes) or feature film category (runtime of 50 minutes or more). The final deadline for film festival submissions is July 31.

A 20% submission fee discount remains available to all filmmakers with the code “HalloweenDaily,” and a 60% discount is available for any films produced entirely or partly in North Carolina. The code for this North Carolina-specific discount will be provided upon request and interested filmmakers can contact halloweenfilmfestival@gmail.com to inquire further. Entry fee waivers are also available for eligible locally-produced Outer Banks-based productions upon request.

Featuring independent horror and Halloween-themed films from around the world, all 2020 screenings will be presented online on October 1, 2 and 3. More details of the virtual festival will be released when this year’s official selections are announced in August. Those who would like to view and participate in this year’s festival and stay updated on the latest news can RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/939620329746368/.

The 2020 Halloween International Film Festival is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Larry Hobbs, OBX Entertainment, Fright-Rags, The Slasher App and R/C Theatres and is presented by Halloween Daily News.

Founded in 2016, the Halloween International Film Festival is a Gold-ranked festival on the world’s leading film festival submission platform, FilmFreeway.

Previous official selections have included The Barn (2016 Best Halloween Film and Best Feature Film award winner), 3 Dead Trick or Treaters, 10/31The Haunt (2017 Best Halloween Film award winner), Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2018 Best Halloween Film award winner), and Epic Home Haunts (2019 Breakthrough Filmmaker award winner).

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