It’s that spooky time of year again when families toss goblins onto their lawns; neighbors go broke on candies, and filmmaker budgets get lost on FX and blood.
To celebrate, Paris on the Plains of Kansas City (PoPFilmKC) announces the second annual Terror on the Plains horror festival and call for entries. Not just a film festival, but a party for an all hallowed occasion, Terror on the Plains is a night of movies, music, games and prizes.
Kansas City filmmakers are encouraged to participate, first, by submitting short films, up to ten minutes in length and representing the horror genre. The film can be sci-fi, suspense, thriller, slasher, found footage -- any of the horror sub-categories are appropriate. Send in music videos, mock-umentaries, and spoofs as well.
And then a second way the filmmaker will participate is by haunting the festival itself. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 14. The festival will be held later in October. Not only will there be short films of locals, but a live band, cosplay, trivia with prizes, and a feature length movie, yet to be announced.
Timothy English, local film critic and Terror on the Plains creator persuades all to participate. “Last year went really well. The event was held at Mission Theatre. We showed short films from several incredible KC filmmakers...David Skaggs, Alden Miller, Mitch Brian and Dave Berry.
“Going into our second year, we definitely want to go bigger. We want to encourage all filmmakers, not only student filmmakers, to come up with something fun for their Terror Fest submission. Scary is always good, but sometimes it’s just as much fun to make fun of horror films as it is to be afraid of them. We want our filmmakers to really have creative freedom.
“Our goal is to make the Terror Fest one circle-the-date calendar highlight for Kansas City film buffs during the Halloween haunting season.”
Address submissions to: “Terror on the Plains,” 202 Haag Hall 5100 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.
The Paris of the Plains Group of Kansas City was founded in 2012 by student filmmakers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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