Halloween Monster Movie Challenge 2010

Its now almost a month since Halloween Monster Movie Challenge 2010. This year HMMC took place on 30th October at Soundbar in Birmingham city centre. As you may know from previous blog posts the months leading up to HMMC have been very busy with preparations and promotion. If you are thinking of running an event a lot more work than you may think can go into just one night. In this post I intend to explore what did and didn’t work.

For those who are not aware of HMMC we are an independent film festival. Our aim is to promote all independent forms of art and business while celebrating the monster movie genre. All our work so far has been without outside funding. For more details please take a look at the website or previous blogs.

Last year HMMC was a great success with 20 short film entries, several flyers designed by talented individuals, a glass trophy designed and crafted by an independent glass sculpture, 3 great bands and much more. The turn out was decent and everyone’s feedback was fairly positive.

Promotion starts with the film makers in 2009 we approached universities, used facebook and attended film networking events as well as encouraging people who have never made films to get involved.

This year our team tried a different approach to see what the out come may be. We guarantee all films that meet the criteria set out in rules a screening at the event. We do not ask for a submission fee only asking that film makers try and attend and pay the small door price.

2010 saw HMMC spreading from facebook to twitter gaining many loyal followers who have put up with our constant promotion leading up to the event. Our new website was also launched thanks to the kindness of @cherrivalentine. Some of 2009 entries can be found there along with updates coming soon from this year!

We limited ourselves to two flyers this year designed by nick cox and anna. Is like to thank them for helping us at hmmc. Flyers were put out in unis, all across Birmingham and surrounding areas and anywhere else we could thrust them! If you heard of our event it would be really helpful if you could complete the poll to let us know how you heard about us so we know where we have been successful!

Fancy dress went down really well and Sam from 8 bit ninjas won best fancy dress prize! So start thinking what you can be for next year to get your mitts on some great goodies! Our fancy dress prize was provided by one of our sponsors the monster shop in Nottingham.

We kicked off the evening with the great 8 bit ninjas who managed to scare away the gatecrashing students with pokemon face. Hyping up the crowd while the shots flowed and the venue filled up. If you haven’t heard 8 bit ninjas yet check out their video here which we at emerald void made as part of the 2 weeks to make it competition.

While meathook prepared a few emerald void classics and an exclusive friday 13th fan film teaser was shown along with last years winner. You lucky guys can also catch them here.

Meathook will be launching their album 5th December. For a mere 5 quid entrance you will not only get a night of bands but a copy of the new album. Get down to hear some high energy passionate music these punks definetly deliver. Lovely guys also find out from Jake about lots of upcoming gigs! Our HMMC loved these guys.

Finally the time had come for entries. Check them out for yourselves and let us know what you think also poll your favourite. Any feedback would be great for our film makers who we will keep you updated with.

shooting a werewolf

A massive thank you to the Djs of the night who swooped in last minute to save the day. Kept thw crowd bouncy and happy whilst they awaited results.

One of our judges Owen tooth is currently working on some exciting shorts keep an eye on the blog and website for updates.

Our other talented judge Darrel Buxton writer of ‘shrieking sixties’ may have an exciting new read coming in the near future!

The results were a surprise to all of us as the judges kept them hidden in a golden envelope. Winner of best monster poozilla production who have enetered HMMC since the very beginning. Look forward to seeing what these guys come up with next year. Overall winner of the evening with the fab trophy was the dynamic duo Mark and Tracy Smith at optic nerve productions with Tormented.

All our entrants were winners receiving goodies from our other amazing sponsor gorezone magazine. Make sure you grab the latest issue to keep up to date with the latest horrific films.

Next year promises to be bigger and better so get your monster hats on in the ready. Another big thank you to all the staff down at soundbar for having us back. Great venue with constant great nights out take a look at what’s on and get down there for a dance.

If any of the film makers haven’t had their feedback from the judges yet then please let us know.


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