October 25 and 26, 2019
Ranger College Erath County Center
1835 West Lingleville Road, Stephenville, TX
Stephenville Fright Fest is an annual horror film and multimedia festival located in Stephenville, Texas, and jointly sponsored by Ranger College and the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council. Originally titled “Stephenville Frights,” the festival was founded in 2015 as an annual venue for screening feature-length horror films accompanied by lectures and discussions focused on a specific annual theme. For the inaugural year, the theme was “Possession and Exorcism.” In subsequent years the festival explored themes of “Monsters,” “Nature Horror,” and “Psychological Horror.”
In 2019 Stephenville Frights morphed into Stephenville Fright Fest, a new monster that retains its original frightful nature but now adds a curated short horror film contest and, this year, a ruin photography contest.
For the 2019 festival, the contest portion is divided into two divisions, film and photography, both centered on the theme of ghosts, specters, supernatural revenants, and hauntings.
SHORT FILM CONTEST: Interested filmmakers are invited to submit short horror films (15 minutes and under) that relate in some central, substantial way to this presiding theme.
RUIN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Interested photographers are invited to submit artistic ruin photography.
All submissions for both divisions require a $25 submission fee and are required to follow the official rules.
Stephenville Fright Fest proudly accepts entries through FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.
On Friday, October 25, 2019, a public screening of all films accepted for the contest will be held at Ranger College Erath County Center, followed by an award ceremony at which winning films will receive the Spotlight Award, the People’s Choice Award, and, as determined by the judges, Honorable Mention. All winning film entries will receive a trophy. Photographic entries accepted for the ruin photography contest will be displayed in the Center’s lobby on both Friday and Saturday, with plaques and ribbons given to the entries receiving the Spotlight Award and, as determined by the judges, Honorable Mention.
On Saturday, October 26, public screenings of three significant feature films in the ghosts-and-hauntings subgenre will be held, with each film highlighting the specific trope of paranormal investigation as a central element: The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise), Poltergeist (1982, dir. Tobe Hooper), and The Frighteners (1996, dir. Peter Jackson). These screenings will be accompanied by brief introductory lectures, post-viewing Q&A sessions, and two panel discussions featuring local and regional experts on paranormal and supernatural matters. One panel will focus on the subject of real-life ghost hunting and paranormal investigation. The other will focus on the depiction of these things in film and other media.