Phoenix FearCON V, the largest independent horror film festival and convention in Arizona, is now accepting entries. Filmmakers may submit their feature-length (75 minutes or longer) and short films (30 minutes or less) for consideration at next year’s FearCON, which is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2012. For more information, visit www.phoenixfearcon.com.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of horror film experts. Filmmakers will be notified by Sept. 15, 2012 whether their film has been accepted.

The festival was founded and is run by Chris and Jim of Trash City Entertainment. The event offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to show their work that would normally not receive any exposure or distribution.

Films are judged by a panel of hardcore horror fans; the audience also gets to vote for their favorites. The winners of the Best Short and Best Feature awards will receive a trophy as well as a domestic and international distribution deal from Brain Damage Films and Maxim Media International.

Other film distribution companies and studios are invited to attend and may be interested in the films. Organizers also hope to offer a cash prize.

FearCON also is reaching out to filmmakers, fans and friends and asking them to help sponsor the festival and make it a community effort. Any donation will be accepted, from $1 to $10,000 and every bit in between.

For more information, contact Chris McLennan, the festival’s executive director, at (602) 399-9500 or director@phxfearfilmfestival.com.

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