Each year we host a bumper contest where we invite writers, actors and filmmakers from all over the world to create the most outrageous and entertaining under-30-second video imaginable. We use as many entries as we can and wind up playing dozens of bumpers that range from the demented to the hilarious to the…well, strange.

To celebrate Fantastic Fest’s excursion into 1970s Korean Cinema and a theme that is most beloved by the filmmakers, we are gritting our teeth for… REVENGE! Tales of personal grudges and double-crosses, of greed and deals gone wrong, of betrayed individuals and blood-soaked paybacks, all featured in a bumper contest that promises grit, guns and more! The winning bumper creators will receive 2 Fan Badges to Fantastic Fest 2019, a two-night hotel stay at the official hotel of Fantastic Fest 2018, Holiday Inn Express, plus a $250 Food and Beverage gift card to spend at the 2019 festival.

Bonus!: If your bumper is one of the 20 selected to play during the 2018 festival, you'll receive 25% off the purchase of up to 2 FAN badges for Fantastic Fest 2018!

Here are a few ground rules.

THE THEME:

This year’s theme is REVENGE!, inspired by our foray into the Korean Cinema of the 1970s. Tales of personal grudges and double-crosses, of greed and deals gone wrong, of betrayed individuals and blood-soaked paybacks all featured in a competition where the only thing we ask is that your tale of revenge is a complete one!

THE RULES:

  • Your video must be 30 seconds or less. (We will include a 5-second logo bumper to your video after you submit.)
  • The story’s up to you – you can adapt a scene or write an original. As long as there’s a complete tale of revenge in there, you’re good!
  • In keeping with FF bumper tradition, the video must end with the line “That’s fantastic!”, either in dialogue or narration.
  • All film entries must be submitted by noon CDT on Thursday, September 13th to be eligible. Entries received after that may still be used on-screen during the fest, but will be ineligible for the grand prize. Submit and read more about the terms and conditions HERE.
  • Bumpers will be posted – all at once – by 5pm on Friday, September 14th, at frenzy.fantasticfest.com for voting purposes.
  • Entrant must not upload his or her film to any other public site until the contest has wrapped.

THE CONTEST:

A jury of Fantastic Fest programmers will select two bumper finalists, and online viewers of entries will select a third finalist by audience vote at frenzy.fantasticfest.com. Voting will begin September 14. The grand prize winner will be selected by the Fantastic Fest team from the top 3 finalists during Fantastic Fest, and the winner will receive 2 Fan Badges to Fantastic Fest 2019, a two-night hotel stay at the official hotel of Fantastic Fest 2018, Holiday Inn Express, plus a $250 Food and Beverage gift card to spend at the 2019 festival. If your bumper is one of the 20 selected to play during the 2018 festival, you'll receive 25% off the purchase of up to 2 FAN badges for Fantastic Fest 2018.

The Top 20 of the 2018 Fantastic Fest bumper videos selected by our programming committee will be screened in front of an excited audience during Fantastic Fest 2018. Each of those audiences will include visiting filmmakers from around the world, press from the likes of Birth.Movies.Death, Slash Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, ScreenCrush and more, plus a legion of the most devoted, intelligent, fun-loving genre film fans on the planet.