Trick Or Treat Film Fest

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This October, the deranged, debouched, disturbed, and delinquent will descend on the desolate Jacksonville, Florida! They will bring their most chilling, most thrilling, most killing 5-minute horror films for one epic screening! Are you ready for this frightful and most electrifying, hair-raising festival?!


If you’re like most people in Jacksonville, you’re looking for something fun to do this Halloween! And if you’re like us, you’ve already done the costume parties, stood in theme park lines, meandered through poorly done haunted houses, and “crawled” into the cramped pub only to be served a watered down drink!

Why not do something
this Halloween season?

We guarantee you’ll have fun and slither into the holiday spirit in gruesome style!
16 teams all competing to make a 5-minute horror film in less than 10 days for 1 epic film screening at:
Sun-Ray Cinema
Saturday, October 30th, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.!

Click here for in-person tickets!
Click here for virtual tickets!

We’ve got some incredibly fun films, amazing prizes, and
fantastic judges; like actor Randy Havens who plays
Mr. Clarke on Stranger Things!

Film Screening + Awards Ceremony

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Come in person or grab a virtual ticket!
All tickets are $13.13/person.
The in-person film screening is open to the public and will be held at:

Sun-Ray Cinema
Saturday, October 30th
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Virtual tickets are also available to watch from any device from the comfort of your home!
All attendees must purchase a ticket, even if you had a team in the festival.
If coming in person, we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to find parking and grab food.
Sun-Ray’s menu is absolute heaven and includes pizzas, salads, milkshakes, craft beer, homemade desserts,
and all the favs like popcorn & candy!

Official Festival Merch is Here!!!

Order now to get your super soft, super comfy, super cool
Official Trick-or-Treat Film Festival T-shirt
Pick-up your order at the Screening or
we can mail it directly to you!!!


How the Trick-or-Treat Film Fest is Different!
Our mission is to build and strengthen the community through creativity by producing an inclusive festival where participants of all experience levels can have fun, celebrate the spooky season, make new friends, express themselves without judgment, and build lifelong memories! Regardless of their education, experience, and background, we believe everyone possesses unique abilities, skills, and experiences that have artistic value. Therefore, we all benefit by inviting everyone to share their unique traits, perspectives, and ways of expressing themselves. We believe that every person who adds value should be recognized and that most of the people who make things great go unrecognized. So instead of mimicking other awards that acknowledge only a few key individuals, our awards seek to recognize all of the things that make films great! We believe that expression should be encouraged and celebrated. Everyone has a right to be heard and feel safe expressing themselves without being judged or labeled. We believe that censorship and demonizing those who don’t share our views only further divides us. The way to unity is by first letting people speak freely, allow them to vent their emotions and frustrations, and understand why they feel the way they do. True tolerance requires us to live with people unlike us but still find a way to coexist. And in our experience, we are all much more alike than we think. Our differences make us unique, but our overwhelming similarities are what unites us!

Filmmaker Info
Registration to participate as a filmmaker is now closed. However, if you were asked to join one of the 16 filmmaking teams, please use the form at the bottom of the page to register yourself! Make sure to place your team’s name on your registration form! All horror films are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 25th. It is possible that we’ll accept a late submission, however, late submissions will only be screened and not eligible for awards. Don’t be a zombie; get that film turned in on time!

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At A Devil's Glance

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What? The Trick-or-Treat Film Festival
Sun-Ray Cinema | 1028 Park Street
YOU & anyone who'd like to watch some insanely crazy, good, ridiculous, bloody, gory, over-the top 5-minute horror films! We've got 16 teams competing!!!
Click the ticket link to snag your ticket to this epic screening!
You're guaranteed to get into the spooky season spirit, have a great time, and do something new and exciting!
October 30th, 2021, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Tricks & Treats!

Filmmaker Info:
Unlike any other horror film festival on the planet, the Trick-or-Treat Film Festival requires each team be at the mercy of our 4 cauldrons of fate. These cauldrons will determine what type of horror film you’ll have to make!

At the kick-off, each team captain will draw 1 element from each of the 4 Cauldrons of Fate (Cauldron 1: Conflict, Cauldron 2: Location, Cauldron 3: Sub-Genre, and Cauldron 4: Weapon). Your 5-minute film must incorporate all 4 of those elements to be accepted and be under 5 minutes in length. May the ancient ones bless you!

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This cauldron will be filled with tricks and treats and determine the conflict (inciting incident) that must take place in your film.


  • Phenomenon
  • Nature Revolts
  • Mutation
  • Spell
  • Disfigurement
  • Torture
  • Disaster
  • Supplication
  • Fugitive


    • Murder
    • Disease
    • Revenge
    • Madness
    • Kidnapping
    • Curse 
    • Vengeful Spirit
    • Break-Up
    • Treasure
    • Mystery
    • Betrayal
    • Adultery


This cauldron will be filled with tricks and treats and determine the location of one scene that must take place in your film.


  • Pool
  • Toilet
  • Rest Stop
  • Parking Lot
  • Laundry Mat
  • Retention Pond
  • Street or Highway
  • Park


  • Graveyard
  • Motel
  • Woods
  • Shed or Garage
  • Office or Workplace
  • House or Apartment
  • Abandoned Building
  • Campground
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This cauldron will be filled with tricks and treats and determine the horror sub-genre of your film.


  • Torture
  • Holiday
  • Hillbilly
  • Cannibal
  • Romance
  • Mutant or Neo-Monster
  • Supernatural
  • Animals or Nature
  • Small Creature
  • Revenge
  • Kaiju
  • Mythological Creature (leprechaun, easter bunny, centaur; etc.)
  • Phobia, Madness, or Paranoia


  • Werewolf
  • Comedy
  • Vampire
  • Possession
  • Sci-fi or Alien
  • Found Footage
  • Ghost or Spirits
  • Devil or Demon
  • Haunted House
  • Slasher or Splatter
  • Witches or The Occult
  • Zombie: The Undead or Virus
  • Classic Monster (frankenstein, dracula, invisible man; etc.)
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This cauldron will be filled with tricks and treats and determine a weapon that must be used to vanquish one of your characters in your film.


  • Gun
  • Blade
  • Bare Hands
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Machine (anything with a motor)
  • Hardware (tools, rope, chain, etc.)
  • Magic (spells, potions, voodoo doll, etc.)
  • Environment (anything you find outside)
  • Elements (cold, freezing, water, fire, etc.)
  • Science or Technology (disease, lasers, mutant virus, AI, etc.)
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  • Fruit or Vegetable
  • Fangs or Claws
  • Pee or Poop
  • Animal Toy (ball, chewie, etc.)
  • Toilet Incident (creature, fall, no T.P.)
  • Feminine Hygiene Product (maxi pad, tampon etc.)
  • Adult Toys (dildo, blow-up doll, etc.)
  • Vanity (social media challenge, selfie, etc.)
  • Wardrobe Malfunction (torn clothing, shoelace mishap, etc.)
  • Allergies/Intolerance (dairy, gluten, peanuts, cats, shellfish, etc.)
  • Kindness (compliments, live-laugh-love signs, platitudes, etc.)
  • I Can’t Even (a killjoy, energy vampire, etc.)
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The Acolytes represent the ghastliest ghouls, most brutal beasties, depraved devils, and atrocious abominations from the darkest regions of the four corners of the globe. Their job is to determine which souls best embody all the qualities that make horror our favorite genre. If you gain their favor, great honor and titles will be bestowed upon you! Your potential accolades are below.


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Without our accomplices and co-conspirators, this event wouldn’t be possible. You have a choice when it comes to how you spend your hard-earned cash, so if you can, please patronize those individuals and businesses who invest in our community.

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Sacrifices please the gods and us too! Suppose you’re interested in helping sponsor this event. In that case, we’d be eternally grateful and be willing to sacrifice our firstborn child to you. Please submit the contact form below. One of our ghoulishly delightful producers will contact you quicker than you can say, “Here’s Johnny!”

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Not the Type to scare easily, huh?

Then, lets hurry along. We mustn’t keep the horror gods waiting too long…

The entry fee is $13.13 for every person who appears on screen and any credited crew member.

Feel free to go ahead and register using the form below!

Don’t have a team, but want to participate? No problem! We can help you find a team to join at the kick-off on October 15th. If you’re a solo participant and can’t make it to the kick-off, just type “Orphan” in the team name spot and list what types of roles you’re willing to perform (i.e. Orphan-Cameraman or Orphan-Actor). We’ll help pair you up with a fantastically frightful team immediately!

Teams must be registered by October 15th. Orphans must be registered by October 18th.

The Infernal Contract
of Doom

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Upon completion of this contract, you agree to hereby surrender your eternal soul, and the souls of your brethren, for two weeks. Whereby you will willingly subject yourselves to the unspeakable mental, physical, and emotional torture known as filmmaking.

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