Application for HPLFF BIPOC Filmmaker Fee Waiver

In recognition of the challenges that BIPOC Directors face having their voices heard in the film industry, we have set aside up to $2,500 in submission fee waivers for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival that BIPOC Directors can apply for. Please complete our waiver application to submit your horror film to us for free. Upon approval, we will email you the password for submitting your film to us via our submission platform, FilmFreeway.

This application is for completed short or feature films by U.S. directors who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. It is the sincere hope of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival that this will be a successful first step in increasing the diversity of the festival's offerings, and will show that the genre of Cosmic Horror is not and will not be limited by skin color.

BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Pronounced “bye-pock,” this is a term specific to the United States, intended to center the experiences of Black and Indigenous groups and demonstrate solidarity between communities of color. 

The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival is a showcase of Cosmic Horror and the Weird Tale on film. If you don't believe your film is Lovecraftian, it may be a better fit for Portland Horror Film Festival. 

In the form below, please provide as much detail as possible. Our jury has limited time and a ton of films to watch, so if we need to have a sense that your film would in fact be a good fit.

Kinds of short & feature films showcased at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival:

• Cosmic Horror (the insignificance of humans in a dangerous universe)
• Occult & Supernatural Horror (Weird cults & evil alien gods!)
• Uncanny ghost stories (in the vein of M. R. James & Henry James)
• Adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft, or stories he inspired
• Adaptations of stories by authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, Clive Barker, and other authors who were inspirations for Lovecraft, and those who were inspired by him.

Kind of films NOT selected for the festival:
• Films about the "Craft" of "Love" - NO romantic comedies or tales of love lost! "Lovecraft" is the name of a popular HORROR author from the 1920s and 30s.
• Horror that is purely Human vs. Human, such as stalkers and serial killer films. 

We review each application as it comes in. Please allow 3-5 days for us to review it and respond.

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Please choose the option that best fits you. If you are not the Director, and you are filling this out for them, please indicate the Director's ethnicity. This information is confidential and secure, and will never be shared without your express permission.
What is the name of the film you wish to submit?
Films submitted should be less than 2 years old.
Please provide a detailed summary of the film, including spoilers. This is not for public use or publication purposes, and only the directors of the festival will see this.
We are not a general horror film festival. *** PLEASE DESCRIBE SPECIFIC MOMENTS, EVENTS, OR ELEMENTS IN YOUR FILM THAT MAKE IT A FIT FOR OUR FESTIVAL. *** Films selected will typically be in the genre of Cosmic Horror, UNCANNY Ghost Stories in the vein of M. R. James, or adaptations of works by H. P. Lovecraft or his contemporaries (like Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith), or adaptations of works by authors that inspired Lovecraft or were inspired by him (like Edgar Allan Poe, Robert W. Chambers, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Guy de Maupassant, and others). Films do not need to be adaptations to be selected, but should fall within these genre boundaries. We typically do NOT play general horror film genres like slashers, vampire films, etc.