Hey ladies! It's time to get gory.
The Viscera Film Festival wants twisted submissions from female horror filmmakers. That means you!
Viscera is looking for films in two categories: Fresh Blood (18 and under) and the main Viscera Competition for the old crones (19+). They look for a 50/50 gender ratio and “at least one of the Director/Producer positions must be attained by the female gender.” Viscera also strongly encourages transgender and female-identifying women to apply. The film festival culminates in a Bloody Carpet awards event over the summer. Some specifics from the press release:
Now that Halloween is drawing near, female filmmakers working in genre cinema are stampeding to Viscera as it announces its 2013 festival call for submissions. From October 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013 (culminating in Women in Horror Month), Viscera is accepting digital submissions for its 2013 festival season. Unlike most festivals, Viscera does not charge submission fees. Filmmakers interested in submitting should head to the Submissions tab of the main website.
For filmmakers whose work is selected, gore-soaked masses of thrilling experiences await. On the Viscera Film Festival Bloody Carpet Event, filmmakers pose for photos and meet fans and fellow filmmakers, as well as big-name celebrity guests. Films are screened in front of enthusiastic crowds (this July, Viscera screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles). Uniquely beautiful awards are given out, and there's always an after-party. But the Viscera World Tour is the real draw: Festival-selected films are shown around the world throughout the year. As every filmmaker knows, the more a film screens, the greater the opportunity is for furthering a career in the industry.
Having spoken to the women behind the event, it’s clear they are intent on building community and showing support for women working in horror. Viscera offers the films of past winners for purchase (only $20 for a compilation DVD), produces world-wide screenings of the festival and two other film festivals, one genre and one action, showcasing female filmmakers.