Zombiepalooza 2019 Call For Films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Cary Theater Seeks Locally Produced Short Films For Zombiepalooza 2019

  • October 4 deadline for film submissions.
  • All submissions must include use of a hair dryer in the finished film.
  • Zombiepalooza 2019 takes place October 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

CARY, N.C.  – Organize before they rise! The Cary Theater today announced a call-for-entries for locally produced short films to compete at Zombiepalooza 2019. The 4th annual Zombiepalooza is the Town of Cary’s zombie-themed downtown block party featuring locally produced short films shown on a giant outdoor screen in front of the theater.

Individuals or groups are encouraged to shoot and submit a 1-minute to 5-minute zombie film for judging. Hobbyists, professionals and rookie filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit their short film for consideration. Confirm participation via email to receive submission instructions. Deadline for film submissions is October 4.

The following rules apply to all film submissions:

  • Email confirmation of participation to joy.ennis@townofcary.org. Include name/address/phone/email for all participants. Teams please indicate a captain.
  • Film must be submitted to The Cary Theater by October 4, 2019. Full details will be supplied in confirmation email reply.
  • All films must include a hair dryer visible in the film.
  • All entrants under age 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature to participate.
  • All costs associated with the creation of the film are the filmmaker/film team’s responsibility.
  • All music used in the films must be original or participants must provide right-to-use permissions.
  • All parties involved in creating a film must agree to right-to-use permission. Waivers are a good idea in case of accidental zombie attacks.
  • Identification of The Cary Theater and Zombiepalooza visual identity (logo) is required in the credits.
  • We love animals, and humans! Mistreatment, death or mutilation of an animal, or human, is strictly prohibited.
  • All submitted films must agree to premiere at Zombiepalooza 2019. No prior screenings are allowed.

Ten films screened at last year’s Zombiepalooza. The First Place winner was “Missed Call,” by filmmaker Michael Pearce and his Team Screaming Eagles. Second Place and The People’s Choice awards went to “Day of the Living Phil,” produced by Joey Wendt, Max Williams and Kevin Steele of Team That’s Show Business.

The Cary Theater

The Cary Theater, located at 122 E. Chatham St. in downtown Cary, lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance the cultural arts experience in the Town of Cary. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the Town’s first indoor movie theater, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown that offers independent film, live performance comedy and improv, the Six String Presents music series as well as other live events. The Cary is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. For more information, please visit https://thecarytheater.com, or contact: (919) 462-2051.


Joy Ennis, The Cary Supervisor, (919) 462-2054
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861



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