7th Annual Zombiepalooza

Hosted by the Cary Theater Oct. 28 in Cary, N.C.

Zombiepalooza is the Town of Cary’s zombie-themed screening party featuring short films produced by filmmakers worldwide. Individuals or groups are encouraged to shoot and submit a 1-minute to 5-minute zombie film for judging. Submissions are due Sept. 9, 2022. The film festival will take place Oct. 28, 2022.

All submissions must include the use of a special prop in the finished film – to be determined for 2022. Last year was hand sanitizer! Hobbyists, professionals, and rookie filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit their short film for consideration.

Call For Entries

Zombie Themed Short Films


Film Freeway submission


Various rules apply to all film submissions

Fun: Do you feel like a you’ve been part of a zombie film over the past two years? We do, too! Zombiepalooza is a short film competition designed to be fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and yet have been impressed by the creativity of filmmakers over the past six years.

Eligibility: Short films completed after January 1, 2022 are eligible for Zombiepalooza 2022. Only short films 5 minutes or less in length that include the use of our TBD required prop in the final edit will be considered. The deadline to submit is September 9, 2022.

Clearances & Permissions: All entrants under age 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature to participate. The submitted film must be your original creative work.

Premieres: Zombiepalooza does have a premiere requirement. Films that have been screened prior to this event are ineligible.

Notification & Feedback: All films will be notified of their status in October 2022.


Read our summary of terms and conditions. >>

(We promise they’re not daunting.)


Zombieland Rule #16:

Opportunity Knocks – And whenever it does, make sure you answer.

We know that there are many zombie aficionados out there. Our festival is an annual celebration of the genre. This is your opportunity to get creative and tell your own zombie story. Films should be from 1 to 5 minutes in length. You can make this film on any type of video camera, including your phone.

Films should be appropriate for all audiences and will be pre-screened. Those deemed inappropriate will not be accepted for screening. This includes foul language. Keep it PG, since we have all ages attending.




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