Zombiepalooza 2020 – Gone Virtual

The Cary Theater Presents the 5th Annual Zombiepalooza (Virtually)

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cary Theater Seeks Locally Produced Short Films for Zombiepalooza 2020

October 2 deadline for film submissions.

• All submissions must include use of a toilet paper roll in the finished film.

• Organize before they rise!

The 5th annual Zombiepalooza is the Town of Cary’s zombie-themed screening party featuring locally produced short films. This year it will be a virtual screening. Just go to the website on the evening of the event and click the link, grab your popcorn, and a comfortable spot on the couch and enjoy. 

How do I participate as a filmmaker?

Individuals or groups are encouraged to shoot and submit a 1-minute to 5-minute zombie film for judging. All submissions must include the use of a toilet paper roll in the finished film. 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 2.

The following rules apply to all film submissions:

• Email confirmation of participation to connie.digrazia@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 2, 2019. Full details will be supplied in confirmation email reply.

• 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 2020. No prior screenings are allowed.

Fourteen films screened at last year’s Zombiepalooza. The First-Place winner was “Fatal Time,” by filmmaker Korey Merritt. Second Place went to “The Meat Up” by Patrick Goodwin. The People’s Choice awards went to “Foggy Vale,” produced by Max Williams.


We know that there are zombie aficionados out there – and this is the opportunity for you to get creative and tell your own Zombie story – who knows – you may save someone’s life! Make us a Zombie film! You can make this film on any type of video camera, including your phone! Theme: Zombies – use your imagination – comedy, survival, how Zombies got here, Zombies can be our friends . . . you think it up! Again the required element: Each film must use the following prop: a roll of toilet paper – It must be visible in the film.Give your film a cool Zombie-ish name!All films should be appropriate for all audiences. Each film will be pre-screened and if it is deemed inappropriate, it will not be accepted for screening. We’ll call you if this happens. This includes language. Keep it clean, folks – there’s all ages that attend our event.Once you sign up to participate, we’ll tell you how to submit your film.

2019 Film Competition Winners

 First Place – Fatal Time

Second Place – The Meat Up

People’s Choice – Foggy Vale

Zombies will once again rise downtown at The Cary Theater. We’re excited to bring you the 4th annual Zombiepalooza featuring local filmmakers’ zombie short films. 


Bring the kids for a family-friendly FREE night of zombie cinema and cosplay. Dress as your favorite horror character, or channel your inner zombie rebel and be a part of our costume contest!  Our neighboring bars and restaurants will be open, and there will be Twinkies for everyone to celebrate our muse of a Zombie film – Zombieland.  And, we’re celebrating the October 2019 release of Zombieland Double Tap! Our screening of the 2019 Zombiepalooza films will be followed by The Dead Don’t Die.


Local filmmakers and hobbyists have been invited to get creative and tell their own Zombie stories in one to five minutes. Filmmakers range in age from teens to older adults, using all types of cameras, including smartphones. The common theme… ZOMBIES. Imaginations run wild! As always, there’s one required element every filmmaker must use. This year it’s the hair dryer, so keep your eyes peeled for at least one visible in every film.


Film Name

Filmmaker / Team Captain

Team Name

Fatal Time Korey Merritt Gorilla Zone Film 
The Carolina Creeper Nikolas Williams Natrick Productions
Project Resurrection Eric Ayscue   
The March of the Dead Gavin Edmonds  AFHS Productions
Bustin’ Rhymes: A Zombie Spitacular Evan Catlin   
Foggy Vale Max Williams Carolina Strange
Kira Erik Reuter Shaw University
The Meat Up Patrick Goodwin   
A Zombie Cacophony Cameron Bertolini  
Oh, Deer Vin Dormani Buried Hatchet Productions 
Lover’s Lane Maria Williams Godbox Productions LLC
Pulse Stephaun Perry  Eaze Day Ent


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Zombiepalooza Is Sponsored By Our Downtown Cary Neighbors & Friends:

1st Place Prize: $150.00 – Sponsored by Mosquito Wizard

2nd Place Prize: $75.00 – Sponsored by Crosstown Pub & Grill

People’s Choice Prize: $75.00 – Sponsored by Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage

Zombieland Twinkie Break: Sponsored by Raleigh-Cary Realty


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