The Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Fest ()


13 Nov 2018
Call for entries

01 Mar 2019
Festival closed

01 Apr 2019
Notification date

13 Apr 2019
13 Apr 2019


511 Queen Anne Ave N,  98109, Seattle, WA, United States

Festival description
Short Films
Feature Films 120'<

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
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Festival start: 13 April 2019      Festival end: 13 April 2019

The BoneBat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest is an annual evening of giggles and gore, where we present the finest in independent Comedy/Horror features and shorts from around the world, amazing live music and prizes galore, all hosted by Steve and Gord of The BoneBat Show!

The BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest is calling for:
- Feature Films
- Shorts
- Animation

For a one-time festival screening in Seattle.

Open submissions begin on November 13th, 2018. Submission fee is $13 US.

Support of independent filmmakers and artists remains one of the top priorities of the BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest. While will be charging submission fees for our 9th installment, we strive to continue that support by keeping our fees low, and offering the following waivers:

1) Grandfather Clause! If you have had a film screen at a previous BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film fest, you have given at the (Box?) office. Your money is no good to us.

2) The Panhandler Clause! If we solicit you directly to enter your film, the fee is on us.

3) The Northwest Clause! If at least 50% of your film was shot in the Pacific Northwest, you get a hometown discount! No fee for you.

If you feel you qualify for any of these waivers, contact for additional information.

The Bonebat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest strongly encourages film submissions from women, people of color, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people.

Additionally, we are also running a Kickstarter campaign. Any support you can provide, or help in spreading the word about our fundraising efforts is greatly appreciated.

Digital Screeners will be accepted for initial submission, and can be emailed with a copy of the attached completed paperwork to If accepted, an HD copy, in either disc or digital form, will be required for the final screening. DVD/Blu-ray copies must be postmarked no later than the deadline date to be considered. Please send submissions to:

BoneBat Film Fest
Attn: S J Holetz
16910 NE 107th St
Redmond WA 98052

FINAL submission deadline is March 1st, 2019.

The festival will once again be hosted by cartoonist/humorist Gord Caulkins and Steve Holetz of The BoneBat Show podcast, and pending funding, will take place April 13th at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle, WA.

For additional information on the festival and a recap of our previous fests, please visit

Viewers Choice Award for Best Live Action Short
Viewers Choice Award for Best Animated Short
Viewers Choice Award for Best Northwest Short
BoneBat Jumbo Bonus Jury Award

Submission to The BoneBat Film Festival (BBFF) in no way implies ANY ownership rights by BBFF to the submitted film, all such rights are reserved by the filmmaker. All submissions to BBFF are accepted on a NON-exclusive basis. Except as explicitly set forth below, each party's trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and intellectual property rights are and shall remain the sole property of that party.
Film submissions will be accepted on NTSC Region 0 or 1 DVD, Blu-Ray, or Digital screeners only. Online links are acceptable for preliminary submission, but upon acceptance an HD file or copy in either disc or digital form must be received by 03/20/19, or the film will be dropped from the program. If a film is in the pre-screening stage, it is acceptable to send in a disc that is hand written, but entrant must be legally authorized to represent the work.
All films must be original or adapted works, and your film must be in English, English subtitled, or dubbed in English.
For each entry submitted, one (1) additional data disc or data folder containing film artwork (poster, etc.) may be submitted as well. (1) film per disc and (1) film per submission form please. If entering multiple films, please submit each project separately.
The Bonebat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest strongly encourages film submissions from women, people of color, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people.
Cost of shipping DVDs and promotional materials to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The festival can not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Additionally, BBFF does not return materials, so please do not submit master copies.
Feel free to email the BBFF staff at for confirmation of delivery.
All programming decisions are made by the BoneBat Film Fest staff, and all decisions are final. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. After acceptance, the final presentation version will need to be in our office no later than 03/20/19. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know.

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By submitting your film to the BBFF you agree that, if your film is selected, you grant to BBFF NON-exclusive rights to a one-time screening of your film, as well as perpetual rights to use, display, promote and exhibit publicly any promotional materials provided by the filmmaker to the BBFF on and related sites in reference to your participation in the festival, at BBFF’s discretion. You further agree that BBFF is permitted to use excerpts from your film for promotion, marketing and advertising of BBFF and BBFF events.


BBFF agrees to use its best efforts and judgment in not releasing any personal and/or confidential information about any filmmaker and/or their material(s) and/or information. You agree to not release any material(s) and/or information regarding BBFF or any of its staff, associates, or affiliates, either verbally or in writing, in any derogatory and/or defamatory and/or negative manner. Any materials received by BBFF that contain real-life cruelty to humans or animals, illegal acts, or hate will be delivered to the appropriate authorities. BBFF will not promote cruelty, or hate.

Either party may use the other party's name for the purpose of making public statements such as press releases and marketing and promotional materials, provided that each party adheres to reasonable good faith and consideration standards for making such statements. In all cases, full consideration and representation of the respective roles and contributions of both parties shall be given in any such statement. You agree not to use any reference to BBFF in any pornographic, illegal, abusive, defamatory, offensive, or negative way whatsoever.



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