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Posted 14.05.20

The Boris Karloff 60-Second Film Challenge

Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Cinema are pleased to announce the Boris Karloff 60-second film challenge!

Taking inspiration from any aspect of Boris Karloff’s life or work, you are challenged to make a 60-second film that we can bring to audiences across the globe! 

Your film can take any style or genre, and be made using any media. You could shoot on your phone, use animation, digital media or photography. 

All entries will be screened at the Boris Karloff Online Film Festival on 30 October 2020, and a series of awards will be made for the best submissions!

What to do:
Get inspired!
2. Make your film
3. Give your film a name
4. Save your film as an mp4
5. Email to together with your name, email address and a contact telephone number. 

Deadline for submissions Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt in 1887, in the then-small village of Camberwell, Surrey (now part of South London). Most often remembered as the star of Frankenstein (dir. James Whale, 1931) and two of its sequels (Bride of Frankenstein in 1935 and Son of Frankenstein in 1939), Karloff’s career spanned more than half a century, from the silent era to New Hollywood where he worked with Peter Bogdanovich on the highly experimental film Targets (1968), in what proved to be one of his final feature performances. 

In addition to Whale and Bogdanovich, Karloff worked under a number of significant directors over the course of his career, including Mario Bava, Roger Corman, Michael Curtiz, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Michael Reeves, Douglas Sirk, Jacques Tourneur, and Robert Wise. For many, Karloff was and remains “one of the screen’s greatest madmen” (Darryl Jones, 2002). While Karloff’s star image is mostly intertwined with the horror genre, Karloff was more than the sum of his most famous parts; this mercurial man, who gave a “profoundly sympathetic performance” (Jones) as Frankenstein’s infamous monster, was an actor with impressive range that is demonstrated by a rich and expansive filmography.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

Terms and Conditions
By sending the film to you are agreeing to let Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Cinema screen your work.
Submission of your film indicates that you have the right to submit the work.
Films longer than 60 seconds will not be accepted.
If you are under 16, submission of the work indicates that you have parental permission to do so.
All films will be screened at the Boris Karloff Online Film Festival, and may be chosen to be shared nationally and internationally.
Your contact details will be used only in connection with this competition.
The awards judges’ decisions are final and the organisers cannot enter into correspondence with any entrants.