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The Cary Theater Seeks Locally Produced Short Films For Zombiepalooza

Post Date:08/17/2017 10:00 AM
  • September 8 deadline to confirm participation. October 6 deadline for film submissions.
  • All submissions must include use of a toilet brush in the finished film.
  • Zombiepalooza takes place October 27 at 7 p.m., along with the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival October 28-29.

Cary, N.C. – The Cary Theater announces a call-for-entries for locally produced short films to compete at Zombiepalooza 2017. Now in its second year, Zombiepalooza is downtown Cary’s zombie-themed block party featuring locally produced short films shown on a large outdoor screen in front of the theater on Chatham Street. Individuals and groups are encouraged to shoot and submit their own one-minute to five-minute zombie film for judging. Those interested in submitting a short film for consideration must confirm participation via email by September 8, with submission deadline for the film October 6.

The following rules apply to all submissions:

  • Email confirmation of participation by September 8 to Include name/address/phone/email for all participants. Teams please indicate a captain.
  • Film must be submitted to The Cary Theater by October 6. Full details will be supplied in confirmation email reply.
  • All films must include a toilet brush 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, as they cover each in case of accidental Zombie attacks and the like.
  • Identification of The Cary Theater and Zombiepalooza visual identity (logo) is required in the credits.
  • We love humans and animals! Mistreatment, death or mutilation of an animal (or human) is strictly prohibited.
  • All submitted films must agree to premiere at Zombiepalooza 2017. No prior screenings are allowed.

Twenty films premiered at the inaugural Zombiepalooza last year. The first-place entry was “Detour,” whose team Detour Survivors included participants ages 10-55 years old. Filmmaker Dan Schaefer’s crew included Lauren Schaefer, Renee Ditcheos, Liz Ditcheos and Nick Ditcheos. Film synopsis: two young women get lost navigating detours throughout Cary, only to discover a dangerous dead end due to a zombie outbreak that has devoured their small town.

Also part of the Zombiepalooza weekend is the 2nd annual Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival. This locally produced festival includes 50+ short films in the Horror, Sci-Fi or Fantasy genres, including works by the best indie filmmakers from N.C. and around the world. This festival’s emphasizes women filmmakers and participation in primary production roles. It takes place Saturday, October 28 from 6-11 p.m., and Sunday, October 29 from 2-6 p.m.

About 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, or contact: (919) 462-2051.


Primary Contacts

Joy Ennis, The Cary Supervisor, (919) 462-2054

Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908 

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