Official Rules & form downloads

1. Anyone across the nation can enter the film competition! If you are not in the Metro-Detroit area, you can enter via email at

2. Each video entry must have a team captain. The captains are responsible for corresponding with HFR administrators. They are also the recipient of prizes, and are in charge of allocating prizes to other team members. Team captains must be at least 18 years old. Captains must also fill out a Submission Form, which can be downloaded soon.

3. Participants may contribute to multiple teams/projects, but are only allowed to be the captain of one (1) team.

4. All actors must fill out and turn in a Talent Release Form, which can be downloaded soon. Films that are turned in without all the necessary Talent Release Forms will be disqualified.

5. Films must be no longer than 5-minutes in length, including the credits. Credits are not required.

6. Genres are chosen by spinning the Wheel of Horror during the Kickoff Event. Each team will state their genre from last year (if applicable), and then take a turn to spin the wheel. The wheel must make a complete turn to count as a spin. Each team will have only one (1) spin. If the wheel lands on the team’s genre of the previous year, that team will have the option to forfeit that genre and have a second spin.

7. If physically absent from the Kickoff Event, participants may enter the competition by sending an email to receive a genre. Participants must state their previous year’s genre, if applicable. Emailed genres are non-negotiable and will be given within 24-hours of the Kickoff Event.

8. All music must be owned by the team captain. This can be original music or music that you have obtained the appropriate rights for.

9. If possible, please submit films that are 1920×1080 and 24fps in a .MP4 file. This is NOT required, but it is HIGHLY encouraged.

10. No person, animal, place, or thing is to be harmed during the making of horror films. Do not break any laws to create your film. Nudity in all forms in films is prohibited. Pornography, scenes of lewd sexual acts, and scenes of sexual assault are also prohibited. If there is anything not mentioned in this list that you have questions on, please e-mail us.

11. Films must be submitted by 11:59pm on October 9th to be a part of the competition. Entries may be submitted via Google Drive, WeTransfer or Dropbox link emailed to Entries can also be submitted through the website.

** Horror Film Roulette Administrators reserve the right to refuse entries that are deemed inappropriate, are non-complacent with the official rules, have potential to harm the HFR brand, or that don’t reflect the spirit of the competition.**

More detailed information can be found in the submission form download.