Thursday, April 23rd @ 10am - Sunday, May 3rd @ 11pm

The 2020 Indie Apocalyptic Film Challenge is being held in Orlando Florida and will begin on Thursday, April 23rd at 10am EST. The competition runs throughout the week and filmmakers will have until Sunday, May 3rd at 11pm to complete their short film. Completed films will be screened on Saturday, May 9th at the community room located inside the Oviedo Mall. All teams made during the challenge will include specific elements that will be revealed at the start of the competition. Sign up your team by registering below. Cost is $25 per team.


Each EOD Film must include specific elements to ensure that all films are produced during the weekend of the film challenge. The elements will be revealed to the team leader in an email at the start of the film competition. These elements are detailed below.

CHARACTER NAME -The characters name must be spoken, written, or displayed in the move. Text or subtitles do not count.

A SPECIFIC PROP - The prop doesn’t have to be used throughout the entire film, but must be shown at least once during the film.

SPECIFIC LINE OF DIALOGUE - The line must be spoken verbatim and can be spoken, written, or displayed in the movie. Text or subtitles do not count.

END OF DAYS THEME - At the start of the film competition, each film will receive one of four themes to write their film around. The film can be any genre (Comedy, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama, etc.).

1. Ghost / Supernatural     2. Alien / Extraterrestrial     3. Zombie / Virus     4. Cosmic / Asteroid



Best Apocalyptic Film
Best Apocalyptic Ending (Happy or Sad)
Best Badass Character
Best Kill / Death Scene
Best Hero / Villain
Best Female Actor
Best Male Actor
Best Story

The End of Days Film Challenge offers a variety of not-so-traditional awards to spice up the competition. We like to courage creativity along with outside the box filmmaking.

By knowing the awards before you start filming, you can create elements of your movie specifically catering to one or several of our awards!



A. Film Challenge Dates & Times

The End of Days Weekend Film Challenge will begin on Thursday April 23rd at 10:00 am and concludes on Sunday May 3rd at 11:00 pm EST.  All films will be screened on Saturday, May 9th, 2020.

C. Rules and Regulations

  1. All creativity must take place during the “Official Competition Period”. Any creativity work in advance of the competition time period is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: Writing the script, Rehearsing, Costume/Set Design, Shooting, Editing, Sound Design, Rendering, etc. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All short films received after the deadline will not be available for awards.
  2. The only work to begin prior to the “Official Competition Weekend” is: organizing crew, organizing cast, securing equipment, scouting/securing locations, and creating a story idea.
  3. All footage must be shot within the competition time period of the project. Stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used if it does not include any of the film’s actors in it, and is used only as an establishing, transition, or Point-of-View shot. You may not use more than a total of 30 seconds of stock footage. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the competition time period. (Note: Stock footage as part of a special effect in a third party special effects program is permissible.) Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the competition time period.
  4. Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film. Required  elements include: Character Name, Prop, Line of Dialogue, and End of Days Theme.
  5. The required Character must be an actor on screen. The Prop must be seen on-screen. The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. It must be in English.
  6. Any type of video or film camera may be used. Sound recorders are allowed.
  7. To be eligible for the Project, Entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe third-party’s rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, race, religion, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the EOD Film Challenge, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. The EOD Film Challenge reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. See the Film Rating and Profanity rules.
  8. To be certified as an “Official End of Days Film Challenge Film,” each participating group’s film/video production must follow all rules herein. End of Days Film Challenge Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified “Official End of Days Film Challenge Films.”
  9. No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.
  10. The End of Days Film Challenge may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant. All certified “Official End of Days Film Challenge Films” are eligible to compete for the End of Days Film Challenge awards. Panels of independent judges will determine the winners.
  11. The End of Days Film Challenge Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time.
  12. There are no refunds for any reason, whatsoever. For instance: non-compliant films, teams that drop out, films that do not make the deadline, or any other catastrophic event.

SAG - AFTRA ACTORS - You are welcome to use SAG-AFTRA Actors, so long as you compete the required SAG-AFTRA paperwork and requirements. We do not require proof of the SAG-AFTRA documents..

D. Format and Length Requirements

  1. The finished short film must have a run time greater than 4 minutes, but less than 7 minutes — excluding credits.
  2. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is NOT considered part of the length of the film.

Example: a film may be 7 minutes long, including up to 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 minutes.

  1. The finished film/video must be submitted in NTSC. Your film must be submitted in the following format: a self-contained, NTSC, Full HD (1920×1080p) 16:9 aspect ratio, Quicktime file (.mov) OR MPEG-4 file (.mp4)  in H.264 compression.
  2. Before the finished film begins, it should have:
    • Black Matte (2 seconds)
    • Title card with: the Films Title and Team Name (4 Seconds)
    • Black Matte (2 seconds)
    • Your Film

*The title card and black frames DO NOT COUNT towards your films final time limit.

E. Uploading your Film

1. Any file sharing program may be used to upload and share your film with the EOD staff.

2. A link to download your film must be emailed to EODFilmChallenge at before the competition end date.

3. Include the following information in the email:

Team Name, Team Leader Name, Film Name, and a link to the movie.

F. Production Documents

The End of Days Film Challenge does NOT require any Production Documents. We strongly suggest you sign contracts with your cast, crew, locations, etc. But we do not require that you turn any documents into us.

F. Film Ratings

Film Ratings – We do not require a specific rating or profanity restriction for your film.

However, EOD reserves the right to disqualify or not screen any film that includes any distasteful racist or sexually explicit content.


Full or partial nudity is accepted and must be used at the discretion of the team leader, film director, and actor in question.

Drug Use

Drugs may be present in your film, however The EOD Film Challenge does not encourage the glorification of drug use.


The EOD Film Challenge will not accept any film submissions that mock, glorify, or reenact actual tragic events involving minors. Examples include The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Columbine High School Shooting, Virginia Tech Shooting, etc. However, you may reference these events in your film so long as you do not mock or glorify them.

G. Fund Raising

Registered teams participating in the EOD Film Challenge are allowed to seek funding via fundraising sites such as IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, etc. If a team elects to raise money, they may use the End of Days Film Challenge name, logo, website, and information in the fundraising description.

The End of Days Film Challenge will in no way assist in the fundraising of any teams film.

H. Payment/Refunds

Payment is made through PayPal. Refunds before the start of the contest will be offered with a 15% service charge. Once the contest has started, no refunds will be issued.

The End of Days Film Challenge Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time.

  1. There are no refunds for any reason, whatsoever. For instance: non-compliant films, teams that drop out, films that do not make the deadline, or any other catastrophic event.

After the Festival

Once the End of Days Film Challenge has screened your film at the End of Days Film Festival, you are free to upload and share your film on Youtube or Vimeo. Releasing your film before the film festival will result in your film not being eligible for awards.


Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. EODFilmChallenge at