Bumper Contest Rules

Bumpers are free to submit, but have very strict rules.

What is a bumper?

Bumpers are very short (under 1 minute) and often darkly humorous films, that must end with the Portland Horror Film Festival™ logo. Bumpers are shown before features or before blocks of short films, and are a kind of “station identification” to kick off each block with a bang. They give you a chance to show off your creativity and possibly win a “Best Bumper” award laurel. All bumpers that are selected to play at the fest will also receive a single filmmaker pass for the day their bumper is playing.


Bumpers are free to submit, but have very strict rules, and those that don’t follow all of the rules will be disqualified. So, please read carefully:

  • Must be under 45 seconds in total runtime
  • Must be horror genre-oriented (think spooky, bloody, or suspenseful). Bonus points if your bumper was made specifically for PHFF!
  • Must not have a credit roll or titles (credits will be listed in the fest program).
  • Must end with the Portland Horror Film Festival logo available to download here at our logo page and hold it clearly on-screen for 2 seconds before fading out.
    • You may animate elements of the logo, if you like, as long as the logo appears in its full provided form for those final two seconds.
    • It’s okay to super-impose the logo over footage, if appropriate, or for it to appear over empty frames at the end.
    • If necessary, you may use the logo in only black or white for black and white films (or where the art demands it), but do not introduce new colors to the logo itself (for example, don’t show a red or purple or blue version of the logo… if it’s in color, you should use the green, and white/black logo colors).
    • If necessary, the logo can change shape (for example, an an on-screen element can “morph” into the logo shape, or it can change for other effects like heat or water waves), but be sure that the logo appears fully in its provided form and holds on screen that way for the final two seconds of the bumper.
  • Bumpers must be submitted by our final film deadline through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PortlandHorrorFilmFestival (you’ll need a free FilmFreeway account).


Up to 6 bumpers will be selected to play on the big screen at the festival, and one of those will be awarded the “Best Bumper” award after the conclusion of the festival.

Makers of the selected bumpers will receive:

  • Portland Horror Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION laurel graphic
  • A Single festival pass good for the day the bumper screens, good for one person.

In addition, the creator of the bumper awarded “Best Bumper” will receive (after the festival):

  • Portland Horror Film Festival BEST BUMPER laurel graphic
  • A FilmFreeway waiver code good for a short or feature-length submission to the Portland Horror Film Festival’s next season.