The fear films $2m Global incubator FUND

We are thrilled to announce the reopening of the FEAR Films Incubator for applications, this time promising an unlimited realm of potential terror for aspiring filmmakers.

Teaming up once again with the Independent Horror Society, FEAR, a blockchain-based horror game and film company, presents an incredible opportunity for filmmakers to turn their short film ideas into reality.

The FEAR Incubator has successfully incubated two horror films, with one recently wrapped on production, and another in the early stages of development. However, this round brings a significant change:

FEAR has boosted the total investment pool to $2,000,000 (£1.5m), and have removed any cap on project funding. So whether your vision requires a modest $1,000 or a substantial $50,000, FEAR is dedicated to providing the necessary funds. However please note, projects seeking larger amounts must provide clear justifications for their expenditure.

Making Nightmares Interactive

Similar to our inaugural funding round, priority will be given to shorts with potential for expansion into broader formats, particularly those adaptable to interactive gaming. FEAR, renowned for its successful online gaming franchises, seeks concepts that resonate with its horror gaming audience and desire to deliver compelling story driven game play. 

Through a fusion of VR, mobile, and 3D design, the films will be transformed into immersive gaming experiences, breaking new ground in the stagnant film and gaming landscape. 

While some shorts will remain in their original film format, others will undergo an awesome transformation, offering audiences the choice between a traditional viewing experience and an interactive film game. These interactive versions will feature substantially more footage, providing a deeper and more engaging narrative journey for those who seek it.

This time, we’re seeking Supernatural and Creature Feature Concepts

For this funding cycle, we are specifically interested in projects falling under the supernatural or creature feature sub-genres, challenging filmmakers to unleash their creativity within these realms. And as it stands for this round, we are only looking for projects that fall into these categories.

Empowering the Next Generation of Filmmakers

At its heart, the underlying aim of the Incubator is to help the next generation of genre filmmaking talent get the opportunity to have their dark ideas brought to the silver screen in a truly frightening reality.

We are committed to revolutionising the short horror film funding process so if you think your project has got what it takes to truly shock the horror world, please do apply now!

We can’t wait to read your applications, but before you apply, please do read all of our guidelines and FAQs, to ensure you have all the information needed.

How To Apply For Funding

If you’d like to apply for funding, here is what we would like you to submit: 

  • The finished screenplay for the short project.
  • A budget document detailing the proposed line-by-line expenditure. This can be in Excel or Google Sheets format.
  • Your proposed production schedule.
  • An investment pack and/or ‘look book’.
  • Applications must be submitted by 11pm on Friday, 31st May. 

what we are looking for

When choosing which applicants will be granted their requested investment from FEAR, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • The originality of the underlying concept and screenplay.
  • Applicant’s current portfolio of short and/or feature films that they and/or key team members have contributed towards creatively. (Applicant must clearly demonstrate how they played a significant role in the creation of any project listed).
  • The overall viability of the proposed production schedule for delivery of the short film.
  • Demonstration of ability to produce quality work under a tight budget.
  • If you have no filmmaking/production experience but still have an amazing idea, then you are still welcome to submit without most of the supporting production documents. A basic look book/investment pack will still be required. If your concept is strong enough then we may be able to help assemble a production team, but fully-scoped out applications will likely be given priority.

IHS Pro Members

Members of The Independent Horror Society’s premium membership service IHS Pro will be able to receive help and support from the IHS Pro team with the application process.

All members will have access to a dedicated channel in the private IHS Pro Discord server, where they can pose questions and queries in real time. 

If you’re not currently a member of IHS Pro, you can join now for £4.99 a month. 

(Please Note: becoming an IHS Pro member will not in any way guarantee investment)

FAQs

The Submission process

Each individual application will be assessed by members of FEAR and the IHS. From these projects, a shortlist will be created and applicants invited to an online discussion with representatives from all parties. This will be to scope out how the project will look in its entirety, and from here, a decision will be made to fund if all parties are comfortable in moving forward.

It’s true — there really are no limits (bar the overall fund size). But we will be carefully assessing budget plans for each project, and if a large sum is being requested, it will need to be clearly explained why and what it will be spent on. Whilst we’re excited that there’s new money available, it will be spent incredibly carefully, and there will be no room for complacency. 

If you have no filmmaking/production experience but still have an amazing idea, then you are still welcome to submit without most of the supporting production documents. A basic look book/investment pack will still be required. If your concept is strong enough then we may be able to help assemble a production team, but fully-scoped out applications will likely be given priority.

While you do not need an exact plan as to how your short film could convert to a game (or any completed screenplay/budget document/production schedule etc), the investment panel may look more favourably on projects with a clear scope for conversion. So the more information you can provide us, the better!

While we cannot provide specific advice on each individual application, members of the Independent Horror Society’s IHS Pro service will get access to a private Discord server where you can speak directly to the team, and get your questions answered.    

Not necessarily, no. While this figure represents the total amount available, investment in projects will only be made if the team deem them right for the incubator. 

Yes – You may submit multiple projects, but they must all be submitted separately and in line with our submission guidelines.

Yes – you can apply for any post-production or finishing funds that are required to complete your project. However please do note that your project will still be subject to the standard investment terms and conditions even if it is part funded.

The deadline for applications to be submitted for the first round of investment is 11pm on Friday, 31st May 2024. Apply Here.

The investment panel is made up of representatives of FEAR, its parent company Netcreeper Media, and The Independent Horror Society. 

No – this is open to residents of all countries.

Production Of Your Short Film

 No. The filmmaker/applicant is responsible for the production of the short film, with the IHS team being available on an advisory basis if required. If you have no filmmaking/production experience but still have an amazing idea, then you are still welcome to submit. If your concept is strong enough then we may be able to help assemble a production team, but fully-scoped out applications will likely be given priority.

The investment drawdown timeline will be agreed upon by the filmmaker/applicant and the investment panel during the latter stages of the submission process. 

As FEAR are a blockchain-linked company, your final amount investment will be sent to you in Bitcoin. You can then immediately transfer this into the currency of your choice. If you are unsure as to how to work with Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency, full instructions and advice will be given by the FEAR team. 

The final delivery date will be agreed upon by the filmmaker/applicant and the investment panel during the latter stages of the submission process. 

It’s very likely that you will need to incorporate extra content into your project that will be used if it goes on to be developed into a game. However you are NOT expected to detail out exactly what will be needed in your initial application. Extra content will be discussed in the latter stages of the application process and before the total budget is finalised. 

your finished short film

Once your short film is finished and is ready to go live, it will be made exclusively available to watch for free on the FEAR Horror Hub where it will be available for the world to see! 

Yes absolutely – we can also work with you on selecting the best festival options for your film if required. The full details will be discussed with each filmmaker/producer during the latter stages of the application process. 

IP Ownership

As the investor, FEAR will own the underlying IP of any film it funds. However, we firmly believe in fair and equal distribution of any financial gains from any IP deals made.

The most likely revenue stream that could be realised from your project is from game sales. The exact split of revenue will be agreed upon during the application process and based on the scope of the project and development. But there will likely be a guaranteed base percentage for the filmmaker, along with extra percentage tiers being made available depending on the overall quality of delivery and/or other pre-agreed factors.

For clarity, no agreements will be signed until all parties (including the applicant) are happy with the revenue share arrangements.

No. Neither FEAR nor any of its partners or subsidiaries will lay claim to any IP of any project submitted, that it does not invest in.

If any funded project goes on to be a success as a standalone film and/or game, then FEAR will look to develop extra content (including feature films) to maximise the use of the IP.  And as this is an ‘incubator’, the original applicant and/or filmmaker will of course be offered the chance to develop this alongside the FEAR team. 

If a film maker wants to develop a film from an existing IP already out in the industry this may also be possible and we welcome applicants of all kinds whereby talks can be made on a case by case basis.