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[07/30/07 - 12:16 PM]
Chiller Is Looking for the Next Hitchcock
The contest challenges fans to "get creative and compete for great prizes and a chance to be featured on 'Chiller's Dare to Direct Film Festival' as they write, produce, and submit short horror films."

[via press release from Chiller]

CHILLER IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT HITCHCOCK

"Dare To Direct" Short Film Contest Begins August 1st

Winners Showcased in On-Air Halloween Special

BURBANK, Calif. � July 30, 2007 � NBC Universal Cable today announced the Chiller "Dare To Direct" Short Film Contest call for entries begins August 1st. The announcement was made by Dan Harrison, Senior Vice President, Emerging Networks, NBC Universal Cable.

"The Chiller community has been engaged both online and on-air, and we wanted to scare up some of their creativity with a forum that showcases the talent we know exists in our fan base," said Harrison. "We're looking forward to the submissions and will have as much fun reviewing the shorts as our budding Hitchcocks will have making them. October will be the scariest month on television on Chiller."

The "Dare to Direct Contest" challenges fans to get creative and compete for great prizes and a chance to be featured on "Chiller's Dare to Direct Film Festival" as they write, produce, and submit short horror films. Shorts will be judged in the categories of Best Picture, Creepiest Character, and Scariest Special Effects. Viewers vote online to select five finalists in each category, and a top TV producer will select final winners. Films can be uploaded from September 5 to September 17, and voting for each category will take place from September 21 to October 1. The films will remain online for viewing throughout October. On Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, finalists and winners will be announced and featured in "Chiller's Dare to Direct Film Festival" at 10:30pm and 1:30am (ET). The winner of each category will be awarded $5,000 and Chiller goodies. Complete rules and information can be found at ChillerTV.com.

Another option for fans to participate with Chiller is "America's Next Top Monster," where they can submit pictures of their most original Halloween costumes - beginning September 24 - to be viewed and rated on ChillerTV.com. A "Costume of the Day" will be featured on-air each day in October. The winning costumes will be announced on Halloween night, and Chiller prize packages will be awarded. Complete rules and information can be found at ChillerTV.com.

October will be built around the theme "The Scariest Month on Television" and will feature many events for horror fans. Viewers can vote for their favorite episodes to be part of weekly marathons of "Friday The 13th: The Series," "Tales From The Crypt," "Night Gallery" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Votes can be submitted through the Chiller website. SciFi's hit series "Ghost Hunters" makes a cameo on Chiller, with a four-hour marathon on Monday, October 1, from 8pm - 12am (ET). And on the most frightening day of the year - Halloween - Chiller has a full day of thrills. The Cryptkeeper will be up all day with a "Tales from the Crypt Movie Marathon," kicking off with "Tales from the Crypt: The Movie" at 7am and 12:30pm (ET). "Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight" airs at 8:30am and 2pm (ET). And "Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood" is on at 10:30 am and 4 pm (ET). The special "Even Scarier Movie Moments" airs at 6pm and 2am (ET). And the main course is dinner with Hannibal Lecter and a double helping of "Red Dragon," which will air commercial-free at 8pm and 11pm (ET). a.m.

CHILLER, an NBC Universal Cable channel, which launched in first quarter 2007, is the only entertainment cable channel dedicated to the popular horror genre, around the clock. Chiller features exclusive horror and thriller programming from "Twin Peaks," "Tales From the Crypt" and "Hitchcock Presents" to "The Shining," "Psycho" and "The Haunting." To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com. Chiller will offer a digital triple-pack service, which features a standard definition digital channel (SD), hi-definition simulcast channel (HD), and a video-on-demand (VOD) channel offered as a digital bundle. The SD digital channel became available March 1, 2007, with the VOD and HD offerings available later in 2007.





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