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LOVECRAFT Spooky Music for Horror and Halloween




Midsummer Scream, HorrorBuzz & LOVECRAFT present:

“Soundtracked By LOVECRAFT” Short Film Contest


Spooky filmmakers! Want a shot to direct a horror music video with a $5000 budget?


Use LOVECRAFT’s music in an original short film or music video and submit it to Midsummer Scream’s 2020 Screaming Room film festival. We’ll pick the film that best incorporates the music and the director will be given a $5000 budget to shoot and direct an official music video for LOVECRAFT’s next album due this fall, just in time for Halloween.



Choose a LOVECRAFT song (or instrumental) from THIS PLAYLIST and incorporate it in your film.  After completing your film, submit it to Midsummer Scream’s Screaming Room.  Be sure to check off the “SOUNDTRACKED BY LOVECRAFT” box.  After submitting you may upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, tag it with @LVCRFTmusic #SoundtrackedByLOVECRAFT and let the world know!



All films are eligible for inclusion in the HorrorBuzz Screaming Room - if scheduled for screening filmmaker will receive a pair of complimentary weekend passes to Midsummer Scream.


Soundtracked By LOVECRAFT Winner will receive:

  • $5000 budget to cover production and editorial for a new LOVECRAFT music video.

  • Director of the winning selection will work with LOVECRAFT to select a song from their upcoming album and discuss creative, budgeting, timeline etc.

  • LOVECRAFT Prize pack

  • Winner’s new LOVECRAFT music video will be released formally as a LOVECRAFT music video with full marketing and promotion, PR, social media etc.

  • Winning filmmaker included in PR, marketing, social media etc.


5 Runners up will receive a LOVECRAFT Prize pack.  



  • Theme or tone must be Horror based. Scary preferred, camp is cool, we favor the frights, clever creeps and dark suspense

  • Short films, music video, animated shorts accepted

  • 15 minute maximum duration, no exceptions

  • Must contain recognizable usage of LOVECRAFT song(s) from this This Is Halloween Volume 1, Naughty & Nice, or These Are Halloween Instrumentals Volume 1 


  • You must check off the “SOUNDTRACKED BY LOVECRAFT” category box on the submission form!  Use waiver code LOVECRAFT2020 to allow for free entry. (non-contest entries using this code will be ignored).

  • Entry must not have previously been submitted for the Midsummer Scream Screaming Room

  • Music must be credited properly in credits/metadata etc.

  • All participants must consent to being included in your entry 

  • Entry must not contain any other copyrighted material

  • Must be submitted no later than May 17, 2020



A shortlist of potential winning entries will be determined by the HorrorBuzz team. The winning entry will be judged and selected by an esteemed panel of industry pros including LOVECRAFT’s own Lil Punkin’, DeepKutz and Norman Crates.


Entries will be judged on:

- Creative use of music

- Artistic Merit (e.g., Story, Creativity, Entertainment Value)

- Technical Merit

- Additional consideration for Social Engagement




May 17, 2020: Submission Deadline

June 15: Notification Date

July 31 - August 2: Midsummer Scream

September 7:  Winning filmmaker’s new LOVECRAFT music video due

October 1:  Winning filmmaker’s new LOVECRAFT music video premiere

Midsummer Scream, HorrorBuzz, or LOVECRAFT reserves the right to extend the deadline at any time.


Follow @LVCRFTmusic to stay up to date!