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One Minute Film Festival

One Minute Film Festival: Bite-Sized Horror

Tell your tale of terror… in just 60 seconds.

The tools of filmmaking have never been more accessible; most of us carry a high-quality video camera in our pockets every day. The One Minute Film Festival was created to give a platform for visual storytelling to anyone in the Pitt community with an idea and a smartphone or digital camera.

This year, the Center for Creativity has teamed up with our friends from Horror Studies in the University Library System and the Horror Studies Working Group to bring you all the shudders and scares with One Minute Film Festival: Bite-Sized Horror.   

The festival is open to all forms of expression through the moving image: we want to see your unnerving narrative shorts, scary stop motion, eerie experimental films, and anything else you come up with. The only constraints are a time limit (60 seconds or less) and of course, that spine-tingling vibe. 

What scares you? How can you convey a message, show the meaning in a moment, and compel an audience in only a minute? We shiver with antici… pation! 

Want some insight from one-minute horror experts? Register now for our virtual panel on Oct. 12!

Bite-Sized Horror Virtual Panel
Tuesday, Oct. 12 | 8 p.m.

Register here  

Join two award-winning filmmakers and the curator of "13 Minutes of Horror,” the world's greatest festival of mini-horror movies, as they discuss conceiving and making a scary movie just one minute long. Featuring author and curator Lisa Kröger (Monster, She Wrote) and filmmakers Megan Llewellyn (Tailypo) and Eunice Levis (Fell Ends). Moderated by Adam Charles Hart, author (Monstrous Forms) and University of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections Visiting Researcher. Presented by the Center for Creativity and University Library System.


  • The One Minute Film Festival is open to all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff, at all campuses.
  • Submissions must be 60 seconds or less, not including credits.
  • Submissions open Friday, Oct. 1, and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.
  • Please complete and upload your submission using the Qualtrics form. You may submit up to three (3) entries, but each entry must be sent separately.


  • Best Use of a Pitt Campus (Oakland or regional): $150
  • Best Monster, Killer, or Creature: $150
  • Best Incorporation of Social Awareness: $150
  • Best Picture: $250

Submit your film

And join us for the virtual screening and awards presentation! 

One Minute Film Festival: Bite-Sized Horror Awards & Virtual Screening  
Thursday, Oct. 28 | 8 p.m.
Register here

Fear is the tie that binds this year's entries together: Bite-Sized Horror asked Pitt filmmakers to explore what scares them (and us). Who will make us jump out of our seats? Who will win one of our category awards, or float away with Best Picture? Turn down the lights, grab some popcorn, and find out. 

Submissions will also be shown continuously on Hillman Library's digital wall (third floor) on Friday, Oct 29, from 2-5 p.m.