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Filmmaking mavericks of Australia take note! Monster Pictures, in partnership with Open Channel, JMC Academy, Mnemonic Audio, Canadian film sales company – Raven Banner Entertainment and crowd-funding platform – Pozible are very proud to announce a joint film production initiative that is set to stir interest across the land…


Australia’s very first micro-budget, “Ozploitation” feature film challenge! If you think you and your team have what it takes to deliver a quality micro-budget exploitation feature flick? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

What are we?

We’re looking for a good old fashioned Aussie cannibal flick! Why cannibals? No other reason than we LOVE cannibal flicks, so BRING IT ON!

We’re looking for filmmaking teams adept at churning out nasty little masterpieces on the smell of an oily rag.

You’ll conceptualize it, but we’ll help you develop it, fund it, produce it and most importantly, distribute it in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, before selling it to the rest of the world! …And if that’s not enough – we’ll even give you a RED CARPET PREMIERE at Monster Fest 2014 – THIS COULD BE JUST THE BREAK YOU NEED!

Monster Micro-Nasties is not a competition for individuals – WE WANT TEAMS!

We believe the key to making quality micro-budget films is found in passionate, committed teams, and that’s exactly what we’re after. The size of your team depends on you, but we want teams that work great with each other, utilise a variety of skill sets and are driven by one thing… to make great little flicks THAT SELL!


Please read the following GUIDELINES carefully. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at with the subject: Monster Micro-Nasties.


We want a two-page project overview. We want strong, interesting, unique and original ideas AND WE WANT ELEMENTS. Elements? Yes elements! It’s an exploitation film for Gawd’s sake, so we want stuff that’ll make you squirm. Give us ideas that contain flesh, gore, noise, guts, grime, thrills, chills, stuff to challenge and enthrall an audience – stuff that will make the film stand out in a crowd, stuff that will make the film sell. Glorious B flick nastiness! Sell your teams virtues and tell us exactly why your team deserve this opportunity to make this film!

CONCEPT PITCH: A 300-word synopsis of your idea.

It needs to be:

  • Short, sharp and to the point
  • Based around a strong central concept
  • Visual, uncomplicated and displaying a strong understanding of filmmaking conventions – meaning it’ll be achievable on a micro-budget.

TEAM CV: A one-page CV giving us a brief overview of the team behind your potential masterpiece.

Tell us:

  • Who the key members of the team are
  • Their individual skills
  • What you’ve made together in the past or why you have come together to make this film.


  1. This competition is only open to entrants based in Australia.
  2. The word and page limit is strict – when we say 300 words we mean 300 words,   and when we say 1 page we mean 1 page – anything longer will not be accepted.
  3. Your concept must be based around the idea of CANNIBALISM
  4. Submissions must be emailed to no later than 5pm (Melb. time) Friday 11th October.
  5. Late entries will not be eligible.
  6. Entrants must be available to attend the Monster Micro-Nasties Grand Final on Sunday November 25th at Monster Fest Melbourne.
  7. Teams are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements for the Monster Micro-Nasties Grand Final.


On Friday 25th October the 12 best entries will be announced and contacted individually. Each ‘Semi-Finalists’ will be given 1 week to complete a 3 page extended treatment of their idea. You’ve got our attention now it’s time to go for the jugular!


  1. The word and page limit is strict. Anything longer than 3 pages will not be accepted.
  2. Submissions must be emailed to no later than 5pm (Melb time) Friday 1st November.
  3. Late entries will not be eligible.


On Friday 8th November six ‘Grand-Finalists’ will be selected and asked to prepare a 10-minute concept and team pitch to be presented at the Monster Micro-Nasties Grand Final gala event on Sunday 25th November at Monster Fest Melbourne.

We want you to pitch in any way that you feel will adequately portray your idea and your teams ability to bring yoir idea to life. You can show images, you can prepare a trailer, you can act it, sing it, talk it, hell you can fart it in bubbles – we don’t care, just so long as you do your best to win us all over in ten minutes!


  1. Teams are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements for the Monster Fest final.
  2. Pitches will be judged on the night by a combination of audience vote and expert panel.



First off we’re looking for great ideas – original, unique and most importantly ACHIEVABLE. It’s no use trying to pitch a multi-million dollar blockbuster – we’re talking micro-budget, so keep it real folks. You can be ambitious, there’s no problem with that, but ambition will need to be supported by a super team to pull it off – and we’re going to want to hear exactly who and how.

It’s important to know that we’re looking for films that can sell, so we want people with ideas that will stand out, if you have some ideas on how to push and market your film then we want to hear them.

Concepts will be judged on three main criteria – Originality, Team and Marketing Potential.

Anything that you can bring to the table to help give your idea/team the edge over the other ideas/teams will be taken into consideration. For instance if you have 20K that you want to throw into the film then tell us and the judges, if you have a commitment from Rutger Hauer to play the lead then tell us – if Boeing have donated a Airbus for you to crash into the Mojave Desert, and will also fly you and your team there to film the damn thing, then let us know – it may just give you the edge you need!



The winner of the competition will receive:


Runners up will get:


To be announced in the run up to Monster Fest.





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  1. Rod Brandon says:

    Too bad I am not in Australia, I would love to enter because I was thinking Aborigine cannibals something like a Hills have Eyes meets Cannibal Holocaust type of thing. Or would that be insensitive to Aborigines? They already get stereotyped anyway.

  2. Jordan Lowe says:

    Argh. I have been writing a cannibal related movie script but I am currently out of Australia. If the film is created in Aus can the writer be outside of Aus?

  3. neil says:

    Hi Jordan, the writer can reside anywhere but you will need an Australian based team to present the pitch at Monster fest in November in Melbourne for you to get the nod. Cheers, Neil.

  4. ben says:

    are teams allowed to submit more then one concept for the first round?

    1. Admin says:

      Hey there! you sure can, but we will pick your best to move forward with in future rounds.

  5. ben says:

    ok just to check on a few things with the teams:

    – can we have members on the team that cant make the november 25th pitch? as long as some of us can?

    – can someone be on more then 1 team?

    1. Dick Dale says:

      The whole team doesn’t have to be there in person on 25th do they? Considering mine live Interstate?

      1. neil says:

        Of course they don’t HAVE to be there, but you need to think what will make your entry STAND OUT and WIN – if you think you can do it alone, then all good, go ahead! – if you think you might need your team there to really sell the virtues of the project, then I would consider getting them to make an appearance – there is no real right or wrong, it’s more about WHAT WILL GIVE THIS PROJECT THE EDGE?? – like we say in the original guidelines, we don’t care what you do, JUST DO WHATEVER YOU THINK YOU NEED TO DO TO MAKE THE PROJECT WIN! -Remember too that it is partly based on audience vote so you’re gonna need support in the audience whether that’s because you’ve managed to charm them with your awesomeness or whether it’s because you’ve stacked the joint with your buddies is entirely up to you. The entry that wants to win it the most will probably win it and that’s exactly who we’re looking for! 🙂

  6. sarah says:

    I was wondering exactly what you you had in mind for low budget? 100k, 500k, 1mil? or less or more than that?

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