The term was coined by Carol Clover in her 1992 book, Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. For Clover, this term refers to a female protagonist within a horror movie who the audience can align with as she defeats her oppressor.
Ok, clearly, we are oversimplifying the nuances of Clover’s point. For the full story, pick up a copy for yourself.
For our purposes, we are referring to any kick ass women in horror movies, and our aim is to celebrate the talents of actresses within the indie horror genre…whether your character survived or not!
Join our Final Girl Search!!!
We're entering our 4th year this October, and are looking for the ultimate Final Girl to help us celebrate!!
If you think you have what it takes to become the Northern Frights Festival Final Girl, tag the Northern Frights Festival and Gore Noir Magazine on Instagram or Facebook to enter. Our amazing judges will then pick 10-15 finalists (depending on the amount of entries), and add them to the site, where we'll open it up to a public vote!
The winner will be deemed our 2018 Northern Frights Festival Final Girl! We'll send you a shirt, we'll show your video on the big screen during the festival and provide you with mondo promotion. And, we'll feature you in a full-page ad in Gore Noir Magazine!!! A killer way to promote yourself and your projects! How do you like them apples?
And we'll be announcing our judges soon! Stay tuned!
How to Enter:
1) You must have appeared in at least one horror movie (or an upcoming horror movie. Of course short films are fine, we love shorts!)
2) Follow the Northern Frights Festival on
Instagram and / or Facebook.
3) Post a picture or video of yourself on Instagram or Facebook and be sure to include these TWO hashtags:
4) Also, tag @northernfrightsfestival and @gorenoirmag (our awesome sponsors!)
5) You must also include some additional information to be considered, information that will be shared with our judges. A brief bio regarding your work as well as a brief message about why you would make the best Final Girl is required. Easiest to email this to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also send in a link or two (via email) to some of your work (an acting reel is suitable) and a link to your IMDB page, web site, etc., if applicable. Head shots, on set photos, and other publicity material is also welcome.
This information must be received by June 30, 2018.
From this information, the judges will select the finalists for the contest.
Then Phase Two begins...
Once the judges have picked the finalists, we will post all of the finalists on our site and open the competition up for public votes. The first round of voting will last a week. Those who survive that round make it to the third and final round of votes...and the winner of that will be the Northern Frights Festival Final Girl!
You do not have to have a film submitted to the festival to enter. We love horror, and we love indie film, and think this is a cool way to cross promote our festival with your work! There is no cash value to this contest, just glory, honour, and promotion!
Also, we believe in indie horror, so regardless of the budget of the film, we are interested in your work!
The above photos feature some amazing actresses from some equally amazing horror movies. In no way are they, or the studios involved with those films, affiliated with our contest. They just really help to illustrate our point.