Disney has announced that their 20th Digital Studio will be premiering a series of short films featuring 60 diverse, genre-bending shorts for Halloween 2020. These bite-size thrills range from horror comedy to psychological thrillers and everything in between. 20th Digital Studio has created an emerging filmmaker platform that has heard more than 1,000 pitches from over 250 filmmakers. The entire series of 60 shorts will be screened September/October 2020 across Disney’s digital and broadcast platforms including ABC, Freeform, FX and Hulu.
David Worthen Brooks, EVP of 20th Digital Studio, says, “We are seeing so much energy in the short form horror genre and we are excited to provide a world platform for a community of emerging new filmmakers. This process will provide the necessary funding to support creative storytellers and give them the resources needed to realize their vision.”
20th Digital Studio is scheduled to premiere the series titled Zero Day, a selection of this year’s bite-size shorts, at the Official Selection of CANNESERIES Season 03 — ten 2-minute horror shorts will leave you on the edge of your seat at CANNESERIES during MIPTV in October 2020. At this time, the shorts are scheduled to be screened in competition in Cannes at the legendary venue, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
20th Digital Studio’s previous short genre content Bite Size Horror, released during the 2017 Halloween season, was named “Best of the Best” in Short-Form Fiction by the 2018 Brand Film Festival. The Brand Film Festival honors the year’s most artistic, creative and effective branded content films. The four award winning films that were created for Mars are M&M’s The Road, directed by Jack Bishop and Justin Nijm; Snickers’ Live Bait, directed by Andrew Laurich; Starburst’s The Replacement, directed by Chris Leone; and Skittles’ Floor 9.5, directed by Toby Meakins.
The cinematic collaboration of adrenaline-raising shorts debuted in podbusters within marquee programs like American Horror Story and the premiere of Ghosted as well as the MLB playoffs. The chilling short films achieved the highest ad retention of any advertiser in October 2017 and generated enormous social media engagement around the films and brands.
Several of the 20th Digital Studio alumni from The Bite Size film shorts include Salt, directed by Rob Savage. Other talent who worked early in their careers with 20th Digital Studio include actors Kathryn Newton, Constance Wu and Thomas Middleditch, director Jordan Vogt Roberts and writing team Josh Miller & Patrick Casey.
Integrations and sponsorships are being spearheaded by Jerry Daniello, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Brand Solutions, Disney
Are you looking forward to seeing these Halloween shorts on Hulu?