The Lockdown Film Festival was created this spring with indie film creators’ spirit in mind. The creators — Harry Cartmell, Guy Allon and Gil Kolirin — are not in it for profit; the idea is to get people from all creative walks of life to think outside the box while staying inside their homes and film a short story on their smartphones during the lockdown.

“With most of the world on lockdown and everything grinding to a halt,” say festival creators Harry Cartmell, Guy Allon and Gil Kolirin. “We thought we’d give the film world a chance to be creative, get active and beat those lockdown blues with a good old fashioned film competition.”

We know that you horror, sci-fi and genre fans are up to this challenge!

The short films will be judged by a panel of top industry names, including Oscar-winning producers Rachel Shelton and Chris Overton of the 2017 short “The Silent Child,” and genre players such as producer Erik Olsen (House of Wax, The Reaping, Orphan), and George Richmond (Snow White and the Huntsman, Clash of the Titans, The Golden Compass).

The winning filmmaker(s) will get their next short film shepherded and produced for free — including state-of-the-art equipment, professional crew and postproduction. Lockdown will build a team around the winner to deliver the script to screen — and it won’t need to be in isolation!

The Audience Choice Award and other prizes will be announced soon.

“Since in these trying times it’s important for us to stay creative (and sane),” say Lockdown’s creators. ”What better way to do this than telling stories that will inspire others while the world recovers from this unfortunate event.”

The deadline for submissions is May 15, so you’d better get started ASAP! The finalists will be announced May 22, and winners announced May 31. [Here’s the complete timeline.] Sign up here to receive your rules and welcome packet ahead of finishing your short.