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MAMA Scared Stiff Contest

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 5:00 PM

Guillermo del Toro presents MAMA, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

Now, the MAMA filmmakers in conjunction with deviantART invite you to bring your scariest childhood memory to life! Is it under the bed? Or perhaps lurking in the closet, attic or basement? Use your imagination and create a visual depiction of your most frightening apparition.

MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro will be judging your ability to create your very own childhood terror! Enter now! If you dare...

Watch the trailer for "MAMA" above, and use it to bring into your imagination a looming scary memory from your childhood.

Using the medium of your choice depict the most frightening image from your childhood coming out from underneath a bed, from a closet, an attic or a basement. The "image" can be a person, poltergeist, monster, animal or thing whether animate or inanimate.

Read the Official Rules. Your entry must be a single .jpg or .png.

Once you've finished your piece, submit it to the contest category by clicking the submit button to the right.

  • $5,000 USD
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • A print of your choice from*
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Depending on sizes and subject to availability. Maximum value: $250.00 USD.
  • $3,500 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • $1,500 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART

2,000 deviantART Points • Three-Month Premium Membership to deviantART


  • Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of December 6, 2012 and a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or a U.S. military installation to be eligible to enter the Contest;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PM) on January 9, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to is free;
  • Entrant must submit: an original work depicting the most frightening image from your childhood coming out from underneath a bed, from a closet, an attic or a basement;
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully;

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creative Interpretation of the Task
  • Technical Artistic Skill

What's hiding beneath the bed? What's lurking behind the closet door? Depict your scariest childhood memory in our “MAMA Scared Stiff Contest,” judged by artist and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro! With over $10,000 USD in prizing, those years of fears can finally pay off. MAMA will be haunting theaters on January 18, 2013.
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Nice proposal, even when I never was scared in my childhood because I was the mounster following the opinion of my mom.. jijiji...
JillyChaos21 Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
is there anyway to view the entries ?
kotorikurama Jan 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
Horror stuff "woot"! A chance to play around with fears and nightmares ^^
KeiRiny Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
i try it... :)
I think I just seen the preview of the movie on T.V.!!
can't wait to see it!!
I read all the rules & yet it does seem to allow a photo to be submitted for said contest. The other thing is that it seems as this contest is mostly for those whom will own my own work in writing, is this a true fact. To me it seems to be that the filmmaker is the one that is looking for ideas at our cost to help him out more then it will help us as a community.
I i'm dead wrong about all of this please let me know & just hit me between the eyes, which is something that i have truly respect from the human race. No worries about saying what you want to say to me because my feeling do not get hurt like most people. Plus the way i view life is the truth is what makes you free.
Thank you to whom ever will reply.
Yours Truly,
Ms. P. :heart:
hinata1star Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm mostly good at literature but I think I can put my words into a form of art to enter. I wish the best of luck to every contestant!
xXSpiritualArtistXx Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I really wanna try this, but I have little to no artistic ability or time. Not to mention, my lack of ideas at the moment... I'm gonna try anyway!

I wish all of the other competitors good luck! I'd love to see the winning picture~
If only I could submit a story instead! Guillermo Del Toro is a dark GOD in my eyes!!!!
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