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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 shop.deviantart.com*
  • 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

THE SCARED STIFF CONTEST BEGINS AT 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC TIME ("PT") ON DECEMBER 6, 2012 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON JANUARY 9, 2013 (THE "PROMOTION PERIOD").

  • 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 www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com 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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:icondesktopzombie:
DeskTopZombIe Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the idea of this contest and of sharing a piece inspired by American Folklore
If you all would be so kind as to take a look and share your thoughts it would be greatly appreciated.

Windigos own these Woods

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Alternate 3d version is also available here:

[link]
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:iconcreepysheepstudio:
CreepySheepStudio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I had noticed above that it states '22 semi finalists' and below that, it says '25 semi finalists'. I'm curious as to the proper number of semi finalists to be selected.
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:iconsmile7z:
smile7z Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
22+ top 3 winners.
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:iconcreepysheepstudio:
CreepySheepStudio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Ah, duh- this makes sense. My math is terrible. I appreciate you humorist my stupidity. :P
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:iconsmile7z:
smile7z Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Lol
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:iconthe-rbt-designer:
The-RBT-Designer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I don't see my entry in the Scared Stiff Contest gallery. Does it show up later? :confused:
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:iconthe-rbt-designer:
The-RBT-Designer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Never mind, I see my entry now in the gallery. I hope my entry makes it. :)
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:iconsapgoblin:
SapGoblin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
WoW - there are a lot of good ones!!! VERY curious to see who makes the next round!

Here's mine again, for anyone interested!
[link]
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:iconang3lwolfsong:
Ang3lWolfSong Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally done! So glad I got at least one entry in!! ;)
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:iconreyjdesigns:
reyjdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
V4. Finally done yesterday. Have a look. Cheers
[link]
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:iconblunderbolt:
Blunderbolt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Anybody else having an issue where a giant block of entries is missing?
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Browse by newest not by popular :)
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:iconblunderbolt:
Blunderbolt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks for the reply. Its back now, so hopefully I'll still be considered for the contest.

I was browsing by newest, and it simply wasn't there. Many others that were submitted around the same time were also missing. Last night, several hours past the deadline, there were around 1600 entries showing. Now there is over 2000. I'm glad you guys were able to restore the missing pieces!

Thanks again!
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:iconastropeak:
Astropeak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just missed the deadline by 5 seconds...I blame my slow ass computer and internet connection. Good Luck everyone. Check out my entry!
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:iconsmile7z:
smile7z Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Good Luck Everyone!
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:iconmarobee:
MaroBee Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hope mines went through phew!
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:iconlongcriercat:
LongcrierCat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hope you guys don't mind multiple entries of the same piece at different contrasts.

[link]

High Contrast:

[link]

I'm so glad I was able to take part in this. Good luck, everyone.
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:iconlaunadoon:
Launadoon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Check out my entry too.
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:iconjhuertajr:
jhuertajr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck all! This contest was a lot of fun.
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:iconthe-rbt-designer:
The-RBT-Designer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I finally got my entry finished. I hope it makes it. Please check it out! :D [link]
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:iconmandarkhahaha:
Mandarkhahaha Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
One last picture!
Let me know what you think!
[link]
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:iconpkmnbulbasaur:
PKMNBulbasaur Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"open to US resident only"
#canadianproblems
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:iconnightshade28681:
Nightshade28681 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Am I the only one having trouble with the dA uploader? I can't get it to select a category for my art.
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:iconangel-akino:
Angel-Akino Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
My entry [link] tradicional work .... is bad...jajaja.....see please....
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:iconbalaskas:
Balaskas Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The "Submit Art" link keeps taking me to the Official Terms page. How do I submit?
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:iconbalaskas:
Balaskas Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oops, never mind :)
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
So excited! This is my first online contest i've entered! Please check out my piece and see what you think. Would love for critiques and comments =D thanks!!
[link]
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:iconjillychaos21:
JillyChaos21 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
When do we find out the winners ?
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:iconsapgoblin:
SapGoblin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Can anyone tell me if I have to re-submit this without my signature in the corner, to qualify??? Thanks.

[link]
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:iconsapgoblin:
SapGoblin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
took it out just in case...!
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:iconmissmonster7:
MissMonster7 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had fun with this one. I got to try a style I don't usually use ~ Hope you like it c:
[link]
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:iconkristelane:
KristeLane Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I definitely meant to post this one.. I guess something must have went wrong. =(
[link]
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:iconkristelane:
KristeLane Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't wait to see the semi-finalist!
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:iconmandarkhahaha:
Mandarkhahaha Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I entered 2!
I might do another one tonight!
I would love your feedback!
[link]
[link]
:D
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FionaCanajART Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doh had no tablet to work for it :s I really had a creepy nightmare to show you guys :/...oh well hope to have an other contest like this! :)
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:iconliark2z:
liark2z Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fuuuu I just knew about this contest to late t.t
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:iconseabasss:
Seabasss Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Finished just in time!
[link]
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:iconvandiabloart:
VanDiabloArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Here is my final image for it....[link]
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:iconcslundy:
CSLUNDY Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
ok I am freakin out a bit- I had an entry on the site ....now its not on there. If I enter it again will it not count? The rules state no duplicates. Help......
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:iconduckboy:
Duckboy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Here's my entry [link]
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:icontrevor4056:
trevor4056 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
My fear is t if something under the bed but it does involve something under the bed or from the closet and my mommy.
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:iconpriffyviole:
PriffyViole Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Is it bad that all I can think of when I look at this is Gregorio Wilhelm III of Gitaroo Man?
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:iconreyjdesigns:
reyjdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Okay peeps, if you all have a second to spare, please check out my final version of my artwork,
[link]

Let me know what you think....Cheers
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:iconblueaizu:
BlueAizu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is pretty cool, but I found out about it a little too late. Oh well.
Good luck to all of the contestants anyway!
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:iconangelarizza:
AngelaRizza Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, does anyone know if signing our artwork is allowed in this one? Couldn't find anything written about it in the rules.
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Submission button "to the right" doesn't work.
Just keeps taking us to contest rules that are rather vague about how to enter
in a nutshell "sign up to dA it's free"

Could you tell us how to enter please?
Is there a group we have to submit to?
Is there a specific cattegory it has to be under?
Or is there an email we're to send it to... thanks.
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:iconlonghomefox:
LongHomeFox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
Read the official rules. It's important. At the bottom of the "Official Rules" page is a submit button.
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:icongaztv-inc:
GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Yeah... that button isn't there at the bottom in my browser Window.
Don't worry I got the thing uploaded the old fashioned way... lol
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:iconlonghomefox:
LongHomeFox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
Cool.
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:iconrinaldi-pin-up:
Rinaldi-Pin-Up Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
Would have loved to enter this contest, too bad it discriminates and is only for U.S. folks...
Good luck everyone!
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