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Horror Film Festivals

List of Scariest Horror Fests

Annual Horror Film Festivals are usually held in the fall season, near October, or close to Halloween, and always the spookiest month of the year. Check out our list of over 30 Horror Film Festivals, designed to provide more opportunities and exposure for filmmakers, screenwriters and video game developers working within the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. These film festivals celebrate the independent horror filmmaker by giving them a forum to showcase some of the most talented, up and coming horror filmmakers in the world. Start planning now for the fall, when most of these festivals take place.

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United States Horror Film Festivals

Freak Show Horror Film Festival

Freak Show
Orlando, Florida

Screamfest Horror Film Festival

Hollywood, CA

Chicago Horror Film Festival

Chicago Horror Film Festival
Chicago, IL
September/ October

ParaCultiCon Shockfest Film Festival

ParaCultiCon Shockfest Film Festival

Shockfest Film Festival is seeking Short and Feature Genre Films & Screenplays!

Now in its 12th edition, Shockfest specializes in showcasing the most edgy, controversial, unique and cutting edge content, as well as supporting independent filmmakers! We value every filmmaker that submits, not just those selected, and we seek to cultivate a nurturing environment for fellow genre creatives.

Additional information on our festival:
- Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway and FestHome;
- Films from any year - there are no 'Produced by' or 'Completed by' dates;
- Short films up to 40 minutes, no minimum runtime;
- Feature films of minimum 41 minutes, no maximum runtime;
- Themes : Genre films!
- Student films accepted;
- Customized trophies + sponsored awards;
- Awards are IMDb listed;
- Main Festival Dates: 13th November 2020;
- Main Festival Location: Las Vegas, Nevada;
- Secondary Festival Locations: New York City and Los Angeles;
- Secondary Festival Dates: 27 June 2020 and 27 September 2020.
- Events include: film screenings, industry panels, special guests, red carpet ceremony, happy hours, filmmaker networking parties, costume competitions, escape rooms, etc

The festival's parent company Shockfest Horror Factory organizes a number of traveling 'mini events' throughout the year in a number of other cities. Your submission to Shockfest's 12th Main Event automatically makes it eligible in these secondary competitions and mini events, which come with their own laurels, screenings, awards, goodies, and so on.

Shockfest values every filmmaker that submits, not just those that it selects, and seeks to cultivate a nurturing environment for fellow genre creatives. Reach out with your requests for discounts!

We look forward to reviewing your dark art. More Info: ParaCultiCon Shockfest Film Festival

Submitted by: Filmmaker Liaison, New York City, NY

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Shriekfest Horror Film Festival Not rated yet
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Zed Fest Horror Film Festival & Screenplay Competition Not rated yet
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Carnage Horror Film Festival Not rated yet
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New Orleans Horror Film Festival Not rated yet
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San Antonio Horrific Film Fest Not rated yet
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Tabloid Witch Awards Horror Film Festival Contest Not rated yet
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Circus Of Terror International Horror Film Festival Not rated yet
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Telluride Horror Show Film Festival Not rated yet
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Mile High Horror Film Festival Not rated yet
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Oklahoma Horror Film Festival Not rated yet
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