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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Dead Northern Film Festival
If you love horror movies, but also love social experiences, then Dead Northern's Annual October Festival or one of our Pop up events are not to be missed. At Dead Northern, we believe the ‘Festival’ is just as important as the 'Film.' Like Dr. Frankenstein, we take a collection of parts, hit them with electricity and a touch of chemistry, but rather than body parts, we use unique venues, independent filmmakers, entertainers, first-class caterers, and craft beer brewers to create our own brand of unique events.
We're based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England but will stick a Cinema screen just about anywhere. So far we've held events in Hotels, Churches, Breweries, and warehouses. Our main festival is held annually in October on the closest weekend to Halloween. With smaller bespoke events throughout the year. We are open for submissions until June 30, 2021 and accept submissions for Feature, Short, Documentary, and Music Video. Bespoke awards are presented to the winner of each category.
More Info: Dead Northern Film Festival (Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England)
Mile High Horror Film Festival 2020 (VIRTUAL)
The Mile High Horror Film Festival (MHHFF) 2020 will launch virtually September 24th – October 4th!
It will feature over 80 of the best horror, thriller and sci-fi films from around the world along with Q&A’s with filmmakers and special guests. Most films included in the festival are new films, giving fans a chance to see them before they are released to the general public.
The co-writer/director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Dan Myrick is the 2020 special guest judge of the feature film category.
The festival has been extended 10 days in order to give fans more of a chance to stream everything.
Scream Passes are now available for $75.
Individual tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10. We advise getting your tickets early as we expect many screenings to sell out.
The Mile High Horror Film Festival is one of the largest genre film festivals in North America featuring elite film premiers and talent.
More Info: Mile High Horror Film Festival (Denver, CO)
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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