What kind of films does Screamfest Film Festival screen?

Screamfest Film Festival screens American and International horror films. Please review our latest film guide to get an idea of the types of films we screen at the festival. The festival supports independent horror films and the filmmakers that create them. All horror genres are welcome: horror, horror-comedy, horror-thrillers, horror-animation, Sci-Fi and more. From horror comedies to straight out gore fest, red carpet premieres to independent productions, there’s a place for all things horror at Screamfest Horror Film Festival.

The festival screens feature-length, short films, super short films and student shorts.

When does the festival take place?

Screamfest Horror Film Festival will take place October 18-27th, 2016 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA.

When is my film due?

We prefer films to be submitted with a link to a password protected online screener. The online film submission form include a field for you to enter your secured online link to your screener by the postmarked date listed on the website.

Will I be notified when Screamfest receives my film?

Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to notify each individual when we receive their film.

When will I know if my film has been selected to screen at Screamfest Horror Film Festival?

We will notify filmmakers no later than September 15th. Please make sure that the e-mail address and phone number that you provided on your submission is working at that time, as we will be contacting you via that e-mail.

What is Screamfest Horror Film Festivals premiere status requirement?

We require that all feature films must not have had any public or festival screenings in the Southern California region and prefer a World Premiere, US or West Coast for feature films that will screen in our competition sections. For short films we prefer an LA premiere.

Premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film’s inclusion in the Festival.

Do you accept work-in-progress films?

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for entry if submitted by the deadlines and if the final cut will be available by September 15th, 2016. Please label your submission “Rough Cut” and specify what is missing (i.e., temp sound, needs color correction, etc.). Our programming staff is accustomed to viewing films that are missing minor elements. However, please be aware that our programming department may not be able to re-screen your film if you send a final cut after submitting a rough cut. To avoid confusion throughout the screening review process, we would prefer that you only send us ONE version of your film as our programming team may not be able to re-screen your film.

How many films can I submit?

You can submit as many films as you’d like. Each film must be submitted separately.

What screening formats does Screamfest Horror Film Festival accept?

We welcome submissions of password protected on-line screener links using such sites as Vimeo or YouTube. You may enter the link and password when you complete the online submission form.

For presentations at the festival, feature and short films screen in 35mm and DCP. For more technical specifications and formats, please read the Submission Guidelines.

Full details about submission requirements can be found in our Submission Guidelines.

If you have any further questions, please contact