Submit Your Horror Film

Step 1: Read the Rules & Regulations

Step 2: Register as a Filmmaker

Step 3: Make a movie

Step 4: Film submissions are closed for 2020. They will open again mid-spring 2021.
Email us your film: Hand it in time!
(Submission Deadline is 5 PM Pacific Standard Time September 15, 2021.)

Step 5: Kick back and wait to see if your film is selected for Heavy Hitting HorrorFest.

Submission Deadline is 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time September 15, 2021!!!

Film submissions will open mid-spring 2021. Sign up for our newsletters and follow our social channels for more details!

Horrorfest Showtime: OCT. 30, 2021 in Whistler.

Rules & Regulations

  1. We need to know you exist and are interested in making a movie. So make sure you are registered to be added to the official filmmaker list so you can be notified if anything changes. (Fear not: We won’t sell your email to foreign governments or lame corporations.)

  2. Make sure you’ve made a Horror movie. That’s not to say we don’t want to see your tense emotional thriller, but the classic B-Grade genre style is what plays best at Heavy Hitting HorrorFest. (Zombies, monsters, Vampires, aliens with vagina mouths, etc)

    PLEASE NOTE: Over the past few years we’ve received a few submissions that seem more like toture-porn scenes than actual movies. If your “movie” is just an excuse to torture or abuse people (usually women) on screen then you needn’t bother submitting to HorrorFest. Movies, have a start, middle and end and your horrorific elements, like torture and murder, need to service your film’s story. Torture and brutalizing for its own sake will not be accepted into the festival.

  3. Make your movie less than 10 minutes in length.

  4. Don’t steal music. Everyone knows how important music is to a horror movie (exhibit a: Jaws) but you can’t just steal the Halloween soundtrack to boost your movie’s freak-meter. Please ensure all music you use is licensed. (We’ll send you a licensing form after you’ve registered to make a movie.)

  5. Submission Format. You can submit via a vimeo link (or something similar) but if your movie is selected for HorrorFest we need a digital file that adheres to the following:

    • Format: .MOV or .MP4
    • Compression: H264 Progressive (non-interlaced)
    • Resolution: 1080p
    • Bitrate: Automatic
    • Aspect ratio: Square Pixels

      (some editing suites may not have the option to convert from your shooting aspect into square pixels. If this is the case please label what aspect your movie is. 16:9, 4:3. Letterbox, etc)

  6. Hand in your movie on time. Deadline is September 15, 2020

    Submissions must be accompanied by a $25 submission fee (cash or email transfer). If your film is selected and you’re able to attend HorrorFest, you will receive 1 x complimentary ticket and a link to pre-buy some additional HorrorFest tickets for your crew and cast. For those films that were not selected, if you’d still like to attend, we will provide you with a link to pre-buy two tickets to HorrorFest on October 30, 2021.

  7. Rules may be added or altered at any time because that’s the way it is.

  8. Judging and Screening.

    Selected films will be judged at the event by a panel of kick-ass judges. Films will be judged on Store, Production Value, Sound, Music and overall Horrorificiness (a mix of innovativeness, coolness, bloodiness and overall wow factor).

    Prizes awarded may include: Best in Show, People’s Champion, The Erin Sollowey “Manimal Award” for most Fearless Performance other awards in the past have included Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Effects, Best Nude Scene, Rookie of the Year, and the Chili Thom Memorial Award For B-Grade MVP.

  9. Release Forms

    Registered filmmakers will be provided with music and screening release forms stating their music is cleared and we are licensed to screen their work at the festival.

  10. The Most important rule: Have Fun. HorrorFest was created as an excuse to get out there, get your hands bloody, learn, grow and have fun making movies. Having a good time is what it’s all about

Questions, concerns, and registration info should be directed to Feet Banks mask[at]