15 Second Horror Film Challenge is a nonprofit international filmmaking contest with a variety of showcases from Halloween to mid-December including our beloved annual "Celebrity Favourites" numbered ranking.

|| IMPORTANT || For 2021, filmmakers' submissions MUST BE YOUTUBE UPLOADS in order to be programmed. I will build playlists hosted at http://youtube.com/workobeyfilms because I will not be accepting files nor editing showcases due to CPU technical issues. If a screener is not a YouTube upload, its status will be labeled "INCOMPLETE" until the screener is a YouTube upload.

Email only for questions if the Rules & Terms section has not answered FAQ.

All entries are eligible for various awards in which winners will receive digital laurels for:
- Comedy/Horror
- Direction
- Disturbing
- FX/VFX
- Kills/Deaths
- Performances
- Scariest Monsters
- Stories
- Top Artistic Achievements

All entries will receive tier status somewhere between bronze to platinum.

December 20th event date is approximate for "Celebrity Favourites". There are a number of awards announced throughout November and join us on Halloween for our annual program showcasing everyone's accepted entries.

Our greatest hits from any season is eligible to be featured at other festivals/conventions' live screenings TBA.

There are no 'physical' prizes.

Laurels are not available for the "Celebrity Favourites" winners.

|| IMPORTANT || For 2021, filmmakers' submissions MUST BE YOUTUBE UPLOADS in order to be programmed. I will build playlists hosted at http://youtube.com/workobeyfilms because I will not be accepting files nor editing showcases due to CPU technical issues. If a screener is not a YouTube upload, its status will be labeled "INCOMPLETE" until the screener is a YouTube upload.

"15 Second Horror Film Challenge" is no longer parenting "The Horror Movie Awards" short films and/or feature submissions. If you are interested to participate in "The Horror Movie Awards", submit them through http://filmfreeway.com/thehorrormovieawards

Films must be 15 seconds or less. 6 second films will not be accepted.

Anyone anywhere can submit.

You can submit as many entries as you wish to.

You can't submit an entry you previously had submitted in a past season that was programmed. If your entry was accepted but not programmed due to human error, your entry is eligible to be re-submitted.

You can publish your work anywhere anytime; there is no disqualification for doing so!

If you decide to include credits hardcoded into your entry, it would be 'within your 15 seconds'; not 'additionally'. Please use them sparingly if you wish to.

"Best Youth Films" category is for films SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED/CO-DIRECTED by filmmakers who are 17 years and younger so upon submission please use it accurately in order to aid the validity of the judging process.

We don't acquire exclusive rights to your entries however, by submitting your work you enable 'non-exclusive' rights for 15 Second Horror Film Challenge to publish your entry onto its official platforms and to distribute it to festivals.

Ignore the notification date, because I promptly notify filmmakers asap whether their 15 second horror film was accepted or not.

WHAT'S ALLOWED:

Violence, gore, explicit language.

Content NOT ALLOWED:

Copyright infringement or blatant plagiarism. Naturally we are all inspired by something, whether we know it or not, and sometimes great minds think alike who end up arriving to the same idea. This is a grey area that I'll have to make a judgement call if I recognize something perhaps is TOO SIMILAR.

Re-iterations of past entries and certain two-sentence horror stories that we've received tons of throughout the years such as the "There's a monster under my bed" and "12:01" premonition one.

Malicious by nature material; racist, sexist, hateful etc. Explicit on-screen sexual violence. Nudity. Sexual innuendo+ towards minors.

Entries that are more comedy-comedy than comedy-HORROR.

Multiple parters. Each entry should work as a standalone beginning-middle-and-end; not as a series.

Content UNDER REVIEW:

Experimental/unclear narratives.

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  • Siamo molto orgogliosi di aver partecipato a questo bel festival!
    grazie

    May 2021
  • What a great festival, Andrew's work it's amazing, i'm pretty thankful for all the great communication i can had with him. Thank you so much for the Bronze Tier selection. Cheers.

    April 2021
  • Ravindra Mathadhikari

    Excellent.
    Proud to be part of this Festival.

    January 2021
  • Obrigado a organização do festival. Estamos muito felizes com a premiação.

    December 2020
  • BEST FESTIVAL EVER. AND THANK TO ALL A OUR SHORT FILM I DECLARED AS BRONZE IN THE HORROR MOVIE AWARD 2020

    December 2020