15 Second Horror Film Challenge is a nonprofit international filmmaking contest in which celebrity judges decide the top fifteen second horror films and conventions screen our greatest hits before audiences worldwide!

2018 JUDGES (so far!)
Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell)
Alan Bagh (Birdemic 1 & 2)
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II)
Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria)
Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)
Bloodbath & Beyond
Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2, Mulholland Drive)
Catherine Mary Stewart (Night of the Creeps)
Cindy Hinds (The Brood, The Dead Zone)
Count Gore de Vol (Horror Host)
Crypticon Seattle
David Howard Thornton (Terrifier)
Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers)
Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)
Geretta Geretta (Demons)
Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren)
Jackey Raye Newyman Jones (Manos: The Hands of Fate)
Jason Lively (Night of the Creeps)
Jennilee Murray (Smash Cut)
Jessica Cameron (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, Mania)
Jill Gevargizian (42 Counts, The Stylist)
Joe Castro (Terror Toons, Night of the Demons III)
Kansas Bowling (The B.C. Butcher)
Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall)
Kevin Van Hentenryck (Basket Case, Brain Damage)
Kevin Martin (Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey)
Laura Ortiz (Victor Crowley, The Hills Have Eyes)
Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2 & 3)
Lloyd Kaufman (Troma)
Lotta Losten (Lights Out)
Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger)
Melanie Kinnaman (Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning)
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser, Nightbreed)
Nightmare on Film Street
Reagan Dale Neis (Daywalt Horror)
Simon Bamford (Hellraiser, Nightbreed)
Spooky Astronauts (Reviews/Interviews)
Tiffany Shepis (Troma, Sharknado 2)
Tina Romero (Queens of the Dead)
Will Keenan (Terror Firmer, Tromeo & Juliet)


You will receive notification within a timely fashion if you've submitted a fifteen second horror film which fits our rules & terms. Official selection laurels are available upon request, but most of the time are attached in a confirmation email.

Submission deadline is October 15th 11:59pm EST

This year's kick off festival trailer publishes one week before our Halloween showcase-- Oct 24th 8:30am EST

Everyone's entries are showcased on Halloween. Don't worry! You can post your work anywhere anytime in any fashion and will not be disqualified-- you're encouraged to!

There are two separate judge panels: (1) our featured celebrity judges who determine the top films and (2) our community panel who award films in a variety of categories TBA

Votes are released from November into December. Filmmakers who have received votes will be directly contacted. Follow the festivities and developments at our Facebook page!

The official rankings publish before Christmas.

Troma showcases each season's Top 20 onto their official TromaMovies YouTube channel. Troma has been a great friend and patron of the festival since 15 Second Horror Film Challenge's early beginnings.

Have fun! Asides from the 'contest', you have an opportunity to create something better than a "movie"-- good memories shared with your loved ones and colleagues, coming together and creating!

Judges include a selfie holding a sign of their Top 10 picks!

Members of the international art community award films in a variety of categories from scariest monsters, best gore FX, and more TBA

Our greatest hits are showcased at conventions worldwide!

2018 Screenings

Birmingham Horror Con
February 24th – 25th 2018

Crypticon Seattle
May 6th​ 2018

Sept 7th - 15th 2018

TBA 2018

Feratum Film Festival
TBA 2018

Hollywood Horrorfest
TBA 2018

HorrorHound Weekend
Aug 24th - 26th

Horrible Imaginings
Aug 31st to Sept 2nd​

Montreal Requiem Fear Fest
September 22th 2018

Northern Frights Festival
Oct 20th 2018

6ix Screams International Horror Film Festival
October 22
2469 Dundas St West, Toronto

Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival
TBA 2018

South African HorrorFest
TBA 2018

Medusa Underground Film Fest
January 2019

Conventions who showcased us in 2017:

Chris Roaf's 15 Second Horror Film Challenge Night
October 14th 2017
Bar Theatre LUDO
Osaka, Osaka

Birmingham Horror Con (Birmingham, UK)
October 28th - 29th 2017
Edgbaston Stadium

Bristol Horror Con (Bristol, UK)
October 17th 2017
Future Inn, Bristol

Canada Fan Expo (Toronto, ON)
August 31st - September 3rd 2017
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Dead of Night Film Festival
October 20th - 21st 2017
The Atkinson Theatre, Southport

Crypticon Seattle (Seattle, US)
Event time/date TBA 2017

Fan Expo Odessa (Odessa, Ukraine)
Aug 12th & 13th 2017
Odessa Marine Passenger Terminal

FearNYC (New York, US)
October 23 – 29 2017
Sonnet Theater, Times Square

Horrorthon: H3 (Texas, US)
October 25 2017
Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 & IMAX

Jacksonville Public Library's MakerCon
October 14th 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Jekyll Island Comic Con
December 9th - 10th 2017
Jekyll Island Convention Center

Troma showcases Top 20 films onto the official TromaMovies YouTube channel of over 186,000 subscribers!

All filmmakers receive official selection, award, and/or ranking laurels.

NEW disqualification film: Since we launched three years ago, we've received many renditions of the 'There's a monster under my bed, a monster in my bed" two-sentence horror 'creepypasta'. In our third year, LUMA Films' "Good Night!" was by far the most eloquent and unanimously acclaimed take. In light of its success, we're officially retiring this specific 'Monster under my bed, in my bed' trope from future programming.

Who is allowed to enter?
Everyone from anywhere around the world.

When do the judges' results release?
Throughout November, into December. All results are released onto our Facebook page. Winners will be contacted shortly after.

Can I submit more than one film?
Yes. All entries will be considered.

Can I submit an entry I had submitted into an early 15 Second Horror Film Challenge season?

Can I upload/share my entry elsewhere before the Halloween premiere?
Yes. There's no disqualifications for sharing your work at any time.

Does 15 Second Horror Film Challenge acquire the rights to my entry?
We do not acquire exclusive rights, however, by submitting into the contest you grant non-exclusive exhibition rights for us to upload your work onto 15 Second Horror Film Challenge platforms, reproduce/remix work into promo trailers, as well as screen your work at conventions. All directors are credited!

Can I have extra time to include opening/closing credits?
No. All filmmakers only have fifteen seconds. If you decide to include credits, it is within the 15 seconds.


What we need from you:
- Your entry's file.
- Your director credit.

What is compatible:
- .mp4s and .mov work best!
- .avi, .mpg, and .wmv are converted into .mov or .mp4
- Ideal resolution is 1080 or less.
- 4K is not accepted.


What is allowed:
Violence, gore, explicit language.

What is not allowed:
- Malicious by nature material (racist, sexist, hateful etc).
- Explicit sexual violence.
- Nudity.
- Sexual innuendo towards children.

Narratives not allowed:
Musical.ly uploads, horror make-up selfies, trailers.

Content that will be under review:
Sexual violence. Sometimes a cartoony vibe is acceptable, whereas a very straight tone may fare too intense for general audiences.

Narratives that will be under review:
Films with unclear narratives or experimental films.

Overall Rating
  • very good festival, I appreciate very much having been selected

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Gabriel. Our "Fright-Days" short film program was discontinued after its concept season because it was tricky to give it the focus and commitment to the Fright-Days filmmakers that they deserved. My apologies.

  • The 15-second horror film festival is top-notch, couldn't be happier with the experience. I will be submitting again this year!

    January 2018
  • Shahzad Aslam

    It was fantastic and I didn't expect to get high ranking.

    January 2018
  • Trudy-Ann Nelson

    Awesome festival. See you next year.

    November 2017
  • Great Festival!!!!! Thanks for select my short film ;)

    November 2017