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!

NOV. 19th 2017: We're currently in our third year! As our official (2017) judges' votes process, we've been releasing weekly awards from our community award panel at our official Facebook page. Winners are contacted shortly after.

FRIGHT-DAYS (online-only short film showcase)
We also program an online-only short film and/or trailer showcase called "Fright-Days" every Friday on our official 15 Second Horror Film Challenge Facebook page. This is separate from the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge's contest, perks, awards etc -- "Fright Days" is solely a promotional initiative to help make the world a scarier place. We'll double-check whether your film has able to be shown online. NOTE: Fright-Days will return in the new year, as 15 Second Horror Film Challenge's current season wraps for the remainder of 2017.

SEASON 3 (2017) JUDGES ---------

Lloyd Kaufman (Troma)
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser)
Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)
Simon Bamford (Hellraiser)
Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2)
Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4)
Geretta Geretta (Demons)
Helene Udy (My Bloody Valentine)
Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet)
Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria)
William Butler (Night of the Living Dead 1990)
Marc Sheffler (Last House on the Left)
Carl Gabriel Yorke (Cannibal Holocaust)​
Cindy Hinds (The Brood)
Jackey Raye Neyman Jones (Manos: Hands of Fate)
Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger)
Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo & Juliet)
Will Keenan (Terror Firmer)
​Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2)
Alan Bagh (Birdemic)
Najarra Townsend (Contracted)
Hannah Fierman (V/H/S)
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
Laurence R. Harvey (Human Centipede 2 & 3)
Jill Sixx (Call Girl, The Stylist)
Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare, Mania)
Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers)
Jessica Messenger (Rats)
Heather Dorff (Truth or Dare)
Lisa Ovies (Puppet Killer)
Kansas Bowling (B.C. Butcher)
Ashley Mary Nunes (All Through The House)
Kevin Martin (Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey)
Jennilee Murray (Smash Cut)
Chelsey Valentine (American Horror Story)
Crypticon Seattle
Bloodbath & Beyond
​Shock Stock

*A small percent of judges are subject to being unable to follow-through during the judging window due to emergent scheduling conflicts.

Past seasons have also included David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), Lee Demarbre (Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter), Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again), and Reagan Dale Neis (Camera Obscura)!

Awards & Prizes

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

15 Second Horror Film Challenge's greatest hits will play at the following conventions 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

Bloody Horror International Film Festival (Ottawa, CA)
Event time/date TBA 2017

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

(and more TBA)

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

Several conventions are showcasing our seasons' greatest hits, both ranked and unranked!

All filmmakers receive official selection laurels (upon request). Winners receive award laurels.

Rules & Terms

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 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.

Can I include credits within my fifteen seconds?
Although not recommend, yes.


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

What is compatible:
- Compressed .mp4s work best.
- Mov files will be compressed into .mp4 if they are large file types.
- Ideal resolution is 1080 or 720.
- 4K is not accepted.


What is allowed:
Violence, gore, explicit language.

Content 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.

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

33 Reviews

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    Alex Hernández

    Great Festival!!!!! Thanks for select my short film ;)

    November 2017
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    Trudy-Ann Nelson

    Awesome festival. See you next year.

    November 2017
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    Azadeh Masihzadeh Lari

    The festival did not reply my request of processing the festival. They did not email me about the winners.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Azadeh, I looked into your situation and (1) your entry "Limbo" had been selected, featured in our opening kick-off montage, and programmed into our Halloween showcase (2) as I write this -- on Nov 14th 2017 -- all votes are currently being processed into December. Winners have and will continued to be contacted as the results release online. All coverage are updated on 15secondhorror.ca and facebook.com/15secondhorror -- my apologies for the miscommunication, and for your negative experience/reception with our festival. Know that your film is still currently being reviewed by our judges though-- the season is still happening.

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    Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith

    It was a great experience being involved in this festival. Thanks for including my film.

    November 2017
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    Apocalypse Pirate

    This is the first online festival I've been in that actually came with some feedback and interaction. I've added some new Facebook friends from other festival participants Chatted with the organizers about making films. Its been great.

    November 2017