We are a group of Charleston based filmmakers/actors who are putting together a film challenge that allows filmmakers from all over the world to submit a horror film with an exact run time of 60 seconds!

2021 Celebrity Judges:

Adrienne King (Friday the 13th)

Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary)

Fabianne Therese (Starry Eyes)

Brenna Llewellyn (The Sinners)

Clara Kovacic (Abrakadabra)

Cole Bernstein (Excision)

CoreyoftheDead (Horror Film Critic)

This year, submission fees will go to Pet Helpers. They are an amazing adoption center that works with partner facilities to save cats and dogs who are at-risk of euthanasia.

They have saved more than 49,000 lives through adoption and fostering. They continue to answer the call for help, and be a voice for the animals of the Lowcountry.

Please check them out at the below link:

In the past we've donated to the Charleston Animal Society and Wires Wild Life Rescue.

Our festival will be virtual again this year, and will still feature our official selections which will be separated into SIX sub-horror categories (Comedy, Thriller, Out of this World, Slasher, Gore, and Monster) by our 5 festival directors.

We'll be posting all of the official selections online and then voting for the best in each category will be done online, and then the best out of each category will be up online after that, for voting of the "Best in Show." So it will be the same as our live event was last year, but done in the comfort of your home.

Our celebrity judges will still be viewing the Official Selections and sending us a video of them reading off their Top 10 Picks, will will go online as well.


This provides no advantage in any way to winning a category or Best In Show but is just cool and is definitely an award in itself.

Awards will be given for the following horror sub-categories:

Margot Award - Best Comedy

Benny Award - Best Thriller

Gizmo Award - Best Out of this World

Ziggy Award - Best Slasher

Mishka Award - Best Gore

Simon Award - Best Monster

Ghost Award - Best Directed

Best in Show - Best Over All Film

Any horror film can be submitted, from anywhere, as long as they have an exact run time of 60 seconds.

This would include credits, but it's recommended not to include credits since you ONLY have 60 seconds!

You can submit as many as you want!

If your film is officially selected, you are allowing us the ability to use segments of your submission for promotional material in helping advertise our film challenge. This does not guarantee all selected films will be used for advertisement but simply gives us permission to use short clips from your film if we so choose.

Overall Rating
  • Jenna Payne

    What a fun festival with lots of great micro horror shorts for a good cause.

    November 2021
  • A wonderful experience, that I was thrilled to be a part of! Thanks for having The Girl on the Tape. 🖤

    April 2021
  • Luis Alberto Martín

    Communication and everything from the festival side to us was great. Looking forward to be able to participate in future editions.

    January 2021
  • David Walton Smith

    Nice wee festival, was great to be a part of it this year! Looking forward to next year.

    November 2020
  • The 60 Second Horror Challenge is a fantastic festival! Due to this year’s circumstances it was especially great to be able to watch all of the festival’s entries - so many great shorts! It was also fantastic to have my film viewed by such a great group of horror luminaries. It was an honor to be involved and to also help with a very worthy cause!

    October 2020