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!

Our 2019 celebrity judges:

Edwin Neal (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Bill Oberst Jr. (Scream Queens)
Hannah Fierman (V/H/S)
Betsy Baker (The Evil Dead)
E.G. Daily (The Devil's Rejects)
Jenna Kanell (Terrifier)
Sylvia Jefferies (Halloween 2)
Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth)
Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell)

All submission fees will go to the Charleston Animal Society, a local animal rescue/organization in Charleston, SC. We will not be taking anything for profit, 100% of the profits will go towards the Animal Society.

The live showing will be held at Frothy Beard Brewing Company and Zombie Bob's Pizza, and will 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 6 festival directors.

Then, our audience will get to pick their favorite film in each of the sub-categories (which will be crowned winner of that category) in which those winners will be played again to let the audience choose their ultimate favorite, awarding this film "Best in Show."


Our celebrity judges will also be watching all of the official selections before the live event and each will pick their top 10 favorites. They will then send a video of them naming their top picks, which will be played during our live event. 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
- 2019 Winner - Urine For It, Shane Mills / Grind Mind

Benny Award - Best Thriller
- 2019 Winner - The Rain At Night Brings An Awful Fright, Nick Laws

Gizmo Award - Best Out of this World
- 2019 Winner- Don't Wake It, Daniel Ceccorulli

Ziggy Award - Best Slasher
- 2019 Winner- When Grace Came Home One Night, Oscar Axel Thorborg

Mishka Award - Best Gore
- 2019 Winner- The Only Thing I Love More Than You Is Ranch Dressing,
Sydney Brafman

Simon Award - Best Monster
- 2019 Winner - Tooth Fairy, Alan Watkins

Ghost Award - Best Directed
-2019 Winner- Don't Wake It, Daniel Ceccorulli

Best in Show - Best Over All Film
-2019 Winner - Urine For It, Shane Mills / Grind Mind

We will also be recognizing:

Best Actor ----- 2019 Winners - Alban Mariethoz / Gabriel Nasra
*Tie Vote

Best Actress -- 2019 Winner - Nikki Nicole

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!

Overall Rating
  • Dingus Films

    Amazing event. Great people. Great cause.
    We will hopefully see them again next year!

    September 2019
  • Great festival. I unfortunately wasn't able to make it to the live screening myself, but the feedback from the judges on the film and the actress were great!

    September 2019
  • Great festival. Can't wait until next year.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Glad you enjoyed it. Can't wait to see your future submissions!

  • velton lishke

    Absolutely without doubt one of my favourite festivals, i love all the small videos made by the celebrity judges and was very happy my little film Hush was selected, well done team

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    We're so honored to have our celebrity judges send us personalized videos with their favorite films. I'm really happy you enjoyed our film challenge and hope to see more submissions from you. Very nice job with Hush, we absolutely loved it!

  • Great group of people and a well run festival

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Oscar and Congrats on your film When Grace Came Home One Night winning Best Slasher!