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!

2020 Celebrity Judges So far!

Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity)
John Kassir (Tales from the Crypt)
Erin Karpluk (Slasher)
Jenna Kanell (Terrifier)
Sylvia Jefferies (3 From Hell)

This year, all submission fees and donations during our live event will go to Wires Wild Life Rescue. With our hearts driven towards animal welfare, it is important to us that we support Australia during these uncontrollable wildfires and loss of habitats.

Our live showing 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

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

We will also be recognizing:

Best Actor

Best Actress

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
  • 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!