Exploding Tarantula Entertainment is excited to bring the world of horror this unique festival.  Big Terror Film Fest is unique in that it is open only to shorts, productions under 75 minutes.  While most film festivals offer categories for shorts, the focus is on feature length films.  Exploding Tarantula Entertainment is committed to promoting short horror films and finding an audience for films that have traditionally been deemed too short and unsuitable for wide release and publicity.  We don't simply view your short film as a stepping stone to make a real movie.  Exploding Tarantula loves and appreciates short horror films, and we want to see yours and share it with the world.

All selected films will be streamed on the Exploding Tarantula YouTube channel as well as the public screen in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Male Supporting Actor
Best Female Supporting Actor
Best Cinematography 
Best Original Screenplay
Best Score
Best Special Effects
Outstanding Female Production

All selections will receive an official Selection laurel  and be featured on the Exploding Tarantula YouTube channel. 
All winners will receive an official Winner laurel and printable Awards Certificate, and trophy

Submissions are referred to as the Film. Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival may be referred to as the Festival.

All films must be submitted digitally through FilmFreeway exclusively. We do not accept hard copies. You may have multiple entries. 

Films must be no longer than 75 minutes including final credits

Films entered into the Student category must have been a enrolled in school (elementary, middle, junior high, high school, college, or university) at the time of production.

Submitted work must be completed.  No "work in progress."

Submissions in a language other than English must have subtitles. 

All selections are final. 

Outstanding Female Production must be a predominately female (as determined by individual gender identity) production, and must have a female in two or more prominent roles i.e. Director, Writer, Producer, Director of Photography 

The Film may be entered into other festivals and competitions.
Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to the Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival. As the Director/Producer of the Film, entrants have submitted to the Festival, entrants represent and warrant to the Festival that the Film and all parts thereof are original including all music; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

Entrant certifies:
*The film contains no genuine acts of Violence (Animal cruelty, Rape, Murder).  
*I hold Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or media materials(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film. 
*I hold Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry. 
*I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work. 
*I give permission for Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the short for promotional purposes. 
*I give permission for Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival to include the Film on the Exploding Tarantula Entertainment Presents Big Terror Film Festival YouTube channel.

*I understand that by submitting the Film to the Festival the Film in its entirety or in part may be used by Exploding Tarantula Entertainment for publicity.
Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the Film, or by the Festival’s acceptance, review or retention of the Film. 

Overall Rating
  • I'd say "Needs To Improve Communication" but to improve something, you need that thing. My film got in, I tried contacting, and heard nothing back. I don't even know if the event happened.

    April 2018
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Ghost Tour, Dead Love & The Face Swap. Great honor to have all 3 short films in your festival. Cool festival, and a wonderful team. Thank you!
    Cynthia Bergen
    No Sleep Films

    October 2017
  • They did not communicate to me about the festival. I was selected but I did hear anything after that

    October 2017
  • Big Terror Horror Short Film Festival is well organized. Thanks.

    October 2017

    our film was accepted, but we can't find out who won or anything about our film, did it even play at the festival? None of the films are on their website and only a few are on their Youtube page. It is an Honor to be accepted, but would like be informed on what was going on.

    October 2017