Bleedingham Horror Film Festival is an indie film festival that showcases two nights of terror in the heart of the scenic city of Bellingham, WA.

Bleedingham was created by a few passionate independent filmmakers and horror fans and began as a festival that solely showcased WA state indie filmmakers, but now includes selected horror films and features from all over the world. The festival is held the weekend before Halloween and is a popular horror filmmaking competition and destination for indie horror loving fans and filmmakers.

Now in it's tenth year, Bleedingham supports filmmakers of all levels by providing a fun, competitive venue where filmmakers can receive accolades from their peers, as well as critical feedback from our panel of judges. Bleedingham carefully selects a panel of non-participating judges who are professionals in the film, writing and horror industries to judge, score and give filmmakers feedback on the films.

Bleedingham "Bloodies" are our coveted signature handmade trophies, designed by one of Bleedingham's founders and special effects artist Langley West. The Bloodies are awarded to first place winners in each of our categories. Bleedingham Official Award Certificates are sent to International Winners who cannot attend the festival.

*Selected films are screened at downtown Bellingham's popular art house theater, the Pickford Film Center over a two day weekend. Opening night hosts a meet and greet reception for filmmakers to mingle with each other, as well as the judges and curators of Bleedingham. This event is a great way to get know other filmmakers and make new connections! Following the reception, Saturday night plays the official selection of WA state films and concludes with the awards ceremony. Sunday closes the festival with the official selection of Best Film and International/Out of state films. The Friday night before the Film Festival, Bleedingham kicks off the weekend by hosting The Night Gallery, a Halloween and horror celebration with vendors, filmmaking panels and entertainment.

For visitors of the festival, downtown Bellingham is a fantastic city to stay for a weekend. There's always stuff to do, amazing food everywhere and more breweries than you can try in a weekend! The local businesses support Bleedingham by gifting donations to the festival, and gift cards and products as prizes for attendees, so be sure to thank them when you check them out. The city is nestled between Bellingham Bay and surrounded by mountains and forests, which creates a superbly eerie setting in the Autumn evenings, a perfect backdrop for a night of horror stories.

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*For updated information regarding festival changes due to Covid-19, please visit

WA state film awards:

$1000 grand prize to Best Short Film under 15

Trophies, plaques and certificates are awarded to the following categories:
Best Film
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Special Effects
Best Story
Best Sound Design
Scariest Film

A special single Award for Original Score presented by the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program to recognize the best use of original music at the Bleedingham festival.

Best Feature Film Award

Out of state/International Short Film Awards:

Certificates will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Film
Best Story
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design

-Final Submission Deadline September 21, 2021.
-Films must be from a current Washington state resident in order to receive WA state awards, all other films will be eligible for the out of state/international awards.
-All films must be horror/ thriller genre.
-All films must be a narrative short or feature in order to be eligible for judging and awards.
-Music videos and film trailers can be submitted, but will not receive feedback and not be eligible for awards. They will be selected by two of our judges and will be played at the beginning of any given film block.
-All NON-ENGLISH films must have subtitles in order to be judged.
-Submission Fees:
$25 Early Bird submission (June 1);
$40, $45, $50 Submission Fee (Sept 1);
$50, $55, $60 Final Submission Fee (Sept 21);
$70, $75, $100 Extended late fee (need to request a deadline waiver code, must be submitted by Oct 1)
-Submission fees are non-refundable .
-Must be made within the last 2 years (after Jan 1, 2019) and cannot have been entered in previous Bleedingham film festivals
-Short films are considered to be under 15 minutes.
-Filmmakers can submit up to 3 different films.
-There is no limitation on how horrifying and gory films can be. However, Hate rhetoric against any particular gender, race or religion will not be accepted.
-Films are screened at the festival based on their final judging scores, not all submitted films will be played at the festival.
-Awards are based on these judged categories: Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, Story, Special Effects and Scary Factor
-Grand prize, second and third place winners are presented to the films with the highest overall scores added up from all categories.
-Filmmakers from WA state must be in attendance or have a representative in attendance at the award ceremony to receive any awards.
-Due to our agreement with the Pickford, we apologize that we are unable to provide free entry to the festival. If you are a participating filmmaker, please be sure to purchase your tickets immediately upon release as they sell out quickly! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
-All available submissions will be linked to our website, upon the filmmakers permission, so that everyone can see your film after the festival.
-All participants will be notified at least one week before the festival as to whether their films will be shown at the Pickford.
-Submission File Format – 720-1080 p AAC Audio (.MOV or .mp4 file)
-All films must still be uploaded via our dropbox invite, regardless if you submit through FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • Paul Kelly

    Submitting to the Bleedingham Horror Film Festival was a wonderful experience. Thank you for including Wishful Keep in your program. I encourage all filmmakers to submit their films to this phenomenal festival. The professionalism of the organizers is outstanding.

    November 2020
  • Elena Stecca

    This Festival is always a blast and they did a tremendous job on turning it virtual this year.

    November 2020
  • Nina Romain

    Many thanks Bleedingham Horror for screening my microshort Dark Soon! A real honour and just wish I could have travelled over from London to meet everyone in person - next time for sure!

    November 2020
  • Bleedingham Horror Film Festival offered a slew of great horror films at all levels. We felt welcomed and felt right at home with so many great selections. Thank you to the festival organizers for their hard work and commitment to creating a great online experience which still supports the local theatre. The only thing we were hoping for more of--hopefully next year will be in person--was virtual networking to converse with fellow filmmakers but the Instagram page served as a great way to find other great horror filmmakers. This is a must for any horror film on the west coast!

    November 2020
  • Was part of Bleedingham's first virtual fest this year. Did a great job with the presentation. Fun, diverse, and extensive line up in our shorts block. Gary did a great job keeping us posted and answered all our questions and requests promptly and fully. A neat fest from some true horror enthusiasts. Hope some time to make it in person.

    November 2020