Bleedingham Horror Film Festival is an independent short 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 shows selected short horror films 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 seventh year, Bleedingham supports local 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 industry 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 kicks off with 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 evening closes the festival with the official selection of 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 visit for a weekend. There's always activities, 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.
For WA state filmmakers:
$1000 grand prize to overall Best Film
(WINNER MUST BE PRESENT AT AWARD CEREMONY FOR CASH GRAND PRIZE.)
Trophies, plaques and certificates are awarded to the following categories:
Best Special Effects
Best Sound Design
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.
For International Films:
Certificates will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Sound Design
-Final Submission Deadline October 1, 2018.
-Films must be from Washington state in order to receive WA state awards, all other films will be eligible for the international awards.
-All films must be horror/ thriller genre.
-All films must be a narrative short. We do not accept music videos, film trailers or advertisements.
-All NON-ENGLISH films must have subtitles in order to be judged.
-Submission Fees: $25 Early Bird submission deadline (June 1), $40 Submission Fee (Sept 1), $50 Final Submission Fee (Oct 1)
-Submission fees are non-refundable .
-Must be made within the last 2 years (after Jan 1, 2016) and cannot have been entered in previous Bleedingham film festivals.
-Films must be no longer than 14 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.
-Your film may not be shown at the Pickford, as we only have limited hours of playtime.
-All submissions are being judged by a panel of professional, non-participating judges and
only those with the highest scores, that can fit into that time period, will be shown.
-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.