We love horror and we're very excited to watch your films!

The Bloody Horror International Film Festival (BHIFF) is an international festival seeking the best in indie horror (both amateur and professional).

The festival is set up in two yearly sessions. Selected films will be recognized and awarded in various categories.

BHIFF has made a point to keep our entry fees low as to give everyone the chance to enter! We offer a high number of award categories, along with an option to have your film reviewed by our judges.

BHIFF is headquartered in Canada, but its panel of judges is set in different parts of the world and comes with a variety of horror film expertise.

ANNOUNCEMENT!! BHIFF is very happy to share some exciting news with you!
We have partnered up with the nice folks over at B-Movie TV! B-Movie TV is a Live TV Channel that is available via Roku Box. B-Movies 24/7!

Every film that wins BHIFF's Baddest B-Movie award will be exclusively screened LIVE on B-Movie TV's channel! How cool is that?!

More news! We're excited to announce our partnership with The 15 Second Horror Film Challenge, nonprofit international filmmaking contest which celebrity judges decide the Top 20, share their personal Top 5 picks, and award films in a variety of categories. Call for entries for Season 3 is from now until Oct 15th 11:59pm EST. Submit your fifteen second scares to 15secondhorror.ca

The following awards will be given for each session:
Most Captivating Feature (40 - 120 minutes)
Engrossing Short (under 40 minutes)
Intriguing Trailer (under three minutes)
Most Unearthing Documentary (under 120 minutes)
Outstanding Actor
Outstanding Actress
Masterful Director
Favorite Villain
Addictive Web series (submit any three episodes)
Spectacular Gore and/or Effects
Illuminating Cinematography
Most Moving Animation
Fantastic Slashing Together (editing)
Well Orchestrated Original Score
Divine Wardrobe and/or Make-up
Most Bizarre Death
Baddest B-Movie

One special award will be given for all 3 session.
Bloody session: Best Halloween theme short film - Deadly session: Best Campy theme short film

* Please include a Press Kit, if possible, when sending in your submissions *

We will screen the following winners:
Most Captivating Feature, Engrossing Short, Intriguing Trailer, Top tree 15 minute horrors, along with the latest winner of 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. We will also have a few surprises!

For quality viewing, we require a minimum of min 1920×1080.

We will be giving out prizes (personalized plaques) for:
Most Captivating Feature - Engrossing Short - Outstanding Actor - Outstanding Actress - Masterful Director - Favorite villain

We will also have door prizes and special guests!

The Bloody Horror International Film Festival (BHIFF) runs in 2 sessions.

Bloody Session: April 16 to October 16th
Deadly Session: October 14 to April 14

* Please include a PRESS KIT, if possible, when sending in your submissions *

We accept the following categories:
Features, shorts, documentaries, animations, web series, trailers and 15 second short scares.

Online submission will be accepted through film festival platform FilmFreeway. We do not mind if your film has already been published online or not, but project completion must be dated no more than 3 years old. Language should be in English, otherwise it must contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

We prefer online submissions (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). But we will accept hardcopies in some cases. These must be a digital copy on DVD (minimum 1920×1080). Please contact us for mail submissions.

All submissions are final. No refunds are provided.

We reserve full rights to use your name, film and film clips, posters or any other information for publicity and display on our website, Facebook page and all other promotion material (online and printed).

Please note: no REAL people or animal cruelty will be accepted. Any such material will be immediately dismissed.

At the screenings we will give out prizes (personalized plaque) for:
Most Captivating Feature - Outstanding Actor - Outstanding Actress - Masterful Director - Favorite villain

We will also have door prizes and special guests!

By submitting your film you agree that you own the rights to it and are responsible for the content. By submitting you are granting BHIFF the right to use the name, synopsis and artwork of your film on our website and Facebook page, as well as any promotional material we may create (pamphlets, posters, etc).

No refunds will be given whether your film is or isn't selected for the festival or screenings. Any hard copy of your film and promotional material will not be returned.

Overall Rating
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    Michael Fausti

    Great Festival. Good communication. No complaints!

    October 2017
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    Mark Brocking

    Amazing festival! Thank you so much for the Best Short film award!
    Will try to attend if you select me next time. Keep up the good work!

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mark, we enjoyed your film!

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    Gergo Elekes

    Great festival, glad to have been part of it.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you kindly, Gergo!

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    Delraj Takher

    Glad they opened it up for the 15 second horror entries. Especially as I am a semi finalist.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you kindly, Delraj!

  • My short was labeled as a semi-finalist instead of just 'official selection', but I'm guessing that all accepted entries are called semi-finalists, judging by the other comments here.

    My only complaint would be that there was no notification (via email or whatever) to notify you that you didn't win. In fact, I only found out that winners were announced when I happened to visit the contest website later on.

    But, in the end, it's free, and FUN to do 15 second horror shorts. I recommend doing them all the time, contest or not.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you kindly, Mikal!