Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we are postponing this year’s festival till November 2021. We are keeping our submissions open at regular submission rates till May 31st 2021. Please continue to share your inventive and horrifying films with us through these crazy times.

Come out and see some of the best independent films in the world! Every year in November the Buried Alive Film Fest exposes the citizens of Atlanta, Georgia to some of the most disturbing, visually appealing, and scary independent horror films in the world. We receive hundreds of submissions from all over the planet. Then narrow it down to the finest selection of horror gems.

The modern age of digital film-making has flooded the market with tons of films, one seemingly indistinguishable from the next. The depth and breadth of horror fandom, combined with the rapid growth of independent film-making, have led to an explosion in indie films dealing with the terrifying, macabre, gory, and bizarre.

The Buried Alive Film Fest of Atlanta is your chance to prove your film’s worth. No matter if it’s feature-length or short-form, a slasher or a ghost story, a zombie flick or a horror comedy, a suspenseful thriller or a horror documentary, all films in this exciting and growing genre are welcome. Our staff and judges come from across the local horror community, and with their discerning eyes can truly decide what should remain buried and what should be unearthed.

At Buried Alive we give away the Splitzies to the Best Feature, Best Short, Best Animation, and The WTF award. The best local award will receive the coveted, "Golden Shovel" and the runner up will be given the, "The Silver Spade".

Note following the guidelines, rules, and regulations of our competition and/or not meeting eligibility requirements may be cause for disqualification. Please read carefully.

Criteria: Each film will be judged solely on its own merits. We only accept original productions of a horror, suspense, thriller or science fiction/fantasy nature. Documentaries, comedies, animation and works of non-fiction related to the horror genre ARE acceptable for submission. Content and/or rating is not an issue (though we will not accept any hard core XXX adult material, any films that feature actual human/animal cruelty and/or any depictions of actual human/animal torture or death).

Certification of Entrant

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

1 . I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

2 . To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;

3 . This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;

4 . I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;

5 . I hold the Horror Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;

6 . I hold the Horror Film Festival, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

7 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

8 . I give permission for the Horror Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for the Horror Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.

Overall Rating
  • This is a fest that cares about the filmmakers and making the entire experience as fun as possible. Everyone on the team is very welcoming and appreciative of all attendees.

    December 2019
  • Dusty Brown

    Great experience. A lot of thought put into this... one of the most unexpected things was how they got their local press involved in the show. I hope to see more of these guys...

    November 2019
  • I've sent a lot of submissions to a lot of different festivals. These guys are the best. They're very active at communicating and sending messages to let me know what's going on. With me, they get six stars out of five.

    November 2019
  • Anca Vlasan

    Incredible festival! The BAFF team was so great at communicating and making me feel a part of the festival. I appreciate them so much and will definitely be submitting to them again!

    November 2019
  • Zack Ogle

    I had a blast when my short film screened at the 2018 Buried Alive Film Festival. The festival staff really go all out on decking out the venue with horror regalia and they are all very kind, knowledgeable, and down to chat about movies. The quality of films selected was overall quite good and the whole weekend was very well organized. From a Sunday filmmaker's brunch to a Lost Boys inspired Burlesque show there were all sorts of extra-curricular things to do as well. I will definitely be trying to come back again next year!

    December 2018