Welcome to Creepy Tree Film Festival! 
We are an international horror festival that runs quarterly throughout the year, and home to the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA). We seek to discover talented filmmakers, writers, photographers, and artists that truly capture the horror genre. To support the vast number of talent globally, we sought to create a festival that expands the reach of the audience to include the international horror community through the use of the online experience. With four festival seasons and our multidivisional approach, our festival platform offers a unique approach to gaining industry exposure for your creepy creative talents. Here at Creepy Tree, the festival is about YOU, the rising talent driven by your pursuit to share your creepy creative contributions to the genre. We are relentless when it comes to showcasing your talents through our festival, and supporting you in every way we can so that your talents can connect to opportunities in the industry. We look forward to promoting you as you work to "branch out" to new audiences, share your unique talents with the world, and grow within the entertainment industry.

The Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) is an award that exemplifies an area(s) of exemplary skill found within your project. Below are the award categories that our judges choose from for each horror division:

Horror Film Division
Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Film for:
*Creepy New Concept & Plot
*Creepy Director & Crew
*Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX
*Creepy Audio Enhancements
*Creepy Actor Performance
*Creepy Actress Performance
*Creepy Creature Design
*Creepy Production Design
*Creepy Costume Design
*Creepy Makeup Design
*Creepy New Series
*Creepy Comedy
*Creepy Location
*Creepy Editing
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Honorable Mention

Horror Photography Division
Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Photography for:
*Creepy New Concept & Theme
*Creepy Photographer & Crew
*Creepy Models
*Creepy Composition
*Creepy Artistic Impression
*Creepy Visual Design
*Creepy Costume Design
*Creepy Makeup Design
*Creepy Location & Set Design
*Creepy Cosplay/Character Design
*Creepy Editing
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Honorable Mention

Horror Screenplay & Writing Divisions
Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Screenplay &
Best Horror Writing for:
*Creepy New Concept & Theme
*Creepy Screenwriter
*Creepy Storyteller
*Creepy Writing Style
*Creepy Plot & Pacing
*Creepy Climactic Development
*Creepy Characters & Dialogue
*Creepy Creature Development
*Creepy New Series
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Honorable Mention

Horror Art Division
Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Art for:
*Creepy New Concept or Element
*Creepy Creative Artist
*Creepy Craftsmanship
*Creepy Drawing & Illustration
*Creepy Painting & Design
*Creepy Sculpture Art
*Creepy Comic Art
*Creepy Masks and Prosthetics
*Creepy Digital Art
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Honorable Mention

Horror Music Division
Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Music for:
*Creepy New Theme
*Creepy Composer/Band
*Creepy Instrumentation
*Creepy Sound Design Technique
*Creepy Sound Effects
*Creepy Vocal Effects
*Creepy Chaotic Noise
*Creepy Climax
*Creepy Editing
*Creepy Commercial Appeal
*Honorable Mention

WINTER | December 1 to February 29
SPRING | April 1 to May 31
SUMMER | June 1 to August 31
FALL | September 1 to November 30

Stage 1: Processing Entry
Once you have submitted your project, the CTFF Team will determine whether a project has met all the submission requirements for the division. The CTFF team will process submissions everyday between 10am and 2pm (PST), and review whether ALL submission requirements have been met. If projects have not met all their requirements, the submitter will be notified, and will be given an opportunity to make any needed adjustments that must be made. Once you have met the submission requirements for your division, your project will move into Stage 2.

Stage 2: Official Selection
Here at Creepy Tree, we wanted to break the mold a bit by creating a contest platform that reduces the redundancy in how projects are officially selected. Simply put, ALL projects that MEET their submission requirements will achieve and receive official selection to be included in the festival, however do not take this lightly, as the requirements are based on industry standards, and must be met in order to be officially selected. Those chosen as official selections will receive notification when the project has been processed by the CTFF Team. All projects that receive official selection will be provided a link to retrieve our official selection laurel to be placed on their projects to showcase their achievement. By submitting your project and accepting official selection, you agree to actively participate and network with our Creepy Tree community on our social media channels. Participation in this festival requires you to promote your official selection achievement by posting an announcement to social media. This announcement not only informs other participants of your active status within the current season, but works to share your project with not only our expanding community of creators and industry affiliates, but the international horror community. We encourage all members of our festival community to network and support one another's talents as you all grow within the horror industry. All officially selected projects will be announced on the season's announcement page on the day of the final deadline each season. In addition, all creators who have accepted the above requirements for official selection are nominated for the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award, and move on to Stage 3.

Stage 3: Earning an Award
Each festival season, all official selections will be judged to determine the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) recipients for each division, and for which award categories our judging panel has determined that those project(s) best exemplify. Upon completion of each festival season, CTEA recipients will be announced on the season's announcement page, and added to the "CTEA Profiles" page where members of the international horror community can observe your achievements, link to available trailers or behind the scenes videos, and connect to your professional websites or social media pages. Note that due to filmmakers and writers needing to keep their projects reserved from any commercial theatrical, television, or internet play to remain eligible for other festivals in the circuit, CTEA recipients will not have their full projects showcased on our website. Photography, art, and music projects however, will be fully revealed. Each CTEA recipient will receive public recognition for their award status in an awards announcement, be placed on our industry "Watch List" to expand their professional network and connect with opportunities in the industry, receive discounts for future festival seasons to promote new projects, promotions on our social media pages in the form of a "Creator Spotlight", and will receive award(s) for their exemplary achievement in both digital and hard copy form sent in an award packet at the end of each season.

*Films must have been completed after January 1, 2010 and must be submitted by the film director and or whom has ownership rights for the film.
*Each project submission must be complete, and include a press kit. This includes your biography, creator statement, profile picture, your film trailer and or behind the scenes video via link to YouTube or Vimeo, your film poster, and any production pictures you would like to add. Note that you must provide credits on the credits page of your submission. This includes the standard credits given to all members of the team.
*All films must incorporate a credits roll.
*All films must meet their film length parameters for each category. List of categories and film length parameters are as follows:
         Micro Short (2-5 minutes)​
         Standard Short (5-20 minutes)
         Extended Short (20-40 minutes)
         Feature (40-150 minutes)
*As we do prefer new and original material never seen before, we also understand the importance of giving a previous project another platform to shine. that said we do allow films that have already been submitted to public streaming sites like YouTube or Vimeo, or through other festivals that showcase on an online screening platform.
*All films must be subtitled or dubbed in English. 
All film project submissions to any film length category are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel that determines the CTEA recipients for each award category based on evaluation of the following elements:
*Originality, New Concept, or Element Presented
*Film Length Parameter
*Narrative Flow & Compelling Storyline
*Performances, Unique Perspective, & Interesting Characters
*Production Design - Props, Costumes, Sets, & Location
*Visual Composition & Cinematography - Camera Angles, Movement, Lighting, Framing of Shots, Etc.
*Visual Enhancements & Special Effects
*Audio Enhancements

*You must be the original screenwriter on the project to upload the screenplay. Any unauthorized use of another's work is considered both plagiarism and copyright infringement. 
*Submissions should be short-script screenplays (3-40 pages) written for short film, or for feature-script screenplays (40+ pages). As a rule of thumb, each page of a screenplays equals 1 minute of screen time. Short-script and feature-script will be submitted to the same category, however judged separately. 
*Submissions must be accompanied with a screenplay cover/poster to be presented in lieu of their screenplay script if chosen as an official selection or CTEA recipient. Due to the sensitivity of the screenplay pursuit, full screenplay scripts will not be presented on our website. This protects your screenplay and allows you to preserve your right to produce it later without spoilers.
*Correct formatting is most easily achieved by using screenwriting software built for industry standards. Books are also available that demonstrate the proper format. Do not show any personal information within the interior pages of the submitted script (name, address, etc). Contact information may appear on the cover or title page only. *Remember to number your pages, but you do not need to number your scenes. Note: this is not a production script.
*All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
*Each project submission must be complete, and include a press kit. This includes your biography, creator statement, profile picture. Note that you must provide credits on the credits page of your submission. This includes the standard credits given to all members of the team if you have collaborated talents to develop the project.
All screenplay project submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel who determine the CTEA recipients for each award category based on evaluation of the following elements:
*Concept: The idea behind the story. What the film or series is about.
*Presentation: Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
*Structure: The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear or non-linear story progression.
*Plot: The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).
*Pacing: The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development.
*Characters: Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.
*Dialogue: Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.
*Theme: The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.
*Style: The overall quality of the writing. Narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “creepy feel” of the film or series.
*Commercial Appeal: The audience appeal and marketability for the script's particular genre or niche.

*You may submit a single-shot or a photo series (3-6 photos). All projects will enter to the same category, but will be judged separately. Below are the focus areas you may lean on to share your craft:
        ​-Horror Interpretation 
        -Horror Makeup
        -Horror Cosplay
*To differentiate between a single photo and a series, a series submission must have either a master photo or a portfolio cover. This may be the first photo in your series, or a cover, and must be titled. All titles must be transcribed in English. We will use the first photo/cover in your submission as the first to be shown for the series.
*Your photo/photo series must be original, and should not be found on the public domain by another photographer. Judges will check, so be sure you are presenting your own creepy creations.
*Each project submission must be complete, and include a press kit. This includes your biography, creator statement, profile picture. Note that you must provide credits on the credits page of your submission. This includes the standard credits given to all members of the team if you have collaborated talents to develop the project.
All photography project submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel who determine the CTEA recipients for each award category based on evaluation of the following elements:
*Inherent Meaning and Fulfilled Intent
*Skills and Abilities
*Uniqueness of Concept or Element
*Originality and Creativity
*Visual Design
*Artistic Impression
*Quality of Technical Execution
*Color, Lighting, Exposure, and Focus
*Expands Horror Genre or Subgenre
*Audience Appeal


*Each project must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are per film submission/contest category, and are non-refundable. Fees cover submission of your project to the contest category, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results.
*Payment may be made by American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover through PayPal. You may checkout without having a PayPal account. All transactions are made through the FilmFreeway website.

Creepy Tree Film Festival (CTFF) accepts entries via FilmFreeway. Follow the checklist below to be sure all your creepy criteria is covered:
*Completed entry form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.
*Also be sure that you have filled out your entry form thoroughly; making sure that all areas of your submission form has been filled out.
*Be sure to upload all areas of the digital press kit. This includes your biography and profile picture, your film trailer and or behind the scenes video via link to YouTube or Vimeo, your project poster, and any production pictures you would like to add.
*As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the project submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above) are payable ONLY by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) on the FilmFreeway website.​

Overall Rating
  • Frazer Lee

    A brilliant and welcoming event that goes above and beyond to promote a sense of community. The physical awards certificate was a particularly generous touch, along with all the online activity. Will be submitting future projects for sure! Highly recommended to all genre creators!

    March 2020
  • Many thanks, Creepy Tree team for selecting The Knowledge to join your amazing family. Great festival!

    March 2020
  • Mikeal Burgin

    A monumentally respectful festival! These guys are some of the most genuinely invested groups in the festival circuit who actually are fixated on filmmaker exposure!

    Communication is top notch, and they were extremely pleasant o deal with. They do an excellent job of connecting you with other filmmakers, and supporting them all like family!

    This is what all festivals should be like!

    February 2020
  • Alan Murray

    I have nothing but praise for the people involved with running this festival!!!

    Great attitude, support and well organized.

    We look forward to submitting future projects.


    January 2020
  • Diego Olivares

    I just want to take the time and thank Creepy Tree Film Festival so much for accepting my short film, Down The Narrow Walkway. Anyone who's interested in horror filmmaking, or just anything down right scary would love the CTFF and what they have to offer. You really feel like you belong in a community that loves horror cinema, and that's honestly more than you could ask for. Thanks again to the CTFF, and remember to stay creepy!

    December 2019