"You have something really special here!" - Joe Bob Briggs

Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest is South Carolina's first and largest horror film festival! The 2018 festival will take place over three days in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and will feature some of the best independent horror films from all over the world. We will be screening all of our Official Selections at South of Broadway Theater located in the heart of Park Circle.

Forget the Oscars! We have the "Crimmy's"! All Official Selections (films and screenplays) will be competing at a chance for a Crimmy in over 20 categories. Our Crimmy trophies are designed by "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle" special effects artist Tony Rosen, who also designed the famous "Annabelle" doll for both films. Each trophy is handmade and signed by Tony himself.

Sponsored in part by ShortsTV, the world's largest distributor of short films, all submitted and accepted short films have the chance for worldwide broadcast deals on their cable channel, ShortsTV, which plays Oscar winning short films all over the globe. Crimson Screen is the ONLY horror film fest that ShortsTV is sponsoring. This is a huge opportunity for filmmakers to have their work seen worldwide!

Screenplay winners will also compete to win scriptwriting software from FinalDraft as well as free listings on InkTip, where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 300 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. All official selections and screenplay finalists will be given a free 3-month subscription to iPitch.tv as well!

In 2017 "Best of South Carolina" named Crimson Screen one of the top 10 festivals in South Carolina and in 2015 readers of HORROR SOCIETY voted us their 2nd favorite horror film festival in the USA! Festival attendees come out to walk the "dREaD Carpet" dressed in their favorite costumes and get to meet the filmmakers during our mixers and Q&A sessions after film screenings.

Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest is a filmmakers’ film festival. You will get to meet other filmmakers from all over the globe, create lasting friendships, make important connections, and share your experiences with a captive audience. From professional to novice, first time filmmakers to well established, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest showcases a wide variety of horror films from all over the globe.

At our official after party, “Beers and Fears”, network with other filmmakers and VIP attendees. We make sure to schedule downtime so you have an opportunity to enjoy the city and are able to hang out and meet visiting filmmakers.

We are seeking all genres of films and screenplays that contain horror element such as sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, underground, experimental and more...as long as there are horror elements. We take pride in the variety of horror selections at our annual festival and encourage filmmakers to submit any type of film and screenplay with horror, thriller, and suspense elements and themes! If you are lucky enough to be chosen as an official selection, you definitely will want to attend! We are not like any other film festival out there! We provide our attending filmmakers with a free VIP pass, a bag of swag, a personal welcome letter with wax sealed envelope embedded with our logo, and lots of other goodies also!

Filmmakers and VIP pass holders also have access to mixers as well as discounts at various bars and restaurants during the fest. At past festivals we have held "Maverick Filmmaking" workshops by such filmmakers as Steve Balderson, lectures on H.P. Lovecraft by authors such as W. Scott Poole, and have also awarded our new annual "Horror Icon" award to Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) in 2016 and Joe Bob Briggs in 2017!

We are an IMDB accredited event.

Awards & Prizes

"Crimmy" award trophies are awarded in feature and short categories. These include:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Director - Short
Best Director - Feature
Best Cinematography - Short
Best Cinematography - Feature
Best Actor - Short
Best Actor - Feature
Best Actress - Short
Best Actress - Feature
Best Special Effects - Short
Best Special Effects - Feature
Best Produced Screenplay - Short
Best Produced Screenplay - Feature
Best Un-produced Screenplay & 1st Runner Up - Short
Best Un-produced Screenplay & 1st Runner Up - Feature
Homegrown Horror Award (for SC films/filmmakers)
Audience Choice Award & 1st Runner Up
Jury Award
The Spirit of Crimson Screen Award

ShortsTV, our official sponsor, will screen all submitted short films for a chance at a broadcast or distribution deal on their world-wide cable channel, ShortsTV. Winners in the "Best Short" category will be awarded a guaranteed television broadcast deal from ShortsTV, where your film will play with Oscar winning short films!

Final Draft: Winners of the best unproduced screenplay (short and feature) will get the latest FinalDraft software.

InkTip: Winners of the best unproduced screenplay (short and feature) will also get a free listing of their script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 300 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

iPitch.tv: All Official Selections and script finalists will get a free 3 month subscription to iPitch.tv and the winners in each category will get a free 1 year subscription. iPitch.tv offers a next generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives and gives creators industry pro advice on how to pitch a television show or feature film. Pitch your idea for a Movie, Screenplay, Television Show, Short Film, New Media Project and more.

Rules & Terms

Submissions:
The 2018 festival welcomes films produced after January 2015. Films are accepted from any country - worldwide. If selected we will need an NTSC Blu-Ray or DVD screener for exhibition. If your film is not in English, we require English subtitles. Foreign selections can provide a HD digital file for exhibition.

Jury:
Our jury, festival directors and committee are made up of volunteers who work in the film industry including filmmakers, producers, journalists, authors, and actors.

Notification:
The festival committee makes all programming decisions and will notify filmmakers by email of Official Selection status. If accepted, your exhibition copy will need to be delivered to us by April 15th. Filmmakers who are accepted will receive one (1) complimentary VIP All Access Festival Pass. If additional passes or tickets are needed they can be purchased. If your film or actors are nominated for an award, it is highly suggested that you attend or have a representative attend the festival for you. Hey, these are some pretty cool trophies and you would not want to miss getting one awarded to you! Once accepted to the festival, we take into consideration audience reaction, your participation of your project promotion online and at festival, and lots more before awarding a CRIMMY award! Screenplay nominees will not get free tickets to the film festival however they can attend the awards ceremony without a ticket.

Location/Venue:
The 2018 Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest will be taking place in the heart of downtown Park Circle in Charleston, SC at South of Broadway Theater!

Keep watching our page and Facebook/Twitter feeds for updates and announcements.

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    Nathan Ludwig

    Tommy & Robert kick a**! If you're looking for a fun, inclusive horror fest where your work will be appreciated on top of plenty of networking opportunities and social gathering, then Crimson is for you! It's on my calendar every year from now until well after I'm dead!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Nathan! We look forward to seeing you return!

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    Carl T. Rogers

    Excellent sound system and the free popcorn was a nice touch. Organizers were super friendly and had some awesome conversations/networking. Overall, I had a great time!

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review and I am glad you attended! Hope to see you at future fests!

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    LaTracey McDowell

    One of the BEST film festivals in the country. Tommy and Robert are awesome! I LOVE this film festival!

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Mike Kelleher

    The festival director and his team really go the extra mile to make all participants and guests feel welcome. The personal touches of connecting with everyone is above and beyond expectations.

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for attending and hope to see you back!

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    Gregory Fishwick

    I had a wonderful experience at 2017's Crimson Screen Festival. Of any Horror fest I've been to, this one has had the highest quality of work. The organizers and volunteers are super friendly and helpful, going out their way to bring everyone together. There is a real emphasis on the film-makers and everyone else behind the films and I made some great new contacts but more importantly, some great, new friends. Located in a beautiful place as well! Highly recommended and I'm certainly intending on returning!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Glad you came and thank you for the kind words!