"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 2020 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. Screenplay winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 393 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

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.

We offer networking opportunities each night at our after party events. At our official Saturday 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 (2 for feature films), 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 PJ Soles (Halloween/Carrie) in 2019, Mark Patton (Nightmare on Elm Street 2) in 2018, Joe Bob Briggs in 2017, and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) in 2016.

We are an IMDB accredited event.

"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.

The 2020 festival welcomes films produced after January 2017. Films are accepted from any country - worldwide. If selected we will need a digital download of your movie file for exhibition. If your film is not in English, we require English subtitles. Foreign selections can provide a HD digital file for exhibition.

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

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 for short films and two (2) for feature films. 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.

The 2020 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/Instagram/Twitter feeds for updates and announcements.

Overall Rating
  • It doesn't get much better than this festival! Tommy and the team were so supportive of every short/feature. I have never been happier to win Best Short at a festival, as this one was so packed with talented filmmakers and awesome horror fans. I will definitely be submitting to this one again!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you John! Hope to see you back again!

  • Crimson Screen was a fantastic film festival. We were honored to have our short, The Conduit, screen on the first night.

    The festival organizers were friendly and made sure to go out of their way to make sure every filmmakers film showed correctly and provide a great atmosphere. The free popcorn was clutch!

    I was able to connect with tons of fellow filmmakers and of course watch some great genre movies!

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks John, and congrats on your CRIMMY award! Hope you made some great connections and hope to see you back soon!

  • I loved my first time at The Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. My friend and I had such a great time meeting filmmakers and horror celebrities! Hope to attend again.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Glad you were able to attend Carmen! Hope to see you back soon!

  • One of the best indie horror fests. My short script was in the finals. Very good communication. I'll submit me new content next year.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for your award for my thriller 26 Stabs. This is my scripts 4th award and it's really helping my screenwriting career.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Awesome! Keep it up!