"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 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 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 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.

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. 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
  • Michael Conway

    This was the most fun I have ever had at a film festival!

    March 2019
  • Chris Stuckmann

    Thanks so much for showing our film!

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for submitting! Hope to see you at the next one!

  • Great Festival!

    It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival. Thanks a lot to the director of the festival Tommy Faircloth, for his great attention and kindness.

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Fran. I hope you can make it over here one day!

  • Javier E. Gomez

    Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival is a fantastic platform that celebrates community, solidarity, creativity, achievement, indie filmmaking, networking and partnerships. The vitality of the event, the participating filmmakers and the audiences, make it a very unique and memorable experience. We highly recommend it and we feel very proud and honored to have been part of this event, that we wish continues to grow even further. As it is, it was huge!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Javier. Congrats on a great film too!

  • Melissa De Leon

    This is by far the best film festival that my film has gotten into. They were welcoming, good with communication, and kept us updated up to when the film festival started, and I even got a handwritten note at the festival welcoming and thanking me for being there! I've never gotten something like that before. You can tell they actually care about the filmmakers and about giving them a great experience. They had Mark Patton come to sign autographs, they gave us swag bags, they had cool merchandise, they had popcorn all weekend, they took photos of all of us at the red carpet, great after party and networking opportunities, great theater, awesome and talented, filmmakers, I never felt like there was favoritism, and the selection of films was great! There were many top notch and well done films and it showed that they took great care in selecting them to have a good festival. I'm still proud and happy that I got into this festival. This is the festival that I feel proudest that I got into considering this the first time I directed with a whole crew and the first horror film that I wrote and directed. The last time I directed was for school projects and after that I've been helping produce and been working as a freelancer in the film industry.

    I would definitely recommend this film festival to those who have made a horror film or just want to see some good films. And I definitely will be submitting again once I do another horror film. :)

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your thoughtful review! We strive to make everyone feel welcome and hope to see you back again! Congrats on your film too!