"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 2021 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

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.

Submissions:
The 2021 festival welcomes films produced after January 2018. 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.

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 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.

Location/Venue:
The 2021Crimson 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.

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  • Matthew Welch

    Sadly we weren't able to make it in person this go-around, but fantastically well organized and represented the genre with vigor. Many thanks for considering our screenplay!

    July 2020
  • Austin Koch

    One of the single best genre festivals around! I was thrilled and honored to win for Best Unproduced Screenplay, and the festival itself was filled to the brim with exceptional talent! I could not recommend this festival more, if you are a genre filmmaker it is CAN'T MISS!

    June 2020
  • Lisa Ovies

    LOVED our experience and would highly suggest submitting

    June 2020
  • Vincente DiSanti

    Take this review with a grain of salt because hopefully there will never have to be another one like it.

    I was very much looking forward to the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival this year, but unfortunately nature had other things in mind.

    Due to that, it is not really easy to review the festival but I can say this.

    I am very appreciative that the Festival Directors worked as hard as they could to make the festival happen. Along the way, they kept me well informed as to what was going on and I was given plenty of heads up in order to cancel my travel plans.

    I was lucky enough to receive and award for my short script, "Ghost Chicken," and the "Crimmy" that came with that is really cool!

    Hope to see everyone, FOR REAL, next year!

    June 2020
  • It was a great experience. Happy and Honored that our film was selected. Thank you, CSHFF

    June 2020