"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 2023 festival will take place over three days in Columbia, 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 Spotlight Cinemas Capital 8 movie theater.

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 and short 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 Foreign Film
Best Director - Short
Best Director - Feature
Best Cinematography - Short
Best Cinematography - Feature
Best Special Effects - Short
Best Special Effects - Feature
Best Ensemble Cast - Feature
Best Ensemble Cast - Short
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 produced films)
Best SC Filmmaker
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 2023 festival welcomes films produced after January 2020. 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 (2) 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 finalists will get a free ticket to the film festival as well.

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

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  • Efim Kolobov

    Can't speak highly enough of Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest! Tommy and team were very professional and accommodating. If you're a horror fan, don't skip this fest!

    August 2022
  • Scott Slone

    Wow! Such an amazing film festival! A fantastic lineup of films over three days in a great theater! Tommy and his team put on an amazing event! Can’t say enough good things, Tommy went way out of his way for us and his communication was amazing! We were so lucky and grateful to be selected to such an amazing film festival. Could not imagine having our South Carolina premiere anywhere other then at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest! If you were thinking about submitting to this festival, just do it, you will not regret it! Also, the Crimmy Awards are the coolest trophies out there! Thanks again for having us and supporting Malibu Horror Story! I can't wait to be back!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Scott! Congrats on your film too!

  • Hands down the best indie film festival in the southeast! I’ve been to quite a share with my films, but this one pulls out all the stops. There’s a great merchandise kiosk and filmmaker welcoming booth. The itinerary is well drawn out and is in blocks if you’re interested in a certain set of films. After each block, filmmakers are invited to do a short Q&A over their films. The awards are amazing. If you haven’t seen a Crimmy award yet, Google it. Trust me. I will continue to submit year in, year out regardless of results with my films- if only for donation purposes to the festival’s vision…

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    So glad you had a great time! Thanks for the review!

  • Paul Inman

    Great festival! I really enjoyed all of the great films and getting to meet all the excellent filmmakers! I can't wait to submit again! And thanks for the gracious recognition and award for That Feeling! The Crimmy is awesome! Hope to see you all in 2023!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for coming!

  • Mariya Pyter

    An amazing festival with a great movie selection! Thank you for choosing "Me-eat" for your 2022 lineup! I am glad the festival is back in-person! Thank you for the welcoming atmosphere and I have enjoyed every movie!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for coming out and so glad you had a good time!