Days of the Dead (DotD)is excited to announce the resurgence of its highly acclaimed film festival. The film festival is a component of the (multi-city) Days of the Dead convention, now in its 10th year. The film festival will include traditional filmmaker panels, exploratory workshops, filmmaker socials, celebrity guest judges and more. DotD will continue to bring the biggest names in horror and pop culture, vendors, celebrity panels, photo-ops and after-hours entertainment.

The film fest is an international horror film & music video competition open for all to submit.

To kick off our return we are having a rapid cycle film festival as part of the Days of the Dead convention in Atlanta, Georgia February 24-27th. The film festival will start Thursday, February 24th with a special screening block and after-party.

The convention will continue to bring the biggest names in horror and pop culture- so stay tuned for guest announcements and convention events. For more info go to:

We accept horror themed shorts, features and music videos. Shorts should be no longer than 39 minutes, features should be over 40 minutes. At this time there is no length requirement for music videos.

The DotD Film Festival's Summer Cycle opens for submissions January 10, 2022. Official selections will be screened at both the Indianapolis and Los Angeles events- the awards ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles event.

Indianapolis- July 21 - 24, 2022
Los Angeles- August 4 - 7, 2022

(2) 3-day passes to the event (CONVENTION & FILM FESTIVAL)
1 Filmmaker swag bag

Bad Mutha F*cker
Best Director
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best SFX
Best Story

Best Micro Short
Best Kill
Best Villain
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Music Video


Days of the Dead Film Festival is excited to consider your short film (no longer than 39 minutes) or your feature film (over 40 minutes in length) within the category / theme of horror.

Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway. If selected, acceptable screening formats are as follows: Blu-Ray, DVD or DCP. Digital is highly preferred. Please upload trailers as well.

We accept films produced after June 2019.

In the interest of fair competition to all that submit their films / music videos, Days of the Dead does NOT offer free submission waivers.

Please submit the version you want judged. We do not allow alternate versions to be submitted without being subject to another entrance fee.

By submitting your film to the Days of the Dead Film Festival, you acknowledge and authorize the use of materials for promotional use which includes but is not limited to excerpts and images. You also agree to hold the Days of the Dead Film Festival harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, expenses and damages as a result of entry.

Premieres will be considered in final programming decisions.

All films not in English must have English subtitles.

Films can be nominated for multiple awards. Days of the Dead reserves the right to eliminate a category if there are enough viable nominations.

Notifications will be made on or prior to January 17, 2022 via email or phone.

Days of the Dead reserves the rights to disqualify any submission without refund and Days of the Dead does not allow any refunds once a film has been submitted.

Films that have been acquired, produced, financed or distributed by any major motion picture studio(s) or production company(s), at the time of screening, will be screened out of competition. It is the sole responsibility of the submitting entity to attain all permissions required from the studio(s) or production company(s) prior to submission and screening.

By submitting, artists agree to all terms set forth in the rules.

Entering your film is considered giving the Days of the Dead Film Festival permission to screen your film during the course of the event (physical and/or virtual)

Days of the Dead is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition prior and during the Days of the Dead event for promotional purposes.

The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Days of the Dead and Days of the Dead Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Please include the following items when submitting your film:
1) Poster
2) Stills/Set pictures
3) Trailer- not required but highly recommended, even for shorts (limit trailers to 90s)
4) Complete the Filmmaker Biography section in FilmFreeway