We're baaaaack! The Death's Parade Film Fest is returning to the Prime Cinemas in Red Bluff, California. We're bringing horror, thriller and suspense to Shasta and Tehama County! Enjoy a full day of exclusive independent short and feature films on Saturday December 14th. As before, more information to come including the program, guests and attendee rewards.

The Death's Parade Film Fest supports independent filmmakers, creative writers and composers, and anyone else with the mind of creating horror! We are entering our third season and cannot wait to screen your work in 2023! If you're curious about who we are check out our past festival photos, and our body of work reviewing and hosting filmmakers at https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ .

As always, it is our goal to provide you, the filmmaker, a dark and brooding platform to display your talents within the horror, suspense and thriller genre. The Death's Parade Film Festival will carefully select the best of the best in regards to horror shorts, features, and animations to present to our audience.

The festival will feature short films and feature films from around the world, with an emphasis on paranormal, psychological and body horror, found footage, experimental, killers, monsters, zombies, gore, and dark comedy. Visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ for more.

We are looking for:

• Films that scare the pants out of us, or make us question our sanity!
• Horror films not released to the public yet, meaning they shouldn't be commercially available on blu ray/DVD, or any streaming platform such as Netflix, Prime Video, Youtube etc.
• Films generally less than three years old - we'll consider films of any age, but prefer newer projects.

As is our tradition we may host Q&A sessions from accepted filmmakers. We had a blast with our attending filmmakers in 2022 recording a number of interviews that are available on our podcast, and look forward to more in 2023. We operate a year long streaming channel and Youtube platform called the Grim and Bloody Podcast.

The Grim and Bloody Podcast and Theater features guests across the horror genre spectrum: from films, books, music to illustrations. Helmed by Kevin Nickelson of Horror News Net, Joe Flynn and DPFF founder Anthony DeRouen. You can find the Grim and Bloody Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, Anchor, and Radio Public. Watch our episodes! https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/. We've been honored to host the likes of Dee Wallace, director Alex Proyas, Michael Rooker and many more.

We call our awards The Grimmies!! That's a take on the Grim Reaper, not that other cheesy award show.

Best Comedy
Critic's Choice
Best Practical Effects

[Please read the all of the Rules & Terms before submitting]

Final screening format must be MP4, H.264, WMV, M4V, MPEG, please! By submitting to the Death’s Parade Film Fest (DPFF) through FilmFreeway, you are stating that you are the owner of your entry, and it's your original work. We are NOT accepting any .MOV files, please have any .MOV files converted prior to submitting.

While we understand that you retain all rights to ownership of the work, you hereby give the Death’s Parade Film Fest permission to feature, advertise, display, in whole or in part, the work titled and described herein, for festival purposes including promotion.

You also understand that your entry is valid only upon completion of the following conditions: (1) receipt of a copy of the work, (2) the processing of the entry fee by the festival organization (DPFF), and (3) when the work is found to be original and owned by you or those you represent.

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.
1. Please select only one submission category per project. Films submitted in multiple categories could be subject to disqualification.
2. All films MUST be submitted via online screener (Vimeo preferred, but not required). No physical DVDs or Blu-Rays accepted for submission.
3. There is no completion date. DPFF will accept films from any year.
4. No Premiere Status required.
5. Films can have a distribution deal, but should not be available online (VimeoOnDemand, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.) prior to the festival dates.
6. Foreign films (in their original language) must be presented with English language subtitles.
7. Student film submissions require proof of enrollment. Entries by filmmakers UNDER 18 years of age MUST be submitted by a parent or legal guardian. Student films are ONLY ELIGIBLE for the Best Student Film Award and do not qualify in any other award category.
8. All submitted films must be complete. The DPFF will not accept Work-In-Progress submissions.
9. The DPFF does not pay screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Peter Filardi

    It was a thrill to be included in the lineup of great horror shorts at Death’s Parade 2022. Anthony and his team are passionate about all things ghoulish and responsive hosts. If they have a slot for your film, you’ll hear fast and the fun begins. I highly recommend Death’s Parade and hope to return.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the support!

  • The passion for all things horror at Death's Parade Film Festival is evident from first communications til the last. The guys here are dedicated to creating community. We will continue to support for their endeavors, and look forward to visiting again. Being a young festival there are always room for growth with support this festival can really blossom with your submissions, attendance and sponsorship dollars.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the support!

  • Roland Becerra

    It was so awesome to be a part of Death's Parade Film Fest and i'm grateful to have been screened our film in such a nice theater. Everyone was so nice and accommodating. It was so great meeting Anthony, Kevin and Al and being part of the podcast. Honestly one of the best festival experiences iv'e had and will definitely submit any future projects!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the support Roland!

  • So grateful to the programming team at Death's Parade for inviting HERE FOR NOW to screen at this year's festival. The communication was great and I'm happy we were able to bring the film to this great genre festival.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the support!

  • Jesus Cruz

    We had a great experience attending this year’s festival 2022. Thank you for selecting PB&Z as Best Horror Comedy. Thanks for the hospitality!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your support!