Presented by Creeker Films in collaboration with the NB Film Co-op, the Demonic Brilliance Film Festival (DBFF) is a three-day online celebration of horror, showcasing some of the most sinister horror films from around the world and the people who make them.

We love all things horror, from splatter to slasher, especially films that challenge expectations. We want films that take no prisoners and go all in! If it's a splatter film, we want blood, guts and body fluids! If it's a supernatural story we want spooky atmosphere and amazing production value! Basically, we’re looking for horror films that kick ass!

At DBFF we welcome filmmakers’ who understand the importance of good acting, stellar lighting, cinematography and detailed production design.

We are huge fans of horror films like The Babadook, It Follows, and The VVitch. We'd love to see horror shorts that make you think and carry themselves with intelligence.

Does your film have what it takes to be awarded the Best Film trophy at the Demonic Brilliance Film Festival?​

*NEW* Due to popular demand, we're adding 'Best Quarantine Film' to our awards! If you've been staying creative while self-isolation, social distancing, etc, we want to see your films!

Selected films will be available for viewing for three days through DBFF.

Awards will be given out (if applicable) in all major categories including:

Best Actor
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Screenplay
Best Supporting Actor
Best Sound Design
Best Music Score
Best Effects
Best Makeup
Best Costume Design
Best Picture Editing
Best Film
*NEW: Best Quarantine Film*

Selected films will be available for viewing for three days through DBFF.

Submit via FilmFreeway.

All horror sub-genres welcomed.

There is no specific time limit but films must be considered SHORT films.

There is no set completion date required & it doesn't matter if your film is already online.

For non-English films, subtitles are preferred but we will show your film as you want it!

Submission fees are non-refundable.

We do not pay screening fees.

By submitting, you grant DBFF the right to use your film/image for promotion of the festival.

When submitting please include full crew & cast lists, address, email, posters, stills, headshots and bios. We want to promote you!

There is no limit to the number of films one person can submit.

Online, HD links are the preferred method to download films.

Filmmakers must have the rights to all images and music in their film.

Selected films will be available for viewing Sept 11-13, 2020.

Overall Rating
  • John Aldridge

    Great festival and great communication- thanks for letting me be part of it!

    September 2020
  • happy to have been a part of this inaugural festival and so grateful for all the praise that the judges give to the filmmakers. communication was well done and i can't wait to be a part of this fest next year.

    September 2020
  • Colin MacDonald

    Loved being apart of the DBFF! The programmers and judges did a ton of work to make sure this festival went off without a hitch! Will definitely apply again next year!

    September 2020
  • Fantastic first festival. Ran smoothly, communication was great and it had a wonderful selection of films. If I make another film this would definitely be one of my go-to festivals. Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for allowing my film to play part in your maiden voyage.

    September 2020
  • Xyco Pictures

    It was a great little Festival and i loved it.
    Many different style of Films and a great Jury who gave me 4 Awards for our first Film :D
    If i create another Film i will be 100% on that Festival again. Big thanks for the great communication too.
    <3 DBFF

    September 2020