We return for another Halloween takeover, our 4th terrifying year of the Saloon, bringing captivating independent horror to our devoted audience of wretched undead cinephiles.

All bets are off and we want to see what scary short films you've concocted in your diabolic brains so together we can remind people that Halloween isn't make-believe.

We welcome LOCAL entries from a variety of genres, including horror, gothic, dark-fantasy, magic realist, occult, and post-apocalyptic.

And as always- the Haunted Saloon also accepts Western films (especially the darker ones) and Halloween films in general.

All entries must be have a run-time of less than 20 minutes, and should have been completed in the last 4 years. Also- starting this year- all entries must be local to British Columbia.

Previous Winners taking home our iconic trophies-

2018 Best Short Film- The Desolation Prize (dir: Shane Day)
2018 Best Acting- M.J Kehler (The Desolation Prize)
2018 Best Monster- The Beaver (No Man's Dam)

2017 Best Short Film- Madre de Dios (dir: Gigi Saul Guerrero)
2017 Best Acting- Kevin Saxby (Bubble Bath)
2017 Best Monster- The Couple (Madre de Dios)

2016 Best Short Film- The Werewolf Who Came to Dinner (dir: Jem Garrard)
2016 Best Acting- Ariel Hansen (Ghost Can)
2016 Best Monster- El Gigante (El Gigante)

EVS accepts short films of up to 20 minutes.

Horror is our favorite, however Gothic Western (and even just plain Western, we are the Haunted Saloon after all) along with anything inspired by Halloween is welcome at our festival. Films will be judged by a jury of filmmakers based on quality of production, depth of narrative, and overall affect.

Please submit an online screener.

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  • Hugo Gonz├ílez

    It has been a great experience. It was our first time at this festival and we were delighted that our short film "Lobisome" was selected.

    October 2018
  • Jon Warne

    We were so lucky to accepted to the East Van Showcase for our Canadian Premiere of The Desolation Prize. Sean and James went out of their way to make sure our team could attend to see the film, and we were lucky to leave with Best Short Film and Best Actor. I look forward to more Hammer and Tong shows!

    October 2018
  • Jessica Blaquiere

    East Van Showcase: Halloween Havoc put together an excellent event this year! The films were all wonderful, the event was well attended, and everyone was in their full Halloween spirit. All around, a great film fest to participate in!

    November 2017
  • Great festival! Dynamic, on point and varied! It was a pleasure attending and watching the selected films. The festival made a lot of efforts to bring the filmmakers closer to the audience. Also, the awards looked awesome and their posters are worth keeping. Look forward to the next edition!

    October 2017
  • East Van Showcase is a terrific event and community of people. Sean, James, and the rest of Hammer & Tong worked super hard to put on the event, and it really paid off. Great people, great films, great time!

    October 2017