UPDATE: MAY- We ain't letting a plague stop us. The Haunted Saloon will be going virtual this year! And by virtual we mean a full festival you can engage with and explore.
We return for another Halloween takeover, our 5th 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 diabolical 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 29 minutes, and should have been completed in the last 3 years. Also- starting this year- all entries must be local to British Columbia.
Previous Winners taking home our iconic trophies-
2019 Best Short Film- First Bite (dir: Mily Mumford)
2019 Best Acting- Gabriel Carter (Roses)
2019 Best Monster- The Creature (Night Terror)
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 28 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.
These days we are putting a strong priority on locally made films, or films made by Vancouverites.
Please submit an online screener.