Ethereal Horror Fest is a three day event which brings a unique opportunity for you to showcase your very best work in horror.

We not only have the traditional awards for film creators but we also honor the elite in the horror & paranormal world with two special awards for excellence in the industry.

Ethereal is run by filmmakers in horror for filmmakers like you!

We understand what goes into making a film, especially in horror. We see the small things and the significant things in your film which makes you stand out from the rest.

If your film is any sub-genre of horror then we want to see your work, horror is in the eye of the beholder!


Paranormal/Horror Person or Group of the year


♠ Best of The Fest
♠ Best Horror Short
♠ Best Horror Micro Short
♠ Best Horror Extended Short
♠ Best feature
♠ Best Director
♠ Best Writer
♠ Best Cinematography
♠ Best Special Effects
♠ Best Practical Effects
♠ Best Original Score
♠ Diversity in Horror Award
♠ Best Student Short
♠ Best International Horror
♠ Best Original Concept
♠ Best Short Screenplay
♠ Best Student Short Screenplay
♠ Best Horror or Paranormal TV/Web/Doc
♠ Best Performance
♠ Best of Texas
♠ Best Science Fiction Short
♠ Best Thriller Short
♠ Best Fantasy Short
♠ Best Drama Short
♠ Best Dark Comedy


All films must be in English or have English subtitles in order to be considered.
All Films and screenplays must be original works.

By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We agree to hold Ethereal Horror Fest & Awards harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

Overall Rating
  • Brady Jacquin

    A great festival! They communicated quickly and effectively leading up to the show dates and I was so honored to be chosen!

    November 2021
  • Hannah Kreger

    Great festival with really lovely programmers.

    November 2021
  • Jack Hyde

    Amazing people! Excellent festival! Highly recommend it!

    November 2021
  • This is my second year being a part of Ethereal Horror Fest and, while I wasn't able to attend in person, I can say that the organizers behind the festival are incredible. The communication is fast and informative which reflects the stellar organization of the fest as a whole. This festival is something special. I am honored to have been a part of it early and I am so excited to watch it continue to grow! Can't wait to make it to Austin and experience Ethereal Horror Fest live!!!

    November 2021
  • Ryan Mack

    Great communication and super friendly staff. We unfortunately were not able to be there in person this year but we will absolutely be submitting any future films to this festival. Highly recommend!

    November 2021