Ethereal Horror Fest is the ultimate indie genre film festival, renowned for its vibrant community and unmatched support for the horror umbrella. With free student submissions, extensive media exposure, and exclusive networking, it's the perfect platform for talent to shine. Join us in Austin, TX, for an unforgettable celebration of visionary storytelling and spine-chilling cinema!

We believe every filmmaker, regardless of experience, is important. We know the passion and hard work that go into making a film, from the first idea to the big screen. Built by filmmakers, our festival understands the challenges and successes of the creative process. Now in its 5th year, Ethereal Horror Fest has become a favorite for filmmakers and fans, growing and connecting more deeply with the global filmmaking community each year.

Choosing Ethereal Horror Fest means joining a supportive group dedicated to your career growth. Our official selections receive great exposure, including interviews with well-known media outlets, live Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities with agents, distributors, and producers. Our festival offers much more than the typical film screening mixer-type gatherings, providing a richer and more immersive experience. We provide a convention with networking opportunities, entertainment, and an award ceremony that honors outstanding talent.

At Ethereal Horror Fest, we value both the passion and technical skill behind a film. We believe a filmmaker's creative vision and emotional investment are as crucial as their technical expertise. This combination creates captivating cinematic experiences, inspiring filmmakers to push the boundaries of their craft. This festival is a celebration of your hard work and creativity. Share your vision of horror with us and let your journey be celebrated with like-minded artists.

All films must be completed after January 1, 2021.
All films must be in English or have English subtitles 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 Ethereal Horror Fest LLC and its affiliates 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 LLC 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 the entry fee.

Any unauthorized use or reproduction of the festival's name, logo, likeness, or any other proprietary materials will result in legal action. Ethereal Horror Fest LLC reserves the right to pursue legal remedies, including but not limited to, seeking damages and injunctive relief for any unauthorized use or infringement of its intellectual property. Furthermore, anyone caught seeking to damage or defame Ethereal Horror Fest will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

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  • James Ferda

    I was blown away and honored that Demon won best short at Ethereal Horror Fest. I sadly couldn't attend but look forward to visiting in the future.

    January 2024
  • Ron Chaney

    They were great. Very communicative. It was our first acceptance, we didn't win but we were thrilled to be included. I hope to attend the Ethereal Horror Fest some day in person. Congrats to all the Film Makers and winners. Ron Chaney

    January 2024
  • Elizabeth and everyone at Ethereal Horror Fest made us feel welcome and supported. The atmosphere at the festival is fantastic, and the filmmakers are treated like royalty. We can't wait for next year!

    December 2023
  • Alexander Deeds

    We can’t say enough good things about Ethereal Fest. Elizabeth and her team were so friendly and supportive for us and our film, Butterscotch. It was our first year screening there, and it’s quickly gone to the top of our list for the next project. Whether you’re a filmmaker or film lover, don’t miss out on this awesome festival!

    December 2023
  • It's one of the few film festival solely focuses to the horror genre. At Ethereal Horror Fest you will not only watch horror films but they have activities, which makes this festival more enjoyable. If you make horror films or love the genre Ethereal Horror Fest is worth submitting to and attending.

    December 2023