Ethereal Horror Fest & Awards is a two 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.

Ethereal has a female festival director who is a horror filmmaker and horror lover, so we want to honor the women stepping into the horror spotlight in any position with our Women in Horror Award. After all it takes a team!

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

Texas Local Paranormal/Horror Person or Group


♠ Best of The Fest
♠ Best Horror Short
♠ Best Horror Micro Short
♠ Best Horror Extended Short
♠ Best Director
♠ Best Writer
♠ Best Cinematography
♠ Best Special Effects
♠ Best Practical Effects
♠ Best Original Score
♠ Diversity in Horror Award
♠ Best Student Short
♠ Best Quarantine Short
♠ Best International Horror
♠ Best Original Concept
♠ Best Animation
♠ Best Short Screenplay
♠ Best Student Short Screenplay
♠ Best Horror or Paranormal TV/Web/Doc
♠ 'Scream Queen' Best Actress
♠ 'Scream King' Best Actor
♠ 'Final Girl' Best Supporting Actress
♠ 'Final Guy' Best Supporting Actor
♠ Woman in Horror
♠ Best of Texas
♠ Best Science Fiction Short
♠ Best Thriller Short
♠ Best Fantasy Short
♠ Best Zombie Short
♠ Best Drama Short
♠ Best Dark Comedy


Top 2 scoring films will receive $100 gift voucher for Austin Movie Gear, 3rd place scoring film will receive a $50 voucher for Austin Movie Gear!

Top 4 scoring films and best screenplay will get a full version of Final Draft script writing software!

Best of The Fest winner will receive a full press package from Marketing Macabre!


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
  • I'm so honored that our short film, "FURY" was included in this years festival. Can't wait to submit again! The communication was great shout out to Elizabeth Lloyd THANK YOU so much!!!

    December 2020
  • Marisa Riley

    Such an awesome fest! Great communication (thanks, Elizabeth!) and good vibes. As a first-time filmmaker I felt like I was treated like a pro, can't wait to submit again. Thanks for everything, y'all!

    November 2020
  • Emma Lindahl

    Thank you so much for including our film "Carrie" in your program this year! Unfortunately I couldn't attend in person, hopefully next year. Can't wait :))

    November 2020
  • Chloe Gardiner

    Communication between the festival and myself was very clear. I enjoyed the festival.

    November 2020
  • Great communication and great vibe.

    November 2020