The FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, CA is dedicated to bringing the latest and cutting edge Indie Horror films to the local community, It is a 3 day festival over Halloween and shows 30 + Indie Horror Short and Feature films. Following the Fest we have an Award Ceremony to celebrate our award nominees and winners. We are an official event on IMDb. For more information please go to our website

We allow our Judges to write reviews of all submissions, should they choose to do so, to promote all of our film submissions. If you choose to opt-out of this free publicity, please contact us at

We present various awards yearly; some specifically for feature films, some for short films, and genre-specific awards that cross features and shorts. Prizes vary from year to year depending on sponsorship. All nominations and awards are posted to IMDb, generally within 2 weeks of being announced.

We also have a screenplay competition which includes for the top 3 winners, a free posting on

Please Note: FANtastic Horror Film Festival does not waive entry fees. FHFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, FHFF does not invite films to be in competition, only films submitted will be considered for competition. We understand the financial constraint of film making and costs of submitting to Festivals and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

Films submitted must be in the horror genre, any sub-category. Films not considered horror will be taken out of consideration, and your entry fee will not be returned. Please use caution when submitting your film.

Films must have been completed no later than 2 (two) years before the current season begins (i.e. 2017 season begins accepting films 8/1/2016 films completed after 8/1/2013 will be considered). Films must be available for screening during the FANtastic Horror Film Festival Halloween Weekend.

Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for FHFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival.

Films that have played in a theatrical setting to a public audience (i.e., films that cannot be shown without permission or negotiation from a commercial distributor) prior to the festival are not eligible to be screened. FANtastic Horror Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories at their discretion.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

Feature narrative films must be 41 minutes or longer. Short narrative films must be 40 minutes or less. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Feature films must be animated and 41 minutes or longer. Short films must be animated and 40 minutes or less. Open to any form of animation. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Feature films must be documentaries, 41 minutes or longer. Short films must be documentaries, 40 minutes or less. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Contact for more information.

Screenplay Competition
Must be 18 or older to submit.

• Screenplays should be no longer than 100 pages in length.

• Your screenplay must be submitted in PDF format for judging.

• All submissions must be properly formatted and uploaded in PDF format.
For assistance please refer to this guide

• All title pages must include full title and author name.

• Only submissions in English will be accepted.

• Screenplays must be original, not plagiarized, and be the sole property of the author(s).

• No screenplay will be accepted after July 31, 2019.

• We highly recommend that authors copyright and register their screenplays with the WGA and/or through the Library of Congress before submitting them to ANY writing competition.

• Multiple entries are welcome, providing each is submitted separately.

Please note ~ regarding IMDb postings
If selected and you receive award nominations, should you decide to go into IMDb to post your nominations you will be subject to having your nominations revoked. We post all nominations as soon as possible and consider it our responsibility to do so. All changes in the postings must be communicated to us directly.

Overall Rating
  • Lilton Stewart III

    Great Festival that truly supports and honors the creatives.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, for your kind words about our fest. We love all the wonderful creative people we have had the pleasure to promote.

  • Hi folks. This festival is truly amazing. As a person who won 7 awards. Please send your films here. Thanks again much love. I will recommended to everyone.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael! We appreciate your confidence.

  • Nichelle S. Montgomery

    FANtastic Horror Film Festival was just Fantastic! I am thrilled that my films were a part of the 2020 Online experience. Thank you so much for all the support and exposure!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for choosing us.

  • Great communication. Keeping you informed on the status of your project. This festival is a must submit to. 😇

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, so very much!

  • Our team was thrilled we were able to be a part of FANtastic Horror Film Festival! Definitely recommend!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Allisyn! You are a filmmaker we will be watching. And we'll be watching you on AP Bio too!