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
  • Peter Anthony

    No wonder why FANtastic Horror Film Festival has been around for a decade. What a wonderful experience it was dealing with them. Prompt and professional. They really helped my movie become the success it is today! Highly Recommended.

    November 2022
  • Excellent fest, glad to have been a part of it the last few years! Great people and very communicative & responsive.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words! We were happy to have you as part of the fest.

  • Dave Musolf

    FANtastic Horror Film Festival has great communication. Very professional. Delighted to have Genoveva Rossi win best Supporting Actress in our film "Kiki and the Sundance Kid". Also, honored "Snarlie Boy" took second place in feature screenplay.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words!

  • Great festival, I was so honored to have my film "Cameo" included with so many amazing films.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • François Ricard-Sheard

    Warm and heartfelt festival where the love for horror goes deep. Immense thanks.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!