"Essential Horror Film Festival" - Raindance.org

"20 Coolest Film Festivals" - MovieMaker Magazine

"13 Horror Film Festivals to Die For" - MovieMaker Magazine

"Coolest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival" - MovieMaker Magazine

"Best Horror Film Festival" - Production Hub.com

Finalist - "Best Film Festival" - Orlando Weekly

"Love this Festival"! - Robert Englund aka Freddy Krueger

The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival is the Largest and Longest Running Horror Genre Film Festival in the State of Florida. Located in an actual movie theater, not a convention hall!

FREAKO the Clown welcomes you to GET FREAKY with us! We are the home of the coveted "FREAKY AWARD".

Celebrate and Support the Art of Independent Horror! This international horror genre film festival is the brainchild of FEAR FILM Studios Owner Robert J. Massetti. As a veteran independent horror filmmaker, Robert wanted to make a film festival that celebrates the independent horror filmmaker by giving the artist a forum to show his or her work.

The festival is a showcase of some of the most talented, up and coming horror filmmakers in the world and tries hard to help filmmakers reach their goals with their films. This is a festival not to be missed for fun and exposure.

The Festival screens films at the Brand New EPIC THEATERS at Lee Vista! The theater features electric reclining seats, state of the art projection, Dolby Sound, reserve seating, as well as a beer and wine bar in the lobby! Located only minutes from Orlando International Airport with Hotels, Restaurants, and Bars all within walking distance. Making FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival one of the best festivals to attend in the world!

The FAMED “Freaky Award” represents independent horror’s highest achievement in Filmmaking, Short Scripts, Acting, and Special FX Makeup.

JURY AWARD
BEST FEATURE
BEST FLORIDA FEATURE
BEST SHORT
BEST FLORIDA SHORT
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY (Unproduced)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST STUDENT SHORT
BEST SPECIAL FX MAKEUP

Short Screenplay Competition Rules:

Horror/Sci-fi genre scripts must be original and un-produced. No more than 40 pages in length written in English. Standard screenplay format.

***PLEASE READ OUR TERMS BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FILM***

We are an International Horror Genre Film Festival. Movies submitted must have some sort of horror elements to be considered for our program. We also accept Sci-Fi films as long as they have horror elements as well. We accept documentaries, comedies, experimental, animation, dramas, ect. as long as they are in the horror genre. We do Not accept any Fan Films.
*Foreign language films MUST be dubbed or subtitled in English or the film will not be accepted.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON*

Final Presentation format:
DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for D-Cinema Projectors.(*This is the only Format we use*) This gives you the BEST presentation for your film. Please make sure the DCP file is professionally made and theatrically tested. If you need a DCP made or not sure if you DCP will work with our projectors, we work with SimpleDCP at SimpleDCP.com. Any questions, please contact us.

***We only deal with filmmakers. We don't deal with Sales Agents or Distributors! We do NOT pay for DCPs, Lab Fees, Upload Fees, Rental Fees, Distribution Fees, or any other kind of Fees. Those fees are the responsibility of the filmmaker.***

An entrant is solely responsible for ensuring that all necessary copyright and other permissions for their film has been obtained prior to submitting their film. This includes, but not limited to, music, stock images, footage, photos, graphics and sound. Entrants warrant their film does not breach any of the intellectual rights, or any other rights, of any other person. Entrants will fully indemnify the FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival of any costs, loss, expenses, damages, or liability, whether direct or indirect, arising out of a claim by a third party or another party.

The judges’ decision is final and no discussion will be entered. Entrants agree not to approach festival staff to discuss.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL 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.

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  • nathan crooker

    Highly recommend this festival! Great communication throughout the entire process. They really have a unique festival and care about the filmmakers and their films. This is definitely one you should enter.

    April 2022
  • Stephen King Simmons

    Freak Show Horror Film Festival was such a cool experience. The organizers are top notch on communication. They have a short list of films in the festival, so your movie doesn't get lost amongst a sea of other titles. Thanks to the judges for picking our feature The Parker Sessions for Best Feature and Best Actress in 2021. Their trophies are killer too! One of my favorites from the festival circuit. I can't wait to submit future projects to this wonderful festival. Thanks again!
    -Stephen King Simmons
    writer and director of The Parker Sessions

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting your film . It was our pleasure to host your film and congrats on your wins! We look forward to seeing what you have in store for the future! All the best!

  • Fantastic time at the Freak Show! The organizers were communicative, there for information, positive and upbeat. The venue was state of the art. The projection and surround sound were awesome. Really highlights the hard work put into your visuals and sound mix. Venue was located close to all fest venues. All within walking distance. We were also able to get over to Universal Studios for a day before the fest began. Definitely heading back with our next horror project! Kudos to the freaks at The Freak Show!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Ken, it was a pleasure to meet you and your fellow artists. You guys were so much fun and we are delighted that you had a great time at the festival. Congrats on your win! We look forward to seeing your future work! Thank you!

  • I was delighted to have my short script CALLING CARD named as a Finalist with this festival!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your screenplay as it was a pleasure to read. We hope you get this made into a short film! All the best!

  • Brendan Rudnicki

    This festival was amazing- Well run- well executed- After being to numerous Florida festivals this one is def in the top 3. Absolute blast!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting your work to us. It was a pleasure to see such quality work coming out of Florida! We wish you all the best with your film!