"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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  • James Malcolm

    This was my first ever film festival, and I was so unbelievably over the moon to have my short horror filn screened over seas. They were so quick with their replies to any and all of my queries, and I highly recommend this festival!

    November 2020
  • Jesse Cowan

    The crew at Freak Show Film festival are extremely open and welcoming. They went all out to accommodate the film-makers, and make us feel right at home. Epic Theaters is a great venue, that lets you experience the films in all their glory. A wonderful experience for any horror aficionado, especially in sunny Orlando Florida on a Halloween!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Jesse! We loved having you! All the best with your great film!

  • Lou Simon

    We always love our time at Freak Show. So happy when we get to attend.

    February 2019
  • Niall Shukla

    A really great festival and team, that go the extra mile! Very proud to have had my short film accepted into the festival. There is great communication to the filmmakers and a real desire to present the filmmakers work as best as possible. Highly recommended!

    November 2018