In conjunction with our annual horror writers convention, StokerCon, the Horror Writers Association is proud to announce the 9th Annual FINAL FRAME Horror Short Film Competition!

We are looking for horror short films that are 13 (THIRTEEN) MINUTES in length and under only. Between ten to fifteen selected films will showcase as part of the StokerCon 2024 Horror Writers Convention.

The grand prize and other prizes will be announced at the close of screening on:
Friday, May 31st, 2024.

For more information on StokerCon 2024, please visit:

Final Frame will be holding our physical event in addition to a virtual version using the Eventive platform. The virtual screening will take place approximately one week after the physical event.

The coveted StokerCon 2024 Final Frame Award and a cash prize will be presented to one film and filmmaker, the best film shown at our event, as decided upon by a panel of industry judges.

There will be also special prize packages and/or cash prizes for (1) Runner-Up film plus categories such as Best Writing in a Short Film, Audience Award and a special award through the George A. Romero Foundation, our premier sponsor for the event.

This year's judges will be announced closer to the event.

Previous judges include:

Daniel Kraus (NYT bestselling author of Whalefall, Co-Author of The Living Dead (with George Romero), The Shape of Water (with Guillermo del Toro) and writer of the graphic novel, The Autumnal

Jamie Flanagan (screenwriter, Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club, The Haunting of Bly Manor)

Izzy Lee (Award-winning filmmaker of Memento Mori, Re-Home and last year's Final Frame Audience Award Winner for Meat Friend) 

Jamal Hodge (writer/director, Mourning Meal, Alone, and the upcoming documentary Madness and Writers: The Untold Truth)

Lisa Morton (author of four novels and 150 short stories, a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, past President of the Horror Writers Association, and a world-class Halloween expert)

Grady Hendrix (author, The Final Girl Support Group, My Best Friend's Exorcism / screenwriter, Mohawk & Satanic Panic) 

Gemma Files (author, Experimental Film, In That Endlessness, Our End) 

Ernest Dickerson (director, Juice, Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight, The Walking Dead, as well as the distinctive cinematographer of Spike Lee's films from Do The Right Thing to Malcolm X and more)

Alejandro Brugués (writer/director, JUAN OF THE DEAD. Director, ABC’S OF DEATH 2 and NIGHTMARE CINEMA)

Ed Polgardy (producer of The Wretched)

Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus, The Stand, Masters of Horror, Nightmare Cinema)

Oscar-winning producer, Jennifer Handorf (Prevenge)

Screenwriter, novelist and comic-writer M.R. Carey (The Girl With All the Gifts)

Author Adam L.G. Nevill (The Ritual, No One Gets Out Alive)

Writer and award-winning filmmaker Frazer Lee (On Edge, Panic Button, The Lamplighters)

Novelist and film critic Kim Newman (Anno Dracula)

Novelist and screenwriter Sarah Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes, Cross Her Heart)

Mike Flanagan (writer/director, The Fall of the House of Usher, Doctor Sleep, Haunting of Hill House, Gerald's Game)

Josh Malerman (author of the international phenomenon, Bird Box and other books including Goblin, Spin A Black Yarn, and Daphne)

Jonathan Maberry (creator of the bestselling Joe Ledger series, author of The Pine Deep Trilogy, Mars One and more)

Lynne Hansen (award-winning filmmaker/ book cover artist)

Antonio D’Intino (Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion)

John Skipp (legendary horror author and filmmaker)

Craig Engler (co-creator, ZNation, and former GM of AMC’s Shudder)

Michael Gingold (horror journalist, writer, editor)

Mike McCarty (Makeup FX, formerly of KNB, currently with Autonomous FX)

Ryan Turek (Director of Development, Blumhouse / Producer, Halloween (2018-2022), Happy Death Day, and Truth or Dare)

Rebekah McKendry (FIlmmaker, Co-Host, Colors of the Dark podcast)


The film must be original works preferably completed between 2023 - 2024. Entries that egregiously exceed the time limit or are available to watch on sites like YouTube for the general public will be disqualified. Disqualified films will NOT receive a refund of their entry fees, so please read the rules carefully.

StokerCon 2024’s FINAL FRAME Horror Short Competition films must be uploaded to this site by no later than April 1st, 2024 to be considered for inclusion by the festival programmers. All selections to be shown in competition will be announced on our site no later than May 1st, 2024. Selected filmmakers will be notified by email prior to the announcement.

World Premiere status will be taken into consideration by the judges but is not a requirement.

If an adaptation, the filmmaker must have secured permission from the content owner and meet all requirements to hold copyright on the film when entering. English language and/or English subtitles required for submissions.

To submit your film, please upload through FilmFreeway. Publicly available films will not be considered.

If posted to a media site, be sure to only post your film as "Private" as films that are available online for viewing will not be considered. Please also include the "Private" status film's password so we can watch your film promptly.

All films submitted to the festival are viewed and scored by a panel of knowledgeable celebrity judges who love both horror and short films.

If a film is accepted, a high-quality ProRes will be required for screening. StokerCon cannot be held liable for any filmmakers who do not properly follow-up.

You do not need to be present to compete.

Entrance fees are non-refundable. Films that have ignored the rules and criteria set forth above will be rejected without any further information given.

Overall Rating
  • Had a great time at StokerCon's Final Frame Competition. I was lucky enough to attend, and the environment couldn't have been more friendly. I knew nothing about the world of horror novels/publishing beforehand - but I was welcomed with open arms and left with new friends. As a horror filmmaker, you're not going to get a more astute crowd than this one. Great job Jonathan!

    July 2023
  • Ty Huffer

    It was an honor to be a part of the festival. Great communication with the festival director, Johnathan. I wasn't able to attend but I was able to view the virtual festival. Every film was fantastic! I will submit again.

    June 2023
  • Izzy Lee

    An incredible audience; I've never had a better response to any of my short films. I LOVED this fest so much. The horror authors in the audience are so enthusiastic. Submit!!

    February 2023
  • Simeon Gregory

    I was STOKED to have my film 'Death in a Box' accepted for the Final Frame competition. I sadly wasn't able to attend myself, but my DP was able to! He had nothing but great things to say!

    A nice bonus that I was able to take advantage of was an online viewing for those who missed the competition.

    Final Frame is one of the festivals that I'm adding to my wishlist for attending in the future.

    May 2022
  • A fantastic festival that delivers a diverse lineup of the best horror shorts the scene has to offer. Great exposer with some high profile judges as well! The team does an outstanding job.

    September 2017