Passes to the 2020 Frightfilm Competition are still available at the link below for only $10.
You'll be able to watch both the 2019 and the 2020 films until November 24th.
Here's your chance to see what other filmmakers are doing.

Frightfilm IS NOT a film festival for previously completed films.
To enter Frightfilm Competition, you MUST produce a short horror film using the required elements within the outlined dates. To learn more, review thoroughly the Rules and Terms in our FilmFreeway website.

July 1, 2020-UPDATE

As Frightfilm Competition 2020 continues, we want to make sure you have everything and everyone you need. First, remember that physical distancing should be part of your pre-production, production and post-production. You can have all the meetings you need via video conferencing. On location, remember to wear masks, plan out your shot composition and shot sheet to minimize the chance of exposure and wipe down the equipment. This year please think carefully about the size of your crew. Maybe a big crew with lots of separate positions and craft-services isn’t the best move this fall.

We also hope you take advantage of the Frightwrite Competition. We have a bunch of screenwriters creating scripts, one of which may be right up your “shadow filled alley”. Stay tuned here to find out how to work with them.

As things change we’ll post updates about Frightfilm here and on our Facebook page. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send an email to

In the meantime, wash your hands, wear a mask and spread the word, not the virus.
April 16, 2020 UPDATE
We’re excited to announce the planning for this year’s filmmaking challenge is moving forward. With the COVID 19 pandemic we know that in the coming months there will be lots of changes in all our lives, most, none of us are able to predict now. So, like many things in your upside down life, we’ll roll with the punches.

Even without the current health concerns, we created some new ideas to make your participation in FFC2020 even more rewarding.

As things change we’ll post updates about our competition here on the website and on our Facebook page. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send an email to entry@frighfilmcompetition.

In the meantime, know that we’ll be working to make sure 2020 FFC is even more frightful than our inaugural year.

FFC Description:
A short film competition that's all about scaring your audience

Whether you're a working professional or a young beginner, we challenge you to make a short (13 minutes or less) horror film and scare the pants off your competition.

You'll have enough time. This is not a weekend production. You'll have 2 months to write, produce and edit your scary film. We'll supply several criteria that you'll need to include. Films that don't include the criteria will be disqualified. You can only begin filmmaking in August 2020 and it must end in October.

Stay tuned to our FreeFilmway page or for more information.

The following awards may be given:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Editing
Best Original Music
Best Makeup/Wardrobe
Best Poster
Best Special Effects
Audience Choice

Complete 2020 rules were posted August 7th

The goal of this competition is to make just one type of film. HORROR! All submitted films must fit the horror genre. Mixed genres (Horror/comedy, Horror/SCI-FI, etc) will be accepted. Films that do not fit the horror genre will be disqualified from all awards, but will show at the screening event.

Required 2020 elements:
These additional elements MUST appear in the film.
Prop: A Flashlight
Shot: A Reflection shot
Line: A line (quote) from a classic horror film. They should be recognizable lines. In your credits, please include the actual quote, the title of the horror film and the year it was produced.

Films must be no longer than 13 minutes including opening/closing credits. There is no minimum length.
All films must end with the Fright Film Competition graphic that will be provided to all teams.

Time Period:
The filmmaking period starts on August 4, 2020 at 7pm and lasts until midnight on Sunday, October 4th.

Film Production:
All production of the film must take place during the contest period listed above. This includes casting, rehearsal, set design, shooting, editing, animation, FX creation, etc) Pre-production may occur outside of the official time period. This includes Script-writing, script timing, script breakdowns, location scouting, etc) NO FOOTAGE MAY BE RECORDED OUTSIDE OF THE SCHEDULED COMPETITION TIME PERIOD.

Pre-recorded elements:
Certain pre-recorded elements may be used in the final film if the producers have proper permission.
-Music or sound FX libraries
-Special FX shots
-Company logo animations
-Still photos used as props or graphics

Film Format:
The film must be submitted as a 1920X1080, 24 fps, MP4/MOV file using the H.264 codec.

Films must be uploaded to your online server and a link must be sent to by midnight on October 4, 2020.

Late films:
Films submitted after the deadline will be screened at the viewing event but will not be eligible for awards.