The event comes courtesy of The Grave Plot Podcast, a show dedicated to the horror genre. Started in 2013 by friends SkeleTony and Taylor of Terror, The Grave Plot Podcast has posted episodes every other week covering the latest and greatest (and not-so-greatest) horror movies out there. They’ve also had special guests on the show including filmmakers like Jessica Cameron, Ben Rock, and members of Luchagore Productions. They’ve appeared at Crypticon Seattle, the largest horror convention in the northwest, for the last three years.

They started the Grave Plot Film Fest to showcase some of the weirdest, wildest, and wackiest short horror films out there. They wanted to shine a light on the independent filmmakers who are working their butts off to tell frightening, funny, or just bizarre stories. The hope is to help create the next generation of horror, promoting those with a genuine love for the genre and a keen eye for film.

The location of this year's festival is yet to be determined. With the ongoing pandemic, it's unclear if the festival will be able to be held in person. We will do everything we can to have a physical festival as long as it's safe to do so. However, if this proves to be unfeasible, this year's event will be held in an online fashion. Please consider this when submitting.

Minos Award (Selection Committee's Favorite)
Most Original Concept
Best Direction
Best Film
Audience Favorite

All films submitted must fall into the horror genre and be no longer than fifteen (15) minutes total run time. All films must be original or adapted works, and your film must be in English, English subtitled, or dubbed in English. PC, not MAC, files of type MP4 and MKV are preferred. Twenty-four (24) frames per second is ideal, although not required.

Submission to The Grave Plot Film Fest (GPFF) in no way implies ANY ownership rights by GPFF to the submitted film, all such rights are reserved by the filmmaker. All submissions to GPFF are accepted on a NON-exclusive basis. Except as explicitly set forth below, each party's trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and intellectual property rights are and shall remain the sole property of that party.

By submitting your film to the GPFF you agree that, if your film is selected, you grant to GPFF NON-exclusive rights to a one-time screening of your film, as well as perpetual rights to use, display, promote and exhibit publicly any promotional materials provided by the filmmaker to the GPFF on www.graveplotfilmfest.com and related sites in reference to your participation in the festival, at GPFF’s discretion. You further agree that GPFF is permitted to use excerpts from your film for promotion, marketing and advertising of GPFF and GPFF events.

Either party may use the other party's name for the purpose of making public statements such as press releases and marketing and promotional materials, provided that each party adheres to reasonable good faith and consideration standards for making such statements. In all cases, full consideration and representation of the respective roles and contributions of both parties shall be given in any such statement. You agree not to use any reference to GPFF in any pornographic, illegal, abusive, defamatory, offensive, or negative way whatsoever.

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  • Wonderful film festival! Great communication & an amazing lineup. We were so honored to be selected & will definitely submit again in the future -- Thanks so much to the entire Grave Plot Film Fest team!

    February 2020
  • Eugenio Krilov

    Winning best director 2020 with "the hidden reflection"

    Soo glad to be here.

    See you next time.

    February 2020
  • Alex Montilla

    I had a great time at The Grave Plot Film Fest. They have great taste in films; it was hard to find a single bad film during the event. It was a very enjoyable experience and a very fun time. I'm very happy I made the trip to Seattle. Got to see a whole new part of it. Thanks Grave Plot!

    February 2020
  • Wonderful festival with great management. Very smoothly run with great communication. Look forward to entering more films.

    February 2019
  • Wonderful festival with great hospitality. We will submit again!

    February 2019