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.

Minos Award (Jury'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 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.

Overall Rating
  • Malcolm Goodwin

    Thnak you all so much for your selection and your overall great communication and feedback! We were so honored to be apart of your terrific festival - Krause Cruz

    February 2024
  • Lisa Ovies

    Fantastic festival and great experience! So grateful I was able to attend and will definitely be submitting again. Thanks so much for having us!

    February 2024
  • Ariel Hansen

    I wasn't able to attend in person, but my producer who was able to make the trip says "It was a great venue, the coordinators were friendly and the selections were good!"

    February 2023
  • Jondaniel Cornett

    Excited and honored to take home the Best Film award with our short, When the Time Comes. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the festival in person, but look forward to submitting future work and hopefully attending next time.

    February 2023
  • Augustin Marcadé

    Very Good ! Thank you !

    February 2022