The HEX Film Festival is an exciting opportunity to screen your Halloween, entertainment, scoff or horror themed film. The live screening festival is held in Calgary Oct 15-31, 2021. The festival features a banquet of today's new independent films. Located just an hour from picturesque Banff, Canada, HEX After Dark is the largest Halloween Film Festival in Western Canada. The festival is held during Calgary's Halloween & Entertainment Expo which features haunted experiences, live theatre, Halloween retail spaces, and a number of headline celebrities. Last year we had to scramble our location due to COVID, but were able to display our films to the 15,000 people who attended screamfest ( . We look forward to hosting industry guests including distribution companies and halloween / horror related media contacts, and of course - our film makers. A mixer between film makers, celebrities, and industry people will be held during the event. Please see our reviews!!
The mission of the HEX Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, provide exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.
Held in the thriving city of Calgary, this destination event features two weeks of independent genre films from around the world, as well as networking opportunities and extensive media exposure.
We are looking for full length and short films that showcase all there is to love about Halloween. Films are divided into short and feature film categories.
We have a super cool laurel - please take a look at our photos. We look forward to seeing your creations!!

**Only films that have a Halloween/Horror/ASci-Fi/Fantasy theme will be featured**
**We do not provide waivers - requests will be ignored**

Two weekend passes to the full Halloween & Entertainment Expo will be provided to the creators of each accepted project.

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
BEST Sci-Fi or Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Breakthrough Filmmaker
Fan Favourite
Best Cinematography
Best Soundtrack
Best Special Effects
Best Sound Effects
Best Comedy
Best Costume Design
Best Canadian Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Film

Submitter agrees to take all responsibility for obtaining any and all rights and permissions for screening the project at HEX Film Festival.

We are looking for films that have been completed within the last two years.

Please either provide a download link on Filmfeeway or a link to a 1080p film.

By submitting the project, you agree to provide HEX Entertainment Inc. and its agents with a non-exclusive right to screen the project at HEX Film Festival in front of a live audience. If accepted, filmmakers allow HEX to use clips and images of their films in promotional material.

Overall Rating
  • Edward Hong

    This one is a bit difficult to review as there was no communication after our film got accepted but only finding out now that there was some sort of film festival that occurred from various short films I'm aware of that advertised they did play...

    November 2020
  • Loved it. Our horror short was in great company. Great lineup of films. Can't wait to submit next year.

    November 2020
  • David Walton Smith

    Great festival and people. Thanks for having our film!

    November 2020
  • Eva Colmers

    Hex After Dark is a great festival! - They screened our short THE SUBURBANIGHT on the last night. Our writer/co-producer Susie M attended the whole weekend and from the moment she'd arrived, they treating her right. The respect, perks, and attentiveness of the festival organizer cannot be overstated. They were super to communicate with, the programming was stellar, the awards were legit, and it was just fun! The Hex After Dark Festival is part of a larger Halloween festival, which means that it's really pretty well attended for a fest that's both new and quite small. Three days of shorts and features. Saw some great flicks, met a lot of filmmakers and had a great time. - We'll be back!

    October 2019
  • Jim Zounis

    It was such a great honor to have our Short Film accepted and screened at this years HEX After Dark Film Festival, thank you all.

    October 2019