The 3rd Annual Halloween International Film Festival returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina October 25-27, 2018!

Held on the historic Outer Banks, where the Wright Brothers' first flight took place, the Halloween International Film Festival is a pioneering event for visionary creators, featuring three days of independent films from around the world, followed by the 5th Annual Halloween Parade of Costumes on Sunday, Oct. 28, where all attending filmmakers are invited as guests of honor.

All Festival film screenings will once again be shown at R/C Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills, including Q&A sessions, nightly meet and greets, photo ops on our Orange Carpet, and more. Our state-of-the-art host venue features a massive 36-foot tall movie screen, stadium seating, full digital projection capabilities, and a complete lineup of refreshments and snacks available.

The mission of the Halloween International Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween. It is our goal to build the film industry on the Outer Banks, inspiring the attending filmmakers to bring future productions to the area while giving locally-based talents exposure to a wider, like-minded audience. It is a networking event for industry professionals, and a fan experience unlike any other in the region.

Known as the “land of beginnings”, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the site of America’s first urban legend, The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, the true story of the first English colonists to land in the new world only to mysteriously vanish without explanation in 1587.

The Outer Banks is also where the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed and reportedly still haunts the small, isolated island of Ocracoke; and it is where the Wright Brothers launched mankind toward the stars with the first powered flight in 1903, in what is now the town of Kill Devil Hills.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Halloween Film
Best International Film
Best North Carolina Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Breakthrough Filmmaker
Scariest Film

Film Submission Details:

There is no guarantee that your film submission will be selected for Festival screening.

All film submissions will be pre-screened, a limited amount of which will be selected for in-competition Festival screenings, and notification will made by the Festival to the filmmaker that submitted via email.

Requests for specific day and/or times for screenings will not be considered.

Selected submissions may be screened more than once during the Festival.

The final screening schedule will be published to the OBX Entertainment website.

Additional promotional materials (posters, lobby cards, etc.) must be provided by the submitting filmmaker (not required).


Submitting filmmaker must include the title of the submission and name of all contacts on all media, materials, and containers.

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be submitted, packaged, and shipped individually.

Submitted films are considered the final finished versions of those films by the Festival (no “in progress” projects).

The preferred method to deliver the films that are selected for the Festival is on a DCP (digital cinema package); otherwise selected films must be provided on DVD or Blu-ray disc for screening with at least TWO COPIES of the film mailed to Festival organizers by the deadline stated in the notification email (approximately two weeks after notification of official selection).

Testing of all media should be completed by the submitting filmmaker prior to submission. Faulty or unusable media will disqualify that film from the Festival if a suitable replacement cannot be obtained in a timely manner.


Media and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances.

The Halloween International Film Festival will not be responsible for media and/or press materials lost or damaged while in transit or possession of the Festival.

All film submission fees are non-refundable.

Submissions must be English language or English subtitled.

All terms and conditions of official rules must be met and certification provided by completing the Film Submission Form.

Submissions which are ineligible for consideration:

- U.S. distribution obtained prior to being submitted for the festival.

- Produced, financed, or initiated by a major film studio or television network.

- Previously screened on a U.S. television network or cable system.

- Distributed theatrically prior to festival screenings.

The Halloween International Film Festival reserves the right to update the Festival submission rules, screening schedule, and events, subject to change.

Overall Rating
  • rob cousineau

    HIFF was an incredible experience to say the least. The audience was great and engaged, the festival director was hospitable and just as excited to show my film as I was. I would highly recommend submitting and attending this super fun festival!

    April 2018
  • isabel Cueva

    This is a fun, great festival. The festival programmers work hard to give filmmakers press and exposure.

    January 2018
  • Joseph Day

    This festival was great! The venue was an actual movie theater with a huge screen and high quality sound, which is honestly a step up from more widely known and established festivals. The festival runners were really good at keeping in touch with me in the days and hours leading up to my screening, and I was never left in the dark on anything. The orange carpet was a nice touch, too, considering the Halloween theme, and the Q&A had a nice, relaxed vibe to it. I expect this festival to grow substantially in the years to come!

    December 2017
  • Had fun getting to share our movie with the audience at Halloween International Film Festival. Those in attendance seemed to really care about watching great movies and the HIFF staff were very welcoming. Thanks for having us!

    December 2017
  • Itai Guberman

    Unfortunately we could not attend, but great festival! Very professional and great value. Thank you for appreciating our work and selecting "Ivy" to participate. We look forward to submitting future projects to Halloween International FF and should we be successful, we hope to actually attend in future :)

    November 2017