The 2nd Annual Halloween International Film Festival returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina this October!

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 (Oct. 26-28) of independent films submitted from around the world, followed by the 4th Annual Halloween Parade of Costumes on Sunday (Oct. 29), where all attending filmmakers are invited as guests of honor.

All Festival film screenings will be shown at RC Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills, followed by nightly after parties, as well as costume contests, Scaryoke, special guest Q&A panels, meet and greet sessions, photo ops, and more.

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.

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 & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms


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.

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).


All submissions must include a completed and signed copy of the Festival Submission Form, and all submissions must include the applicable entry fee, based on category.

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. Address for shipment may be found at the end of this document.

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

Film selected for the Festival must be provided on NTSC formatted DVD or Blu-ray disc for screening, unless otherwise coordinated.

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 selected 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 dates.

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

10 Reviews

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    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
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    Michael Trainotti

    This was a fantastic festival that was top notch and will continue to grow quickly over the next few years. Matt and Sue were awesome hosts and the team at RC theaters made sure each and every film looked and sounded their absolute best. Excellent all around. I cannot recommend this festival enough... do not hesitate to submit and attend!

    November 2017
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    Dan Sellers

    I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at last year's festival! Matt and Sue are so friendly and accommodating. This was also one of the very best festivals I've been to when it comes to networking. I plan to keep submitting my films to this one and will return in the years to come.

    November 2017
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    Carvin Knowles

    While I was unable to attend this year's festival, the organisers gave my The Funhouse Waltz a nice premiere and lots of publicity. Their communications were all very clear and very friendly. And they LOVE Halloween and Horror. An absolute pleasure!

    November 2017
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    Kevin McGuiness

    I was lucky enough to have my short horror film "Norma" screened at the 2017 Halloween International Film Festival. Though I was unable to attend the festival, the organizers provided terrific communication and were extremely helpful.

    November 2017