Missouri has been highly influential in film history. Escape from NY, White Palace, and most recently, Up in the Air have all been shot in this great state. To honor the tradition of horror films and its place in our community, Haunted Garage Horror Film Festival is devoted to story telling over anything else.

Our aim is to merge a cultural love for films. Whether you are an aspiring student filmmaker or a seasoned industry professional, this festival is for you. Residents of Missouri and Illinois can submit at a reduced cost! All finalist entries will be screened at our viewing location

We want to make Saint Charles an integral part of cinema in Missouri and feature quality work from a diverse pool of horror content creators. All films will be accepted so long as they adhere to the criteria listed below.

WE are NOT AFFILIATED WITH CINEMA SAINT LOUIS, SLIFF or ANY OTHER FILM GUILD OF SAINT LOUIS. We are an Independent Award winning Film Company and this festival is for true local, regional and national Filmmakers. May the best horror story win!

Each Judge is selected from Regional and National parts of the country to provide an unbiased, nonpolitical, diverse list of criteria to meet the specifications of what we consider "An award winning film."

Our GOAL is to promote "DIVERSITY in FILMMAKING." Minority Filmmakers, Female Filmmakers are free to call this Festival the fairest of fair. We are not a boys club offering awards to our friends but instead we promote learning from others to gain insight into filmmaking from all walks of human life.

Best of Horror "The Vincent Price"
$500.00 & Trophy
(Only Feature Films are eligible )

Best Horror of Missouri/Illinois
$250 & Trophy
(Illinois / Missouri Residents Only)
All categories are eligible for this Award

$250 & Trophy
Best Student Film

Best Horror Short
$100 & Trophy

Individual Awards:
Best Director
Best Actor (Male & Female Role)
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Practical Effects
Best Special Effects
Best Original Music
Best Cinematography
Best Writer/Screenplay (Jason C. Klefisch Award)

• Short Films must be shorter than 50 minutes and longer than 10 minutes. Feature films
must be 50 minutes or longer
• We accept all films as long as english subtitles are present as long as they were created in the United States of America.
• Selected films will be screened in front of a Live audience
• We are not responsible for copyright infringement on your materials
• All submitters agree to the terms and conditions and to receiving marketing emails and
discounts about film festivals. We NEVER sell your information to 3rd parties

WE ARE OFFERING 20 WAIVERS: (Waivers must meet the criteria listed below, submissions of films must be sent via private link from Vimeo or YouTube, and have english subtitles if applicable. Please state your name, a paragraph of why you think your film should be waived, your phone number and your email. (All categories are Eligible), Please send link of film to hello@high-gear.net

Racial Minority Waivers (Total 5)
LGBTQIA (Total 5)
Female Filmmakers (Total 5)
ADA Filmmakers (Total 5)


Overall Rating
  • Austin Sheeley

    Fantastic festival! All the films were great! Provided good networking opportunity as well

    April 2019
  • I was very happy and honored to be selected and nominated in Benton Park Film Festival. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the events. Hopefully, I will be back soon for the festival. Highly recommended and will return in the future!

    April 2019
  • I had a really great time at the Benton Park Film Festival! It was really well organized, especially with it being their first year. The festival organizers were very accommodating and I met some really great people there. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow!

    April 2019
  • Great first year for the festival! So much community at this festival. Love how they give back to filmmakers and organizations like Continuity. Very cool venue and lots of fun. Look forward to submitting again!

    April 2019
  • Awesome initiative featuring a vast array of outstanding film

    April 2019