The 100 mile stretch to the west of the Mississippi has been a place of interest in horror film history. Unforgettable films such as Escape from NY, White Palace, and Up in the Air all have been filmed in this great midwestern state - Missouri. To honor a burning ember tradition of horror film's place in our community, the guys from the Haunted Garage Podcast will be hosting Saint Louis's only "Genre Specific Film Festival" Haunted Garage Horror Film Festival this October 14-15, 2022 at Gaslight Theatre in The Heart of the Central West End!

The goal of the first year of our fest was to create a place where filmmakers of all levels can merge in a mutual love of the art of horror. We accomplished that goal and are ready for more experts to join our DEAD TALK PANEL. Including Lloyd Kaufman, Kane Hodder and so many more on the opening night! This is a Feedback Festival, if you are in attendance you get to take the stage and light up the audience with you own horror stories on set and take Q&A from the audience. Tell the story of how your film, came to be.

Lastly, we are devoted to promoting diversity in filmmaking. We have selected trained judges from various parts of the country to provide a selection process that is fair and consistent for all film submissions. It will be our pleasure to welcome filmmakers of all races and genders so that we may all gain insight into horror filmmaking from all perspectives of human life. Our Certified Film Critics and will give you the necessary feedback to improve upon your films.

We desire to turn Saint Louis and its surrounding counties into a safe, scary space where a diverse pool of horror content creators can meet, network, and learn - together.

May the best horror story win!

If you are interested in speaking at our horror film festival, please reach out to

$100.00 & GOLD PISTON *
(Only Feature Films are eligible )

$50.00 & GOLD PISTON *
(Illinois / Missouri Residents Only)
All categories are eligible for this Award

Best Student Film
$50.00 & GOLD PISTON *

Best Horror Short

Best Horror Micro Short

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

*Must be in attendance to accept cash prizes. Trophy's will be sent at shipping cost to winners if not in attendance.

• Short Films must be shorter than 50 minutes and longer than 10 minutes.
• Feature films must be 50 minutes or longer
• Selected films will be screened in front of a Live audience
• CASH AWARDS, Filmmaker Must be in attendance to receive Cash Prize
• 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 will 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)

Persons of Color Waivers (Total 5)
LGBTQIA (Total 5)
ADA Filmmakers (Total 5)


Overall Rating
  • Jamie Wede

    Great festival. They really treat every filmmaker like they are important to the success of their festival. They encourage networking which was great! I hope to enter a film at the festival again.

    November 2021
  • Randy Rambeau

    Fun, Fair and informative. We had a great time and will attend again.

    October 2021
  • Honored to be a part of the festival. Great communication and promotion on social media. Loved that they had an in-person screening. I was not able to attend, but I still very felt like a part of it.

    October 2021
  • Good communication, and a great selection of films! Proud to be included!

    October 2021
  • John Iwanonkiw

    awesome film festival class act thank you

    October 2021