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.
VENDORS: $150 for 6ft table, two chairs for both days of the festival*
*Based on pandemic ending
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
Best Horror Short
$100 & Trophy
Best Actor (Male & Female Role)
Best Sound Design
Best Practical Effects
Best Special Effects
Best Original Music
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Racial Minority Waivers (Total 5)
LGBTQIA (Total 5)
Female Filmmakers (Total 5)
ADA Filmmakers (Total 5)
!!!! FILMS CAN ONLY BE ENTERED ONCE, IN ONE CATEGORY, PLEASE BE MINDFUL AS YOUR ENTRY WILL GET DISQUALIFIED !!!!