Haunted House FearFest is about grass-roots independent filmmaking. Celebrate the crack of bone and the spill of blood. Our aim is to bring independent filmmaking to the City of Bradford and scare the crap out of them. But for this we need invent indie filmmakers with a twisted mind and a mean streak.

The goal of this festival is to share our love of horror and it's sub-genres including: Giallo, Uber violence, monsters; psychos; supernatural; sci-fi, music videos and documentaries. If it's features fear - we want it! The next event will take place in March 2021.

As a thank-you for submitting, all entrants receive a complimentary copy of Anthony Straeger's 'Creating Success with your Submissions'. This booklet will help in getting the most out of your submissions. Providing you the best chance of success not only in our festival, but others that you submit to.

The prize format has changed this year and will be offering the possibility of CASH PRIZES should we reach 200 submissions and beyond. A special GRIM REAPER AWARD will be given to the overall festival winner. Each category winner will receive a certificate and laurel.

We will also review each selected entry on IMDB.

MAIN BEST FILM AWARDS are based on the length of the films submitted and the winner will receive a cash prize... If we receive:

200 submissions it will be 50$ per category
300 submissions it will be 100$ per category
400 submissions it will be 150$ per category

There will be one overall winner. It will receive the wonderful 'GRIM REAPER AWARD' as 'Best Overall Films':

Under 05 minutes ( up to 5)
Under 10 minutes (5-10)
Under 15 minutes (10-15)
Under 20 minutes (15-20)
Under 60 minutes (20-60)
Feature Films (+60)

ADDITIONAL AWARDS: This are for individual awards categories. The winner will be sent an eCertificate (PDF’s). Categories are:

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Script
Best SFX (Make-up or CGI)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Jury Awards
Audience Award

The unusual Suspects:

Quality Kill
Most Gore
Meanest Villain
Biggest Scare

All Laurels will be sent as PNG files.

All runners-up, semi-finalists, nominated and selected can purchase a certificate through the website.


Our focus is on independent films that are self produced and financed. If you are having any kind of premiere with us, please let us know.

When submitting your project, make sure you apply to the right category. This is judged by category length. If placed in the wrong category it will be rejected.

There are NO restrictions on when you completed your film or where it has previously screened. Anyone may enter this competition. If your film is not in English, please EMBED SUBTITLES in your screening file.

Make sure your film is available to download in the highest quality possible. Preferably via FilmFreeway or Vimeo. If you wish to send your film on a USB stick, it will NOT be returned, unless a Stamp addressed envelop is sent.

Each submitter must possess full legal right and all clearances to the film they submit. The festival accepts no responsibility for illegal submissions. Clearance is the responsibility of the filmmaker. Please check you are authorised to submit, and that the film is not subject to any litigation or under threat of litigation.

The submitter gives permission for Haunted House FearFest (HHFF) to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film. These will be used for promotional purposes or inclusion in monthly screening events. We also encourage accepted filmmakers to do their own promotion of the Festival, on social media and otherwise. This benefits us all.

Submitters agree to HHFF holding additional exhibition screening if selected or win. Screening selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival judges. All decisions are final.

Anyone from any country can take part in this competition. Parental consent must be provided to the entrant if under 18 years of age.

We do not offer screening fees under any circumstances.

The overall winner (if attending) will be presented with their award on Saturday evening. If the award has to be posted, the postage and packing costs must paid for.

All submitters are invited to attend. Admission is free as we are trying to build an audience and festival for the future. We can not pay travel or accommodation. But if you decided to attend we will endeavour to make your stay as fun as possible.

You may withdraw your submission at any time, but there are no refunds on submissions.

Requests for fee waivers will be denied. We offer them only by invitation, and in specialized circumstances. As festivals go, our entry fees is reasonable.

By submitting the entrant/submitter/filmmaker indicates they have read, understand, agree with, and will comply will all the Rules and Terms stated in items above.

Overall Rating
  • Haunted House FearFest is a great festival!

    April 2020
  • Michael Fausti

    Fantastic festival with a great host who knows how to treat filmmakers. Excellent communication throughout and the festival has a good social media presence. Well worth submitting to.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    It was great to have you in attendance and appreciate your kind words.

  • Geoff Harmer

    Such a cool event! We're so happy to have been selected!

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Geoff and thanks for being a part of it.


    Great Festival! I would have liked to have attended.
    Thanks for all!!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Wonderful film with a wonderful actor. Thank you for being part of it.

  • Lisa Ovies

    Such a cool concept for a horror screening! So grateful to have been selected! Sad we weren’t able to attend but would definitely submit again

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    We were sorry too. The ghosts moved out for the weekend as it was a bit scary for them.