Haunted House FearFest is about grass-roots independent filmmaking. Celebrating the crack of bone and spill of blood. We aim to bring independent filmmaking to the City of Bradford and scare the crap out of them. But for this, we need to invite filmmakers with a twisted mind and a mean streak to join us.

We want to share our love of horror and all of its sub-genres including, Giallo, Über violence, Monsters, Psychos and Supernatural. From nerve-shredding drama to blunt force trauma. Any film, including music videos, experimental and documentaries, as long as it features terror and blood – We want it!

The next live event is scheduled to take place in March 2022. But the event will also take place online with XERB.TV - details will follow as the global situation unfolds.



As a thank-you to all entrants, we are giving you a complimentary copy of Anthony Straeger's 'Creating Success with your Submissions'. This booklet provided you with valuable information to give you and your film the best chance of success when submitted to this or any other festival.

The BEST OF THE FESTIVAL will receive the coveted GRIM REAPER AWARD. All of the main & additional category winners will receive a certificate and laurel.

All main category winners will also be given a review on IMDB.

BEST OF THE FESTIVAL: One film will receive the horribly good 'GRIM REAPER AWARD' in recognition of being the OVERALL BEST OF THE FEST!

MAIN CATEGORY WINNERS: Will be receive an eCertificate (PDFs), Winners Laurels (PNG) and a review on IMDB. The categories are:

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 CATEGORY AWARDS: The winner will be sent an eCertificate (PDF) and Winners Laurel. The 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

THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: Will receive a Winner's laurel.

Quality Kill(s)
Most Gore
Meanest/Best Villain
Biggest Shock/Scare

All semi-finalists and officially 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 correct and appropriate category. Our starting point for judging films is by length. If placed in the wrong category, it will be rejected.

There are NO restrictions on when your film was completed or where it was previously screened. Even if it already online, you may enter your film.

If your project 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, do so on a USB stick, it will NOT be returned unless you send a Stamp addressed envelop.

We accept no responsibility for illegal submissions under any circumstances. Please check you are authorised to submit the film and that it is not subject to any litigation or under threat of litigation. If you have a distributor, make sure they agree to allow the film to be submitted. Each submitter must possess all of the legal right and clearances to the submission.

The submitter gives permission for HHFF to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film. We also encourage accepted filmmakers to do their own promotion of the festival on social media. 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 any entrant under the age of 18.

We do not offer screening fees under any circumstances.

The overall winner (if attending) will be presented with their award on Saturday evening.

All submitters are invited to attend. Admission is free as we are trying to build an audience and festival for the future. We cannot pay for travel or accommodation. If you decided to attend, we do our best to make your stay as much fun as possible.

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

Requests for FULL FEE WAIVERS will be denied as it is not fair under any circumstances that exceptions be made when filmmakers have paid an appropriate rate. We offer a discounted rate to films we invite to submit. As festivals go, our entry fees are reasonable.

By submitting to the festival, you agree that you have read, understand and will comply with all Terms & Condition as stated in the items above.

Overall Rating
  • David Vergne

    Haunted House FearFest was a really great experience. Our film The Search won the Grim Reaper Award as best film under 20 minutes award and was semi finalist for best sfx. Such an honor. Communication was top notch, very responsive organisation and did a great job on social media. Congrats to all the staff.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks David. And the The Search is a truly top notch film. Thanks for being a part of the festival.

  • Tony Hipwell

    We had a great experience with Haunted House. Super communicative, a really smooth digital offering and a very welcome physical screening. Our team were also very pleased to win Best Feature and took home a very cool trophy. Highly recommend!

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Zomblogalypse is a great film and the audience really enjoyed it. Thanks for being a part of the festival. Also they way you helped promote the festival is really important so thanks for that.

  • Margaret M. MacDonald

    HHFF communicated every step of the way from submission straight through the festival, and gave every filmmaker multiple ways and ample opportunities to promote their films. The variety and quality of films I saw was stellar. It was fantastic to be included in such a great mix.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words and we really loved having you in the festival.

  • Thank you for choosing me! I was very happy.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks you for being part of the festival.

  • No doubt one of the most engaging and caring horror film festivals at present. Excellent communication all-around with a solid online platform for screening options. The lineup of selections was strong as well. Having our film 'Venandi' win was just the cherry on top of what was a stellar experience to begin with. Thank you HHFF for the recognition and the organisation!

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure and well done to you too. It is always a joy to see new, fresh and young filmmakers creating such an impact with their work.