The Haunted Oaks Film Festival celebrates locally produced short horror films from in and around Pittsburgh, PA, and the greater Western, PA area. (Submissions from outside these areas will still be considered for the festival.)

The Oaks Theater produces The Haunted Oaks Film Festival in partnership with Locust Street Entertainment, and screenings are held here at The Oaks Theater, a beautifully restored historic 1938 Art Deco style theater, with modern amenities such as a bar and cabaret seating - a perfect setting for the horror, suspense and thrills of the evening.

The Haunted Oaks Film Festival takes our night of screenings to another level of fun for our audience and participants with our talented hosts and co-producers Lance Parkin & Ruthy Draper of Locust Street Entertainment.

Audiences can expect added excitement with carefully crafted stage sketches, sure to add just the right amount of comic relief to this frightful night.

The group of producers for this event are all active members of the Pittsburgh film community and have many years experience writing, acting and producing entertainment in the area.

The event is a great opportunity to be a part of this active community of filmmakers.

★Best Film: $200
★Runner Up: $100
★Audience Choice Award (chosen by popular vote of attendees)

Category Winners (Categories TBA)
*Award trophies and cash prizes only awarded to winners attending the Awards Ceremony or who send a representative for their film to the Awards Ceremony.

Festival Rules & Regulations
The Oaks Theater, The Haunted Oaks Film Festival, its producers, affiliates, employees and sponsors shall be referred to herein as The Oaks Theater Haunted Oaks Film Festival [The Oaks Theater HOFF].

Entries must not exceed 12 minutes in duration including titles and credits. Recommended length is 5 to 10 minutes, but all films under 12 minutes will be considered.

Entries must be of (of a spin on) the horror / thriller / suspense genre

Films screened at any previous Haunted Oaks Film Festival are not eligible for resubmission.

Films entered to previous Haunted Oaks Film Festivals, but not selected and screened at said festival, are eligible for resubmission.

Films created at any time are eligible for submissions before the festival deadline, provided they were not screened at any previous Haunted Oaks Film Festival and meet all submission criteria.

Submitters must UPLOAD their film to FilmFreeway before the submission deadline.

NO FILMS under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES will be accepted after the submission deadline.

Only final cuts of films are eligible. We will not accept a second copy of your film. Please ensure that your film is complete and final upon submission.

Submissions must include a short synopsis (no more than 4 sentences) of the film.

Additional, but not required, media can include up to a 30 second trailer for your submission.

All materials, including music, images, logos, additional film material, etc., used in your film must be original, or all proper permissions from sources must have been obtained prior to submitting to the festival. The filmmaker is solely and entirely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licensing, etc. Filmmaker will be entirely responsible for any damages incurred for failure to obtain all necessary permissions.

The Oaks Theater reserves the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed to be inappropriate. For questions, you can contact us by email at

A submission fee is required upon submission.

Under no circumstances will refunds of the submission fee be issued.

Submissions to the festival are currently only accepted through FilmFreeway. Do not send DVDs or copies of your film directly to us, by email or any other means, as they will not be reviewed or deemed official submissions.

All films which meet the festival criteria, submitted by the festival deadline, will be viewed by the festival selection committee.

Submission to the festival grants The Oaks Theater, The Haunted Oaks Film Festival and its producers the right to distribute your film to the screening committee for review, and if selected for the festival event, to screen the film publicly at The Oaks Theater.

Evaluations of entries by the festival selection committee are confidential and final.

Only top scoring films will proceed to the screening competition.

Films selected as finalists in The Haunted Oaks Film Festival will be screened to the public as part of the festival.

Finalists in The Haunted Oaks Film Festival will be notified via email, and the list will posted on our Facebook page, and website prior to the event.

The Oaks Theater Haunted Oaks Film Festival cannot be held accountable or liable for changes to the schedule which may be made at any time.

Each film selected as a finalist for the public screening will receive (2) complimentary tickets to the festival. Two tickets are issued per film. All other tickets can be purchased through

No refunds will be issued for tickets purchased to the public screening.

An authorized representative of the submitted film must be present at The Haunted Oaks Film Festival finalists screening event to receive any prizes, including cash prizes and award trophies.

By submitting to The Haunted Oaks Film Festiva, you give The Oaks Theater Haunted Oaks Film Festival permission to use, reproduce and distribute in any format, images, stills, clips,trailers, logos, titles or names associated with your film in connection to the festival, or The Oaks Theater, for the current festival and any subsequent festivals, in media in any form, including but not limited to print, social media, email, TV, radio, or any media not yet created.

Submitters shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless The Oaks Theater Haunted Oaks Film Festival and parent company MTM Productions, INC., its producers, affiliates, employees and sponsors from and against any liabilities, damages and costs arising out of third party claims.

This Agreement shall be governed, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania.

You acknowledge that you are 18 years of age or older.
You acknowledge that you have read and understand the rules and regulations, terms and conditions of the event.
You acknowledge that your film meets all submission criteria and that you have all the necessary permissions in order to submit your film.
By submitting you attest that you are authorized to agree to these rules and regulations.