A horror film festival born out of the love of horror, what scares you, makes you feel and makes you think.

Guest Judges:

Joe Alves - Production Designer/Art Director - JAWS, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Escape from New York, The Sugarland Express and Torn Curtain (Joe Alves is an Oscar nominee and Bafta Award Winner). He has worked closely with Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Alfred Hitchcock.

Alex Proyas - Director & Producer - The Crow, Dark City, Knowing, I Robot, Gods of Egypt. He is a hugely influential filmmakers who's work on The Crow clearly inspired the Wachowskis' The Matrix. Alex Proyas has a keen sense of style and a pioneer in filmmaking.

Dave Kendall - Graphic Artist - Currently, his work has come full circle and Dave is the illustrator and co creator of The Deadworld series for 2000AD. This details the destruction of Deadworld by Judge Death and his Lieutenants. Judge Death being the arch-nemesis of Judge Dredd. He has also produced fantastic work for Blizzard Entertainment and the World of Warcraft series.

Ramsey Campbell - Horror Author - A writer of almost six decades, Ramsey has been talked about at the highest level and been compared to HP Lovecraft. Clive Barker (Creator of Hellraiser) was mentored by Ramsey Campbell. A hugely influential figure in horror writing.

A Worldwide Event for the filmmaking and fan communities.

Submissions open 1st August - 1st October | Special Event 30th October

Currently there are no prizes, however should prizes be added at a later date there will be amendments required to the terms and conditions so please check back frequently. We will do our best to inform anyone as and when changes have been made.

Films must be at least 1 minute and no longer than 10 minutes in total. Anything longer will not be accepted into the festival.

Films submitted to our original 'Isolation Film Festival' cannot be submitted again for the 'Hellbound Horror Festival'.

All submitted films must have been made between 1st January 2020 and the 1st October 2020.

Terms and Conditions:

You will retain ownership of anything you enter and are simply granting us the permission to share, upload, edit and use your content as we deem appropriate to both run and advertise the Hellbound Horror Festival. This will include uploading all entries to our YouTube page and to share on social media. We may also edit your entries into highlights reels/advertisements for the festival and share these on social media also.

You must own or have permission to use everything within your project, this includes but is not limited to music, images, video, people involved in your projects, sound effects, etc.

We are not responsible for any damages or injury you may incur while producing your project. We are simply giving you inspiration to be creative, please be responsible in what you are doing at all times.

Entries must adhere to the rules set out in the rules catergory.

Anyone entering who is under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent/guardian or have their entry submitted by someone who is over 18 on their behalf.

No entries will be accepted after the 1st October 2020, midnight GMT.

Winners will be chosen with catergories and awards chosen by the organisers and possible guest judges, these are subject to vary and will depend on how many entries are received.

Currently there are no prizes, however should prizes be added at a later date there will be amendments required to the terms and conditions so please check back frequently. We will do our best to inform anyone as and when changes have been made.

Throughout all of the process please adhere to and keep up to date with the current government guidelines surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. At the time of writing, our rules adhere to this but we are not liable for anything you incur, experience or that happens to you while you are producing your entries.

We love our film-making community and any bullying, hate speech or otherwise intolerance of others will not be accepted.

We are here to help curate our filmmakers works and have a good time with you too.

Overall Rating
  • Hellbound Horrorfest did a great job of putting on virtual convention and film fest -- especially during such a time. This was such a fun event to be a part of, even in the online format. The presentation and atmosphere was almost as exciting as being on the convention floor. Great films, great panels and awesome merch. Thanks for selecting us to be part of Hellbound Horrorfest 2020!

    January 2021
  • Phenomenal festival experience with fantastic communication, quality and audience involvement that's a must-submit for anyone looking for a destination for their horror short.

    November 2020
  • I am so excited to see this festival grow over the next couple years because this first year was an absolute treat. Alex and the team are so helpful, courteous and supportive to their filmmakers , always having ways for us to contribute, discuss and geek out over horror together. I made a lot of friendships that I know will last a long time during this. Thanks again to the whole team.

    November 2020
  • Probably one of the best horror festivals out there, and an absolute must in your festival tour. Thanks to Alex and his whole team for such an amazing experience.

    November 2020
  • Fantastic festival. Our film was nominated for best film. Great communication through the competition. Highly recommend

    November 2020