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

Free to Enter

A Worldwide Event for the filmmaking and fan communities.

Submissions open 1st August - 1st October 2022 | October 29th Event 2022

Announcements Starting 22nd July 2022 Onwards on Official Podcast - The Hellbound Podcast/Facebook: The Hellbound Horror Festival and on Instagram @hellboundhorrorfestival

Possible Guest Judges will be announced once they are secured.

Previous Guest Judges (2020 Film Festival):

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.

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 15 minutes in total. Anything longer will not be accepted into the festival.

All submitted films must have been made between 1st January 2020 and the 1st October 2022.

No films previously submitted to the 1st Hellbound Horror Festival in 2020 will be allowed to be re-submitted.

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 category.

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 2022, midnight GMT.

Winners will be chosen with categories and awards chosen by the organizers 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.

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
  • Ian Rayburn

    Incredible Horror Festival. Alex has put together something very special and his love for the genre shows. Great communication throughout and the custom posters he designed for all the films accepted were above and beyond!

    I cant recommend this festival enough and if you are a horror filmmaker or fan of horror this is one to keep an eye out for. I cannot wait to see this festival grow and expand!


    November 2022
  • I respect this festival highly. Thank you for interpreting my art into your own. The art I truly appreciate. Thank you for choosing my film when you didn't have too.

    November 2022
  • Bradford Uyeda

    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