Hellifax completed it's 3rd year in 2022! Our main focus has been horror films, and we expanded to include sci-fi, action and thriller.

Hellifax Horror Fest is a third-year festival in the seaside city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Therein lives a contingent of die-hard horror fans with a taste for blood (in film, that is). This festival has been created for those fans, and for the filmmakers who deliver innovative and compelling stories.

We're filmmakers ourselves, and we're doing this for the love of genre films. We aim to showcase the next generation of filmmakers and shine a light on their talents.

The festival has 3 components:

Feature film competition:
-Horror, sci-fi, action and thriller feature films 45 minutes or longer can be submitted.

Short film competition:
-Horror, sci-fi, action and thriller short films 25 minutes or less can be submitted.

Script competition:
We're ready for your horror,sci-fi, action and thriller genre scripts (maximum length - 25 pages).
-Each script will receive brief reader notes (if requested).
-The Hellifax jury will select the top 15 semi-finalists from the submissions, followed by the top 5 finalists. The top five and the grand prize winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and be available on the Hellifax website (although it's not mandatory - the writer can choose not to make their script available on the site). Laurels will be provided to the top 5 finalists.
-The grand prize winner will receive $100 (CDN) cash award.

In 2020 we screened 52 short films in five programs, selected from submissions received from over 30 countries. For 2021 we made the festival bigger and better by including horror features and adding small cash prizes for Best Feature, Best Short and Best Script and overall 24 awards were won! We screened four features and 48 shorts in front of live audiences during an October weekend.

Hellifax Horror Fest is committed to recognizing filmmakers in a number of categories, including:

Audience Favorite Film (audience vote)
Audience Favorite Film - Runner Up (audience vote)

Juried Awards for both feature and shorts categories:
Best Film
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Ensemble
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Editing
Best Practical Effects
Best Visual Effects
Scariest Film
Best Monster/Villain
Best Poster

Every winner will receive an award laurel graphic.
Best Feature Film and Best Short Film will each receive a $100 (CDN) cash prize and a trophy.

Screenplay category: all scripts will be read by industry professionals, the top 15 will receive a semi-finalist laurel, the top 5 will be announced at Fest (finalists) and winner gets: $100 (CDN) cash prize, their script will be sent to two prominent genre companies who will read it and a recorded live script read by professional actors.

-Feature films exceeding 45 minutes are eligible.

-Short films up to 25 minutes long are eligible (please note - when the runtime exceeds 15 minutes it's less likely that a short film will be programmed).

-Entries must be in English or subtitled/dubbed in English.

-Filmmakers may submit as many entries as they wish. Each entry must have a separate entry form and fee.

-Submission fees are non-refundable.

-All films are eligible, even if your film is publicly available online, has screened at other film festivals or is currently being distributed. We do not restrict submissions in any way.

-It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. By submitting you agree: I shall indemnify and hold harmless Hellifax Horror Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

-Submission guidelines for Hellifax Horror Fest are subject to change. Hellifax Horror Fest reserves the right to rule on all issues not expressly covered in these guidelines.

Overall Rating
  • François Ricard-Sheard

    What a honor to have won best Monster! The whole purpose of the film was to make the creature - Jérémie Gariépy Ferland- Shine! The creature is at the very center of my movie and I am so grateful to Jeremie's dedication !!!!!

    November 2022
  • Alfredo Uzeta

    We loved Hellifax and will send our next shortfilms :)

    October 2022
  • Lisa Ovies

    Great festival and experience!! So grateful to have been a part of it this year and truly hope to play with you all again! Thank you

    October 2022
  • Conall Pendergast

    Great communication. I was happy to participate, and wished I could have attended!

    October 2022
  • Joanna T

    Excellent communication and a fantastic selection of films! Super honoured to have been included in your programming this year. Thank you thank you thank you!

    October 2022