July 20th update announcement: At Hellifax Horror Fest, we've been assessing the changes to rules around physical gatherings to determine how to best host the short film festival this fall. At this time it's unlikely that a packed theatre of wild, rabid horror fans will be allowed - so we're moving the festival online. The online screenings will be held during a weekend in October - the exact date(s) will be announced in September. We do hold out hope that we can hold a screening or event in-person. If it's possible, we'll make it happen.

Our goals for the fest remain the same... we want to show the best horror shorts from amazing filmmakers from around the world, and to help build the horror community in Halifax. So far we've received over 30 hours of short films from 26 countries! Submissions are still open until September 5th.

We're thrilled with the support received so far for the fest, and we can't wait to show what we've got in store. Thank you.


We want to screen your best indie horror short films! Send us your slashers, monster movies, supernatural, zombie, psychological, found-footage, horror-comedy and everything in-between.

Hellifax Horror Fest is a first-year festival dedicated to short films, 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 the horror genre. We aim to showcase the next generation of horror filmmakers to a warped and wonderful audience.

April 14th update: We didn't plan to receive submissions of unproduced scripts for horror short films, but we have. So we've decided - why not? We're ready for your scripts in the horror genre (with a maximum length of 25 pages.)

We'll rank the scripts and the top three will receive an award laurel graphic and a FilmFreeway waiver for their next submission to the Hellifax Horror Fest.

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:
Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Editing
Best Practical Effects
Best Visual Effects
Scariest Short Film
Best Monster/Villain
Best Poster

Every winner will receive an award laurel graphic and a FilmFreeway waiver for their next submission to the Hellifax Horror Fest.

Screenplay category: We'll rank the scripts and the top three will receive an award laurel graphic and a FilmFreeway waiver for their next submission to the Hellifax Horror Fest.

-Short films up to 25 minutes long are eligible.

-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 not refundable.

-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.

-By submitting, if accepted, you agree to grant the festival the right to use a film image for promotional purposes.

-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.

-Filmmakers must provide online preview screeners. Any other method must receive prior approval from the festival. Please do not ship DVD’s or other materials to our office unless requested.

Overall Rating
  • Piero C

    Excellent communication and wonderful programming of short films. It was a pleasure to be part of all this. See you soon!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for entrusting us with SCRIPT Piero. Keep in touch!

  • For their first festival, Hellifax did a great job of putting on an enjoyable, virtual festival. My short film played in a really great block of horror films. The communication was excellent the whole way through. I will for sure want to return in the future!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Bryon! It was a lot of fun watching the audience react to INFLATIO - we appreciate being able to screen it. We hope to see you again!

  • Luana Di Pasquale

    It was a great honour to be part of Hellifax Horror Fest and to contribute to the horror scene in Halifax!!! The virtual experience was awesome too. Look forward to participating again with my next projects !!!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Luana! And congrats again to the KEEP MUM team - we wish you continued success with the film!

  • Can't praise Hellifax Horror Fest enough! The team was so kind and communicative. My girlfriend and I had so much fun watching all the films and participating in the live chat. It really felt like watching it in person with a bunch of friends. Thank you so much for selecting Box Fort for your festival, Hellifax team! We had a blast!!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tyler, we had a great time with the live chat too. And thanks for sharing BOX FORT with the viewers.

  • Matthew Barber

    Honored that my short film "Go Back" had the opportunity to screen at Hellifax Horror Fest! Cool festival with an excellent line-up of films!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate the review Matthew. GO BACK was very popular with the audience, and congrats on the festival success of your latest short NO ONE IS COMING, well done!