The inaugural HHF was an amazing success at Quentin Tranatino's NEW BEVERY CINEMA in Los Angeles. We had 2 cast & crew reunions (The Howling & Return of the Living Dead), a free panel on "How to Finance, Produce and Sell Your Work" (with 11 panelists from the following disciplines - producer, director, agent, financier, sales agent), free screenings of shorts and features, more free giveaways than virtually anywhere, awards and networking events. Plus two Honoree's - JOE DANTE and DICK MILLER and the first ever Family Authorized PRICE AWARD (handed out by Vincent's daughter VICTORIA PRICE).
2018's HHF promises to be even better - concentrating on helping indie filmmakers get ahead and know more about the business they're entering. And winners get the opportunity of having their work professionally packaged as part of our AMAZON VIDEO anthology TV series "Hollywood Horrorfest Presents."
We accept ANY films, produced ANY year, in ANY category you feel is Grindhouse or Exploitation-genre related (horror, action, sci-fi, martial arts, animation, film noir, teen comedy, erotic, blacksploitation etc). We say ANY year as we're here to help guide film-makers sell and successfully distribute their work.
Here's what our fans said:
"Very cool." (Joe Dante - Director of GREMLINS & THE HOWLING)
"A resounding success." (LatinHorror.com)
"Pay attention to HHF." (ShockTillYouDrop.com)
"An incredible success. The crowd was great, the shorts were great, the atmosphere was great, the free gifts were great (comic books and a zombie jello mold? hell yeah), the popcorn was great, I mean, hell, the damn tickets were FREE. What else could you ask for?" (Framehopping Blog)
"A cool vibe." (David Leclercq - Directer & Festival Attendee)
"I'm honored to have screened there with my own work." (Jerry Pyle - Director)
" It was hands-down my favorite festival on the circuit." (Lowell Northrop - Director & Festival Attendee)
Awards & Prizes
Awards and Prizes are presented in all categories!
The big prize this year onwards is having your work professionally packaged into an anthology TV series. Working with one of AMAZON VIDEO's longest running indie distributor/aggregators we'll offer 2018's winners a non-exclusive deal to be part of the 2nd season of "Hollywood Horrorfest Presents" anthology series.
Comprised of the best HHF shorts, the series is distributed through AMAZON VIDEO. We believe filmmakers deserve more than just an award, they deserve a foot in the industry too. And the chance to make money from their work.
For this, the 2nd season, we'll also write and shoot linking footage to each film. Then use our successful PR and marketing team to promote the series.
So when you enter you'll also get the chance to be part of this continuing and successful series.
Of course Awards are given to all our finalists in competition, plus we host panels on the indie industry by people working in the indie industry - covering everything from financing, production, marketing and finally distribution. Most people don't understand the realities of the indie business, so we like to be as open with our information as we can.
We also promise an unprecedented HHF networking experience - with a full bar, lounge and dining area for informal socializing before and after screenings and panels.
Plus we'll be honoring another of Hollywood's Horror Greats with the PRICE AWARD - benefitting the VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM. We'll be releasing the names of those we'll be celebrating in the coming months.
Rules & Terms
Our rules are very basic but necessary. Please take a look before you enter.
1. Entry Rules
We accept ANY films, produced ANY year, in ANY category you feel is grindhouse or exploitation-genre related (horror, action, sci-fi, martial arts, animation, film noir, teen comedy, erotic, blacksploitation etc).
Submit the film/screenplay digitally through FilmFreeway exclusively. You may have multiple entries. We do not offer a waiver fee. Entry fees are non-refundable. We do not return submission entries. All selections are final.
Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.
For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Screenplays must be submitted as a digital PDF via FilmFreeway.
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes.
Best of the Fest
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Horror Comedy
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Production Design
Best Music Score
Best Special Effects
Best Unproduced Screenplay (Feature)
Best Unproduced Screenplay (Short)
6. Legal Terms & Conditions
The film contains no genuine acts of violence or animal cruelty.
Entrant warrants that they have the full & uncontested legal right (incl. full rights to the use of the film’s music) to enter their film/screenplay work to Hollywood Horrorfest and that the said work is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.
Entrant holds Hollywood Horrorfest its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry. Entrants agree to defend and indemnify Hollywood Horrorfest, its directors, officers, employees, contractors, consultants, volunteers, judges and agents against any and all claims, demands, actions, or lawsuits arising out of or related to the screening of the submitted film, performance of the music, or displaying of the art.
Hollywood Horrorfest has the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to change the festival date or location, if deemed necessary or unavoidable, to ensure a successful festival. In such a case the festival would continue as normal, just at another venue/date TBD.