HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST, the home of the PRICE AWARD, has announced that it’s postponing all its screenings and live events until next year. That means the coveted PRICE AWARD, created in honor of VINCENT PRICE and presented by his daughter VICTORIA PRICE, will also be postponed till August 2021. Previous award recipients include horror icons SID HAIG, CASSANDRA PETERSON and JOE DANTE.

Festival founder, Miles Flanagan states, “It’s so disappointing to everyone involved, but all live events are suffering the same.” The festival had considered outdoor screenings but, as Flanagan explained, “We need to be able to screen at least 12 hours a day, so obviously outdoors wasn’t going to work.”

The festival is still committed to judging all the 2020 entries and will announce winners online on Sunday August 8th. Plus officially selected 2020 films will be screened at the next festival.

We still offer all winners this year the chance to have their work distributed too - through our partnership with FILM FEST DISTRIBUTION.

The official notice from the festival:
The health and safety of our fans, attendees, exhibitors, guests and volunteers is always our number one priority. Unfortunately due to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, and circumstances beyond our control, film screenings and live events at HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST 2020 have to be postponed this year.

While this news is disappointing, we are happy to announce that officially selected films will be screened when the festival returns.

In the meantime films and scripts in competition are still being judged. Finalists will be announced just prior to the event and winners will be announced online on August 9th.

We believe it’s important that filmmakers’ work is recognized without delays and that filmmakers get the laurels and awards they need to promote their work this year.

We decided against an online version of the festival’s screenings and events for 2 reasons. Nothing beats actual in-person events, where attendees can mix and socialize. That’s the heart and soul of any festival. And secondly video piracy is an issue with online screenings.

Be safe and well.


2020 WINNERS will receive prizes, awards and benefits from our many sponsors (TBD) spread amongst them. 2020 winners will receive prizes at our postponed screenings and events next year.

Winners announced Sunday Aug. 9th online. Certificates and Laurels will be sent to finalists and winners online, Monday Aug. 10th.

2020 WINNERS will still be offered the opportunity of having their work distributed worldwide (non-exclusive) through our unique partnership with FilmFest Distribution (see www.filmfestdistribution.com for more details).

Our rules are very basic but necessary. Please read all of the rules thoroughly 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.

2. Subtitles
Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.

3. Formats
For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Screenplays must be submitted in English as a digital PDF via FilmFreeway.

4. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes.

5. Awards (incl. but not limited to)
Best of the Fest
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Horror Comedy
Best Documentary
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Music Score
Best Make-Up
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 will try its best to continue as normal, just at another venue/date TBD or operate online (partially or fully) if deemed necessary or unavoidable.

Overall Rating
  • My screenplay "Yusmarg" won 3rd place in the Demonic Feature screenplay category last year! I had a great time, everyone was very inviting especially Pat! I also got a chance to see Sid Haig before he passed. I really enjoyed my first experience at a film festival.

    June 2020
  • This is a fantastic festival for screenwriters, coordinated by a terrific team. They were very communicative. They care about filmmakers, and it shows.

    October 2019
  • Erik Boccio

    What a fantastic festival! All the selections were good and the opening night feature/Q&A was such a fun time! Friendly people and great location. Thank you Miles! Will be coming back!!

    August 2019
  • Robert Ward

    On the "star rating" section I honestly had to give five stars for each category. I thought about each one carefully and didn't see anything lacking in this festival. I attended last year as a finalist but did not win. I attended this year recently and won Second Place for Best Feature Script for "The Funny Farm." What's interesting is that I had a great time both years I attended, one for winning and one for not. (Though I admit it was awesome this year to hear my name called, walk up to the stage and receive my award, walk off the stage to be professionally photographed in front of a red carpet screen, then walk back to my seat with people in attendance congratulating me on my way back to my seat.) I've made some fruitful connections at HH and even the volunteers/workers for the festival have become friends (also friends on Facebook). Festival Director Miles Flanagan does a great job of creating a fun and relaxed horror-film experience, and he makes sure that Hollywood Horrorfest showcases some pretty cool in-person talent from the industry, from actors and writers, to directors and producers. Hollywood Horrorfest is clearly building and gaining more and more buzz each year as word gets out about this festival. There's no feeling of pretentiousness, and horror aficionados of every degree rub elbows and have full access to established horror filmmakers and industry professionals with ease. All communications from HH via email were sent and/or returned in a timely manner, too. Even the venue for the festival is enjoyable and I've gotten to know the staff and bartenders (yes, there's a full bar!) at The Mayflower Club. Overall, an all-around great time and I look forward to returning again.

    August 2019
  • We were a finalist in HHF, thus did not get to screen. However, I am grateful that the festival still honored us with a finalist laurel.

    August 2019