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

As it has been for so many of us, 2020 and 2021 have been tough and filled with obstacles. As a festival our primary concern is to keep the event going and to keep it a live event. The real success of any festival is in getting filmmakers together in-person, to celebrate their work and be able to network - with colleagues and industry insiders.

So we look forward to a great 2022 festival and seeing the works of friends old and new. And celebrating the PRICE AWARD again.


WINNERS will 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
  • Francois Larosa

    Absoulety Awesome, one of the Best!!

    March 2022
  • Nicholas Peetros

    Fantastic festival and great people to work with! I will defintely be submitting again!! One of the best festivals out there!!!

    February 2022
  • Daniel Beals

    It was an honor for our film, Don't Be Afraid, to be a Finalist at Hollywood HorrorFest! Thank you so much. We only wish we could have taken part in-person and met the amazing filmmakers and event organizers that we were surrounded by. What a great expression of film. Congrats, everyone!

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    December 2021
  • Craig Low

    The Hollywood Horrorfest was a blast! If you get the chance to submit or attend, I highly recommend it.

    November 2021
  • Fabio Giovinazzo

    Fantastic emotion: my film has been declared as Semi-Finalist!!! Great Festival, surely. And that's makes the result magical. Hollywood Horrorfest: thanks!!!

    October 2021