For all fans of horror and filmmaking we're back in 2023, bigger and better than before! We're playing two days - Saturday Nov 4 to Sunday Nov 5 - at our new home, the wonderful JAXX THEATRE, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. This year we're partnering with our sister festival, B&B, for the entire weekend with star-studded premieres and Hollywood career celebrations (names to be announced shortly). We have our own coffee bar the entire weekend - for networking and relaxing between (and during) events - and we also plan to honor a celebrity star with the prestigious PRICE AWARD and raise funds for the VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM.
More details and tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.

Hollywood Horrorfest

WINNERS will be offered the opportunity of having their work distributed worldwide (non-exclusive) through our unique partnership with FilmFest Distribution (see 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
  • Fabio Colonna

    The Hollywood Horrorfest delivered a chilling celebration of all things macabre and thrilling. This year's lineup offered a diverse array of terrifying tales, showcasing both established and emerging talent within the horror genre. With its eerie atmosphere, diverse selection, and commitment to fostering new voices, the festival proved itself as a must-attend for horror enthusiasts seeking scares and cinematic brilliance.

    November 2023
  • A fantastic experience and one I'll remember. It's a great festival and it's run for all the right reasons. Miles is wonderful and I look forward to submitting again.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Simon. Look forward to seeing more work from you soon.

  • Nick Cremers

    I got a personal email from Miles to let me know I won the best international short animation category.
    This tells you this festival is legit. Good people with great guests.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Nick. It's indie filmmakers like you that keep the festival going. Cheers.

  • We were thrilled to win 'Best Sci-Fi Short' at Hollywood Horrorfest! The experience was great and there was a fantastic horror lineup. A big shoutout to the Hollywood Horrorfest team for a wonderfully organized event. Can't wait to participate again in the future! 🎬👻

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for those kind words. We work to make this a truly inclusive and fun event.

  • Ramone Menon

    This is a great fest and I was really happy to have our film The Pey play at this year's edition. The selection was great. Keep up with the great work at the fest!

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks. Feedback like this makes all the hardworking worthwhile. Cheers