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 was even better. All our evening events were SOLD OUT in advance. We honored the fabulous CASSANDRA "ELVIRA" PETERSON with the prestigious PRICE AWARD, had a cast & crew reunion screening of ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS, had the World's only 30th Anniversary Reunion of THEY LIVE, with a live performance from Honoree (and JOHN CARPENTER collaborator) ALAN HOWARTH, had an amazing Anniversary party for NIGHT OF THE DEMONS with Dir. KEVIN TENNEY and the gang, and finished off with an Awards night to end all Awards nights!

We Honored MIKE "THE SHAPE OF WATER" HILL - 2018's Monster Maker of the Year - and handed out over 40 well deserved awards, certificates and gorgeous HHF Medals. Winners received DVDs, posters, Blu-rays, t-shirts, and assorted cool horror memorabilia all night long. It was a night to remember.

We had FREE screenings and events too, including the US Premiere of HORROR MOVIE: A LOW BUDGET NIGHTMARE, with DEE WALLACE and the AUSTRALIAN directors in-person, and had another incredibly insightful and educational PANEL TO DIE FOR. Both were packed houses and lots of fun.

We have some amazing guests planned for 2019 so stick with us, there's never a dull moment at HHF.

So what do we accept? Well 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.

Our new venue has a full bar, stage, vendor space, kitchen, large hall, green room and its own parking lot. It's the perfect venue to network and socialize. So bring your business cards and make the most of what HHF has to offer.

Here's what our fans said:
"Very cool." (Joe Dante - Director of GREMLINS & THE HOWLING)

"A resounding success." (

"Pay attention to HHF." (

"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)

WINNERS will receive $1000 (current total value) worth of prizes, awards and benefits from our many sponsors.

WINNERS will be offered the opportunity of having their work featured in a non-exclusive AMAZON VIDEO distribution deal to be part of the 2nd season of the successful "Hollywood Horrorfest Presents" anthology TV series.

ALL ENTRANTS will be put in a prize draw - prizes TBA shortly.

Awards are given to all our winners.

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.

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.

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
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 would continue as normal, just at another venue/date TBD.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Higgins

    The cast and crew of our short film, Keep Quiet, had a great time attending Hollywood Horrorfest. The venue absolutely felt like you were at a genre festival, and Miles/the HHF team were all friendly and welcoming. Not only were the short films screening at the fest top-notch, but the classic film screenings and panels provided guests a wide array of entertainment. A big thank you to Hollywood Horrorfest for awarding our short Best Experimental Horror, and we hope this great fest will have us back for our next project!

    September 2018
  • Great festival!

    It was a pleasure to be part with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. It was an honor to receive the Best Foreign Language Short Award.

    Thanks a lot to the director of the festival Miles Flanagan, for his great attention and kindness.

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    August 2018
  • Eduardo Soto-Falcon

    Very enjoyable event. The venue in 2018 wasn't well located for people without a car, but inside it was very nice with a great atmosphere. Every single volunteer and staff member were impeccable and super friendly. There were stands with genre books, movies and memorabilia that were a great add-on. The certificates and medals were nice and professional and the Awards Night was quite warm and satisfying.

    August 2018
  • Brian W. Smith

    It was an honor to have my scripts "Hallow's Point," "One Good Scare" and "Mother Mayhem" selected at this year's event. I was unable to attend, but the scheduled events, panels and guests looked amazing. Thanks!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Please enter again next year. We're going to have more industry involvement - particularly geared toward helping writers.

  • Clarissa Jacobson

    Had a wonderful time at this fest - really cool vibe cool location nice people in great communication!

    August 2018