Horror Film Awards is an IMDb Qualifying Film Festival with LIVE SCREENING in London – October 24, 2024. We will premiere a selection of the best short films and trailers of some feature-length films. During the LIVE SCREENING, we will award the best projects with diplomas, and filmmakers will be able to enjoy a Networking Party.

The festival was born in Central Europe, in Slovakia. After the first two successful editions, we decided to relocate the festival to London, a city with a high concentration of horror film creators.

The festival has already attracted more than 2000 filmmakers from over 80 countries worldwide, who entrusted their projects to our festival, and the best films from previous editions were also rewarded with financial prizes.


Wes Craven:
"Horror films don’t create fear. They release it."

David Cronenberg:
"In horror films, the monster is us, the dark side of us. You have to reflect that in yourself, and find the dark side of yourself."

Stephen King
"I think that we’re all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better – and maybe not all that much better after all."

Among the awarded films were also some well-known ones, such as "Don’t Die First" by American director Daniel Brian Foster, and the music video with over a million views on YouTube, "Girl In Red," by Norwegian director Thea Hvistendahl.

The Horror Film Awards is the most exciting horror film festival in the modern filmmaking world. We're dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented genre filmmakers. Our program is packed with award-winning thriller and horror films from every corner of the world. This started as a way of showcasing our love for all things horror, and it's grown to be a complete, value-packed celebration of horror filmmaking surrounded by other incredible talented and passionate creators!


GOLDEN SCREAM AWARDS - Best Picture (award for the best film of the year)


Best Micro Horror (under 5 min)
Best Super Short Horror (under 10 min)
Best Short Horror (under 30 min)
Best Mid-Length Horror (under 60 min)
Best Feature Horror (over 61 min)
Best Horror Music Video
Best Student Horror
Best Horror Web/TV Series (only Pilot)
Best Animation Horror
Best Indie/Low Budget Short Horror (under 10 000 USD)
Best Indie/Low Budget Feature Horror (under 150.00 USD)


Best British Director for Short Film (under 30 min)
Best British Director for Super Short Film
Best British Director for Micro Horror
Best British Director Mid-Length Horror
Best British Director Feature Horror
Best British Student Director Horror
Best British Director Music Video
Best British Director Web/TV Series
Best British First-Time Director Short Horror Film
Best British First-Time Director Feature Horror Film
Best British Young Director (under 30y.)


Best Sci-fi
Best Thriller
Best Fantasy
Best Comedy Horror
Best Zombie Horror
Best Super Natural Horror
Best Slasher
Best Noir Horror
Best Found Footage
Best Body Horror


Best USA Director
Best Canadian Director
Best Spanish Director
Best French Director
Best Asian Director
Best Director Micro Horror (under 5 min)
Best Director Super Short Horror (under 10 min)
Best Director Short Horror (under 30 min)
Best Director Mid-Length Horror (under 60 min)
Best Director Feature Horror (over 61 min)
Best Director Horror Music Video
Best Director Student Horror
Best Director Horror Web/TV Series (only Pilot)
Best Director Animation Horror
Best Director Indie/Low Budget Short Horror (under 10 000 USD)
Best Director Indie/Low Budget Feature Horror (under 150.000 USD)
Best Female Director Short Horror
Best Female Director Feature Horror
Best Male Director Short Horror
Best Male Director Feature Horror


Best Horror Short Screenplay (under 30 pages)
Best Horror Feature Screenplay (over 31 pages)
Best Horror TV Pilot Screenplay


Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editor
Best VFX
Best SFX
Best Cinematography
Best Production
Best Costume
Best Makeup Artist
Best Set Design
Best Sound Desing
Best Song
Best Trailer
Best Poster

1. All films that are not in English, must have English language subtitles. English movies do not have subtitles.
2. No fee waiver. All entry fees are non-refundable.
3. We accept films made after January 1, 2020.
4. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
5. The decision of the festival selection committee will be final.
6. The festival authorities will have the right to retain copies of each film and the material send as part of our festival library & can be screened in for Education, promotion, awareness & commercial purposes.
7. The excerpts from films send for Horror Film Awards can be shown on the United Kingdom / Int. T.V. / Local Network / Internet etc. For Promotional / Publicity.
8. Films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third Parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required copyright permissions regarding music, sound & images. Etc presented in their film.
9. Horror Film Awards organizers reserve rights change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent or information to contestants.
10. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.

Overall Rating
  • So many great projects. Great festival!

    June 2022
  • Suzanne DeLaurentiis

    Great festival good completion. Nice to have your work recognized.

    April 2022
  • Juliet Landau

    Amazing event. Soooooooo loved being part of it.

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much! Hope to see you this year!

  • 665 Shortfilm

    Thanks for our shortfilm "665" selection! It was an honour and a pleasure to be part it. The communication and exchange with the organization were very professional and welcoming.

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks to reviews like these, we know that it makes sense to host our festival! Thank you!

  • The Horror Film Awards was a festival I wanted to be a part of! I was honored and thrilled that my script “Everyone” was selected as the winner of best Horror Short Script (under 30 pages). The other selections were top notch, and being selected was a real treat! Thank you again! I intend to submit again!

    March 2022