Consistently rated one of FilmFreeway's "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals" and quickly gaining a solid reputation in the genre filmmaking community, HorrorHaus is a 3-day Los Angeles area film festival dedicated to the creative works of independent filmmakers with a penchant for horror.

As filmmakers ourselves, we recognize talented artists who bring their visual storytelling gifts to the screen. We gather unique and spine-tingling films from around the world and showcase them during an exciting, thrill-packed weekend, complete with red carpet, networking events, parties, and a top-notch awards ceremony.

Welcome to our Haus.

*Best Feature Film

*Best Short Film

*Best Student Film

*Best Trailer

*Best Featurette

*Best Horror Comedy

*Best Music Video

*Best Web Series

*Audience Choice Award

*Best Actor

*Best Actress

*Best Supporting Actor

*Best Supporting Actress

*Best Young Actor

*Best Young Actress

*Best Director

*Best Screenplay (Produced)

*Best Screenplay (Unproduced)

*Best Cinematography

*Best Makeup FX

*Best Practical FX

*Best Visual FX

*Best Costume Design

*Best Editing

*Best Sound Design

*Best Original Score

*Best Jump Scare

We are looking for all things horror and sub-genre, including: Thriller, Psychological, Paranormal, Supernatural, Comedy/Horror, Slasher, Experimental, Dark, Disturbing, Twisted, Grindhouse, Music Video, Animated, Documentary, Screenplays, etc.


1. PLEASE SUBMIT IN THE PROPER CATEGORY!! If you submit in the wrong category i.e., Short Film as a Trailer or Featurette as a Short, your project will be disqualified. Please read and follow the submission guidelines.

2. Entries must be original works, and the Filmmaker must own all rights to the film.

3. Filmmaker retains all ownership and rights to their original submitted work.

4. More than one entry may be submitted, but each entry must be submitted separately.

5. Filmmaker grants permission to HHFF to exhibit film during the 2022 festival with no expectation of financial compensation.

6. We will accept works in progress, but please make note at the time of submission and if accepted, be prepared to submit the final exhibition copy three weeks prior to festival screening dates.

7. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

8. Student films must have been produced/filmed while the Filmmaker was attending an accredited school, college, or university. Proof of enrollment is required with submission. Student films are only eligible for the Best Student Film Award and not any other award category consideration.

9. Trailers must be under 2 1/2 (two and a half) minutes and be original material. Fan film trailers will not be considered.

10. If accepted, the Filmmaker will be notified via email. Filmmaker agrees to provide HHFF with a final exhibition copy of the film three weeks in advance of festival dates. Please note that the cost of shipping materials is the sole responsibility of the Filmmaker, and HHFF will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to materials while in transit.

11. Filmmakers may be asked to participate in video/print interviews in advance of the festival for promotional purposes.

12. Filmmakers will be required to provide film trailers, press kits, poster art, production stills, cast/crew bios, headshots, etc., for HHFF promotional purposes.

13. By entering this festival, you grant HHFF the right to use all submitted materials, including, but not limited to, film, trailer, and photographic footage, as well as audio recordings, written materials, logos, poster art, etc., at our discretion for the promotional and screening use of the film festival.

14. Secure online screeners only. DVD/Blu-Ray formats will not be considered.

15. We love you guys and value your talent as creators. Thanks, and good luck!

Overall Rating
  • Lindsay Zibach

    This is the kind of grassroots, genre fest I've long hoped to find. The festival's scope is perfect for networking in a genuine, intimate way and the organizers are deeply invested in every project they put on screen. And what a fantastic awards ceremony -- both in the production value and the convivial spirit! I hope to be included again and again.

    December 2022
  • Phillip Trow

    What an absolute honour to have, 'Upstairs selected for such a prestigious festival. Fantastic event, communication & social media presence. HorrorHaus will be one of the first festivals I'll submit to with projects in the future.

    November 2022
  • Mark Daniels

    This was one of the best festivals I have ever attended. The location, the communication with staff, and quality of films--all outstanding!

    November 2022
  • Felt so welcomed and that our work was appreciated! Met some cool people we wanna work with too. The space is fun and so are the gatherings. Absolute recommend attending!!!

    November 2022
  • Dan Burks

    What can I say about HorrorHaus except SUBMIT! This festival was an absolute blast. Fest creators Dave Lawrence and Allen Schmitt and emcee Julia Parker were welcoming, lovely people who fostered a creative, enthusiastic environment. From the screenings, to the networking party and right through to the super-fun awards ceremony, they created a wonderful environment. The filmmakers and their films were top notch; the talent was undeniable. I'm damned honored to be a part of this festival and I can't wait to go back. I'm positive this fest will continue to grow into a powerhouse on the festival circuit. Thanks for everything, HorrorHaus!

    November 2022