HorrorHaus is a three-day Los Angeles 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 shorts and features from around the world and showcase them in the heart of Hollywood, complete with red carpet, networking events, and an awards ceremony.

Welcome to our Haus.

*Best Feature Film

*Best Short Film

*Best Student Film

*Best Trailer

*Best Featurette

*Audience Choice Award

*Best Actor

*Best Actress

*Best Supporting Actor

*Best Supporting Actress

*Best Young Actor

*Best Young Actress

*Best Director

*Best Screenplay

*Best Cinematography

*Best Makeup FX

*Best Practical FX

*Best Digital 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, etc., but we're not big fans of Sci-Fi and Fantasy films...

Please, no spaceships, unicorns, gnomes, or elves living under mushrooms on the forest floor - just putting it out there.


1. Entries must be original works and filmmaker must own all rights to the film.

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

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

4. Filmmaker grants permission to HHFF to exhibit film during the 2017 festival with no expectation of financial compensation.

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

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

7. 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.

8. Trailers must be under 2.5 (two and a half) minutes and be original material. Fan film trailers will not be considered.

9. If accepted, filmmaker will be notified via email. Filmmaker agrees to provide HHFF with final exhibition copy of 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.

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

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

12. 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.

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

Overall Rating
  • I am really glad that I submitted to HorrorHaus Film Festival. The communication was great and they put a lot of attention into making this a welcoming event. One of the best parts of this festival is how they really promote your film through social media; promoting your movie posters, trailers, and even including clips from your film in their well produced promotional trailer. I'd highly recommend submitting!

    November 2018
  • Clark D. Schaefer

    One of my favorite festivals. They really go all out for filmmakers, Adrian remembered me by name and face after two years. I love the personal detail and attention. Fun venue and I saw some great films will definitely submit againa nd again. Love it.

    November 2018
  • Jonathan Martin

    A really great, young horror festival with an excellent eye for programming quality genre films and providing their filmmakers and guests with an enjoyable experience. A must stop submission for the horror filmmaker, and if accepted, I would definitely encourage attendance to the fest!

    November 2018
  • Timothy Vandenberg

    Great Festival with great networking opportunities for filmmakers. Even after the fest they continued to network us in with industry folks! Very Impressed. Timothy Vandenberg, Director, AGATHA

    November 2017
  • Christopher Zatta

    Really cool festival. There was a great vibe throughout-- from the organizers and festival staff, on through the filmmakers and audience.

    November 2017