Consistently rated one of FilmFreeway’s “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals,” HorrorHaus has 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 Favorite

*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 2024 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
  • Jeremy Brown

    While I could not attend the HorrorHaus Film Festival in person, the festival's accommodating nature truly left a lasting impression. The organizers went above and beyond, allowing others to attend in my stead.

    The feedback from those who stepped in for me was overwhelmingly positive. They were thrilled by the diverse selection of films and the event's overall atmosphere. The HorrorHaus team knows how to curate a captivating lineup and create an enjoyable experience for attendees.

    Kudos to the festival for delivering excellent cinematic content and their exceptional service and commitment to ensuring everyone could partake in the horror-filled festivities. I look forward to attending in person next time!

    December 2023
  • Ramone Menon

    This is a fantastic fest with great programming, a super venue, awesome parties and networking opportunities. This is my second time at HorrorHaus and it only gets better every time.

    November 2023
  • Tony Hipwell

    A really fantastic festival. I am new to submitting screenplays but I've now met so many talented screenwriters who have been spotlighted by HorrorHaus. A great space to share your work!

    November 2023
  • Alem Dauletkulov

    Thanks for HorrorHaus for awarding our web series ALAS. We weren't able to attend the festival in person, but the staff still has been very accommodating to us. Certainly will submit to HorrorHaus again and highly encourage others to do the same.

    November 2023
  • Mike Fontaine

    Thank you to HorrorHaus for their fantastic communication and for the honor of awarding our film "Abominations" for its practical makeup special effects. I will certainly submit again in the future and very much hope to be able to attend.

    November 2023