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 trailers, shorts, features, web series, music videos and screenplays from around the world and showcase them during an exciting 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 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.


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 1/2 (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
  • Jose Luis Anaya

    My first Los Angeles film festival, my Los Angeles debut and Premiere, and one of the best weekends of my life. The HorrorHaus Film Festival made me feel like home away from home in Mexico. The LA underground and horror community was so receptive and there was a great communication. My FIRST FILM got 5 nominations and made new filmmaking friends with whom I made bonds and networking, and it was a great 3-day celebration of the best in independent international horror films. Watching horror films and having popcorn for 3 days straight definitely its a horror filmmaker's dream come true. Thank you so much to Horror Haus Film Fest!

    January 2019
  • Judson Vaughan

    Great Fest! Really nicely put together (although we couldn't make it, we heard they were on their 'A' Game) and everything leading up to the event was informative, fun and very punctual. Awesome line-up of films and we were honored to be nominated in four different categories. We were so pleased to be selected as part of this festival, we even bought the T.Shirt!!

    December 2018
  • HorrorHaus had great communication and execution - I wasn’t able to attend but being a part of this was great LA exposure and will definitely be returning next year! Hopefully in person next time.

    November 2018
  • Jules Vincent

    In only it's third year, this festival is going places! Filled with top notch features and shorts, programmed cleverly together in well timed blocks, the fest rolls along from one theme to the next and never drags. The HorrorHaus team is a dream to work with, they make the deliverables as easy as can be, promote the hell out of your showing and then are constantly hosting little mixers throughout the days of screenings as well as a pretty kick a** closing party on Saturday night followed by a great awards show complete with Oscar/Emmy level clips and graphics. A great fest filled with fun and talented people!

    November 2018
  • Niall Shukla

    I was fortunate enough to have my short A DOLL DISTORTED win Best Featurette and Best Editing at HorrorHaus. But regardless of any accolades, I would fully recommend this festival to fans of the genre and horror filmmakers!! What an amazing film festival! David and the team go out of their way to include filmmakers -- it has great communication and a real desire to make it's filmmakers feel like part of a community! The festival is getting bigger and bigger each year, and I cannot wait to see where it goes in the future!

    November 2018