The International Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention is held every June in Northeast Ohio (near Cleveland). We have open competitions for films, scripts and music videos in the following genres: experimental (film only), fantasy, horror, horror-comedy, slasher, sci-fi and suspense-thriller. Competitions also open for our horror film scoring competition. At the event, we also have scream queen and FX makeup competitions.
The event features four days of film screenings, two days of panel discussions and lectures, a convention, special guests, networking parties, live competitions and more. The 2018 festival will be held May 31st through June 3rd - location TBA.
Awards & Prizes
Genre awards in each category - 1st through 4th place, plus honorable mention awards, for qualifying projects.
For attending winners, awards include trophies, plaques and certificates.
Additional sponsored awards for both films and writers.
Grand champion belts to: Best Overall Film, Best Overall Script, and Viewer's Choice Award.
Additional film awards and nominations for acting, cinematography, directing, and editing.
Rules & Terms
When submitting your project, be sure to e-mail us at email@example.com with your selected genre: experimental (film only); fantasy; horror; horror-comedy; sci-fi; slasher; suspense-thriller. Filmmakers, please also note if your film is a student project. Please include your project name and tracking number in the e-mail.
There are NO restrictions as to when your film or script was completed or where it has been released. Anyone may enter the competition. All entries must receive an average score of 85 or above in the judging process to qualify for award placement.
Filmmakers - Please check BOTH copies of your DVD or Blu-Ray before mailing to make sure they play. Each DVD or Blu-Ray should have your film title, total run time and FF tracking number. It is recommended that you check your DVDs on more than one DVD player (computers don't count) to ensure they play, as this is a common issue with submissions. We do NOT accept files, file discs, or any other format - NO EXCEPTIONS.
Hard copies are NOT returned, unless you clear this with the festival administration from the beginning. In order to have your disc(s) or script(s) returned to you (after the festival) you MUST send an SASE along with your disc(s) OR script(s) - not separately or after.
IF YOU SUBMIT VIA SECURE ONLINE SCREENER AND YOUR FILM IS SELECTED TO SCREEN, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SEND A HARD COPY (DVD / BLU-RAY) OF YOUR FILM FOR SCREENING. ANY SELECTED FILM NOT RECEIVED BY A GIVEN DEADLINE WILL BE REPLACED IN THE LINEUP - NO EXCEPTIONS.
We do not grant submission fee waivers under any circumstance. We do not pay screening fees.
Please note, if your project qualifies for an award, you or a direct representative from your project must be in attendance at the festival in order to receive any physical awards. Non-attending winners will be e-mailed award certificates after the event.
All submissions - whether accepted or not - come with ONE complimentary 4-day event pass to the festival. Any additional passes must be purchased in advance or at the door.
If you have a film in competition which can no longer be considered for screening, you may withdraw it from screening consideration but still leave it in competition for award placement. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to withdraw from consideration for screening.
You may withdraw your submission at any time, but there are no refunds on submissions.