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 kristina@worldeonline.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 kristina@worldeonline.com if you need to withdraw from consideration for screening.

You may withdraw your submission at any time, but there are no refunds on submissions.

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    Ryan Blazic

    Great film festival! One of my favorites. Well organized, great communication, and filmmaker friendly.

    November 2017
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    David Earle

    It was a thrill to have my screenplay A ROAD TO NOWHERE to be among the winners for Best Horror Short Script in the 2017 Horror Hotel Film Festival! It is a well-orchestrated film festival that I can highly recommend.

    July 2017
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    Alex Salazar

    We were unfortunately unable to attend but Kristina was incredibly communicative throughout the entire process and from what I've heard from family who went it was a fantastic festival with a great line up and we're over the moon about our nominations and the Best Lead Actor win. They release some awards prior to the festival and finish the rest at the actual festival. I highly recommend you submit to this great fest!

    July 2017
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    Jason Klingensmith

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend this year's festival, but have in the past. I also had several friends attend this year, all who had a blast and gave it rave reviews. Definitely recommend this festival to lovers of independent horror. Great festival with great communication and plenty of networking opportunities.

    June 2017
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    Saba Saba

    When it comes to Horror Films, you're in the right festival. From zombies to vampires, slashers, serial killers or monsters, you'll get all that at this festival. The Producers are incredible and have a great communication with the selected filmmakers.
    At the festival, I met wonderful actors, directors, writers and more that today are a part of my everyday life.
    I can only recommend this festival for everyone who truly know what the horror indie film business is.
    Enjoy your time there, and thank you again to the producers.

    June 2017