The HorrorHound Film Fest (#H2F2) takes place semi-annually as part of the largest horror convention in the US – HorrorHound Weekend. HorrorHound Weekend and Film Fest have been the recipient of multiple Rondo Awards (an annual National awards program dedicated to horror, as voted on by the fans). Our events have won Best Horror Convention (twice), as well as Best Fan Event (twice). HorrorHound Weekend and Film Festival was also honored in 2016 by NUVO Magazine as recipients of their Cultural Vision Trailblazer Award for our continued support of independent filmmakers and cinema. HorrorHound Film Fest (an IMDb recognized event) was also named in Cinema Runner's "Indie Horror's Secret Seven," where HorrorHound was named the most influential brand in indie horror. Further, Lloyd Kaufman (President and founder of Troma Entertainment) officially recognized HorrorHound festival promoters with Official Troma Diplomas in 2018 for supporting Truly Independent Art. Beginning humbly in 2007, our events have grown to over 35,000 attendees annually. Recurring venues include Indianapolis, Indiana in September and Cincinnati, Ohio in March (with other pop-up events hosted in such cities as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio, and Pasadena, California).

Over the years, HorrorHound has played host to significant events such as:

• The first official screening of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed: Uncut

• Jamie Lee Curtis’ only horror convention appearance, raising money for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (promoted on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”)

• A Nightmare on Elm Street Original Cast Tribute to Wes Craven

• The Horror Host’s Tribute to Vampira hosted by Daniel Roebuck as Dr. Shocker (largest assembly of horror hosts ever … at the time)

• The Monster Channel launched at our event in 2009 as part of “100 Years of Horror”

• The launch of the Horror Host Hall of Fame, in which HorrorHound has maintained involvement in (and host to the annual ceremony) for a decade).

• In 2012, HorrorHound Film Fest teamed with Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) for Elvira’s Horror Hunt – a film fest competition resulting in the winning feature and short receiving a gala screening at the historic Vista Theater in Hollywood. The films selected for the competition were first screened at HorrorHound Weekend.

• HorrorHound Weekend has been featured on multiple TV shows such as “Toy Hunter,” “Making Monsters,” and “Paranormal Paparazzi.” Furthermore, HorrorHound Weekend has been featured in the documentaries Scream Queen, King Cohen, Fantasm: A Convention Documentary, and served as the spotlight location on The Night She Came Home – a feature-length documentary about Jamie Lee Curtis’ appearance at HorrorHound Weekend (which has been included in every Halloween home video release since the 35th Anniversary Edition release of Halloween).

HorrorHound Weekend has included the HorrorHound Film Festival since its inception in 2007, and has been home to hundreds of advance or premiere horror and dark sci-fi feature and short screenings – including titles like The Devil's Candy, Hereditary, Summer of '84, Terrifier, Blood Fest, The Hole in the Ground, Camp Cold Brook, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Maniac (remake), Let the Right One In, Turbo Kid, Murder Party, It’s in the Blood, Lake Eerie, Martyrs (original), Tales of Halloween, Murder Party, Old 37, Funhouse Massacre, Timecrimes, Found., Rec., Dear God No!, Black Waters of Echo's Pond, Cold in July, Chillerama, The Girl Next Door, Hatchet, and the aforementioned Nightbreed: Uncut.

Filmmakers and cast members are often in attendance to support the screening … over the years many of these names have appeared to do a panel or introduction – including Lance Henriksen (Lake Eerie, It’s in the Blood, Millennium After the Millennium), Joe Dante (Camp Cold Brook), Tom Atkins (Polybius), Robert Englund (Funhouse Massacre), Ethan Embry (The Devil's Candy), Robert Kurtzman (Lake Eerie, Funhouse Massacre), Kane Hodder (Old 37, To Hell and Back), Danielle Harris (Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn), Michael Ironside (Turbo Kid), Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk (Tucker & Dale vs Evil), Michael Biehn (The Victim), Anne Bobby (Hanover House), Harry Manfredini (The Days God Slept), etc.

Our celebrity guests have often commented on how much they enjoy their experience at HorrorHound Weekend. It was this reputation that led Jamie Lee Curtis to choose HorrorHound for her one and only convention appearance as well as Clive Barker for choosing us for his first screening of Nightbreed: Uncut.

During 2020, thanks to the Cover-19 pandemic, HorrorHound Weekend physical events were sidelined due to quarantine declarations by the government. As part of our efforts to maintain the HorrorHound Film Festival, we switched to online virtual events for May and September, 2020. These events were livestream weekend-long ventures managed by in-house original platform programming to maintain safety for all screening films (including IP watermarking and hard user login interface). The events expanded fan interaction with live chat and video chat features as well as filmmaker Q&As. The virtual aspect of our event was so exciting, reaching a larger fanbase than we could otherwise, and showcasing the potential growth of reaching more and more new audiences – that we will be maintaining this aspect of #H2F2 as part of the overall HorrorHound Weekend experience in the coming years. In 2021, we hope to return to physical screenings as well as continuing our virtual screenings.

Awards include ...
• Judges Choice
• Best Feature
• Best Short
• Best Directing
• Best SFX Short
• Best SFX Feature
• Best Performance
• Best Supporting Performance
• Best Cinematography
• Best Sound
• Best Writing

HorrorHound LTD. is hereby granted to the right to utilize any excerpt from any film and/or trailer submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Film Festival for promotional and/or advertising purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screenings at the convention, as well as an online virtual screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations upon submission. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless HorrorHound LTD. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screenings, and loss of or damage to the screening projects entered.-

Overall Rating
  • The best of the best! This festival was terrific at communicating in a supportive and friendly manner right out of the gate & all the way through to the end. Being in the midst of a massive genre convention doesn't hurt! Our Producer went & had a simply fantastic time! It's hard for me to be objective about this festival because, to my thrilled surprise, they gave us the Best Short Film nod! So, overall, this festival experience has been why I make movies and go to festivals. Horror Hound is the best!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much! It was awesome to have you as a part of our return to live in-person shows. Even though you couldn't be there in person, Calvin did an excellent job representing your film and brought you with him in spirit. He mentioned you often during the weekend. You guys are the reason we do what we do!

  • Stephen King Simmons

    HorrorHound is one of the coolest and most professional festivals on the planet. Zoe and her friendly staff go out of their way to make sure each filmmaker feels at home. We had the privilege and honor to screen our award winning dark nightmare "The Parker Sessions" for the Fall edition program 2021. The networking is legit out here and I met some friends along the way. Thanks again HorrorHound for everything you do! I hope Zoe can finally get some much needed rest. She deserves a vacation. Somewhere haunted with a full bar. Cheers!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Stephen! We were so glad to have you as a part of both our virtual festival and our return to in-person screenings. Thank you so much for being a part of the panel on sound design and for submitting your film twice! Looking forward to your next film! You helped make it an amazing weekend!

  • Ryan Imhoff

    As first time filmmakers, HorrorHound was delightful and thrilling in so many ways. The sense of community, the love for these movies the organizers showed, and the opportunity to meet fellow filmmakers and make new friends were my favorite parts. The fest also brought a lot of exciting firsts for us. H2F2 provided our film, Fresh Hell, with its first official selection, first nominations and first awards for Best Feature and Best SFX. Under the new leadership of Zoe and Jay (two truly awesome people) I think this festival is only going to grow more special. If we are lucky enough to be able to make more movies, HorrorHound will be our first stop. Thank you for everything!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you as a part of the festival! Congrats again on the wins. Looking forward to seeing your future endeavors!

  • shawn burkett

    I've attended HHW for about 10 years now, and it's always a great time. But this year my film film "Don't F**k In The Woods 2 was selected to screen, and I have to say, I had an amazing time! I had a phenomenal screening, and the staff were amazing! So many great panels and so many great opportunities to chat with so many other filmmakers. It's truly a festival ran by other filmmakers.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! So glad you had an amazing time. Your flim was one of the largest screenings we've had! We appreciate your submissions and your support. Looking forward to your future films!

  • Danny Villanueva

    I attended the HorrorHound Film Festival back in 2016 and again for the Fall edition in 2021 which was the return to in-person after the covid lockdowns. They have really improved since then. When film festivals are joined with conventions, sometimes the the film fests are treated as an afterthought. Horrorhound made sure to not do that. They had a full line-up of films, multiple filmmaker panels on great subjects, and the addition of Horrorhound Rewind and a film market where filmmakers have the opportunity to meet with distributors. Jay Kay was our guide throughout the festival. He was kind and made the event a pleasant and entertaining experience for us. We were grateful to have him as our Q&A moderator. He seemed to understand our film quite well, which is a bit of an unconventional horror feature, and asked some great questions that made for a great conversation of the film. Also, we met a lot of really cool filmmakers and attendees that we ended up connecting with on social media. I'd definitely return again.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! We enjoyed having you as part of our return to in-person screenings. Looking forward to seeing your future projects!