Just when you thought it was safe, The Horror at The Ohio Film Festival is BACK again! Horror At The Ohio PART III will be scaring its way back to Madison, Indiana this October 25 and 26, 2024! Thank you to all who have participated, submitted, and helped support our horror festival. We can't wait to bring more horror this October. Scroll below to see a list of last year's winners!
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"Horror at the Ohio" is short and feature length film festival that takes place at the historic Ohio Theater in the idyllic town of Madison, Indiana. The site first housed a nickelodeon in the early-1900’s, then a movie theatre called the Little Grand Theatre, which burned in 1937. It was then rebuilt as the 1,018-seat Ohio Theatre in 1938. This beautiful theater is now being restored by the non-profit group, Friends of the Ohio.
Madison, Indiana is a picturesque community that not only celebrates its rich history, but also incorporates the convenience of 21st century living. Madison sits along the banks of the mighty Ohio River surrounded by beautiful Cliffy Falls State Park and retains the distinction of the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark District in the U.S.
The Horror at the Ohio Festival will be an annual event that celebrates the spirit of Halloween through highlighting horror films and filmmaking. It will feature a "Nightmare On Main Street" Costume Prom with a Live(Undead) DJ, Horror Movie Trivia, horror characters, and a Monster Passport to area vendors, bars, and restaurants. At future events, we would eventually like to expand with special guests, a haunted trail/house, a ghost walk, and possibly a parade.

Winners from YEAR 2:
Best Feature Film - WOLF HOLLOW
Best Short Film - SINCOPAT
Best Actor - FINGER (Gates McFadden)
Best Director - THE WEAVER
Best Cinematography - IVI ELV
Best Makeup/FX -GREED & GORE


Best Film
Audience Favorite
Best Acting
Best Directing
Best Makeup/FX
Best Cinematography

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to our 3rd Annual Horror Film Festival — The Horror At The Ohio Film Festival PART III in Madison, Indiana on October 25-26, 2024. We’re looking for horror, thriller, sci-fi/horror films.

-We want your very best horror shorts and features.
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2023.
-Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival.
-Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway), a password-protected streaming URL, or on DVD/Blu-Ray with NTSC or PAL formatting (please test before sending).
-Applicants under the age of 18 must obtain a parent or legal guardian’s signature to participate in the competition.
-Please clearly label your submission.

-By agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Horror at the Ohio Film Festival, the applicant submitting an entry acknowledges that he/she/they has read and agreed to the following rules and guidelines:
-By filling out this entry application I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:
I have read, understand, and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.
-To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this submission are true.
-This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation and I am authorized to submit this film to the festival.
-I hold The Horror at the Ohio Film Festival, The Friends of the Ohio LLC, and its promotion team harmless from any claims of liability for anything that might occur during the course of the festival or screening of the film.
-I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music, print, images and everything contained in the film and/or promotional materials of the submitted film. Horror at the Ohio expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
-I give permission for The Horror at the Ohio Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, clips, and/or information from the film for any promotional purposes pertaining to the festival.
-I give permission for The Horror at the Ohio Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.

-The inclusion of a press kit for your film is preferred but not required for submission.
-DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.


Overall Rating
  • Great festival with great communication. So happy to have been included.

    November 2023
  • Øyvind Willumsen

    Great festival! Thank you for the award! I hoping to return next year!

    November 2023
  • Very interesting festival with excellent kind and professional staff. Very good atmosphere.
    Thank you very much for everything

    October 2023
  • Kate Darion

    Great festival with great people. Hope to be a part of their events again in the future!

    November 2022
  • Chad Ferrin

    Fantastic film festival and location. Great communication as well as promotion.

    October 2022