Some say they see spirits in the Smoky Mountains... Others claim that people go missing at the hand of unknown creatures... Well one thing is for sure, we will have Horror in the Hills!

Horror in the Hillis is a festival from Breaking Fate Entertainment (producers of The Chicago Horror Film Festival, The Indie Horror Film Festival and The Laugh or Die Comedy Festival). This Horror and Dark Genre film festival is an international film festival in beautiful and historic Gatlinburg, TN!


UPDATE: 2019 will be our last season of Horror in the Hills. We have worked hard to try and build on this even for the last half decade. We want to thank everyone that has contributed, attended and supported our passion project. It was a fun ride. In the future we invite you to check out the Smoky Mountain Film Festival, hosted in the same area. Details at

Our number one goal is to produce events to support and get independent artists noticed and rewarded for hard work and quality art. We hope you will submit your horror film to this awesome annual Halloween season festival!

We are only accepting submissions via online screener (here on and exhibition films will need to be in MOV, MP4 or AVI formats if selected. We are not accepting DVD/BluRay/Hardcopy submissions any longer.

Horror in the Hills is an independent film festival and mixed media event.

We strive to support independent film, and promote all types of dark art. We go the extra mile to get recognition beyond the festival alone for the amazingly talented people in this industry. Even films submitted to us that don't get accepted for the festival are very often reviewed and written about by one of our columnists for one of our websites or print magazine publications including Breaking Fate Magazine!

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Best Film
First Runner Up
Second Runner Up

Award Winners will be announced live at the festival! Certificates to the 3 best films will be provided to filmmakers in attendance to accept them. Digital copies will be posted on line after the festival.

Festival is open to any film that might be considered a horror film, or anything of a disturbing nature, dark art and/or frightening.

There is NO 'Film Made By' date. We have shown horror films from as early as the 30's. Please feel free to submit your early work as well as your current work.

Rules for Submissions

The rules are basic but necessary. Please take a quick look at the info below before you submit.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

I have read, understated 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.

I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival.

I hold Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Horror In The Hills Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or media materials(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

I hold Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Horror In The Hills Film Festival its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

I give permission for Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Horror In The Hills Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the short for promotional purposes

I give permission for Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Horror In The Hills Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.

If selected I will provide Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Horror In The Hills Film Festival with a digital copy of my films movie poster (in vertical format) for use on the festival website.

Overall Rating
  • I wasnt able to attend, but it's always a pleasure screening at any festival ran by Willy Adkins. Thanks again for having my little film A Grave Mistake!!!

    October 2019
  • Good communication! Glad to participate! Thank you very much!

    October 2019
  • Brian Nestor

    excellent a very great festival, awesome

    November 2018
  • Jeremiah Milmine

    Great atmosphere, venue and films, run by people with a passion for the genre. Exactly what a horror film festival should be!

    November 2018
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! Selecting House For Sale to be part of your film festival. My overall rating all stars. Will definitely submit more of our films to your festival. Keep up the good work supporting Indie Film. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms

    October 2018