The Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute presents, The 6th annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival. Held every year at the historic Central Theater located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Our mission is to inspire & promote talented filmmakers & artists from around the world. Hot Springs Arts and Film Institute provides opportunities for networking, exhibition, education, and screenings. We provide a unique venue for the public to experience films on the “Big Screen” often with the filmmakers available to answer questions and share their insights with the audiences. (www.hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com)

HSHFF strives to support independent film and filmmakers. Many of the feature length films selected each year acquire distribution deals before the festival ends. The Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute sponsors festival winners and some runners up by offering independent screenings and tracking filmmakers to diverse distribution options.

HSHFF is noted for being one of the best festivals to attend, filmmakers will find a personal connection with the festival staff and crew. It's a great place for "Students" and "Independent Filmmakers" to rub shoulders with "Horror Icons" and "Hollywood Producers".

Hot Springs is surrounded by 7 lakes and 43 hot springs, it hosts museums, bathhouses, art galleries, spas and many well known festivals. Rich in history it is a popular tourist destination for most of the year, but it will soon be host to insidious indie films, blood spattered scream queens, movie monsters, and amazing guests…

The festival's hostess and co director Tamara Glynn is an actress most known for playing Samantha Thomas in 1989's #1 movie Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Her involvement with the festival brings in fans from all over the globe. The festival's director Bill Volland is an international award winning producer who has worked his way up through the different film departments in the TV and Motion Picture industry. His credits include: movies, television series, documentaries, commercials...

Past special guests have included the likes of Actors; Tyler Mane, known for his roles as Michael Myers in Rob Zombieʼs “HALLOWEEN” films, Eileen Dietz "EXCORCIST" and Leslie Easterbrook. Directors like; Jeff Burr, CHAINSAW MASSACRE," "PUMPKINHEAD" and David Schmoeller "PUPPET MASTER,” Sound Design and Audio Effects Wizard Alan Howarth "STAR TREK", "ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK" plus industry professionals like Ted Hatfield Special Projects Marketing at Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, and United Artists Cinemas).

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What guests and filmmakers have to say about HSHFF:

"What a great weekend of networking and screenings and sharing our love of filmmaking! We came away from the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival feeling like we suddenly had a much larger family. Can't wait to get back!!"

- Tyler Mane –
Michael Meyers, Mane Entertainment.

“I have been a guest speaker at many, many film festivals and I gotta tell you all, The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival 2013 was !!@!$&!!ing fantastic. I had such an awesome time. Every short film and feature were of the utmost quality and so much fun as were the Filmmakers with whom I made lasting friendships. I can't say enough about the fantastic hosts. the incomparable Tamara Glynn and the always gracious and organized Bill Volland. I cannot wait for October to see everyone again.”

-Eileen Dietz-
Actress
Exorcist/Constantine/Planet of the Apes

“Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival (HSHFF) is a celebration of genre cinema by filmmakers for filmmakers. Located in one of Arkansas' most treasured historic regions, HSHFF places special emphasis on education, in addition to showcasing quality independent motion pictures.”

Justin Beahm
Fangoria Magazine
Filmmaker / Producer

“Hot Springs Horror was one of the festival highlights for “An American Terror”. Although we screened at many festivals, very few reached out to us in the personal way that HSHFF did. It was a refreshing dose of humanity in year of often impersonal interactions. They had a great line up in a fantastic environment.”
“An American Terror has amassed 13 awards from 9 different festivals, plus another dozen nominations. Although we are still fielding distribution offers, the film’s success has opened numerous doors for future productions. The future looks very bright for our team.”

Thanks for everything!
Jim Brennan
American Horror Film, LLC

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Awards & Prizes

Prizes range from “4 wall screenings” to sponsored prizes from film industry names. Awards can include trophies, promotional items and swag. Category winners, and some runners up, get complementary fast tracked into “FILMCOM” where they get a chance to pitch their film to a finance and distribution panel.

Rules & Terms

CATEGORY RULES Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival
Guidelines, rules, and regulations of our festival/competition:

Not meeting eligibility requirements may be cause for disqualification.

Criteria:
Each film will be judged solely on its own merits. We only accept original productions of a horror, suspense, thriller or science fiction/fantasy nature. Documentaries, comedies, animation and works of non-fiction related to the horror genre ARE acceptable for submission. We will not accept any hard core XXX adult material, any films that feature actual human/animal cruelty. ( and/or any depictions of actual human/animal torture, cruelty or death). Festival directors and members of the program are designated judges. Festival volunteers and special guests may also be appointed judges in some cases.

GENERAL RULES:

1. Hot Springs Horror Film Festival and HSAFI will hold your submitted film for 1 year, after which, if you would like to resubmit, you can. All screening copies submitted to the festival, are kept by the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival and HSAFI for reuse at future festivals or screenings. Any exceptions must be pre-agreed upon by both parties.
2. Entrants must submit two DVD or Blu-ray viewing/preview copies for consideration. Please test the DVD's or Blu-ray's on a standard DVD/Blu-ray player. (Region 0 or 1)
3. Entry forms and payments will not be processed without accompanying DVD's/Blu-ray's. Please make checks payable to: Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute
4. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles (unless special arrangements have been made with festival).
5. All entries must attach the FilmFreeway four-digit code and the (RT) running time on the DVD's or Blu-ray's.
6. We encourage submitting as much publicity material as is available. These additional materials cannot be returned.
7. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application.
8. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be pre authorized by the festival director.
9. We reserve the right to combine categories and or awards.
10. If your film/video is selected for screening, you may be asked to provide another copy for projection purposes. This copy would be in addition to the online secure screener, DVD's and or Blu-ray's already submitted.
11. We reserve the right to cancel a screening of any film submitted and or officially selected at anytime without notice.
12. We may use all or part of your film for promotions.

SHIPPING
1. Please use a large envelope for shipping, do not send your entries in a box (no boxes).
2. The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted.
3. All film submission mailings MUST be marked with the quote "no signature required" on the delivery option.*
4. Please be sure you have clearly marked on your DVD's or Blu-ray's:
A. the title of your film.
B. the RT (or running time)
C. the FilmFreeway four digit code (you will get this when you submit through FilmFreeway).

Ship To:
The Central Theater
The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival
1008 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR.
71901

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Certification of Entrant
I/We, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

1. I/We have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility Requirements.
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
3. This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I/We am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;
5. I/We hold the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival and Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute (hereafter known as HSAFI) harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;
6 I/We hold the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival and HSAFI, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, volunteers and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.
7. I/We certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.
8.. I/We give permission for the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival and HSAFI to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes
9. I/We give permission for the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival and HSAFI to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.
10. I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law.
11 . I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules or Terms and Conditions will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.
12. I/We agree to hold the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival and HSAFI harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorneys fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival.
13. These terms and conditions must be printed and signed by all submitting parties before they will be eligible for competition or screening.

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6 Reviews

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    Erik Fleming

    This was one of the most amazing festivals I have ever attended. It is help in a historic movie theater in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The theater is beautiful and is like a history museum of filmmaking. There are displays of movie cameras from all periods of history. There is also a huge camera crane of display that was Hitchcocks and used to film Psycho and The Birds.

    The festival showed horror features, shorts and documentaries for three days straight - dusk to dawn - and had actors, directors and producers speaking about their films. There were tons of opportunities to meet the filmmakers and ask them questions and get photos and autographs.

    The selection of films was incredible covering everything for psychologic thrillers to classic and modern horror films.

    The city itself is beautiful and there are tons of things to do from the historic downtown area to all types of activities for the whole family.

    I was there with my family and nephew, who won an award for being a young filmmaker with his short film. The directors of the festival were so nice and helpful from the initial submission, throughout the entire festival to the closing ceremony and making sure we got back home.

    I could't recommend it more and I can't wait to go back next year!

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    Response from festival:

    We all enjoyed meeting you and your family at the festival.
    Thank you for the awesome review, hope to see you again next year.

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    Richard Stringham

    The screening for my film, "Close Calls", was an absolute blast! Tamara and Bill put together one hell of a fest for my Arkansas premiere. It was a laid-back, down-to-earth experience that made me feel like part of a filmmaking family. The Hot Springs International Horror Film Fest will make you feel warm and welcome.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Richard, it was an honor to screen your film, we hope to see another one next year.

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    Tony DeBenedetto

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival. Tamara Glynn and Bill Volland do a wonderful job making sure the film makers are comfortable and go out of their way to help those in attendance network with one another. The Central Theater is a great venue. I would recommend this Festival to film makers in the Horror and Sci-fi genres.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words

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    Kristin West

    I am so happy our team chose to go to Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. The city is charming and the team that runs this festival is welcoming and loves filmmakers. The special seminars were awesome. This a gem of a festival--not to be missed!

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, hope to see you again next year.

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    Dominic Wieneke

    Excellent festival for networking with filmmakers. Every year I have gone, I have made many connections that have helped advance my career. They treat you like family. And the theater space is amazing.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Dominic