The Houston Horror Film Festival was created by an independent filmmaker and horror fan to recognize and showcase true independent horror.

We strive to cultivate a respected festival whose goal will be to showcase and celebrate the films and filmmakers! Filmmakers who attend will get the opportunity to meet and network with other filmmakers through of variety of events. We'll arrange for Q&A sessions with interested filmmakers after screenings.

Film selections will be made by a selection committee comprised of individuals involved independent filmmaking or the genre. The goal in selected our line up will be to provide our guests with a group of films that are diverse in subject matter, have compelling stories, and that showcase the creativity and passion present in the indie horror film scene today.

Awards will be given out during our Awards Ceremony. The categories include:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actor (Short)
Best Actress (Short)
Best Supporting Actor (Feature)
Best Supporting Actress (Feature)
Best Screenplay (Feature)
Best Screenplay (Short)
Best Cinematography (Feature)
Best Cinematography (Short)
Best Special Effects (Feature)
Best Special Effects (Short)
Best Screenplay Feature-Non-Produced
Best Screenplay Short-Non-Produced

The Houston Horror Film Festival is open to any film that can reasonable be considered horror and/or any of its sub-genres (slasher, supernatural, psychological, monsters, ect..) from any country. However, if the film is not in English, English subtitles are required.

For the 2022 festival the film must have been completed after January of 2019.

If accepted, the filmmaker may be asked submit two DVD or BluRay copies of the film by the requested date.

By submitting your film, you agree:

That you have ownership and/or permission to submit the film for festival consideration.

That you have full rights to all music used in the film.

That you give Houston Horror Film Festival permission to screen your film at the event and utilize any submitted posters and/or images from the film in our advertising.

That if you choose to attend the festival, transportation and accommodation costs are your own responsibility.

Overall Rating
  • Had the pleasure of flying out to Houston for this festival. The venue was spectacular and there was so much to do on top of watching all the great films. We loved being a part of this festival with our short film Bliss Burger and will definitely submit again. Thanks Houston Horror Film Festival!

    September 2021
  • Michael Kenneth Fahr

    Well organized festival and a lot of fun! Great audience and attendance at the festival. Troy did a great job with communication. Thanks again for including, Inheritance!

    July 2021
  • Daniel Tucker

    This was a fantastic festival. The organizers are incredibly passionate, and I'm very excited to see where this new festival goes in the future. A must for horror fans.

    July 2021
  • JoeBert Entertainment

    Unfortunately we were unable to attend the festival this year but were honored to have two of our short films selected. From what we've seen on social media the event looked amazing and we hope to attend in the future.

    July 2021
  • Queen Cujo

    The Film Festival was amazing! Looking forward to next year.

    July 2021