The mission of the non-profit, Idaho Horror Film Festival is to shine a spotlight on Idaho’s burgeoning film making community while showcasing the very latest in horror films from around the globe.

The Idaho Horror Film Festival is premier genre film event in the State. The third annual IHFF was a smash success and we can't wait for you to scare us in 2017! As organizers, we couldn't have been more impressed with the submissions we received. The Idaho Horror Film Festival garnered excellent press and community support/attendance for this event was fabulous. Boise offers a unique experience for attending filmmakers. It is a walkable, and welcoming city that is excited to play host to our Festival. IHFF screens at the 750 person, historic (and haunted) Egyptian Theater in the heart of downtown Boise. From private parties to public bashes IHFF treats filmmakers and festival goers to the film/ filmmaker connection that is so important.

Jim Beam sponsored the Bar and Restaurant walk, where sixteen of Boise's best establishments crafted original horror themed cocktails and bites to celebrate the opening night of the Idaho Horror Film Festival. The Rocky Horror Picture was a flagship event of opening night. We kicked off the 2015 festival with an exclusive screening of Wind Walkers with Director, Russell Friedenberg.

Champion mojo storyteller, Joe R. Lansdale attended a special screening of Bubba Ho Tep and had a sold-out book signing. Mr. Lansdale's vibrant personality was such a welcomed addition to IHFF. Andrew Bryniarski who played Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw massacre hosted a showing of the film followed by a lively question and answer session and autograph signing.

2016 will had the pleasure of playing host to horror icon Michael Berryman and Writer/Director of The Blair Witch Project, Daniel Myrick.

We look forward to producing the best genre film Festival in Idaho. Coming this year will be the addition of more question and answer sessions, panels and establishing a year round presence..

IHFF will be accepting submissions in five categories; feature length, shorts, animated, foreign and "Spud and Guts", a category for locals only.

Awards will be given for
Best of the Fest
Audience Choice
1st place awards in the following categories:
Best Feature Length Film
Best Short Film
Best Animated Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Spud and Guts Film

We excitedly await your film!

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given for Best of the Fest, Audience Choice, and 1st place awards in each categories.

Idaho Horror Film Festival is proud to be partnering with InkTip. Through InkTip qualified producers, directors, agents, managers, and actors are able to more easily find good scripts and screenwriters gain more exposure for their work. More than 200 feature films have been made from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

InkTip will provide a prize package of one (1) InkTip Script Listings for the winners of Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and the Best "Spud and Guts" Film to assist in providing them exposure. InkTip Script Listings provide writers/filmmakers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

Rules & Terms

• All submissions to the Idaho Horror Film Festival (the "Festival") must include,
in one delivery: (a) a completed and signed copy of the Festival Submission Form located at (b) the applicable entry fee; and (c) the submission. Multiple entries require multiple submission packages. All submissions are subject to these guidelines and rules (the "Festival Rules").
Submission deadlines for this festival are posted at FilmFreeway and on the IHFF web site.
• Film submissions must be provided on DVD NTSC, Blu-ray, or on a digital file (please test before sending) and be available for screening on Blu-Ray,
• Digital HD, or .mov file
• Submissions must be English language or English subtitled.
• Include title and name of contact on all media, materials and containers.
• Do not use fiber-padded envelopes to send videotapes - the residue ruins tapes and equipment.
• Do not send originals. The Festival is not responsible for materials lost or damaged in transit.
• Submissions must be available for screening during the Idaho Horror Film Festival, October 20-23, 2016 (approximate dates.)
• Idaho Horror Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories.
Eligibility and category determinations, along with prize awards, are the sole discretion of the Festival.
• Submissions may be screened more than once during the Festival.
• We ONLY accept films from a horror, suspense, thriller, schlock or science fiction genre. Films will be accepted in the following categories: feature length, shorts, animated foreign or the “locals only” category of Spud and Guts.

1 Review

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    Matthew Robinson


    I love this festival! I have been attending, and screening, for the last 3 years. Every year the programming and hospitality have improved. Every one of the staff seems to sincerely care about the filmmakers experience at the festival, and all of them seem to go out of their way to take care of the filmmakers.

    Also Boise ID is a sweet town to visit. The Zoo was fun, traffic is not bad, and the people are really nice. The Egyptian Theater, where they hold the festival is gorgeous, it's the perfect atmosphere for a horror festival. And the Egyptian Theater is surrounded by a lot of good restaurants surrounding it.

    It's a great festival with a staff of organized, competent, and nice people. I will be attending every year whether I screen something or not. It is now my October vacation.

    Thank you Idaho Horror Film Festival!

    March 2017