Welcome back to the spine-chilling world of Indie Horror! Following a series of thrilling transformations and countless brainstorming sessions, we are thrilled to unveil the resurrection of the Indie Horror Film Festival for the 2024 Season! This year, we're creeping in from the shadows of the annual Dark Art and Oddities Con at the eerie Altgeld Hall (yes, it's a real castle) in Dekalb, IL!

Prepare yourselves for an horrifying showcase of short horror films, curated specifically for your adrenaline-fueled enjoyment. Join us for a weekend brimming with unparalleled cinematic experiences and captivating entertainment that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss out on the screams and thrills that await you!

Best Film
Best Director
Best Writer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Sound
Best Special FX

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

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

5 . I hold The Indie Horror Film Festival 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 hold The Indie Horror Film Festival, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

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

8 . I give permission for The Indie Horror Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for The Indie Horror Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.


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.

Films with distribution are still eligible

Films with any premiere status are eligible

Films showing nudity are permissible, however sexual penetration will be disqualified.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT pay screening fees. If any screening fee is requested by filmmaker(s), the associated film will be disqualified.

Award Winners will be announced LIVE at The Indie Horror Film Festival!

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" into your festival. The communication was clear and concise and I received everything I needed. The quality of films screened were as high as any festival I have been apart of. And I really appreciate the fact that the festival director went over the filmmakers in detail how their selection/judging process worked. I had a very good experience overall and will definitely consider submitting future projects to The Indie Horror Film Festival.

    September 2023
  • Maggie Dominiak

    Lovely festival and amazing people behind it. Everything was incredibly professional and well managed! I was lucky enough to win best short script at this year’s festival. Everyone was kind and communicative.

    August 2022
  • It was fantastic to have our NZ short film 'Be Quiet' take part in the 2022 festival, and to have it receive nominations for Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound :) Great communication, great festival, wish I could have attended!

    July 2022
  • I can't say enough wonderful things about this festival! Willy was SO communicative and I felt that one-on-one attention that you don't always get with film festivals. I kick myself that I wasn't able to attend the event in-person (the venue looked absolutely amazing) but I was so honored to see that our project, "No Trophies," not only won for "Best Writer" but was nominated in several categories! What a fantastic experience! Can't wait to receive the digital certificate and share it on social media. Thank you to The Indie Horror Film Festival for your professionalism, great communication and for truly caring about the filmmaker experience, keep up the fantastic work!

    July 2022
  • Great stuff! Amazing communication! I aim to return with a new short next time.

    August 2021